1995–96 Southern Football League

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The 1995–96 Southern Football League season saw the Max Griggs-funded Rushden & Diamonds win the Premier Division to earn promotion to the Football Conference.[1] Ilkeston Town, Stafford Rangers and VS Rugby were relegated to the Midland and Southern Divisions, whilst Nuneaton Borough, Sittingbourne, King's Lynn and Ashford Town were promoted to the Premier Division, the former two as champions.

In the Midland Division, the bottom two clubs, Bury Town and Bridgnorth Town, were relegated to level eight leagues. Poole Town, who finished bottom of the Southern Division with just one point (from a 0–0 draw with Bashley) dropped two levels into the Hampshire League.

Tables[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

The Premier Division featured six new clubs:

  • Baldock Town (promoted from the Southern Division)
  • Merthyr Tydfil (relegated from the Football Conference)
  • Ilkeston Town (promoted from the Midland Division)
  • Newport (promoted from the Midland Division)
  • Salisbury City (promoted from the Southern Division)
  • Stafford Rangers (relegated from the Football Conference)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Rushden & Diamonds 42 29 7 6 99 41 58 94 Promoted to the Football Conference
2 Halesowen Town 42 27 11 4 70 36 34 92
3 Cheltenham Town 42 21 11 10 76 57 19 74
4 Gloucester City 42 21 8 13 65 47 18 71
5 Gresley Rovers 42 20 10 12 70 58 12 70
6 Worcester City 42 19 12 11 61 43 18 69
7 Merthyr Tydfil 42 19 6 17 67 59 8 63
8 Hastings Town 42 16 13 13 68 56 12 61
9 Crawley Town 42 15 13 14 57 56 1 58
10 Sudbury Town 42 15 10 17 69 71 −2 55
11 Gravesend & Northfleet 42 15 10 17 60 62 −2 55
12 Chelmsford City 42 13 16 13 46 53 −7 55
13 Dorchester Town 42 15 8 19 62 57 5 53
14 Newport 42 13 13 16 53 59 −6 52
15 Salisbury City 42 14 10 18 57 69 −12 52
16 Burton Albion 42 13 12 17 55 56 −1 51
17 Atherstone United 42 12 12 18 58 75 −17 48
18 Baldock Town 42 11 14 17 51 56 −5 47
19 Cambridge City 42 12 10 20 56 68 −12 46
20 Ilkeston Town 42 11 10 21 53 87 −34 43 Relegated to Midland and Southern Divisions
21 Stafford Rangers 42 11 4 27 58 90 −32 37
22 VS Rugby 42 5 10 27 37 92 −55 25

Midland Division[edit]

The Midland Division featured four new clubs:

  • Bury Town (transferred from the Southern Division)
  • Corby Town (relegated from the Premier Division)
  • Paget Rangers (promoted from the Midland Alliance)
  • Solihull Borough (relegated from the Premier Division)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Nuneaton Borough 42 30 5 7 82 35 47 95 Promoted to Premier Division
2 King's Lynn 42 27 5 10 85 43 42 84 Two points deducted, promoted
3 Bedworth United 42 24 10 8 76 42 34 81 One point deducted
4 Moor Green 42 22 8 12 81 47 34 74
5 Paget Rangers 42 21 9 12 70 45 25 72
6 Tamworth 42 22 3 17 97 64 33 69
7 Solihull Borough 42 19 9 14 77 64 13 66
8 Rothwell Town 42 17 14 11 79 62 17 65
9 Buckingham Town 42 18 9 15 74 62 12 63
10 Dudley Town 42 15 16 11 83 66 17 61
11 Stourbridge 42 17 8 17 60 63 −3 59
12 Bilston Town 42 16 9 17 61 62 −1 57
13 Sutton Coldfield Town 42 16 9 17 62 67 −5 57
14 Grantham Town 42 17 5 20 71 83 −12 56
15 Redditch United 42 14 11 17 57 77 −20 53
16 Leicester United 42 13 13 16 58 72 −14 52
17 Hinckley Town 42 14 7 21 62 83 −21 49
18 Racing Club Warwick 42 10 13 19 67 90 −23 43
19 Evesham United 42 11 6 25 59 94 −35 39
20 Corby Town 42 9 7 26 52 95 −43 34
21 Bury Town 42 8 8 26 57 95 −38 32 Relegated to Eastern Counties League
22 Bridgnorth Town 42 7 6 29 53 112 −59 27 Relegated to Midland Alliance

Southern Division[edit]

The Southern Division featured five new clubs

  • Cinderford Town (promoted from the Hellenic League
  • Fleet Town (promoted from the Wessex League
  • Forest Green Rovers (transferred from the Midland Division)
  • Sittingbourne (relegated from the Premier Division)
  • Trowbridge Town (relegated from the Premier Division)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Sittingbourne 42 28 4 10 102 44 58 88 Promoted to Premier Division
2 Ashford Town 42 25 9 8 75 44 31 84
3 Waterlooville 42 24 8 10 87 44 43 80
4 Newport Isle of Wight 42 24 6 12 75 58 17 78
5 Braintree Town 42 24 8 10 93 70 23 77 Three points deducted
6 Weymouth 42 24 4 14 75 55 20 76
7 Havant Town 42 23 11 8 73 42 31 74 Six points deducted
8 Forest Green Rovers 42 22 8 12 85 55 30 74
9 Trowbridge Town 42 18 8 16 86 51 35 62
10 Yate Town 42 17 8 17 85 71 14 59
11 Margate 42 18 5 19 68 62 6 59
12 Witney Town 42 16 11 15 60 54 6 59
13 Weston-super-Mare 42 16 9 17 78 68 10 57
14 Cinderford Town 42 16 8 18 74 77 −3 56
15 Fisher 93 42 14 13 15 58 59 −1 55
16 Bashley 42 14 11 17 63 61 2 53
17 Clevedon Town 42 15 6 21 70 80 −10 51
18 Tonbridge Angels 42 13 10 19 58 79 −21 49
19 Fleet Town 42 14 5 23 58 79 −21 47
20 Fareham Town 42 12 5 25 71 97 −26 41
21 Erith & Belvedere 42 4 4 34 38 111 −73 16
22 Poole Town 42 0 1 41 17 188 −171 1 Dropped into Hampshire League

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