1997–98 Southern Football League

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The 1997–98 season was the 95th in the history of the Southern League.

Premier Division[edit]

Southern Football League
Premier Division
Season 1997–98
Champions Forest Green Rovers
Promoted Forest Green Rovers
Relegated Ashford Town
St.Leonards Stamcroft
Sittingbourne
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1372 (2.97 per match)

League table[edit]

The Premier Division featured six new teams:

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Forest Green Rovers (C) (P) 42 27 8 7 93 55 +38 89 Promotion to 1998–99 Football Conference
2 Merthyr Tydfil 42 24 12 6 80 42 +38 84
3 Burton Albion 42 21 8 13 64 43 +21 71
4 Dorchester Town 42 19 13 10 63 38 +25 70
5 Halesowen Town 42 18 15 9 70 38 +32 69
6 Bath City 42 19 12 11 72 51 +21 69
7 Worcester City 42 19 11 12 53 44 +9 68
8 King's Lynn 42 19 10 13 64 64 0 67
9 Atherstone United 42 17 12 13 55 49 +6 63
10 Crawley Town 42 17 8 17 63 60 +3 59
11 Gloucester City 42 16 11 15 57 57 0 59
12 Nuneaton Borough 42 17 6 19 68 61 +7 57
13 Cambridge City 42 16 8 18 62 70 −8 56
14 Hastings Town 42 14 12 16 67 70 −3 54
15 Tamworth 42 14 11 17 68 65 +3 53
16 Rothwell Town 42 11 16 15 55 73 −18 49
17 Gresley Rovers 42 14 6 22 59 77 −18 48
18 Salisbury City 42 12 12 18 53 72 −19 48
19 Bromsgrove Rovers 42 13 6 23 67 85 −18 45
20 Sittingbourne (R) 42 12 8 22 47 66 −19 44 Relegation to 1998–99 Southern Division
21 Ashford Town (R) 42 8 5 29 34 85 −51 29
22 St. Leonards Stamcroft (R) 42 5 10 27 48 97 −49 25

Updated to games played on 29 Apr 1998.
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 1997–98
Champions Grantham Town
Promoted Grantham Town
Ilkeston Town
Relegated None
Matches played 420
Goals scored 1302 (3.1 per match)

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Grantham Town (C) (P) 40 30 4 6 87 39 +48 94 Promotion to 1998–99 Southern League Premier Division
2 Ilkeston Town (P) 40 29 6 5 123 39 +84 93
3 Solihull Borough 40 22 9 9 81 48 +33 75
4 Raunds Town 40 20 8 12 73 44 +29 68 Transferred to SFL Southern Division
5 Wisbech Town 40 20 7 13 79 56 +23 67
6 Moor Green 40 20 7 13 72 55 +17 67
7 Bilston Town 40 20 5 15 69 57 +12 65
8 Blakenall 40 17 13 10 66 56 +10 64
9 Stafford Rangers 40 18 6 16 57 56 +1 60
10 Redditch United 40 16 11 13 58 40 +18 59
11 Stourbridge 40 16 9 15 56 55 +1 57
12 Hinckley United 40 15 11 14 59 56 +3 56
13 Brackley Town 40 15 7 18 44 57 −13 52 Transferred to SFL Southern Division
14 Bedworth United 40 15 5 20 50 73 −23 50
15 Racing Club Warwick 40 11 9 20 49 56 −7 42
16 Shepshed Dynamo 40 9 14 17 55 74 −19 41
17 Sutton Coldfield Town 40 9 12 19 42 68 −26 39
18 Paget Rangers 40 9 12 19 40 75 −35 39
19 VS Rugby 40 8 12 20 53 93 −40 36
20 Evesham United 40 7 9 24 48 94 −46 30
21 Corby Town 40 2 8 30 41 111 −70 14 Transferred to SFL Southern Division

Updated to games played on 29 Apr 1998.
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 1997–98
Champions Weymouth
Promoted Weymouth
Relegated Fareham Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1470 (3.18 per match)

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Weymouth (C) (P) 42 32 2 8 107 48 +59 98 Promotion to 1998–99 Southern League Premier Division
2 Chelmsford City 42 29 8 5 86 39 +47 95
3 Bashley 42 29 4 9 101 59 +42 91
4 Newport IOW 42 25 9 8 72 34 +38 84
5 Fisher Athletic 42 25 5 12 87 50 +37 80
6 Margate 42 23 8 11 71 42 +29 77
7 Newport 42 21 6 15 83 65 +18 69 Transferred to SFL Midland Division
8 Witney Town 42 20 9 13 74 58 +16 69
9 Clevedon Town 42 20 7 15 57 55 +2 67 Transferred to SFL Midland Division
10 Waterlooville 42 17 7 18 69 64 +5 058*
11 Dartford 42 17 7 18 60 60 0 58
12 Havant Town 42 13 14 15 65 70 −5 053*
13 Fleet Town 42 16 5 21 63 83 −20 53
14 Tonbridge Angels 42 14 10 18 49 55 −6 52
15 Trowbridge Town 42 14 6 22 55 69 −14 48 Club folded
16 Erith & Belvedere 42 11 13 18 47 68 −21 46
17 Fareham Town 42 12 9 21 75 87 −12 45 Voluntary demotion to Wessex League
18 Cirencester Town 42 12 7 23 63 88 −25 43
19 Weston-super-Mare 42 12 5 25 49 86 −37 41 Transferred to SFL Midland Division
20 Baldock Town 42 10 5 27 53 81 −28 35
21 Cinderford Town 42 6 5 31 40 112 −72 23 Transferred to SFL Midland Division
22 Yate Town 42 5 7 30 44 97 −53 22

Updated to games played on 29 Apr 1998.
Source: [3]
*The following season, Havant Town and Waterlooville merged to form Havant & Waterlooville
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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