1904–05 Southern Football League

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The 1904–05 season was the 11th in the history of Southern League. Bristol Rovers won Division One for the first time and Fulham reserves finished top of Division Two. Division Two club Clapton Orient were the only Southern League club to apply for election to the Football League, and were successful after a decision was made to expand the League to 40 clubs.

Division One[edit]

Southern Football League Division One
Season 1904–05
Champions Bristol Rovers (1st title)
Promoted none
Relegated Wellingborough (resigned)
Matches played 306
Goals scored 854 (2.79 per match)

A total of 18 teams contest the division, including 17 sides from previous season and one new team. Watford returned to Division after one season of absence.

Teams promoted from Division Two:

  • Watford
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Bristol Rovers 34 20 8 6 74 36 2.06 48
2 Reading 34 18 7 9 57 38 1.5 43
3 Southampton 34 18 7 9 54 40 1.35 43
4 Plymouth Argyle 34 18 5 11 57 39 1.46 41
5 Tottenham Hotspur 34 15 8 11 53 34 1.56 38
6 Fulham 34 14 10 10 46 34 1.35 38
7 Queens Park Rangers 34 14 8 12 51 46 1.11 36
8 Portsmouth 34 16 4 14 61 56 1.09 36
9 New Brompton 34 11 11 12 40 40 1 33
10 Watford 34 15 3 16 44 45 0.98 33
11 West Ham United 34 12 8 14 48 42 1.14 32
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 34 13 6 15 44 45 0.98 32
13 Northampton Town 34 12 8 14 43 54 0.8 32
14 Brentford 34 10 9 15 33 38 0.87 29
15 Millwall 34 11 7 16 38 47 0.81 29
16 Swindon Town 34 12 5 17 41 59 0.69 29
17 Luton Town 34 12 3 19 45 54 0.83 27
18 Wellingborough 34 5 3 26 25 107 0.23 13 Left league at end of season

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 1904–05
Champions Fulham II
Promoted Clapton Orient (to Football League)
Relegated Brighton & Hove Albion II (resigned)
Southall (resigned)
Matches played 132
Goals scored 582 (4.41 per match)

A total of 12 teams contest the division, including 8 sides from previous season and four new teams, three of which were reserve teams.

Newly elected teams:

  • Clapton Orient
  • Brighton & Hove Albion II
  • Watford II
  • West Ham United II,
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Fulham II 22 16 4 2 78 25 3.12 36
2 Portsmouth II 22 14 2 6 75 28 2.67 30
3 Swindon Town II 22 12 3 7 54 47 1.15 27
4 Grays United 22 11 3 8 61 40 1.53 25
5 Southampton II 22 10 5 7 52 35 1.49 25
6 Brighton & Hove Albion II 22 9 3 10 48 49 0.98 21 Left league at end of season
7 West Ham United II 22 8 5 9 45 47 0.96 21
8 Clapton Orient 22 7 7 8 47 56 0.84 21 Elected to the Football League
9 Watford II 22 5 6 11 30 62 0.48 16
10 Southall 22 7 2 13 31 66 0.47 16 Left league at end of season
11 Wycombe Wanderers 22 6 2 14 37 70 0.53 14
12 Reading II 22 4 4 14 24 57 0.42 12

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.

Football League elections[edit]

Only one Southern League club, Clapton Orient of Division Two, applied for election to Division Two of the Football League. Although they were not elected in the first round, it was later agreed to expand the Football League from 36 to 40 clubs and all the unsuccessful candidates except Doncaster Rovers were elected.

Club League Votes
Leeds City West Yorkshire League 25
Port Vale Football League 21
Chelsea None* 20
Hull City None* 18
Burton United Football League
Doncaster Rovers Football League
Stockport County Midland League 3
Clapton Orient Southern League 1

* Chelsea had played no games, nor had any players when they were elected. Hull City had been formed in 1904, but had only played friendly matches during the 1904–05 season.[1]

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