1900–01 Western Football League

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Western Football League
Season 1900–01
Champions Portsmouth (Division One)
Bristol East (Division Two)

The 1900–01 season was the ninth in the history of the Western Football League.

Portsmouth were the new champions of Division One, and also competed in the Southern League during this season, along with all the other members of Division One. The new clubs from London dominated the season, although Bristol City were elected to the Football League, being the first Western League club to achieve this. The Division Two champions for the second season running were Bristol East.[1]

Final tables[edit]

Division One[edit]

Six new clubs joined Division One, which was increased to nine clubs from four after Bedminster merged with Bristol City.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Portsmouth 16 11 2 3 36 23 1.56 24
2 Millwall Athletic 16 9 5 2 33 14 2.36 23
3 Tottenham Hotspur 16 8 5 3 37 19 1.95 21
4 Queens Park Rangers 16 7 4 5 39 24 1.62 18
5 Bristol City 16 6 4 6 27 24 1.12 16 Elected to the Football League
6 Reading 16 5 5 6 23 31 0.74 15
7 Southampton 16 5 2 9 19 29 0.65 12
8 Bristol Rovers 16 4 1 11 18 42 0.43 9
9 Swindon Town 16 2 2 12 9 35 0.26 6

Division Two[edit]

Three new clubs joined Division Two, which was increased to eight clubs from five. It was the first season not to be fully completed, with several games remaining unplayed at the end of the season.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Bristol East 12 11 0 1 41 8 5.12 22
2 Paulton Rovers 9 6 2 1 32 12 2.67 14
3 Staple Hill 10 6 1 3 34 17 2 13
4 Cotham 11 3 2 6 20 49 0.41 8
5 Bedminster St Francis 6 3 1 2 16 13 1.23 7 Left the league at the end of the season
6 Weston-super-Mare 10 2 0 8 18 22 0.82 4
7 Fishponds 12 1 0 11 6 40 0.15 0* Left the league at the end of the season
8 Weston (Bath) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned during the season without playing a game
  • The unplayed games were ignored.[1]

* Fishponds had two points deducted for fielding an ineligible player.

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

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

3 The tables as published at the time contained errors, hence the totals do not balance in some columns.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Robinson, Michael (ed.), Non-League Football Tables 1889–2006, Soccer Books, 2006