2008–09 Isthmian League

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Dover Athletic receive the Isthmian League Premier Division trophy.

The 2008–09 season was the 94th season of the Isthmian League, which is an English football competition featuring semi-professional and amateur clubs from London, East and South East England. Also, it was the third season for the current incarnations of the Division One North and Division One South.

Premier Division[edit]

Isthmian League Premier Division
Season 2008–09
Champions Dover Athletic
Promoted Dover Athletic
Staines Town
Relegated Harlow Town
Heybridge Swifts
Ramsgate
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1321 (2.86 per match)

The Premier Division consisted of 22 clubs, including 17 clubs from the previous season, and five new clubs:

Staines Town won the play-offs and were promoted to the Premier Division along with champions Dover Athletic, who earned a second promotion in a row. Harlow Town, Heybridge Swifts and Ramsgate were relegated to the Division One sections, while Margate, who also finished in the relegation zone, were reprieved due to the demotion of clubs higher up the pyramid.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dover Athletic (C) (P) 42 33 5 4 91 34 +57 104 Promotion to the Conference South
2 Staines Town (O) (P) 42 23 13 6 75 41 +34 82 Qualification to the playoffs, then promoted to the Conference South
3 Tonbridge Angels 42 20 13 9 82 54 +28 73 Qualification to the playoffs
4 Carshalton Athletic 42 19 11 12 64 63 +1 68
5 Sutton United 42 18 13 11 57 53 +4 67
6 A.F.C. Hornchurch 42 19 8 15 60 51 +9 65
7 Wealdstone 42 18 8 16 70 56 +14 62
8 Dartford 42 17 11 14 62 49 +13 62
9 Tooting & Mitcham United 42 16 10 16 57 57 0 58
10 Ashford Town 42 18 2 22 64 66 −2 56
11 Billericay Town 42 15 11 16 54 66 −12 56
12 Canvey Island 42 16 7 19 65 70 −5 55
13 Horsham 42 16 7 19 49 60 −11 55
14 Harrow Borough 42 14 12 16 56 73 −17 54
15 Maidstone United 42 14 11 17 46 51 −5 53
16 Hendon 42 15 6 21 69 65 +4 51
17 Hastings United 42 14 7 21 52 68 −16 49
18 Boreham Wood 42 12 12 18 48 61 −13 48
19 Margate 42 13 7 22 51 64 −13 46 Reprieved from relegation †
20 Harlow Town (R) 42 13 6 23 61 77 −16 042 Relegation to Division One North
21 Heybridge Swifts (R) 42 10 11 21 41 63 −22 41
22 Ramsgate (R) 42 8 11 23 47 79 −32 031# Relegation to Division One South

Source: Isthmian League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Margate were reprieved from relegation[1][2]
Harlow Town were deducted 3 points for fielding an ineligible player against Wealdstone on 14 February 2009 (1–2)
#Ramsgate were deducted 4 points for fielding ineligible players against Margate on 27 December 2008 (2–0) and Tonbridge Angels on 3 January 2009 (2–2)
(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.

Playoffs[edit]

Semifinals Final
           
2 Staines Town 3
5 Sutton United 0
Staines Town 1
Carshalton Athletic 0
3 Tonbridge Angels 2
4 Carshalton Athletic 3

Division One North[edit]

Isthmian League
Division One North
Season 2008–09
Champions Aveley
Promoted Aveley
Waltham Abbey
Relegated Witham Town
Hillingdon Borough
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1354 (2.93 per match)

Division One North consisted of 22 clubs, including 15 clubs from the previous season, and seven new clubs:

Aveley won the division and were promoted to the Premier Division along with play-off winners Waltham Abbey. Witham Town and Hillingdon Borough finished in the bottom two places and left the league.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Aveley (C) (P) 42 29 9 4 81 40 +41 96 Promotion to the Premier Division
2 East Thurrock United 42 30 5 7 112 50 +62 95 Qualification to the playoffs
3 Brentwood Town 42 26 10 6 77 32 +45 88
4 Waltham Abbey (O) (P) 42 25 7 10 85 45 +40 82 Qualification to the playoffs, then promoted to the Premier Division
5 Concord Rangers 42 23 10 9 83 34 +49 79 Qualification to the playoffs
6 Northwood 42 22 12 8 65 39 +26 78
7 Wingate & Finchley 42 19 10 13 67 51 +16 67
8 Redbridge 42 18 10 14 61 50 +11 64
9 Ware 42 19 4 19 69 75 −6 61
10 Chatham Town 42 18 6 18 58 60 −2 60 Transferred to Division One South
11 Tilbury 42 16 10 16 62 53 +9 58
12 Enfield Town 42 17 7 18 71 68 +3 58
13 Great Wakering Rovers 42 16 10 16 56 62 −6 58
14 Cheshunt 42 17 5 20 60 71 −11 56
15 Leyton 42 12 15 15 63 56 +7 51
16 Maldon Town 42 13 9 20 48 63 −15 045
17 Ilford 42 12 5 25 27 68 −41 41
18 Thamesmead Town 42 10 10 22 46 73 −27 40
19 Potters Bar Town 42 9 10 23 52 73 −21 036#
20 Waltham Forest 42 9 7 26 39 81 −42 34
21 Witham Town (R) 42 6 9 27 37 103 −66 27 Relegation to the Essex Senior League
22 Hillingdon Borough (R) 42 4 4 34 35 107 −72 16 Relegation to the Spartan South Midlands League

Source: Isthmian League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Maldon Town were deducted 3 points for fielding an ineligible player against Chatham Town on 27 September 2008 (0–2)
#Potters Bar Town were deducted 1 point for fielding an ineligible player against Maldon Town on 23 September 2008 (0–0)
(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.

Playoffs[edit]

Semifinals Final
           
2 East Thurrock United 0
5 Concord Rangers 1
Concord Rangers 1 (4)
Waltham Abbey 1 (5)
3 Brentwood Town 1
4 Waltham Abbey 4

Division One South[edit]

Isthmian League
Division One South
Season 2008–09
Champions Kingstonian
Promoted Kingstonian
Cray Wanderers
Relegated Crowborough Athletic
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1381 (2.99 per match)

Division One South consisted of 22 clubs, including 17 clubs from the previous season, and five new clubs:

Kingstonian won the division and were promoted to the Premier Division along with play-off winners Cray Wanderers. Crowborough Athletic finished bottom of the table and returned to the Sussex County League after only one season in the Isthmian League. Chipstead were reprieved from relegation due to the demotion of clubs higher up the pyramid.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Kingstonian (C) (P) 42 26 8 8 91 48 +43 86 Promotion to the Premier Division
2 Cray Wanderers (O) (P) 42 24 7 11 88 54 +34 79 Qualification to the playoffs, then promoted to the Premier Division
3 Fleet Town 42 21 15 6 82 43 +39 78 Qualification to the playoffs
4 Metropolitan Police 42 21 14 7 72 45 +27 77
5 Worthing 42 21 13 8 77 48 +29 76
6 Sittingbourne 42 19 13 10 63 54 +9 70
7 Merstham 42 18 10 14 57 54 +3 64
8 Ashford Town 42 16 15 11 68 54 +14 63
9 Godalming Town 42 17 11 14 71 50 +21 62
10 Croydon Athletic 42 16 14 12 67 54 +13 62
11 Folkestone Invicta 42 16 11 15 54 46 +8 59
12 Dulwich Hamlet 42 15 15 12 64 50 +14 057
13 Eastbourne Town 42 17 6 19 66 73 −7 57
14 Walton & Hersham 42 13 11 18 46 55 −9 50
15 Leatherhead 42 14 8 20 57 74 −17 50
16 Whitstable Town 42 14 8 20 58 77 −19 50
17 Walton Casuals 42 12 8 22 43 60 −17 44
18 Whyteleafe 42 11 10 21 48 64 −16 43
19 Burgess Hill Town 42 10 13 19 49 66 −17 43
20 Corinthian-Casuals 42 11 10 21 61 91 −30 43
21 Chipstead 42 8 12 22 57 96 −39 36 Reprieved from relegation †
22 Crowborough Athletic (R) 42 4 4 34 42 125 −83 16 Relegation to the Sussex County League

Source: Isthmian League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Dulwich Hamlet were deducted 3 points for fielding an ineligible player against Eastbourne Town on 16 August 2008 (2–1)
Chipstead reprived from relegation[1]
(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.

Playoffs[edit]

Semifinals Final
           
2 Cray Wanderers 1
5 Worthing 0
Metropolitan Police 0
Cray Wanderers 1
3 Fleet Town 0
4 Metropolitan Police 1

League Cup[edit]

2008–09 Isthmian League Cup
Country  England
Teams 66
Champions Tilbury
Runners-up Harrow Borough

The Isthmian League Cup 2008–09 was the 35th season of the Isthmian League Cup, the league cup competition of the Isthmian League. Sixty-six clubs took part. The competition commenced on 18 November 2008.

Calendar[edit]

Round Matches played from Matches Clubs
First Round 18 November 2008 2 66 → 64
Second Round 25 November 2008 to 20 January 2009 32 64 → 32
Third Round 7 January 2009 to 27 January 2009 16 32 → 16
Fourth Round 27 January 2009 to 24 February 2009 8 16 → 8
Quarterfinals 24 February 2009 to 4 March 2009 4 8 → 4
Semifinals 17 March 2009 2 4 → 2
Final 8 April 2009 1 2 → 1

Fixtures and results[edit]

First Round[edit]


In the First Round, the four lowest ranked clubs in the Isthmian League played each other for a place in the Second Round. Fixtures are listed in alphabetical order, not that which they were drawn in.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Brentwood Town 0–1 Potters Bar 56
2 Great Wakering Rovers 0–1 East Thurrock United 60

Second Round[edit]


The two clubs to have made it through the First Round were entered into the draw with every other Isthmian League club, making sixty-four teams. Fixtures are listed in alphabetical order, not that which they were drawn in.

† – After extra time

Third Round[edit]


The thirty-two clubs to have made it through the Second Round were entered into the Third Round draw. Fixtures are listed in alphabetical order, not that which they were drawn in.

† – After extra time

Fourth Round[edit]


The sixteen clubs to have made it through the Third Round were entered into the Fourth Round draw. Fixtures are listed in alphabetical order, not that which they were drawn in.

† – After extra time

Quarterfinals[edit]


The eight clubs to have made it through the Fourth Round were entered into the Quarterfinals draw. Fixtures are listed in alphabetical order, not that which they were drawn in.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
59 Billericay Town 3–2 Dover Athletic 201
60 Carshalton Athletic 2–3 Ashford Town (Middx) 81
61 Harrow Borough 3–1 Horsham 55
62 Tilbury 1–1 † Staines Town 41
Tilbury advance 4–2 on penalties

† – After extra time

Semifinals[edit]


The four teams to have made it through the Quarterfinals were entered into the Semifinals draw. Fixtures are listed in alphabetical order, not that which they were drawn in.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
63 Harrow Borough 3–1 Ashford Town (Middx) 82
64 Tilbury 2–0 Billericay Town 189

Final[edit]


The Final was held on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 at Wheatsheaf Park, home of Staines Town. The winners were Tilbury, who beat Harrow Borough 2–0 in front of 284 spectators.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
65 Harrow Borough 0–2 Tilbury 284

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Non-league system – Proposed allocation of clubs 2009/10" (PDF). thefa.com. The Football Association. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  2. ^ "Gate win relegation reprieve". margate-fc.com. Margate Football Club. 2009-05-29. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 

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