2013–14 Isthmian League

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The 2013–14 season was the 99th 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 eighth season for the current incarnations of the Division One North and Division One South. The season saw divisions increase from 22 to 24 teams. The regular season started on 10 August 2013 and finished on 26 April 2014 with the play-off semifinals scheduled for the week beginning 28 April 2014 and the three finals scheduled for 3–5 May 2014.[1] The fixture list was released during the week beginning 15 July 2013.[1]

Following the resignation of Vauxhall Motors from the Conference North,[2] and the liquidation of Southern League Premier Division club Hinckley United,[3] Redhill and Wroxham were reprieved at the end of the season. Wingate & Finchley were also reprieved from relegation when Worksop Town resigned from the Northern Premier League in late May 2014.[4]

Premier Division[edit]

Isthmian League Premier Division
Season 2013–14
Champions Wealdstone
Promoted Wealdstone
Lowestoft Town
Relegated Thamesmead Town
Carshalton Athletic
Cray Wanderers
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1704 (3.09 per match)
Highest attendance 2296 – Maidstone United 4 – 3 Dulwich Hamlet, (15 March 2014)
Average attendance 377

The Premier Division consisted of 18 teams from previous season and six new clubs in a division expanded from 22 to 24 clubs:

  • Thurrock originally finished above the relegation places in 2012–13, and Carshalton Athletic were relegated. However, Thurrock were subsequently deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player, and were thus relegated to Division One North, with Carshalton staying in the Premier Division. A knock-on effect was that Sittingbourne, who had provisionally been switched to Division One North, stayed in Division One South. Thurrock appealed, but the appeal was rejected.

Wealdstone won the division and were promoted to the Conference South, while Lowestoft Town won the play-offs after three consecutive play-off final defeats and were promoted to the Conference North. The Premier Division switched back to four relegation places this season, though Wingate & Finchley finally were reprieved after Worksop Town resigned from the Northern Premier League.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Wealdstone (C) (P) 46 28 12 6 99 43 +56 96 Promotion to the Conference South
2 Kingstonian 46 25 10 11 80 44 +36 85 Qualification to the playoffs
3 Bognor Regis Town 46 26 7 13 95 65 +30 85
4 Lowestoft Town (O) (P) 46 24 12 10 76 40 +36 84 Qualification to the playoffs, then promoted to the Conference North
5 AFC Hornchurch 46 24 11 11 83 53 +30 83 Qualification to the playoffs
6 Dulwich Hamlet 46 25 7 14 96 65 +31 82
7 Maidstone United 46 23 12 11 92 57 +35 81
8 Hendon 46 21 7 18 84 69 +15 70
9 Leiston 46 19 10 17 73 71 +2 67
10 Billericay Town 46 19 9 18 66 64 +2 66
11 Margate 46 18 10 18 70 67 +3 64
12 Hampton & Richmond 46 18 10 18 72 70 +2 64
13 Canvey Island 46 17 11 18 65 65 0 62
14 Grays Athletic 46 17 10 19 74 82 −8 61
15 Bury Town 46 17 9 20 60 65 −5 60
16 Lewes 46 14 17 15 67 67 0 59
17 Metropolitan Police 46 15 13 18 58 59 −1 58
18 Harrow Borough 46 15 13 18 66 72 −6 58
19 Enfield Town 46 13 12 21 64 90 −26 51
20 East Thurrock United 46 13 10 23 66 84 −18 49
21 Wingate & Finchley 46 14 7 25 57 84 −27 49 Reprieved from relegation †
22 Thamesmead Town (R) 46 12 10 24 61 90 −29 46 Relegation to Division One North
23 Carshalton Athletic (R) 46 8 6 32 40 101 −61 30 Relegation to Division One South
24 Cray Wanderers (R) 46 7 5 34 40 138 −98 26 Relegation to Division One North

Updated to games played on 29 May 2014.
Source: http://www.isthmian.co.uk.
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Wingate & Finchley were reprieved from relegation.
(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 Kingstonian 0
5 A.F.C. Hornchurch 1
4 Lowestoft Town 3
5 A.F.C. Hornchurch 0
3 Bognor Regis Town 1
4 Lowestoft Town 2

Semi-finals[edit]

Final[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Cray Wanderers The Hayes Lane Stadium (groundshare with Bromley) 6,000
Thamesmead Town Bayliss Avenue 6,000
Kingstonian Kingsmeadow (groundshare with AFC Wimbledon) 5,194
Carshalton Athletic War Memorial Sports Ground 5,000
Canvey Island Park Lane 4,308
Bognor Regis Town Nyewood Lane 4,000
East Thurrock United Rookery Hill 4,000
Hornchurch Hornchurch Stadium 3,500
Billericay Town New Lodge 3,500
Bury Town Ram Meadow 3,500
Hampton & Richmond Beveree Stadium 3,500
Harrow Borough Earlsmead Stadium 3,070
Dulwich Hamlet Champion Hill 3,000
Hendon Vale Farm (groundshare with Wembley) 3,000
Metropolitan Police Imber Court 3,000
Lewes The Dripping Pan 3,000
Wealdstone Grosvenor Vale 2,640
Enfield Town Queen Elizabeth II Stadium 2,500
Leiston Victory Road 2,500
Lowestoft Town Crown Meadow 2,250
Maidstone United Gallagher Stadium 2,226
Margate Hartsdown Park 2,100
Wingate & Finchley The Harry Abrahams Stadium 1,500
Grays Athletic The Mill Field (groundshare with Aveley) 1,100


Division One North[edit]

Isthmian League Division One North
Season 2013–14
Champions VCD Athletic
Promoted VCD Athletic
Witham Town
Relegated Waltham Forest
Erith & Belvedere
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1933 (3.5 per match)
Average attendance 106

Division One North consisted of 18 clubs from the previous season and six new clubs in a division expanded from 22 to 24 clubs:

VCD Athletic won the division to earn a second consecutive title and were promoted to the Premier Division along with play-off winners Witham Town. After the league expansion, Division Ones switched to three relegation places, though Wroxham were reprieved from relegation after the resignation of Vauxhall Motors and the liquidation of Hinckley United.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 VCD Athletic (C) (P) 46 32 3 11 116 54 +62 99 Promotion to the Premier Division
2 Witham Town (O) (P) 46 30 8 8 109 54 +55 98 Qualification to the playoffs, then promoted to the Premier Division
3 Heybridge Swifts 46 28 9 9 108 59 +49 93 Qualification to the playoffs
4 Harlow Town 46 27 10 9 105 59 +46 91
5 Needham Market 46 25 12 9 85 44 +41 87
6 Thurrock 46 26 9 11 99 60 +39 87
7 Dereham Town 46 22 11 13 98 65 +33 77
8 Soham Town Rangers 46 24 4 18 92 75 +17 76
9 Maldon & Tiptree 46 21 13 12 82 68 +14 76
10 A.F.C. Sudbury 46 21 13 12 76 63 +13 76
11 Romford 46 21 5 20 76 69 +7 68
12 Chatham Town 46 20 8 18 74 76 −2 68
13 Aveley 46 20 5 21 81 81 0 65
14 Redbridge 46 16 11 19 78 84 −6 59
15 Cheshunt 46 12 17 17 74 75 −1 53
16 Tilbury 46 14 11 21 56 74 −18 53
17 Burnham Ramblers 46 14 10 22 69 100 −31 52
18 Waltham Abbey 46 14 8 24 71 90 −19 50
19 Brentwood Town 46 11 13 22 71 92 −21 46
20 Barkingside 46 12 10 24 76 120 −44 46
21 Ware 46 12 9 25 73 93 −20 45
22 Wroxham 46 10 6 30 77 123 −46 36 Reprieved from relegation †
23 Waltham Forest (R) 46 6 7 33 43 118 −75 25 Relegation to the Essex Senior League
24 Erith & Belvedere (R) 46 6 4 36 44 137 −93 22 Relegation to the Southern Counties East League

Updated to games played on 4 May 2014.
Source: http://www.isthmian.co.uk
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Wroxham were reprieved from relegation.
(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 Witham Town 1
5 Needham Market 0
2 Witham Town 3
4 Harlow Town 0
3 Heybridge Swifts 0
4 Harlow Town 3

Semi-finals[edit]

Final[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
A.F.C. Sudbury King's Marsh 2,500
Aveley The Mill Field (groundshare with Grays Athletic) 1,100
Barkingside Oakside (groundshare with Redbridge) 3,000
Brentwood Town The Brentwood Centre Arena 1,800
Burnham Ramblers Leslie Fields 2,000
Chatham Town The Sports Ground 5,000
Cheshunt Cheshunt Stadium 3,000
Dereham Town Aldiss Park 3,000
Erith & Belvedere Park View Road (groundshare with Welling United) 5,000
Harlow Town Barrows Farm 3,500
Heybridge Swifts Scraley Road 3,000
Maldon & Tiptree Wallace Binder Ground 2,000
Needham Market Bloomfields 4,000
Redbridge Oakside 3,000
Romford Ship Lane (groundshare with Thurrock) 3,500
Soham Town Rangers Julius Martin Lane 2,000
Thurrock Ship Lane 3,500
Tilbury Chadfields 4,000
VCD Athletic The Oakwood 1,180
Waltham Abbey Capershotts 3,500
Waltham Forest Wadham Lodge 3,500
Ware Wodson Park 3,300
Witham Town Spa Road 2,500
Wroxham Trafford Park 2,000


Division One South[edit]

Isthmian League Division One South
Season 2013–14
Champions Peacehaven & Telscombe
Promoted Peacehaven & Telscombe
Leatherhead
Relegated Crawley Down Gatwick
Eastbourne Town
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1897 (3.44 per match)
Average attendance 207

Division One South consisted of 20 clubs from the previous season and four new clubs in a division expanded from 22 to 24 clubs:

Peacehaven & Telscombe won the division to earn a second consecutive title and were promoted to the Premier Division along with play-off winners Leatherhead. After the league expansion, Division Ones switched to three relegation places, though Redhill were reprieved from relegation after the resignation of Vauxhall Motors and the liquidation of Hinckley United.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Peacehaven & Telscombe (C) (P) 46 33 8 5 128 55 +73 107 Promotion to the Premier Division
2 Folkestone Invicta 46 27 8 11 102 59 +43 89 Qualification to the playoffs
3 Leatherhead (O) (P) 46 28 8 10 93 46 +47 086 Qualification to the playoffs, then promoted to the Premier Division
4 Guernsey 46 23 12 11 93 65 +28 81 Qualification to the playoffs
5 Hastings United 46 24 7 15 73 62 +11 79
6 Burgess Hill Town 46 22 11 13 88 67 +21 77
7 Merstham 46 23 7 16 81 63 +18 76
8 Hythe Town 46 22 7 17 87 71 +16 73
9 Walton Casuals 46 22 4 20 89 93 −4 70
10 Faversham Town 46 18 14 14 78 69 +9 68
11 Tooting & Mitcham United 46 17 12 17 79 75 +4 63
12 Ramsgate 46 18 8 20 84 79 +5 62
13 Chipstead 46 18 8 20 79 83 −4 62
14 Sittingbourne 46 16 13 17 69 75 −6 61
15 Worthing 46 17 8 21 80 98 −18 59
16 Horsham 46 15 11 20 66 78 −12 56
17 Corinthian-Casuals 46 15 10 21 69 73 −4 55
18 Herne Bay 46 15 9 22 69 72 −3 54
19 Three Bridges 46 15 8 23 71 88 −17 53
20 Whitstable Town 46 14 11 21 61 78 −17 53
21 Walton & Hersham 46 14 9 23 75 92 −17 51
22 Redhill 46 13 6 27 72 96 −24 45 Reprieved from relegation †
23 Crawley Down Gatwick (R) 46 9 6 31 51 139 −88 33 Relegation to the Sussex County League
24 Eastbourne Town (R) 46 6 11 29 60 121 −61 29

Updated to games played on 26 April 2014.
Source: http://www.isthmian.co.uk
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Leatherhead were deducted six points on 26 April for a registration irregularity.[5]
Redhill were reprieved from relegation.
(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 3
5 Hastings United 2
2 Folkestone Invicta 1 (1)
3 Leatherhead 1 (3)
3 Leatherhead 3
4 Guernsey 2

Semi-finals[edit]

Final[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Greater London Division One South teams
Team Stadium Capacity
Burgess Hill Town Leylands Park 2,000
Chipstead High Road 2,000
Corinthian-Casuals King George's Field 2,700
Crawley Down Gatwick The Haven Sportsfield 1,000
Eastbourne Town The Saffrons 3,000
Faversham Town Shepherd Neame Stadium 2,000
Folkestone Invicta Cheriton Road 4,000
Guernsey Footes Lane 5,000
Hastings United The Pilot Field 4,050
Herne Bay Winch's Field 4,000
Horsham Gorings Mead 1,500
Hythe Town Reachfields Stadium 3,000
Leatherhead Fetcham Grove 3,400
Merstham Moatside 2,000
Peacehaven & Telscombe The Sports Park 3,000
Ramsgate Southwood Stadium 2,500
Redhill Kiln Brow 2,000
Sittingbourne Woodstock Park (groungshare with Woodstock Sports) TBC
Three Bridges Jubilee Field 1,500
Tooting & Mitcham United Imperial Fields 3,500
Walton & Hersham The Sports Ground 2,000
Walton Casuals Waterside Stadium 2,000
Whitstable Town The Belmont Ground 3,000
Worthing Worthing Stadium 4,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Season 2013/14 Start Date and Fixture Release". http://www.isthmian.co.uk. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Vauxhall Motors to quit Conference North in bid to save club". Liverpool Echo. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Hinckley United wound up over debts of more than £200,000". BBC Sport. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Joy at Wingate & Finchley as Blues are granted reprieve from Ryman League relegation". Ham & High. 29 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Leatherhead accept final day deduction". Isthmian League. 26 April 2014. 

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