1939–40 Western Football League

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Western Football League
Season 1939–40
Champions Trowbridge Town

The 1939–40 season was the 43rd in the history of the Western Football League.

Upon the outbreak of World War II in 1939, many clubs left the Western League and it was reduced to a single division of eleven clubs. The champions for the first time in their history were Trowbridge Town, though they had won the old Division Two the previous season. This was the last season for the Western League until 1945–46, as all normal football activity was suspended during the war.[1]

Final table[edit]

The league was reduced to a single division of eleven clubs after the departure of Bath City, Bristol City "A", Bristol Rovers Reserves and their "A" team, Frome Town, Lovells Athletic, Poole Town, Portland United, Salisbury City, Street, Torquay United Reserves, Warminster Town, Weymouth, and Yeovil and Petters United and their reserve team. Two new clubs joined the league:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Trowbridge Town 20 18 0 2 87 31 2.81 36
2 Bristol Aeroplane Company 20 13 4 3 78 33 2.36 30
3 Radstock Town 20 12 1 7 68 54 1.26 25
4 Peasedown Miners Welfare 20 9 5 6 45 36 1.25 23
5 Glastonbury 20 9 5 6 49 43 1.14 23 Did not return to the league after the war
6 Bristol City Reserves 20 9 2 9 54 43 1.26 20
7 Chippenham Town 20 7 2 11 51 78 0.65 16
8 Welton Rovers 20 6 1 13 44 65 0.68 13
9 Wells City 20 6 1 13 37 66 0.56 13 Did not return to the league after the war
10 Bath City Reserves 20 4 3 13 35 69 0.51 11 Did not return to the league after the war
11 Paulton Rovers 20 3 4 13 34 64 0.53 10

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.

References[edit]

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