1996–97 Isthmian League

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The 1996–97 season was the 82nd season of the Isthmian League, which is an English football competition featuring semi-professional and amateur clubs from London, East and South East England. League consisted of four divisions.

Premier Division[edit]

Isthmian League
Premier Division
Season 1996–97
Champions Yeovil Town
Promoted Yeovil Town
Relegated Chertsey Town
Grays Athletic
Staines Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1,362 (2.95 per match)
Highest attendance 8,007 – Yeovil TownEnfield, (25 March)
Total attendance 230,209
Average attendance 498 (+2.9% to previous season)

The Premier Division consisted of 22 clubs, including 18 clubs from the previous season and four new clubs:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Yeovil Town (C) (P) 42 31 8 3 83 34 +49 101 Promoted to the Football Conference
2 Enfield 42 28 11 3 91 29 +62 95
3 Sutton United 42 18 13 11 87 70 +17 67
4 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 18 11 13 57 43 +14 65
5 St Albans City 42 18 11 13 66 55 +11 65
6 Yeading 42 17 14 11 58 47 +11 65
7 Heybridge Swifts 42 17 14 11 64 60 +4 65
8 Aylesbury United 42 17 11 14 62 56 +6 62
9 Purfleet 42 17 11 14 67 63 +4 62
10 Boreham Wood 42 15 13 14 56 52 +4 58
11 Kingstonian 42 16 8 18 79 79 0 56
12 Dulwich Hamlet 42 14 13 15 57 57 0 55
13 Carshalton Athletic 42 14 11 17 51 56 −5 53
14 Hitchin Town 42 15 7 20 67 73 −6 52
15 Oxford City 42 14 10 18 67 83 −16 52
16 Hendon 42 13 12 17 53 59 −6 51
17 Harrow Borough 42 12 14 16 58 63 −5 50
18 Bromley 42 13 9 20 67 72 −5 48
19 Bishop's Stortford 42 10 13 19 43 64 −21 43
20 Staines Town (R) 42 10 8 24 46 71 −25 38 Relegated to the First Division
21 Grays Athletic (R) 42 8 9 25 43 78 −35 33
22 Chertsey Town (R) 42 8 7 27 40 98 −58 31

Source: [1][2]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

First Division[edit]

Isthmian League
First Division
Season 1996–97
Champions Chesham United
Promoted Basingstoke Town
Chesham United
Walton & Hersham
Relegated Canvey Island
Marlow
Tooting & Mitcham United
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1,254 (2.71 per match)
Highest attendance 2,262 – Aldershot TownBasingstoke Town, (31 March)
Total attendance 139,574
Average attendance 302 (+10.6% to previous season)

The First Division consisted of 22 clubs, including 16 clubs from the previous season and six new teams:

Three clubs relegated from the Premier Division:

Three clubs promoted from the Second Division:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Chesham United (C) (P) 42 27 6 9 80 46 +34 87 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Basingstoke Town (P) 42 22 13 7 81 38 +43 79
3 Walton & Hersham (P) 42 21 13 8 67 41 +26 76
4 Hampton 42 21 12 9 62 39 +23 75
5 Billericay Town 42 21 12 9 69 49 +20 75
6 Bognor Regis Town 42 21 9 12 63 44 +19 72
7 Aldershot Town 42 19 14 9 67 45 +22 71
8 Uxbridge 42 15 17 10 65 48 +17 62
9 Whyteleafe 42 18 7 17 71 68 +3 61
10 Molesey 42 17 9 16 50 53 −3 60
11 Abingdon Town 42 15 11 16 44 42 +2 56
12 Leyton Pennant 42 14 12 16 71 72 −1 54
13 Maidenhead United 42 15 10 17 57 57 0 052*
14 Wokingham Town 42 14 10 18 41 45 −4 52
15 Thame United 42 13 10 19 57 69 −12 49
16 Worthing 42 11 11 20 58 77 −19 44
17 Barton Rovers 42 11 11 20 31 58 −27 44
18 Croydon 42 11 10 21 40 57 −17 43
19 Berkhamsted Town 42 11 9 22 47 66 −19 42
20 Canvey Island (R) 42 9 14 19 52 71 −19 41 Relegated to the Second Division
21 Marlow (R) 42 11 6 25 41 84 −43 39
22 Tooting & Mitcham United (R) 42 8 8 26 40 85 −45 32

Source: [1][2]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Second Division[edit]

Isthmian League
Second Division
Season 1996–97
Champions Collier Row & Romford
Promoted Leatherhead
Collier Row & Romford
Wembley
Relegated Dorking
Hemel Hempstead
Ware
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1,451 (3.14 per match)
Highest attendance 760 – WareEgham Town, (22 March)
Total attendance 62,737
Average attendance 136 (+17.2% to previous season)

The Second Division consisted of 22 clubs, including 17 clubs from the previous season and five new clubs:

Two clubs relegated from the First Division:

Three clubs promoted from the Third Division:

Also, Collier Row & Romford, formed from a merger between Collier Row and Romford

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Collier Row & Romford (C) (P) 42 28 12 2 93 33 +60 96 Promoted to the First Division
2 Leatherhead (P) 42 30 5 7 116 45 +71 95
3 Wembley (P) 42 23 11 8 91 44 +47 80
4 Barking 42 22 13 7 68 39 +29 79
5 Horsham 42 22 11 9 78 48 +30 77
6 Edgware Town 42 20 14 8 74 50 +24 74
7 Bedford Town 42 21 8 13 77 43 +34 71
8 Banstead Athletic 42 21 5 16 75 52 +23 68
9 Windsor & Eton 42 17 13 12 65 62 +3 64
10 Leighton Town 42 17 12 13 64 52 +12 63
11 Wivenhoe Town 42 17 9 16 69 62 +7 60
12 Bracknell Town 42 16 10 16 78 72 +6 58
13 Chalfont St Peter 42 14 13 15 53 61 −8 55
14 Hungerford Town 42 14 13 15 68 77 −9 55
15 Metropolitan Police 42 14 7 21 72 75 −3 49
16 Tilbury 42 14 7 21 68 77 −9 49
17 Witham Town 42 11 11 20 40 67 −27 44
18 Egham Town 42 10 9 23 47 86 −39 39
19 Cheshunt 42 9 3 30 37 101 −64 30
20 Ware (R) 42 7 8 27 44 80 −36 29 Relegated to the Third Division
21 Dorking (R) 42 7 6 29 40 100 −60 27
22 Hemel Hempstead (R) 42 5 6 31 34 125 −91 21

Source: [1][2]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Third Division[edit]

Isthmian League
Third Division
Season 1996–97
Champions Wealdstone
Promoted Braintree Town
Northwood
Wealdstone
Matches played 272
Goals scored 886 (3.26 per match)
Highest attendance 630 – WealdstoneEpsom & Ewell, (19 April)
Total attendance 30,404
Average attendance 112 (+9.8% to previous season)

The Third Division consisted of 17 clubs, including 16 clubs from the previous season and one new club:

Before the start of the season Cove and Harefield United resigned from the league.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Wealdstone (C) (P) 32 24 3 5 72 24 +48 75 Promoted to the Second Division
2 Braintree Town (P) 32 23 5 4 99 29 +70 74
3 Northwood (P) 32 18 10 4 60 31 +29 64
4 Harlow Town 32 19 4 9 60 41 +19 61
5 Aveley 32 17 6 9 64 39 +25 57
6 East Thurrock United 32 16 6 10 58 51 +7 54
7 Camberley Town 32 15 6 11 55 44 +11 51
8 Wingate & Finchley 32 11 7 14 52 63 −11 40
9 Hornchurch 32 11 6 15 35 51 −16 39
10 Clapton 32 11 6 15 31 49 −18 39
11 Lewes 32 10 8 14 45 53 −8 38
12 Kingsbury Town 32 11 4 17 41 54 −13 37
13 Hertford Town 32 10 6 16 55 65 −10 36
14 Epsom & Ewell 32 8 5 19 62 78 −16 29
15 Flackwell Heath 32 8 5 19 36 71 −35 29
16 Tring Town 32 7 3 22 33 74 −41 24
17 Southall 32 6 4 22 28 69 −41 22

Source: [1][2]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

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