2009–10 Isthmian League

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The 2009–10 season was the 95th 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 fourth season for the current incarnations of the Division One North and Division One South.

Premier Division[edit]

Isthmian League Premier Division
Season 2009–10
Champions Dartford
Promoted Dartford
Boreham Wood
Relegated Ashford Town
Waltham Abbey
Bognor Regis Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1339 (2.9 per match)

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

Dartford won the division and were promoted to the Conference South along with play-off winners Boreham Wood. Ashford Town were relegated along with Waltham Abbey and Bognor Regis Town, who had only spent one season in the Premier Division. Margate were reprieved from relegation for the second season in a row, this time after Chester City and Farsley Celtic folded and Grays Athletic were demoted from the Conference Premier to Isthmian League Division One North.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dartford (C) (P) 42 29 6 7 101 45 +56 93 Promotion to the Conference South
2 Sutton United 42 22 9 11 65 45 +20 75 Qualification to the playoffs
3 Aveley 42 21 7 14 83 62 +21 70
4 Boreham Wood (O) (P) 42 20 8 14 54 44 +10 68 Qualification to the playoffs, then promoted to the Conference South
5 Kingstonian 42 20 8 14 73 69 +4 68 Qualification to the playoffs
6 Wealdstone 42 17 14 11 65 65 0 65
7 Hastings United 42 18 9 15 68 56 +12 63
8 Tonbridge Angels 42 18 8 16 69 67 +2 62
9 A.F.C. Hornchurch 42 16 13 13 51 47 +4 61
10 Hendon 42 18 6 18 61 59 +2 60
11 Horsham 42 16 8 18 65 67 −2 56
12 Tooting & Mitcham United 42 15 10 17 60 64 −4 55
13 Billericay Town 42 14 12 16 44 42 +2 54
14 Harrow Borough 42 13 14 15 66 63 +3 53
15 Cray Wanderers 42 14 9 19 54 70 −16 51
16 Canvey Island 42 13 11 18 57 62 −5 50
17 Carshalton Athletic 42 12 13 17 58 64 −6 49
18 Maidstone United 42 13 10 19 39 57 −18 49
19 Margate 42 11 12 19 50 72 −22 45 Reprieved from relegation †
20 Ashford Town (R) 42 11 11 20 62 80 −18 44 Relegation to SFL Division One Central
21 Waltham Abbey (R) 42 12 8 22 49 74 −25 44 Relegation to Division One North
22 Bognor Regis Town (R) 42 9 14 19 45 65 −20 41 Relegation to Division One South

Updated to games played on 17 May 2010.
Source: http://www.isthmian.co.uk/
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Margate were reprieved from relegation after higher league clubs merged or folded.
(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 Sutton United 2
5 Kingstonian 4
4 Boreham Wood 2
5 Kingstonian 0
3 Aveley 0
4 Boreham Wood 1

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Sutton United Borough Sports Ground 7,032
Cray Wanderers The Hayes Lane (groundshare with Bromley) 6,000
Carshalton Athletic War Memorial Sports Ground 5,000
Kingstonian Kingsmeadow (groundshare with AFC Wimbledon) 4,722
Boreham Wood Meadow Park 4,502
Bognor Regis Town Nyewood Lane 4,500
Canvey Island Brockwell Stadium 4,308
Dartford Princes Park 4,100
Hastings United The Pilot Field 4,050
Billericay Town New Lodge 3,500
A.F.C. Hornchurch Hornchurch Stadium 3,500
Tooting & Mitcham United Imperial Fields 3,500
Waltham Abbey Capershotts 3,500
Maidstone United The Homelands (groundshare with Ashford Town) 3,200
Harrow Borough Earlsmead Stadium 3,070
Hendon Vale Farm (groundshare with Wembley) 3,000
Tonbridge Angels Longmead Stadium 3,000
Wealdstone Grosvenor Vale 2,640
Ashford Town Robert Parker Stadium 2,550
Margate Hartsdown Park 2,100
Horsham Gorings Mead (ground share with Horsham YMCA) 1,500
Aveley The Mill Field 1,100


Division One North[edit]

Isthmian League
Division One North
Season 2009–10
Champions Lowestoft Town
Promoted Lowestoft Town
Concord Rangers
Relegated none
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1436 (3.11 per match)

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

Lowestoft Town won the division and were promoted for the second season in a row along with play-off winners Concord Rangers. Leyton and Harlow Town finished in the relegation zone, but were reprieved due to the demotion of VCD Athletic and other clubs higher up the pyramid. After the end of the season Maldon Town merged with Essex Senior League side Tiptree United to form a new club Maldon & Tiptree, who took the place of Maldon Town.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Lowestoft Town (C) (P) 42 32 5 5 115 37 +78 101 Promotion to the Premier Division
2 Concord Rangers (O) (P) 42 26 8 8 94 42 +52 86 Qualification to the playoffs, then promoted to the Premier Division
3 Wingate & Finchley 42 24 9 9 88 55 +33 81 Qualification to the playoffs
4 Enfield Town 42 23 11 8 81 47 +34 80
5 East Thurrock United 42 23 8 11 102 59 +43 77
6 Heybridge Swifts 42 21 8 13 67 56 +11 71
7 Thamesmead Town 42 20 7 15 67 56 +11 67
8 VCD Athletic 42 19 10 13 61 53 +8 067 Demoted to the Kent League
9 Great Wakering Rovers 42 18 10 14 67 70 −3 64
10 Northwood 42 17 10 15 65 61 +4 61 Transferred to SFL Division One Central
11 Tilbury 42 15 11 16 61 60 +1 56
12 Brentwood Town 42 15 7 20 53 53 0 52
13 Romford 42 15 7 20 71 88 −17 52
14 Potters Bar Town 42 14 8 20 51 67 −16 50
15 Cheshunt 42 16 2 24 57 83 −26 50
16 Waltham Forest 42 13 9 20 51 75 −24 48
17 Maldon Town 42 13 6 23 54 74 −20 45 Merged with Tiptree United to form Maldon & Tiptree
18 Redbridge 42 9 15 18 41 62 −21 42
19 Ware 42 11 9 22 57 84 −27 42
20 Ilford 42 11 10 21 47 72 −25 034
21 Leyton 42 5 15 22 40 84 −44 30 Reprieved from relegation †
22 Harlow Town 42 6 7 29 46 98 −52 15

Updated to games played on 17 May 2010.
Source: http://www.isthmian.co.uk/
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
* VCD Athletic were demoted after failing to meet ground grading requirements
Ilford were deducted nine points for fielding an ineligible player in five games between August and January.
Leyton were reprieved from relegation after numerous higher league clubs folded. Harlow Town were deducted 10 points for entering administration. They were reprieved from relegation after an appeal by VCD was turned down.
(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 Concord Rangers 1
5 East Thurrock United 0
2 Concord Rangers 3
4 Enfield Town 1
3 Wingate & Finchley 2
4 Enfield Town 3

Division One South[edit]

Isthmian League
Division One South
Season 2009–10
Champions Croydon Athletic
Promoted Croydon Athletic
Folkestone Invicta
Relegated none
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1322 (2.86 per match)

Division One South consisted of 22 clubs, including 19 clubs from the previous season, and three new clubs:

Folkestone Invicta won the play-offs and returned to the Premier Division after two seasons of absence along with Croydon Athletic, who won the division. Walton Casuals and Eastbourne Town finished in the relegation zone but were reprieved due to the resignation of Ashford Town (Kent) and 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 Croydon Athletic (C) (P) 42 27 8 7 92 39 +53 89 Promotion to the Premier Division
2 Folkestone Invicta (O) (P) 42 28 8 6 54 23 +31 082* Qualification to the playoffs, then promoted to the Premier Division
3 Worthing 42 25 5 12 83 53 +30 80 Qualification to the playoffs
4 Godalming Town 42 26 5 11 71 44 +27 080
5 Leatherhead 42 22 8 12 78 45 +33 74
6 Fleet Town 42 22 6 14 74 49 +25 72
7 Burgess Hill Town 42 19 10 13 64 50 +14 67
8 Walton & Hersham 42 18 8 16 55 54 +1 62
9 Sittingbourne 42 18 7 17 63 48 +15 61
10 Metropolitan Police 42 17 9 16 59 50 +9 60
11 Horsham YMCA 42 15 14 13 67 61 +6 59
12 Dulwich Hamlet 42 14 12 16 57 64 −7 54
13 Corinthian-Casuals 42 17 3 22 66 79 −13 54
14 Ramsgate 42 13 14 15 55 61 −6 53
15 Whyteleafe 42 15 6 21 60 64 −4 51
16 Merstham 42 12 12 18 62 80 −18 48
17 Chatham Town 42 14 4 24 55 75 −20 46
18 Whitstable Town 42 14 3 25 41 85 −44 45
19 Chipstead 42 11 10 21 47 65 −18 43
20 Ashford Town 42 9 11 22 49 90 −41 38 Club resigned before the new season
21 Walton Casuals 42 8 10 24 41 66 −25 34 Reprieved from relegation †
22 Eastbourne Town 42 6 11 25 29 77 −48 29

Updated to games played on 17 May 2010.
Source: http://www.isthmian.co.uk/
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
* Folkestone Invicta were deducted 10 points for insolvency
Godalming Town were deducted three points for fielding a suspended player
Walton Casuals were reprieved from relegation. Eastbourne Town were also reprieved from relegation as a knock-on effect from Merthyr Tydfil's expulsion from the Southern League.
(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 Folkestone Invicta* 2 (5)
5 Leatherhead 2 (4)
2 Folkestone Invicta 2
4 Godalming Town 1
3 Worthing 1
4 Godalming Town 2

* Folkestone Invicta won 5–4 on penalties

League Cup[edit]

2009–10 Isthmian League Cup
Country  England
Teams 66
Champions Leatherhead
Runners-up Wealdstone

The Isthmian League Cup 2009–10 was the 36th season of the Isthmian League Cup, the league cup competition of the Isthmian League. Sixty-six clubs took part. The competition commenced on 20 October 2009 and finished on 24 March 2010.

Calendar[edit]

Round Matches played from Matches Clubs
First Round 20 October 2009 2 66 → 64
Second Round 3 November 2009 to 13 November 2009 32 64 → 32
Third Round 24 November 2009 to 4 February 2010 16 32 → 16
Fourth Round 26 January 2010 to 4 March 2010 8 16 → 8
Quarterfinals 23 February 2010 to 11 March 2010 4 8 → 4
Semifinals 11 March 2010 to 18 March 2010 2 4 → 2
Final 24 March 2010 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.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Cheshunt 0–2 Northwood 96
2 Godalming Town 4–2 Merstham 75

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.

† – 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.

† – After extra time

Fourth Round[edit]

The sixteen clubs to have made it through the Third Round were entered into the Fourth Round draw.

† – After extra time

Quarterfinals[edit]

The eight clubs to have made it through the Fourth Round were entered into the Quarterfinals draw.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
59 Croydon Athletic 2–1 Lowestoft Town 58
60 Sittingbourne 1–2 Wealdstone 74
61 Fleet Town 0–3 Leatherhead 77
62 Aveley 2–1 Canvey Island 104

Semifinals[edit]

The four teams to have made it through the Quarterfinals were entered into the Semifinals draw.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
63 Leatherhead 1–1 † Aveley 105
Leatherhead advance 4–3 on penalties
64 Wealdstone 1–0 Croydon Athletic 113

† – After extra time

Final[edit]

The two clubs to have made it through the Semifinals reached the Final.

The final was held on Wednesday, 24 March 2010 at Imber Court, home of Metropolitan Police. The winners were Leatherhead, who beat Wealdstone by four to three on penalties after a nil–nil draw in front of six hundred and eighty-eight spectators.

Tie no Score Attendance
65 Leatherhead 0–0 † Wealdstone 688
Leatherhead win 4–3 on penalties

† – After extra time

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