1919–20 Southern Football League
The 1919–20 season was the 22nd in the history of the Southern League, and the first following World War I. Portsmouth won the Southern League championship for the second time, whilst Mid Rhondda won Division Two. There were no promotions or relegations between divisions at the end of the season as all of the clubs in Division One bar Cardiff City were elected to the new Division Three of the Football League, with Cardiff elected to Division Two.
With only 10 clubs remaining (Caerphilly left the league) the league went through a realignment. The league was split into two national sections for England and Wales, with the winners of each section contesting a playoff for the Southern League championship. The remaining clubs in Division Two moved to the Welsh Section. In the English Section, Brighton & Hove Albion Reserves, Chatham Town, Millwall Reserves, Portsmouth Reserves, Reading Reserves, Southampton Reserves, and Watford Reserves rejoined the Southern League. New clubs to join were Boscombe, Charlton Athletic, Gillingham Reserves, Luton Town Reserves, Norwich City Reserves, and Thornycrofts.
|Champions||Portsmouth (2nd title)|
|Goals scored||1275 (2.76 per match)|
A total of 22 teams contest the division, including 18 sides from previous season and four new teams.
Teams promoted from 1914-15 Division Two:
|4||Cardiff City||42||18||17||7||70||43||1.63||53||Elected to the 1920-21 Football League Second Division|
|6||Queens Park Rangers||42||18||10||14||62||50||1.24||46|
|16||Brighton & Hove Albion||42||14||8||20||60||72||0.83||36|
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.
|Goals scored||416 (3.78 per match)|
A total of 11 teams contest the division, including six sides from previous season and five new teams.
Newly elected teams:
- Aberaman Athletic
- Porth Athletic
|11||Caerphilly||20||1||3||16||20||74||0.27||5||Left league at end of season|
1 Number of goals for and/or against is inaccurate.
2 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up until the 1976-77 season.
3 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.
Football League elections
Cardiff City were the only Southern League club to apply for election to the Football League. They were successful and, along with Leeds United, replaced Grimsby Town and Lincoln City in the Football League Second Division.
|Leeds United||Midland League||31|
|Cardiff City||Southern League||23|
|Grimsby Town||Football League||20|
|Lincoln City||Football League||7|
|Walsall||Birmingham & District League||3|
After the voting, 21 clubs remained in Southern League alongside Grimsby, having gained more votes than other non-elected clubs, were then elected into the newly created Third Division.