2004–05 Southern Football League

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The 2004–05 season was the 102nd in the history of the Southern League, which is an English football competition featuring semi-professional and amateur clubs from the East Midlands, West Midlands, East, South East and South West England. Therefore it was the inaugural season for the league at the seventh and eighth tiers in the English league system.

Premier Division[edit]

Southern Football League Premier Division
Season 2004–05
Champions Histon
Promoted Histon
Hednesford Town
Relegated Hemel Hempstead Town
Dunstable Town
Stamford
Solihull Borough
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1391 (3.01 per match)

After the creation of the Conference North and South placed above the Southern League, most of the previous season teams were transferred to the newly created divisions.

Histon won the Premier Division and get a second promotion in a row along with play-off winners Hednesford Town. Hemel Hempstead, Dunstable, Stamford and Solihull Moors were relegated and returned back to Division Ones.

League formation[edit]

The Premier Division featured only six teams from the previous season and 16 new clubs:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Histon (C) (P) 42 24 6 12 93 57 +36 78 Promotion to Conference South
2 Chippenham Town 42 22 9 11 81 55 +26 75 Qualification to playoffs
3 Merthyr Tydfil 42 19 14 9 62 47 +15 71
4 Hednesford Town (O) (P) 42 20 10 12 68 40 +28 70 Qualification to playoffs, then promoted to the Conference North
5 Bedford Town 42 19 12 11 70 52 +18 69 Qualification to playoffs
6 Bath City 42 19 12 11 57 43 +14 69
7 Cirencester Town 42 19 11 12 63 52 +11 68
8 Tiverton Town 42 18 13 11 70 55 +15 67
9 Halesowen Town 42 19 9 14 64 52 +12 66
10 Aylesbury United 42 20 3 19 67 66 +1 63
11 King's Lynn 42 19 4 19 78 69 +9 61
12 Chesham United 42 18 5 19 84 82 +2 59
13 Grantham Town 42 17 7 18 57 55 +2 58
14 Team Bath 42 14 12 16 54 68 −14 54
15 Gloucester City 42 12 17 13 63 61 +2 53
16 Rugby United 42 13 12 17 48 60 −12 51
17 Banbury United 42 13 9 20 56 69 −13 48
18 Hitchin Town 42 13 9 20 55 77 −22 48
19 Hemel Hempstead Town (R) 42 11 10 21 60 88 −28 042* Relegation to Division One West
20 Dunstable Town (R) 42 11 6 25 56 98 −42 39
21 Stamford (R) 42 6 18 18 40 60 −20 36 Relegation to Division One East
22 Solihull Borough (R) 42 10 4 28 45 85 −40 34 Relegation to Division One West

Updated to games played on 29 Apr 2006.
Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
* Hemel Hempstead Town deducted 1 point for fielding an ineligible player.
(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.

Play-offs[edit]

Semifinals Final
           
1 Chippenham Town
4 Bedford Town
1 Chippenham Town 0
3 Hednesford Town 1
2 Merthyr Tydfil
3 Hednesford Town

Division One East[edit]

Southern Football League Division One East
Season 2004–05
Champions Fisher Athletic
Promoted Fisher Athletic
East Thurrock United
Maldon Town
Relegated Erith & Belvedere
Tilbury
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1434 (3.1 per match)

After the creation of the Conference North and South one step above the Southern League, most of the Premier Division teams were transferred to the newly created divisions. Сonsequently, most of the Division One East teams took up the empty spots in higher divisions.

Fisher Athletic won the division and were promoted along with runners-up East Thurrock United and play-off winners Maldon Town, who get the second promotion in a row. Erith & Belvedere and Tilbury finished bottom of the league and were relegated.

League formation[edit]

In the first season as an eighth tier league, the Division One East featured five teams from the previous season and 17 new clubs:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Fisher Athletic (C) (P) 42 30 6 6 96 41 +55 96 Promotion to Isthmian League
Premier Division
2 East Thurrock United (P) 44 25 14 5 92 38 +54 89
3 Maldon Town (O) (P) 42 27 6 9 92 51 +41 87 Qualification to playoffs, then promoted to IL Premier Division
4 Uxbridge 42 26 7 9 87 37 +50 85 Qualification to playoffs
5 Wivenhoe Town 42 21 11 10 74 49 +25 74
6 Barking & East Ham United 42 20 10 12 63 37 +26 70
7 Boreham Wood 42 19 9 14 80 61 +19 66
8 Barton Rovers 42 20 4 18 76 72 +4 64
9 Waltham Forest 42 16 9 17 68 61 +7 57
10 Leighton Town 42 13 15 14 57 59 −2 54 Transferred to the Division One West
11 Chatham Town 42 15 9 18 53 63 −10 54
12 Wingate & Finchley 42 15 8 19 60 75 −15 53
13 Arlesey Town 42 14 10 18 53 67 −14 52
14 Beaconsfield SYCOB 42 12 12 18 54 65 −11 48 Transferred to the Division One West
15 Harlow Town 42 13 8 21 53 65 −12 47
16 Dartford 42 11 13 18 58 75 −17 46
17 Aveley 42 12 9 21 57 69 −12 45
18 Berkhamsted Town 42 15 7 20 66 101 −35 045*
19 Sittingbourne 42 10 12 20 53 70 −17 42
20 Great Wakering Rovers 42 9 11 22 45 78 −33 38
21 Erith & Belvedere (R) 42 11 7 24 56 92 −36 037 Relegation to Kent League
22 Tilbury (R) 42 6 9 27 41 108 −67 27 Relegation to Essex Senior League

Updated to games played on 29 Apr 2006.
Source: [2]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
* Berkhamsted Town deducted 7 points for fielding an ineligible player.
Erith & Belvedere deducted 3 points for fielding an ineligible player.
(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.

Division One West[edit]

Southern Football League Division One West
Season 2004–05
Champions Mangotsfield United
Promoted Mangotsfield United
Yate Town
Evesham United
Relegated Oxford City
Egham Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1316 (2.85 per match)

After the creation of the Conference North and South one step above the Southern League, most of the Premier Division teams were transferred to the newly created divisions. Сonsequently, most of the Division One West teams took up the empty spots in higher divisions.

Mangotsfield United won the division and were promoted to the Premier Division along with runners-up Yate Town and play-off winners Evesham United. Oxford City and Egham Town finished bottom of the table and were relegated.

League formation[edit]

In the first season as an eighth tier league, the Division One West featured eleven teams from the previous season and eleven new clubs:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Mangotsfield United (C) (P) 42 24 11 7 89 49 +40 83 Promotion to Premier Division
2 Yate Town (P) 42 24 9 9 83 40 +43 81
3 Evesham United (O) (P) 42 23 10 9 66 31 +35 79 Qualification to playoffs, then promoted to the Premier Division
4 Clevedon Town 42 24 6 12 82 49 +33 78 Qualification to playoffs
5 Bromsgrove Rovers 42 19 15 8 60 42 +18 72
6 Ashford Town 42 17 13 12 63 46 +17 64
7 Brackley Town 42 18 10 14 69 53 +16 64
8 Paulton Rovers 42 18 7 17 62 61 +1 61
9 Burnham 42 17 7 18 64 64 0 58
10 Rothwell Town 42 16 10 16 57 57 0 58 Transferred to the Division One East
11 Thame United 42 17 6 19 58 69 −11 57
12 Corby Town 42 14 12 16 52 62 −10 54 Transferred to the Division One East
13 Marlow 42 13 14 15 58 67 −9 53
14 Stourport Swifts 42 15 7 20 62 63 −1 52
15 Bedworth United 42 15 7 20 51 60 −9 52
16 Cinderford Town 42 13 12 17 50 64 −14 51
17 Taunton Town 42 14 8 20 66 75 −9 50
18 Sutton Coldfield Town 42 16 11 15 54 61 −7 048*
19 Swindon Supermarine 42 12 12 18 43 60 −17 48
20 Bracknell Town 42 10 13 19 53 75 −22 43
21 Oxford City (R) 42 11 8 23 49 71 −22 41 Relegation to Spartan South Midlands League
22 Egham Town (R) 42 6 4 32 25 97 −72 22 Relegation to IL Division Two

Updated to games played on 29 Apr 2006.
Source: [3]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
* Sutton Coldfield Town deducted 11 points for fielding an ineligible player.
(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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