1938–39 Southern Football League
The 1938–39 season was the 41st in the history of the Southern League. Colchester United won the title. Three clubs applied to join the Football League, although none were successful. The following season saw the league split into Eastern and Western sections as part an emergency war-time competition, after which the league was discontinued until the end of World War II.
|Champions||Colchester United (1st title)|
|Goals scored||1,855 (3.67 per match)|
A total of 23 teams contest the division, including 17 sides from previous season, one team relegated from The Football League and five new teams.
Team relegated from 1937-38 Football League:
Newly elected teams:
|1||Colchester United||44||31||5||8||110||37||2.97||67||Left league at end of season|
|3||Gillingham||44||29||6||9||104||57||1.82||64||Left league at end of season|
|4||Plymouth Argyle II||44||26||5||13||128||63||2.03||57|
|5||Yeovil & Petters United||44||22||10||12||85||70||1.21||54|
|6||Arsenal II||44||21||9||14||92||57||1.61||51||Left league at end of season|
|7||Cardiff City II||44||24||3||17||105||72||1.46||51|
|8||Tunbridge Wells Rangers||44||22||6||16||93||76||1.22||50|
|9||Norwich City II||44||23||4||17||86||76||1.13||50|
|14||Ipswich Town II||44||14||12||18||64||76||0.84||40||Left league at end of season|
|16||Folkestone||44||16||6||22||74||85||0.87||38||Left league at end of season|
|17||Newport County II||44||13||10||21||74||108||0.68||36|
|18||Exeter City II||44||12||9||23||51||107||0.47||33|
|19||Torquay United II||44||12||8||24||53||89||0.59||32|
|20||Swindon Town II||44||11||9||24||66||101||0.65||31|
|22||Bristol Rovers II||44||9||11||24||66||85||0.77||29|
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 election
Three Southern League clubs, Chelmsford City, Colchester United and Gillingham, applied to join the Football League. However, both League clubs were re-elected.
|Bristol Rovers||Football League Third Division South||45|
|Walsall||Football League Third Division South||36|
|Chelmsford City||Southern League||1|
|Colchester United||Southern League||1|