1987–88 Southern Football League

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The 1987–88 season was the 85th in the history of the Southern League.

Premier Division[edit]

Southern Football League
Premier Division
Season 1987–88
Champions Aylesbury United
Promoted Aylesbury United
Relegated Chelmsford City
Nuneaton Borough
Willenhall Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1280 (2.77 per match)

The Premier Division featured five new teams:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Aylesbury United (C) (P) 42 27 8 7 79 35 +44 89 Promotion to 1988–89 Football Conference
2 Dartford 42 27 8 7 79 39 +40 89
3 Cambridge City 42 24 8 10 84 43 +41 80
4 Bromsgrove Rovers 42 22 11 9 65 39 +26 77
5 Worcester City 42 22 6 14 58 48 +10 72
6 Crawley Town 42 17 14 11 73 63 +10 65
7 Alvechurch 42 17 13 12 54 52 +2 64
8 Leicester United 42 15 14 13 68 59 +9 59
9 Fareham Town 43 16 11 16 51 59 −8 59
10 Corby Town 42 16 8 18 61 64 −3 56
11 Dorchester Town 42 14 14 14 51 57 −6 56
12 Ashford Town 42 12 16 14 45 54 −9 52
13 Shepshed Charterhouse 42 13 11 18 53 62 −9 50 Transferred to the Northern Premier League
14 Bedworth United 42 12 14 16 49 64 −15 50
15 Gosport Borough 42 10 17 15 39 49 −10 47
16 Burton Albion 42 11 14 17 62 74 −12 47
17 VS Rugby 42 10 16 16 52 57 −5 46
18 Redditch United 42 10 13 19 55 63 −8 43
19 Chelmsford City (R) 42 11 10 21 60 75 −15 43 Relegation to 1988–89 Southern Division
20 Willenhall Town (R) 42 9 12 21 39 76 −37 39 Relegation to 1988–89 Midland Division
21 Nuneaton Borough (R) 42 8 13 21 58 77 −19 37
22 Witney Town (R) 42 8 11 23 45 71 −26 35 Relegation to 1988–89 Southern Division

Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Midland Division[edit]

Southern Football League
Midland Division
Season 1987–88
Champions Merthyr Tydfil
Promoted Merthyr Tydfil
Moor Green
Relegated Paget Rangers
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1455 (3.15 per match)

The Midland Division featured five new teams.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Merthyr Tydfil (C) (P) 42 30 4 8 102 40 +62 94 Promotion to 1988–89 Premier Division
2 Moor Green (P) 42 26 8 8 91 49 +42 86
3 Grantham Town 42 27 4 11 97 53 +44 85
4 Atherstone United 42 22 10 10 93 56 +37 76
5 Sutton Coldfield Town 42 22 6 14 71 47 +24 72
6 Halesowen Town 42 18 15 9 75 59 +16 69
7 Gloucester City 42 18 14 10 86 62 +24 68
8 Dudley Town 42 20 5 17 64 55 +9 65
9 Forest Green Rovers 42 14 16 12 67 54 +13 58
10 Banbury United 42 17 7 18 48 46 +2 58
11 Bridgnorth Town 42 16 7 19 59 75 −16 55
12 Buckingham Town 42 15 9 18 74 75 −1 54 Transferred to the Southern Division
13 King's Lynn 42 16 6 20 53 63 −10 54
14 Wellingborough Town 42 14 10 18 67 70 −3 52
15 Rushden Town 42 14 9 19 69 85 −16 51
16 Trowbridge Town 42 14 3 25 53 82 −29 45 Transferred to the Southern Division
17 Bilston Town 42 12 8 22 52 87 −35 44
18 Hednesford Town 42 11 10 21 50 81 −31 43
19 Mile Oak Rovers 42 9 14 19 43 65 −22 41
20 Coventry Sporting 42 11 8 23 46 83 −37 41
21 Stourbridge 42 10 10 22 46 79 −33 40
22 Paget Rangers (R) 42 10 9 23 49 89 −40 39 Relegation to West Midlands League

Source: [2]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Southern Division[edit]

Southern Football League
Southern Division
Season 1987–88
Champions Dover Athletic
Promoted Dover Athletic
Waterlooville
Relegated Chatham Town
Matches played 420
Goals scored 1221 (2.91 per match)

The Southern Division featured five new teams.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dover Athletic (C) (P) 40 28 10 2 81 28 +53 94 Promotion to 1988–89 Premier Division
2 Waterlooville (P) 40 27 10 3 88 33 +55 91
3 Salisbury 40 24 11 5 71 33 +38 83
4 Gravesend & Northfleet 40 20 12 8 60 32 +28 72
5 Thanet United 40 17 13 10 60 38 +22 64
6 Andover 40 17 13 10 64 58 +6 64
7 Dunstable 40 17 12 11 78 56 +22 63
8 Burnham 40 17 10 13 61 45 +16 61
9 Bury Town 40 17 7 16 80 67 +13 58
10 Erith & Belvedere 40 16 9 15 52 56 −4 57
11 Sheppey United 40 14 10 16 58 52 +6 52
12 Hastings Town 40 14 10 16 62 70 −8 52
13 Tonbridge 40 14 8 18 51 56 −5 50
14 Poole Town 40 13 10 17 69 70 −1 49
15 Baldock Town 40 12 12 16 44 53 −9 48
16 Hounslow 40 11 8 21 41 76 −35 41
17 Folkestone 40 9 11 20 47 76 −29 38
18 Corinthian 40 9 10 21 49 67 −18 37
19 Ruislip 40 5 13 22 33 80 −47 28
20 Canterbury City 40 7 6 27 33 87 −54 27
21 Chatham Town (R) 40 7 5 28 39 88 −49 26 Relegation to Kent Football League

Source: [3]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

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