2003–04 Southern Football League

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The 2003–04 season was the 101st in the history of the Southern League. The season began on 16 August 2003 and ended on 8 May 2004 with the play-off finals.

At the end of the season the National League System was reorganised. A new Conference North and South was to be formed from the top teams in the Northern Premier League, Southern League and Isthmian League as follows:

From the Southern League:

  • The top position of the Premier Division promoted to the newly named Conference National.
  • Positions 2–13 of the Premier Division qualified for Conference North/South.
  • Positions 14–18 joined by winners of the Eastern and Western Divisions in play-offs for two places in Conference North/South.
  • Play-off losers and positions 19–22 remain in the Premier Division or move to the Isthmian League.[1]

Premier Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Crawley Town 42 25 9 8 77 43 34 84 Promoted to Conference National
2 Weymouth 42 20 12 10 76 47 29 72 Qualified for Conference South
3 Stafford Rangers 42 19 11 12 55 43 12 68 Qualified for Conference North
4 Nuneaton Borough 42 17 15 10 65 49 16 66
5 Worcester City 42 18 9 15 71 50 21 63
6 Hinckley United 42 15 14 13 55 46 9 59
7 Newport County 42 15 14 13 52 50 2 59 Qualified for Conference South
8 Cambridge City 42 14 15 13 54 53 1 57
9 Welling United 42 16 8 18 56 58 −2 56
10 Weston-super-Mare 42 14 13 15 52 52 0 55
11 Eastbourne Borough 42 14 13 15 48 56 −8 55
12 Havant & Waterlooville 42 15 10 17 59 70 −11 55
13 Moor Green 42 14 12 16 42 54 −12 54 Qualified for Conference North
14 Merthyr Tydfil 42 13 14 15 60 66 −6 53
15 Tiverton Town 42 12 15 15 63 64 −1 51
16 Bath City 42 13 12 17 49 56 −7 51
17 Dorchester Town 42 14 9 19 56 69 −13 51 Qualified for Conference South
18 Chelmsford City 42 11 16 15 46 53 −7 49 Transferred to Isthmian League
19 Dover Athletic 42 12 13 17 50 59 −9 49
20 Hednesford Town 42 12 12 18 56 69 −13 48
21 Chippenham Town 42 10 17 15 51 63 −12 47
22 Grantham Town 42 10 15 17 45 67 −22 45
Key
Division Champions
Failed to qualify

Play-offs[edit]

Semifinals Final
           
Bath City 2
Dorchester Town 4
Tiverton Town 1
Dorchester Town 3
Tiverton Town 1
Chelmsford City 0

Dorchester Town qualified for the Conference South

Eastern Division[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 King's Lynn 42 28 7 7 90 35 55 91 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Histon 42 26 10 6 96 41 55 88
3 Tonbridge Angels 42 27 7 8 82 46 36 88 Promoted to the Isthmian League
Premier Division
4 Eastleigh 42 27 4 11 88 40 48 82(-3)
5 Folkestone Invicta 42 20 15 7 91 45 46 75
6 Salisbury City 42 21 11 10 73 45 28 74
7 Stamford 42 20 11 11 63 45 18 71 Promoted to the Premier Division
8 Banbury United 42 19 10 13 65 57 8 67
9 Burgess Hill Town 42 19 7 16 67 54 13 64 Transferred to the Isthmian League Division One
10 Sittingbourne 42 18 8 16 61 55 6 62
11 Bashley 42 18 7 17 66 58 8 61 Transferred to the Isthmian League
Division One
12 Ashford Town 42 15 9 18 51 53 −2 54
13 Chatham Town 42 13 10 19 49 67 −18 49
14 Fisher Athletic 42 13 10 19 61 81 −20 49
15 Corby Town 42 12 9 21 44 75 −31 45 Transferred to the Western Division
16 Dartford 42 13 6 23 48 81 −33 45
17 Burnham 42 12 11 19 52 76 −24 44(-3) Transferred to the Western Division
18 Hastings United 42 12 7 23 60 91 −31 43 Transferred to the Isthmian League
Division One
19 Newport IOW 42 11 7 24 42 69 −27 40
20 Rothwell Town 42 9 11 22 30 47 −17 38 Transferred to the Western Division
21 Erith & Belvedere 42 7 10 25 45 84 −39 31
22 Fleet Town 42 5 7 30 35 114 −79 22 Transferred to the Isthmian League Division One

Source:[2]

Western Division[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Redditch United 40 25 9 6 75 30 45 84 Promoted to the Conference North
2 Gloucester City 40 24 7 9 77 46 31 79 Promoted to the Premier Division
3 Cirencester Town 40 24 4 12 73 40 33 76
4 Halesowen Town 40 20 13 7 64 40 24 73
5 Rugby United 40 21 8 11 57 40 17 71
6 Team Bath 40 21 6 13 62 41 21 69
7 Solihull Borough 40 19 9 12 50 31 19 66
8 Sutton Coldfield Town 40 16 15 9 52 38 14 63
9 Bromsgrove Rovers 40 16 11 13 60 48 12 59
10 Ilkeston Town 40 16 10 14 58 59 −1 58 Transferred to the Northern Premier League Division One
11 Clevedon Town 40 16 5 19 55 59 -4 53
12 Gresley Rovers 40 15 7 18 52 60 -8 52 Transferred to the Northern Premier League Division One
13 Mangotsfield United 40 14 8 18 70 70 0 50
14 Evesham United 40 15 5 20 56 57 −1 50
15 Taunton Town 40 14 8 20 50 55 −5 50
16 Yate Town 40 11 8 20 51 79 −28 42
17 Swindon Supermarine 40 10 9 21 41 69 −28 39
18 Stourport Swifts 40 9 11 20 43 62 −19 38
19 Bedworth United 40 8 12 20 39 61 −22 36
20 Cinderford Town 40 7 9 24 50 94 −44 30
21 Shepshed Dynamo 40 5 13 22 31 87 −56 28 Transferred to the Northern Premier League Division One
22 Atherstone United 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Club folded

Sourse:[3]

Semifinals Final
           
King's Lynn 0
Redditch United 1
Merthyr Tydfil 0
Redditch United 3
Merthyr Tydfil W/O
 

Redditch United qualified for the Conference North

References[edit]