1988–89 Southern Football League

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The 1988–89 season was the 86th in the history of the Southern League.

Premier Division[edit]

Southern Football League
Premier Division
Season 1988–89
Champions Merthyr Tydfil
Promoted Merthyr Tydfil
Relegated Fareham Town
Leicester United
Redditch United
Bedworth Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1369 (2.96 per match)

The Premier Division featured six new teams:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Merthyr Tydfil (C) (P) 42 26 7 9 104 58 +46 85 Promotion to 1989–90 Football Conference
2 Dartford 42 25 7 10 79 33 +46 82
3 VS Rugby 42 24 7 11 64 43 +21 79
4 Worcester City 42 20 13 9 72 49 +23 73
5 Cambridge City 42 20 10 12 72 51 +21 70
6 Dover Athletic 42 19 12 11 65 47 +18 69
7 Gosport Borough 42 18 12 12 73 57 +16 66
8 Burton Albion 42 18 10 14 79 68 +11 64
9 Bath City 42 15 13 14 66 51 +15 58
10 Bromsgrove Rovers 42 14 16 12 68 56 +12 58
11 Wealdstone 42 16 10 16 60 53 +7 58
12 Crawley Town 42 14 16 12 64 56 +8 58
13 Dorchester Town 42 14 16 12 56 61 −5 58
14 Alvechurch 42 16 8 18 56 59 −3 56
15 Moor Green 42 14 13 15 58 70 −12 55
16 Corby Town 42 14 11 17 55 59 −4 53
17 Waterlooville 42 13 13 16 61 63 −2 52
18 Ashford Town 42 13 13 16 59 76 −17 52
19 Fareham Town (R) 42 15 6 21 43 68 −25 51 Relegation to 1989–90 SFL Southern Division
20 Leicester United (R) 42 6 11 25 46 87 −41 29 Relegation to 1989–90 SFL Midland Division
21 Redditch United (R) 42 5 7 30 36 105 −69 22
22 Bedworth United (R) 42 4 7 31 36 102 −66 19

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 1988–89
Champions Gloucester City
Promoted Gloucester City
Atherstone United
Relegated Coventry Sporting
Wellingborough Town
Mile Oak Rovers
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1361 (2.95 per match)

The Midland Division featured five new teams.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Gloucester City (C) (P) 42 28 8 6 95 37 +58 92 Promotion to 1989–90 Southern League Premier Division
2 Atherstone United (P) 42 26 9 7 85 38 +47 87
3 Tamworth 42 26 9 7 85 45 +40 87
4 Halesowen Town 42 25 10 7 85 42 +43 85
5 Grantham Town 42 23 11 8 66 37 +29 80
6 Nuneaton Borough 42 19 9 14 71 58 +13 66
7 Rushden Town 42 19 8 15 71 50 +21 65
8 Spalding United 42 17 13 12 72 64 +8 64
9 Dudley Town 42 16 13 13 73 62 +11 61
10 Sutton Coldfield Town 42 18 7 17 56 56 0 61
11 Willenhall Town 42 16 12 14 65 71 −6 60
12 Forest Green Rovers 42 12 16 14 64 67 −3 52
13 Bilston Town 42 15 7 20 63 71 −8 52
14 Ashtree Highfield 42 12 15 15 57 62 −5 51
15 Hednesford Town 42 12 15 15 49 57 −8 51
16 Banbury United 42 10 14 18 53 74 −21 44
17 Bridgnorth Town 42 12 7 23 59 77 −18 43
18 Stourbridge 42 11 10 21 37 65 −28 43
19 King's Lynn 42 7 13 22 31 67 −36 34
20 Coventry Sporting 42 6 13 23 39 91 −52 31 Club folded
21 Wellingborough Town (R) 42 5 15 22 39 72 −33 30 Relegation to United Counties Football League
22 Mile Oak Rovers (R) 42 5 10 27 46 98 −52 25 Relegation to Midland Combination

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 1988–89
Champions Chelmsford City
Promoted Chelmsford City
Gravesend & Northfleet
Relegated Tonbridge
Ruislip
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1414 (3.06 per match)

The Southern Division featured four new teams.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Chelmsford City (C) (P) 42 30 5 7 106 38 +68 95 Promotion to 1989–90 Southern League Premier Division
2 Gravesend & Northfleet (P) 42 27 6 9 70 40 +30 87
3 Poole Town 42 24 11 7 98 48 +50 83
4 Bury Town 42 25 7 10 75 34 +41 82
5 Burnham 42 22 13 7 78 47 +31 79
6 Baldock Town 42 23 5 14 69 40 +29 74
7 Hastings Town 42 21 11 10 75 48 +27 74
8 Hounslow 42 21 6 15 75 60 +15 69
9 Salisbury 42 20 5 17 79 58 +21 65
10 Trowbridge Town 42 19 7 16 59 52 +7 64
11 Folkestone 42 17 8 17 62 65 −3 59
12 Corinthian 42 13 13 16 59 69 −10 52
13 Canterbury City 42 14 8 20 52 60 −8 50
14 Witney Town 42 13 11 18 61 71 −10 50
15 Dunstable 42 11 14 17 42 57 −15 47
16 Buckingham Town 42 12 10 20 56 79 −23 46
17 Erith & Belvedere 42 11 10 21 48 63 −15 43
18 Andover 42 11 9 22 56 90 −34 42
19 Sheppey United 42 10 8 24 50 90 −40 38
20 Thanet United 42 7 15 20 47 95 −48 36
21 Tonbridge (R) 42 7 6 29 50 98 −48 27 Relegation to Kent Football League
22 Ruislip (R) 42 6 8 28 47 112 −65 26 Club folded

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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