1901–02 Southern Football League

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The 1901-02 season was the eighth in the history of the Southern League. Portsmouth were Division One champions for the first time. No clubs applied for election to the Football League.

Division One[edit]

Southern Football League Division One
Season 1901–02
Champions Portsmouth (1st title)
Promoted none
Relegated none
Matches played 240
Goals scored 712 (2.97 per match)

A total of 16 teams contest the division, including 13 sides from previous season and three new teams.

Team promoted from Division Two:

  • Brentford

Teams elected from Midland League:

  • Northampton Town
  • Wellingborough
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Portsmouth 30 20 7 3 67 24 2.79 47
2 Tottenham Hotspur 30 18 6 6 61 22 2.77 42
3 Southampton 30 18 6 6 71 28 2.54 42
4 West Ham United 30 17 6 7 45 28 1.61 40
5 Reading 30 16 7 7 57 24 2.38 39
6 Millwall Athletic 30 13 6 11 46 31 1.48 32
7 Luton Town 30 11 10 9 31 36 0.86 32
8 Kettering 30 12 5 13 44 39 1.13 29
9 Bristol Rovers 30 12 5 13 43 39 1.1 29
10 New Brompton 30 10 7 13 39 38 1.03 27
11 Northampton Town 30 11 5 14 53 65 0.82 27
12 Queens Park Rangers 30 9 6 15 34 55 0.62 24
13 Watford 30 9 4 17 36 58 0.62 22
14 Wellingborough 30 9 3 18 34 72 0.47 21
15 Brentford 30 7 6 17 34 61 0.56 20 Relegation test matches
16 Swindon Town 30 2 3 25 17 92 0.18 7

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up until the 1976-77 season.

2 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

Division Two[edit]

Southern Football League Division Two
Season 1901–02
Champions Fulham
Promoted none
Relegated West Hampstead (resigned)
Shepherds Bush (resigned)
Maidenhead (resigned)
Matches played 72
Goals scored 315 (4.38 per match)

A total of nine teams contest the division, including 7 sides from previous season and two new teams.

Newly elected teams:

  • Brighton & Hove Albion
  • West Hampstead.
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Fulham 16 13 0 3 51 19 2.68 26 Promotion test matches
2 Grays United 16 12 1 3 49 14 3.5 25
3 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 11 0 5 34 17 2 22
4 Wycombe Wanderers 16 7 3 6 36 30 1.2 17
5 West Hampstead 16 6 4 6 39 29 1.34 16 Left league at end of season
6 Shepherds Bush 16 6 1 9 31 31 1 13 Left league at end of season
7 Southall 16 5 2 9 28 52 0.54 12
8 Maidenhead 16 3 1 12 23 59 0.39 7 Left league at end of season
9 Chesham Town 16 2 2 12 24 64 0.38 6

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up until the 1976-77 season.

2 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

Promotion-relegation test matches[edit]

At the end of the season, test matches were held between the bottom two clubs in Division One and the top two clubs in Division Two. Swindon Town beat Fulham 3–0 to maintain their place in Division One. The other match between Brentford and Grays United ended in a 1–1 draw, but for a second successive season Grays were refused promotion after refusing to play extra time.[1]


Division One clubs v Division Two clubs

30 April 1902
Swindon Town 3 – 0 Fulham
Elm Park, Reading
28 April 1902
Brentford 1 – 1 Grays United

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grays United at the Football Club History Database

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