2006–07 Southern Football League

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The 2006-07 season was the 104th in the history of the Southern League, which is an English football competition featuring semi-professional and amateur clubs from the South West, South Central and Midlands of England and South Wales. This season saw the Division Ones were rebuilt after Isthmian League reform.

The season began on 19 August 2006 and ended on 5 May 2007 with the play-offs finals.

Premier Division[edit]

Southern Football League Premier Division
Season 2006–07
Champions Bath City
Promoted Bath City
Maidenhead United
Relegated Northwood
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1321 (2.86 per match)
Top goalscorer Anthony Thomas (Hemel Hempstead Town) - 25
including League Cup goals
Biggest home win Bath City 6 – 0 Rugby Town, 28 April 2007
Biggest away win

Cirencester Town 1 – 6 King's Lynn, 2 September 2006

Maidenhead United 0 – 5 Clevedon Town, 23 September 2006
Highest scoring Cirencester Town 6 – 3 Northwood, 13 January 2007
Highest attendance 2044 (Bath City 1 – 0 Chippenham Town, 9 April 2007)
Lowest attendance 84 (Team Bath 1 – 0 Northwood, 18 November 2006)

The Premier Division consisted of 22 clubs, including 16 clubs from last season, four clubs promoted from Division Ones, one club relegated from Conference South and one club transferred from Isthmian League:

Bath City won the league and were promoted to the Conference South along with play-off winners Maidenhead United, who returned to the Conference after relegation in 2006. Only Northwood were relegated this season, and other clubs finished in the relegation zone were reprieved.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Bath City (C) (P) 42 27 10 5 84 29 +55 91 Promotion to Conference South
2 Team Bath 42 23 9 10 66 42 +24 78 Qualification to playoffs
3 King's Lynn 42 22 10 10 69 40 +29 76
4 Maidenhead United (P) 42 20 10 12 58 36 +22 70 Qualification to playoffs, then promoted to the Conference South
5 Hemel Hempstead Town 42 19 12 11 79 60 +19 69 Qualification to playoffs
6 Halesowen Town 42 18 13 11 66 53 +13 67
7 Chippenham Town 42 19 9 14 61 56 +5 66
8 Stamford 42 16 11 15 65 62 +3 59 Transferred to NPL Premier Division
9 Mangotsfield United 42 13 19 10 44 45 −1 58
10 Gloucester City 42 15 13 14 67 70 −3 58
11 Hitchin Town 42 16 9 17 55 68 −13 57
12 Merthyr Tydfil 42 14 14 14 47 46 +1 56
13 Banbury United 42 15 10 17 60 64 −4 55
14 Yate Town 42 14 12 16 59 71 −12 54
15 Tiverton Town 42 14 8 20 56 67 −11 50
16 Cheshunt 42 14 7 21 56 71 −15 49
17 Rugby Town 42 15 4 23 58 79 −21 49
18 Clevedon Town 42 12 12 18 60 61 −1 48
19 Wealdstone 42 13 9 20 69 82 −13 48 Transferred to IL Premier Division
20 Corby Town 42 10 9 23 52 69 −17 39 Reprieved from relegation †
21 Cirencester Town 42 9 12 21 46 76 −30 39
22 Northwood (R) 42 8 10 24 44 74 −30 34 Relegation to IL Division One North

Updated to games played on 5 May 2007.
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.

† Corby Town and Cirencester Town were reprieved from relegation due to Farnborough Town and Scarborough folding and Hayes merging with Yeading (see 2006-07 Football Conference).

Play-offs[edit]

Semifinals Final
           
1 Team Bath 3
4 Hemel Hempstead Town 1
1 Team Bath 0
3 Maidenhead United 1
2 Kings Lynn 0
3 Maidenhead United 1

Division One Midlands[edit]

Southern Football League Division One Midlands
Season 2006–07
Champions Brackley Town
Promoted Brackley Town
Bromsgrove Rovers
Relegated none
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1391 (3.01 per match)
Top goalscorer Nathan Lamey (Bromsgrove Rovers) - 31
including League Cup goals
Biggest home win Brackley Town 7 – 0 Barton Rovers, 28 November 2006
Biggest away win Bromsgrove Rovers 1 – 7 Cinderford Town, 4 November 2006
Highest scoring 8 goals - 8 matches
Highest attendance

544 (Bromsgrove Rovers 2 – 0 Brackley Town, 17 March 2007),

(Stourbridge 3 – 3 Bromsgrove Rovers, 14 November 2006)
Lowest attendance 40 (Bishop's Cleeve 2 – 3 Rothwell Town, 2 March 2007)
Average attendance 146

After the end of previous season, the Division One sections were restructured after the reorganization of the Isthmian League. Most of the previous season Division One East teams were transferred to the Isthmian League. Southern League Division One East and Division One West were replaced by Division One Midlands and Division One South & West.

Division One Midlands consisted of 22 clubs, including three clubs from Division One East, eleven from Division One West, two clubs relegated from the Premier Division, one transferred from the Northern Premier League and five clubs promoted from lower leagues.

Brackley Town won the division and were promoted to the Premier Division along with play-off winners Bromsgrove Rovers. Both teams finished in the relegation zone were reprieved, due to clubs folding or resigning from other leagues.[1]

League Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Brackley Town (C) (P) 42 29 4 9 95 53 +42 91 Promotion to Premier Division
2 Bromsgrove Rovers (P) 42 23 7 12 86 62 +24 76 Qualification to playoffs, then promoted to the Premier Division
3 Chasetown 42 23 6 13 59 39 +20 75 Qualification to playoffs
4 Willenhall Town 42 20 12 10 67 47 +20 72
5 Evesham United 42 19 15 8 66 51 +15 72
6 Aylesbury United 42 20 11 11 58 42 +16 71
7 Stourbridge 42 17 15 10 70 53 +17 66
8 Woodford United 42 18 11 13 71 54 +17 65
9 Cinderford Town 42 18 10 14 70 60 +10 64
10 Rothwell Town 42 18 7 17 72 61 +11 61
11 Dunstable Town 42 16 12 14 64 53 +11 60
12 Sutton Coldfield Town 42 16 9 17 62 63 −1 57
13 Bishop's Cleeve 42 17 5 20 68 66 +2 56
14 Solihull Borough 42 17 5 20 72 84 −12 56 Merged into Solihull Moors
15 Rushall Olympic 42 15 9 18 56 55 +1 54
16 Bedworth United 42 13 8 21 73 83 −10 47
17 Malvern Town 42 12 11 19 46 66 −20 47
18 Leighton Town 42 12 8 22 44 60 −16 44
19 Spalding United 42 12 6 24 45 62 −17 42 Transferred to NPL Division One South
20 Barton Rovers 42 11 9 22 51 93 −42 42
21 Berkhamsted Town 42 10 7 25 53 97 −44 37 Reprieved from relegation†
22 Stourport Swifts 42 9 7 26 43 87 −44 34

Updated to games played on 5 May 2007.
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.

Berkhamsted Town and Stourport Swifts were reprieved from relegation as they were the two clubs in the relegation zones of the Midland and South & West Divisions with the highest points total. These two clubs were not relegated due to space created by clubs moving across to the restructured first divisions of the Northern Premier League and Lymington & New Milton (of the South & West Division) and Solihull Borough withdrawing from the league.

Play-offs[edit]

Semifinals Final
           
1 Bromsgrove Rovers 1
4 Evesham United 0
1 Bromsgrove Rovers 2
3 Willenhall Town 1
2 Chasetown 0
3 Willenhall Town 1

Division One South & West[edit]

After the end of the previous season, the Division One sections were restructured after the reorganization of the Isthmian League. Most of the previous season Division One East teams were transferred to the Isthmian League. Southern League Division One East and Division One West were replaced by Division One Midlands and Division One South & West.

Division One South & West consisted of 22 clubs, including one club from Division One East, seven from Division One West, one relegated from the Premier Division and 13 new clubs.

Bashley won the division and were promoted to the Premier Division along with play-off winners Swindon Supermarine. Hanwell Town and Beaconsfield SYCOB were relegated both to the Spartan South Midlands League, while Lymington & New Milton resigned from the league before the next season started.

League formation[edit]

League Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Bashley (C) (P) 42 32 6 4 111 35 +76 102 Promotion to Premier Division
2 Paulton Rovers 42 20 14 8 66 42 +24 74 Qualification to playoffs
3 Burnham 42 23 4 15 74 60 +14 73
4 Swindon Supermarine (P) 42 20 11 11 68 40 +28 71 Qualification to playoffs, then promoted to the Premier Division
5 Taunton Town 42 19 14 9 68 50 +18 71 Qualification to playoffs
6 Thatcham Town 42 21 7 14 70 60 +10 70
7 Marlow 42 19 12 11 74 49 +25 69
8 Uxbridge 42 20 8 14 68 58 +10 68
9 Andover 42 19 9 14 70 59 +11 66
10 Didcot Town 42 16 13 13 86 67 +19 61
11 Abingdon United 42 16 11 15 68 67 +1 59
12 Oxford City 42 17 8 17 62 75 −13 59
13 Winchester City 42 16 10 16 67 65 +2 58
14 Windsor & Eton 42 16 10 16 76 75 +1 58
15 Chesham United 42 17 6 19 68 79 −11 57 Transferred to the Division One Midlands
16 Hillingdon Borough 42 13 13 16 80 85 −5 52
17 Lymington & New Milton 42 16 3 23 81 79 +2 51 Withdrew from league at end of season
18 Brook House 42 14 6 22 71 92 −21 48 Renamed AFC Hayes at the end of the season
19 Bracknell Town 42 11 13 18 51 62 −11 46
20 Newport IOW 42 9 3 30 44 106 −62 30
21 Hanwell Town (R) 42 6 7 29 52 102 −50 0241 Relegation to Spartan South Midlands League
22 Beaconsfield SYCOB (R) 42 5 6 31 36 104 −68 21

Updated to games played on 5 May 2007.
Source: [3]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Hanwell 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 Paulton Rovers 1
4 Taunton Town 4
4 Taunton Town 0
3 Swindon Supermarine 2
2 Burnham 1
3 Swindon Supermarine 2

League Cup[edit]

1st round[edit]

Clubs playing in the Southern League Premier Division are exempt from the first round. All teams in the two Division One Leagues enter the competition at this stage.

Home club score Away club score Extra
Rushall Olympic 0 Bedworth United 1
Woodford United 7 Leighton Town 0
Sutton Coldfield Town 1 Willenhall Town 5
Paulton Rovers 1 Andover 2 After Extra Time
Abingdon United 0 Oxford City 2
Barton Rovers 2 Aylesbury United 1
Bashley 2 Winchester City 3
Berkhamsted Town 1 Dunstable Town 2
Brook House 3 Bracknell Town 2 After Extra Time
Chasetown 1 Bromsgrove Rovers 0
Chesham United 4 Burnham 0
Cinderford Town 0 Malvern Town 5
Didcot Town 3 Brackley Town 2
Hanwell Town 0 Windsor & Eton 1
Hillingdon Borough 4 Marlow United 3 After Extra Time
Spalding United 4 Rothwell Town 1
Stourbridge 4 Evesham United 3
Thatcham Town 1 Swindon Supermarine 1 Thatcham won 3-2 on penalties
Uxbridge 2 Beaconsfield SYCOB 1
Bishop's Cleeve 0 Taunton Town 1
Newport (IoW) 0 Lymington & New Milton 2
Solihull Borough 1 Stourport Swifts 3

Second round[edit]

Cirencester Town F.C. and Northwood F.C. enter the second round along with all those clubs who won their first round tie. All other Southern League Premier Division clubs were exempt.

Home club score Away club score
Cirencester Town 0 Didcot Town 4
Northwood 0 Chesham United 1
Andover 1 Thatcham Town 3
Barton Rovers 1 Uxbridge 2
Bedworth United 0 Stourport Swifts 1
Chasetown 1 Malvern Town 0
Hillingdon Borough 1 Brook House 3
Stourbridge 3 Spalding United 0
Windsor & Eton 1 Dunstable Town 2
Lymington & New Milton 1 Winchester City 0
Taunton Town 1 Oxford City 0
Willenhall Town 2 Woodford United 1

Third Round[edit]

All clubs who had been previously exempt enter at this stage of the competition along with the 12 teams who won their second round fixture.

Home club score Away club score Extra
Chippenham Town 1 Lymington & New Milton 2
Hitchin Town 0 Corby Town 1
Rugby Town 2 Halesowen Town 1 After Extra Time
Stamford 1 King's Lynn 2
Stourport Swifts 0 Stourbridge 1
Uxbridge 1 Brook House 3 After Extra Time
Wealdstone 0 Cheshunt 2
Taunton Town 2 Mangotsfield United 3
Banbury United 2 Chesham United 0
Maidenhead United 1 Thatcham Town 3 After Extra Time
Hemel Hempstead Town 3 Dunstable Town 0
Merthyr Tydfil 1 Team Bath 0
Tiverton Town 4 Yate Town 2
Clevedon Town 0 Bath City 1
Gloucester City 2 Didcot Town 3 After Extra Time
Chasetown 2 Willenhall Town 1

Fourth Round[edit]

Home team Score Away Team Score
Cheshunt 5 Brook House 0
King's Lynn 2 Corby Town 1
Tiverton Town 3 Bath City 1
Lymington & New Milton 0 Mangotsfield United 1
Banbury United 1 Chasetown 0
Rugby Town 2 Stourbridge 1
Thatcham Town 2 Hemel Hempstead Town 3
Didcot Town 4 Merthyr Tydfil 1

Quarter-Finals[edit]

Hemel Hempstead Town 3 Cheshunt 2
King's Lynn 0 Rugby Town 1
Tiverton Town 2 Mangotsfield United 0
Didcot Town 1 Banbury United 3

Semi-Finals[edit]

Rugby Town 3 Hemel Hempstead Town 4
Tiverton Town 2 Banbury United 0

Final[edit]

Club 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
Hemel Hempstead Town 0 2 2
Tiverton Town 1 2 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swifts given relegation lifeline Worcester News, 15 May 2007