1952–53 Western Football League

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Western Football League
Season 1952–53
Champions Barnstaple Town (Division One)
Chippenham Town Reserves (Division Two)

The 1952–53 season was the 51st in the history of the Western Football League.

The champions for the first time in their history were Barnstaple Town, and the winners of Division Two were Chippenham Town Reserves, although they could not be promoted as the club's first team was already in Division One.[1]

Final tables[edit]

Division One[edit]

Division One was reduced from eighteen members to seventeen after Cheltenham Town Reserves left the league, with two clubs promoted to replace Bristol Rovers Colts and Poole Town who were relegated to Division Two.

Only one club was relegated from Division One this season in order to even up the numbers in each division.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Barnstaple Town 32 18 8 6 77 37 2.08 44
2 Street 32 19 6 7 89 43 2.07 44
3 Trowbridge Town 32 17 7 8 76 48 1.58 41
4 Bideford Town 32 13 13 6 79 52 1.52 39
5 Chippenham Town 32 17 3 12 84 58 1.45 37
6 Weymouth Reserves 32 16 5 11 75 58 1.29 37
7 Chippenham United 32 15 5 12 62 62 1 35
8 Salisbury 32 11 10 11 60 65 0.92 32
9 Glastonbury 32 15 1 16 61 49 1.24 31
10 Bath City Reserves 32 10 11 11 64 63 1.02 31
11 Stonehouse 32 11 8 13 57 58 0.98 30
12 Portland United 32 11 8 13 66 77 0.86 30
13 Bridgwater Town 32 12 4 16 58 73 0.79 28
14 Wells City 32 9 6 17 52 71 0.73 24
15 Clandown 32 7 9 16 40 74 0.54 23
16 Dorchester Town 32 8 5 19 46 74 0.62 21
17 Paulton Rovers (R) 32 6 5 21 42 125 0.34 17

Division Two[edit]

Division Two was reduced from nineteen clubs to eighteen after Bideford Town and Bridgwater Town were promoted to Division One, and Chipping Sodbury and Swindon Town Colts left the league. Three new clubs joined:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Chippenham Town Reserves 34 24 4 6 99 51 1.94 52
2 Ilfracombe Town (P) 34 20 11 3 67 28 2.39 51
3 Poole Town (P) 34 21 7 6 97 42 2.31 49
4 Peasedown Miners Welfare 34 19 3 12 76 63 1.21 41
5 Minehead 34 15 8 11 81 53 1.53 38
6 Clevedon 34 17 3 14 82 92 0.89 37
7 Cinderford Town 34 15 6 13 77 50 1.54 36
8 Bristol City Colts 34 14 6 14 75 56 1.34 34
9 Bristol Rovers Colts 34 12 9 13 74 54 1.37 33
10 Frome Town 34 13 6 15 66 66 1 32
11 Yeovil Town Reserves 34 13 5 16 83 78 1.06 31
12 Gloucester City Reserves 34 11 6 17 81 97 0.83 28
13 Radstock Town 34 11 6 17 74 102 0.72 28
14 Trowbridge Town Reserves 34 11 4 19 70 89 0.79 26
15 Stonehouse Reserves 34 10 6 18 68 107 0.63 26
16 Welton Rovers 34 10 6 18 53 98 0.54 26
17 Weston-super-Mare 34 10 4 20 66 113 0.58 24
18 Hoffman Athletic 34 8 4 22 60 109 0.55 20
  • Chippenham Town Reserves could not be promoted as the club's first team was already in Division One.[1]

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