2012–13 Southern Football League

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The 2012–13 season was the 110th in the history of the Southern League since its establishment in 1894. From the previous season onwards, the Southern League was known as The Evo-Stik League Southern, following a sponsorship deal with Evo-Stik.

Due to Step Three leagues increasing their number of teams from 22 to 24 from the 2013–14 season onwards, only two clubs were relegated from the Premier Division, and only one club was relegated from each of Division One Central and South & West this season.[1]

Premier Division[edit]

Southern Football League Premier Division
Season 2012–13
Champions Leamington
Promoted Leamington
Gosport Borough
Relegated Bedworth United
Kettering Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1409 (3.05 per match)
Top goalscorer John Frendo (Hitchin Town) - 31
Biggest home win Gosport Borough 7 – 0 Kettering Town, 15 December 2012
Stourbridge 8 – 1 Banbury United, 18 September 2012
Biggest away win Kettering Town 0 – 7 Bashley, 6 October 2012
Highest scoring Hemel Hempstead Town 8 – 2 Hitchin Town, 15 December 2012
Highest attendance 1027 (Leamington 2–1 St. Albans City, 27 April 2013)
Lowest attendance 80 (Arlesey Town 3–0 Redditch United, 26 March 2013)
Average attendance 312

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

Hinckley United and Maidenhead United were originally relegated to this division from the Conference North/South, but were reprieved after the relegation of Darlington and the resignation of Kettering Town from the Conference National.[2][3] Darlington were relegated to the Northern League, and Kettering applied to join the Southern League, allowing for a further reprieve for Hemel Hempstead Town.[4]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Leamington (C) (P) 42 30 5 7 85 46 +39 95 Promotion to Conference North
2 Stourbridge 42 25 8 9 94 42 +52 83 Qualification to playoffs
3 Chesham United 42 21 12 9 69 48 +21 75
4 Hemel Hempstead Town 42 22 6 14 95 71 +24 72
5 Gosport Borough (P) 42 19 13 10 78 43 +35 70 Qualification to playoffs, then promoted to the Conference South
6 Arlesey Town 42 21 6 15 70 51 +19 69
7 Barwell 42 19 12 11 67 50 +17 69 Transferred to NPL Premier Division
8 Cambridge City 42 20 6 16 63 57 +6 66
9 Weymouth 42 18 8 16 59 71 −12 62
10 Bedford Town 42 18 7 17 61 56 +5 61
11 St Albans City 42 18 6 18 81 71 +10 60
12 St Neots Town 42 15 7 20 77 77 0 52
13 Hitchin Town 42 15 7 20 62 68 −6 52
14 A.F.C. Totton 42 15 7 20 62 84 −22 52
15 Chippenham Town 42 13 12 17 63 67 −4 51
16 Banbury United 42 14 9 19 60 75 −15 51
17 Bashley 42 13 10 19 47 63 −16 49
18 Frome Town 42 11 12 19 40 55 −15 45
19 Redditch United 42 12 7 23 32 65 −33 43
20 Bideford 42 11 9 22 58 73 −15 42
21 Bedworth United (R) 42 11 9 22 39 73 −34 42 Relegation to NPL Division One South
22 Kettering Town (R) 42 8 8 26 47 102 −55 022* Relegation to Division One Central

Updated to games played on 30 April 2013.
Source: Southern Football League.
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
* Kettering Town deducted 10 points for financial irregularities.
(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 Stourbridge 1
5 Gosport Borough 2
4 Hemel Hempstead Town 2 (4)
5 Gosport Borough 2 (5)
3 Chesham United 0
4 Hemel Hempstead Town 2

Semi-finals[edit]

Final[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Kettering Town Nene Park 6,441
Weymouth Bob Lucas Stadium 6,600
Chesham United The Meadow 3,000
Redditch United The Valley 5,000
Gosport Borough Privett Park 4,500[5]
St Albans City Clarence Park 4,500
Bashley The Recreation Ground 4,250
Bedford Town The New Eyrie 4,000
Hitchin Town Top Field 4,000
Hemel Hempstead Town Vauxhall Road 3,152
A.F.C. Totton Testwood Stadium 3,000
Bedworth United The Oval Ground 3,000
Arlesey Town aRMadillo Stadium 2,920
Chippenham Town Hardenhuish Park 2,815
Barwell Kirkby Road 2,500
Cambridge City City Ground 2,300
Leamington New Windmill Ground 2,300
Stourbridge War Memorial Athletic Ground 2,014
Banbury United Spencer Stadium 2,000
Bideford The Sports Ground 2,000
Frome Town Badgers Hill 2,000
St Neots Town New Rowley Park 2,000

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] TOT ARL BAN BAR BAS BED BWU BID CAM CHE CHI FRO GOS HEM HIT KET LEA RED SAC STN STB WEY
A.F.C. Totton 3–3 2–3 2–1 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–0 1–5 1–1 0–5 2–0 3–2 2–0 2–2 4–0 0–2 2–0 3–0 2–1 2–4 5–2
Arlesey Town 5–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–2 1–2 2–0 4–0 0–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 3–0 0–2 3–0 1–3 4–3 2–4 3–0
Banbury United 2–1 1–3 1–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–4 4–0 0–4 2–0 3–0 0–0 2–2 3–1 0–2 1–3
Barwell 1–0 2–0 4–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–3 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–0 1–2 1–3 0–0 1–3 2–3 2–1 0–1
Bashley 0–3 1–0 2–0 0–5 0–1 1–0 4–1 0–0 1–3 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–6 0–1 3–1 0–2 0–1 2–0 2–2 0–1 1–0
Bedford Town 4–1 0–0 3–1 3–0 0–1 0–1 3–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–3 1–4 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 0–2
Bedworth United 2–0 2–1 0–4 1–1 0–3 2–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–3 0–0 1–3 1–3 0–3 2–0
Bideford 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 0–0 0–3 3–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 0–0 0–2 3–2 3–2 4–0 0–1 3–2 1–0 0–0 2–2 2–1
Cambridge City 0–0 1–2 1–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–3 1–2 0–4 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–4 1–0 2–1 0–5 2–2 2–0
Chesham United 6–0 1–0 3–1 2–2 3–0 2–2 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–3 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–2
Chippenham Town 3–0 0–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–7 4–3 2–3 2–2 0–0 1–2 2–4 3–0 0–2 2–3 4–3 2–2 4–0 2–2
Frome Town 3–1 0–1 0–0 2–3 1–1 2–3 1–3 0–1 0–3 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–1 3–1 0–2 1–0 0–3 1–2 0–1 2–0
Gosport Borough 1–0 0–1 3–2 1–2 0–0 4–0 1–0 2–0 1–2 3–1 2–3 0–0 3–3 0–0 7–0 3–0 2–3 0–1 1–0 1–3 0–0
Hemel Hempstead Town 4–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 4–2 4–3 6–1 4–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–3 1–1 8–2 5–2 1–3 4–0 1–1 2–4 2–1 1–3
Hitchin Town 4–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–3 1–3 2–1 2–0 1–0 3–2 3–4 0–1 3–0 0–2 2–2 0–1 1–2
Kettering Town 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–7 3–0 1–4 3–1 1–2 3–1 2–4 1–1 1–3 1–2 3–1 1–3 0–1 2–6 1–0 0–1 1–6
Leamington 2–1 4–3 4–1 0–6 4–1 3–0 6–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–3 3–2 3–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 1–1
Redditch United 2–1 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–3 0–0 2–1 2–4 0–2 1–0 2–1 0–2 1–4 0–2 4–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–4 0–0
St Albans City 3–0 1–0 4–0 4–4 2–2 2–2 3–0 4–3 3–2 2–6 0–2 4–0 1–6 0–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 3–0 0–1 2–4 2–3
St Neots Town 1–3 1–2 3–2 2–2 2–2 1–3 3–2 5–3 2–3 3–1 0–1 0–1 2–3 6–1 2–3 4–3 0–1 1–2 3–2 0–0 4–2
Stourbridge 3–0 4–1 8–1 0–2 3–0 0–1 0–1 3–1 4–1 5–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 4–1 0–0 5–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 5–0
Weymouth 3–3 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–4 2–1 4–2 0–1 0–3 0–0 2–1 3–3 0–1 3–2 0–0 0–4 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–5

Updated to games played on 27 April 2013.
Source: Southern Football League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Division One Central[edit]

Southern Football League Division One Central
Season 2012–13
Champions Burnham
Promoted Burnham
Biggleswade Town
Relegated Woodford United
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1645 (3.56 per match)
Top goalscorer Ryan Bird (Burnham) - 42
Biggest home win Ashford Town 10 – 0 Woodford United, 30 March 2013
Biggest away win Woodford United 0 – 10 Biggleswade Town, 19 March 2013
Highest scoring Woodford United 3 – 7 Chertsey Town, 1 December 2012
Highest attendance 448 (Burnham 1 – 0 Slough Town, 1 April 2013)
Lowest attendance 32 (Woodford United 0 – 5 Northwood, 2 February 2013)
Average attendance 113

Division One Central consisted of 22 clubs, including 18 clubs from last season and four new teams:

Burnham won the division on the final day of the season and were promoted to the Premier Division along with play-off winners Biggleswade Town. Woodford United lost all their matches and were the only team relegated from Division One Central after this season.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Burnham (C) (P) 42 31 6 5 108 39 +69 99 Promotion to Premier Division
2 Rugby Town 42 31 3 8 103 45 +58 96 Qualification to playoffs
3 Godalming Town 42 28 8 6 94 39 +55 92 Qualification to playoffs, then transferred to Division One Central
4 Biggleswade Town (P) 42 26 7 9 97 50 +47 85 Qualification to playoffs, then promoted to the Premier Division
5 Beaconsfield SYCOB 42 26 6 10 81 47 +34 84 Qualification to playoffs
6 Slough Town 42 26 5 11 103 50 +53 83
7 Royston Town 42 24 10 8 86 49 +37 82
8 Daventry Town 42 22 10 10 81 47 +34 76
9 Guildford City 42 20 6 16 86 75 +11 66 Transferred to Division One Central
10 Ashford Town 42 17 10 15 85 79 +6 61
11 Uxbridge 42 19 4 19 78 85 −7 61
12 Aylesbury 42 16 10 16 76 73 +3 58
13 Northwood 42 17 6 19 80 73 +7 57
14 Barton Rovers 42 16 5 21 62 78 −16 53
15 A.F.C. Hayes 42 13 8 21 73 81 −8 47
16 Chalfont St Peter 42 18 7 17 76 74 +2 046
17 Thatcham Town 42 10 5 27 59 86 −27 35 Transferred to Division One Central
18 Fleet Town 42 10 5 27 47 76 −29 35
19 North Greenford United 42 9 6 27 56 95 −39 33
20 Chertsey Town 42 9 4 29 50 98 −48 31
21 Leighton Town 42 6 5 31 43 121 −78 23
22 Woodford United (R) 42 0 0 42 21 185 −164 0 Relegation to United Counties League

Updated to games played on 6 May 2013.
Source: Southern Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Chalfont St Peter deducted 15 points for fielding an ineligible player.[6]
(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 Rugby Town 1
5 Beaconsfield SYCOB 0
2 Rugby Town 1
4 Biggleswade Town 3
3 Godalming Town 1
4 Biggleswade Town 2

Semi-finals[edit]

Final[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Rugby Town Butlin Road 6,000
Daventry Town Communications Park 5,000
Barton Rovers Sharpenhoe Road 4,000
Royston Town Garden Walk 4,000
Uxbridge Honeycroft 3,770
Beaconsfield SYCOB Holloways Park 3,500
Slough Town Holloways Park# 3,500
Northwood Chestnut Avenue (Northwood Park) 3,075
Biggleswade Town The Carlsberg Stadium 3,000
Godalming Town Weycourt 3,000
Woodford United Byfield Road 3,000
Leighton Town Bell Close 2,800
Ashford Town The Robert Parker Stadium 2,550
Burnham The Gore 2,500
Chertsey Town Alwyns Lane 2,500
Fleet Town Calthorpe Park 2,000
Guildford City Guildford Spectrum 2,000
North Greenford United Berkeley Fields 2,000
A.F.C. Hayes Farm Park 1,500
Chalfont St Peter Mill Meadow 1,500
Thatcham Town Waterside Park 1,500
Aylesbury Haywood Way 1,300

#Slough Town ground-shared with Beaconsfield SYCOB.

Division One South & West[edit]

Southern Football League Division One South & West
Season 2012–13
Champions Poole Town
Promoted Poole Town
Hungerford Town
Relegated Winchester City
Sholing (resigned)
Abingdon United (resigned)
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1359 (2.94 per match)
Top goalscorer Lee Wort (Sholing) - 33
Biggest home win Merthyr Town 10–0 Winchester City, 6 April 2013
Biggest away win Cirencester Town 1–6 Bridgwater Town, 15 December 2012
Bridgwater Town 0–5 Shortwood United, 7 March 2013
Highest attendance 726 (Wimborne Town 0–2 Poole Town, 1 January 2013)
Lowest attendance 33 (Winchester City 0–4 Cirencester Town, 30 March 2013)
Average attendance 148

Division One South & West consisted of 22 clubs, including 16 clubs from last season, three teams relegated from the Premier Division and three new teams:

Poole Town won the division in their second season in the league, and were promoted to the Premier Division along with play-off winners Hungerford Town. Winchester Town finished bottom and left the Southern League for the Wessex League for the second time in four seasons.

Sholing resigned at the end of the season for financial reasons, and dropped down to the Wessex League.[7]

On 12 May 2013, Abingdon United also resigned from the league for financial reasons, and dropped down to the Hellenic League.[8] Thus, Bishop's Cleeve were reprieved from relegation, despite finishing in the relegation zone.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Poole Town (C) (P) 42 30 8 4 82 36 +46 98 Promotion to Premier Division
2 Hungerford Town (P) 42 26 6 10 71 44 +27 84 Qualification to playoffs, then promoted to the Premier Division
3 Merthyr Town 42 24 11 7 84 38 +46 83 Qualification to playoffs
4 Swindon Supermarine 42 25 6 11 79 51 +28 81
5 Paulton Rovers 42 23 6 13 64 54 +10 75
6 Yate Town 42 21 6 15 69 63 +6 69
7 Sholing 42 20 8 14 87 56 +31 68 Resigned at the end of the season
8 Shortwood United 42 20 7 15 62 45 +17 67
9 North Leigh 42 19 4 19 70 69 +1 61
10 Cinderford Town 42 17 8 17 61 66 −5 59
11 Cirencester Town 42 15 13 14 54 57 −3 057*
12 Wimborne Town 42 15 10 17 59 60 −1 55
13 Mangotsfield United 42 15 10 17 53 61 −8 55
14 Evesham United 42 14 9 19 49 58 −9 51
15 Clevedon Town 42 12 13 17 61 67 −6 49
16 Tiverton Town 42 11 14 17 51 58 −7 47
17 Didcot Town 42 12 10 20 59 76 −17 46
18 Taunton Town 42 12 8 22 59 85 −26 44
19 Bridgwater Town 42 10 10 22 52 78 −26 40
20 Abingdon United 42 10 8 24 42 66 −24 38 Resigned at the end of the season
21 Bishop's Cleeve 42 10 7 25 49 66 −17 37 Reprieved from relegation †
22 Winchester City (R) 42 9 2 31 42 105 −63 026 Relegation to Wessex League

Updated to games played on 12 May 2013.
Source: Southern Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Winchester City deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player against Taunton Town on the first day of the season.[9]
* Cirencester Town deducted one 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.

Playoffs[edit]

Semifinals Final
           
2 Hungerford Town 4
5 Paulton Rovers 2
2 Hungerford Town 3
3 Merthyr Town 1
3 Merthyr Town 2 (3)
4 Swindon Supermarine 2 (2)

Semi-finals[edit]

Final[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity Seated Ref
Merthyr Town Penydarren Park 10,000 [10]
Paulton Rovers Athletic Field 5,000 253 [11]
Evesham United St George's Lane* 4,749
Winchester City The City Ground 4,500 180 [12]
Clevedon Town Hand Stadium 3,500 300 [13]
Cinderford Town The Causeway 3,500 250 [14]
Tiverton Town Ladysmead 3,500 520 [15]
Wimborne Town Cuthbury 3,250 275 [16]
Didcot Town NPower Loop Meadow Stadium 3,000 150 [17]
Swindon Supermarine The Webb's Wood Stadium 3,000
Bridgwater Town Fairfax Park 2,500 128 [18]
Hungerford Town Bulpit Lane 2,500 170 [14]
Mangotsfield United Cossham Street 2,500 300 [19]
Taunton Town Wordsworth Drive 2,500 300 [14]
Abingdon United Northcourt Road 2,000 158 [14]
Poole Town Tatnam 2,000 154 [20]
North Leigh Eynsham Hall Park Sports Ground 2,000 100 [14]
Yate Town Lodge Road 2,000 236 [21]
Bishop's Cleeve Kayte Lane 1,500 50 [14]
Sholing VT Group Sports Ground 1,000 150 [22]
Shortwood United The Meadowbank Ground TBC
Cirencester Town Corinium Stadium TBC

*Evesham United ground-shared with Worcester City.

League Cup[edit]

2012–13 Southern League Cup
Country  England
Teams 66
Champions Arlesey Town
Runners-up Frome Town

The Southern League Cup 2012–13 (billed as the RedInsure Cup 2012–13 for sponsorship reasons) is the 75th season of the Southern League Cup, the cup competition of the Southern Football League.

Preliminary round[edit]

First round[edit]

Second round[edit]

Third Round[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Semi-final[edit]

Final[edit]

First leg[edit]

Second leg[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "FA proposed club allocations 2012–13". The FA. May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Gosport Borough". Pyramid Passion. David Bauckham. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Chalfont St Peter hit by huge points penalty". The Non-League Paper. 5 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Sholing resign from Southern League". Sholing F.C. 14 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Abingdon United withdraw from Southern League". Non League Daily. 12 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Points deduction for Winchester City". Southern Daily Echo. 5 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Wales Directory – Pennydarren park
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  12. ^ "Ground". Winchester City FC. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
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  16. ^ "Wimborne Town". Pyramid Passion. David Bauckham. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "FAQ – What Facilities are there at the Club?". Didcot Town FC. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Club Facilities – Bridgwater Town Football Club". Bridgwater Town FC. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Visitors Information". Mangotsfield United FC. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
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  22. ^ "Facilities". Sholing FC. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 

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