1902–03 Southern Football League

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The 1902–03 season was the ninth in the history of Southern League. Southampton won Division One for the 5th time in seven seasons. Fulham finished top of Division Two. No Southern League clubs applied to join the Football League.

Division One[edit]

Southern Football League Division One
Season 1902–03
Champions Southampton (5th title)
Promoted none
Relegated Watford
Matches played 240
Goals scored 715 (2.98 per match)

There were no new clubs in Division One this season.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Southampton 30 20 8 2 83 20 4.15 48
2 Reading 30 19 7 4 72 30 2.4 45
3 Portsmouth 30 17 7 6 69 32 2.16 41
4 Tottenham Hotspur 30 14 7 9 47 31 1.52 35
5 Bristol Rovers 30 13 8 9 46 34 1.35 34
6 New Brompton 30 11 11 8 37 35 1.06 33
7 Millwall Athletic 30 14 3 13 52 37 1.41 31 Changed name to Millwall at end of season
8 Northampton Town 30 12 6 12 39 48 0.81 30
9 Queens Park Rangers 30 11 6 13 34 42 0.81 28
10 West Ham United 30 9 10 11 35 49 0.71 28
11 Luton Town 30 10 7 13 43 44 0.98 27
12 Swindon Town 30 10 7 13 38 46 0.83 27
13 Kettering 30 8 11 11 33 40 0.83 27
14 Wellingborough 30 11 3 16 36 56 0.64 25
15 Watford 30 6 4 20 35 87 0.4 16 Relegation test matches
16 Brentford 30 2 1 27 16 84 0.19 5

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 1902–03
Champions Fulham
Promoted Fulham
Brighton & Hove Albion
Relegated none
Matches played 30
Goals scored 121 (4.03 per match)

There were also no new clubs in Division Two this season.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Fulham 10 7 1 2 27 7 3.86 15 Promotion test matches
2 Brighton & Hove Albion 10 7 1 2 34 11 3.09 15
3 Grays United 10 7 0 3 28 12 2.33 14
4 Wycombe Wanderers 10 3 3 4 13 19 0.68 9
5 Chesham Town 10 2 1 7 9 37 0.24 5
6 Southall 10 1 0 9 10 35 0.29 2

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. Brentford beat Fulham 7-2 to retain their place in Division One, although Fulham were promoted anyway after Division One was expanded to 18 clubs.[1] Brighton beat Watford 5-3 in the other match, which saw the two clubs swap divisions.


Division One clubs v Division Two clubs

27 April 1903
Brentford 7 – 2 Fulham
Shepherd's Bush
27 April 1903
Watford 3 – 5 Brighton & Hove Albion

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fulham at the Football Club History Database

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