2001–02 Southern Football League

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The 2001–02 Southern Football League season was the 99th in the history of the league, an English football competition.

Kettering Town won the Premier Division and earned promotion to the Football Conference. Newport (Isle of Wight), King's Lynn, Merthyr Tydfil and Salisbury City were relegated from the Premier Division, whilst Hastings Town, Halesowen Town, Grantham Town and Chippenham Town were promoted from the Eastern and Western Divisions, the former two as champions. Wisbech Town were relegated to the eighth level and Bilston Town resigned and dropped to the ninth level, whilst Bloxwich United of the Western Division folded during the season and their record was expunged.

Premier Division[edit]

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

League table[edit]

Southern Football League
Premier Division
Season2001–02
ChampionsKettering Town
PromotedKettering Town
RelegatedNewport (Isle of Wight)
King's Lynn
Merthyr Tydfil
Salisbury City
Matches played462
Goals scored1,341 (2.9 per match)
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Kettering Town 42 27 6 9 80 41 +39 87 Promoted to the Football Conference
2 Tamworth 42 24 13 5 81 41 +40 85
3 Havant & Waterlooville 42 22 9 11 74 50 +24 75
4 Crawley Town 42 22 9 11 67 47 +20 75
5 Newport County 42 19 9 14 61 48 +13 66
6 Tiverton Town 42 17 10 15 70 63 +7 61
7 Moor Green 42 18 7 17 64 62 +2 61
8 Worcester City 42 16 12 14 65 54 +11 60
9 Stafford Rangers 42 17 9 16 70 62 +8 60
10 Ilkeston Town 42 14 16 12 58 61 −3 58
11 Weymouth 42 15 11 16 59 67 −8 56
12 Hinckley United 42 14 13 15 64 62 +2 55
13 Folkestone Invicta 42 14 12 16 51 61 −10 54
14 Cambridge City 42 12 16 14 60 70 −10 52
15 Welling United 42 13 12 17 69 66 +3 51
16 Hednesford Town 42 15 6 21 59 70 −11 51
17 Bath City 42 13 11 18 56 65 −9 50
18 Chelmsford City 42 13 11 18 63 75 −12 50
19 Newport (Isle of Wight) 42 12 12 18 38 61 −23 48 Relegated to the Eastern Division
20 King's Lynn 42 11 12 19 43 57 −14 45
21 Merthyr Tydfil 42 12 8 22 53 71 −18 44 Relegated to the Western Division
22 Salisbury City 42 6 8 28 36 87 −51 26 Relegated to the Eastern Division
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Eastern Division[edit]

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

At the end of the season Hastings Town changed name to Hastings United.

League table[edit]

Southern Football League
Eastern Division
Season2001–02
ChampionsHastings Town
PromotedHastings Town
Grantham Town
RelegatedWisbech Town
Matches played462
Goals scored1,442 (3.12 per match)
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Hastings Town 42 29 8 5 85 38 +47 95 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Grantham Town 42 29 6 7 99 43 +56 93
3 Dorchester Town 42 26 10 6 81 36 +45 88
4 Histon 42 23 8 11 83 49 +34 77
5 Stamford 42 24 4 14 76 61 +15 76
6 Fisher Athletic 42 20 10 12 83 56 +27 70
7 Eastbourne Borough 42 21 6 15 63 46 +17 69
8 Dartford 42 18 5 19 62 66 −4 59
9 Erith & Belvedere 42 18 3 21 75 79 −4 57
10 Bashley 42 15 11 16 71 63 +8 56
11 Burnham 42 15 10 17 52 54 −2 55
12 Rugby United 42 16 6 20 55 67 −12 54 Transferred to the Western Division
13 Rothwell Town 42 14 8 20 45 66 −21 50
14 Ashford Town (Kent) 42 14 6 22 58 78 −20 48
15 Banbury United 42 13 9 20 53 66 −13 47[a]
16 Chatham Town 42 13 8 21 56 87 −31 47
17 Sittingbourne 42 14 4 24 46 69 −23 46
18 Spalding United 42 13 6 23 72 84 −12 45
19 Tonbridge Angels 42 13 6 23 65 80 −15 45
20 St. Leonards 42 14 3 25 52 88 −36 45
21 Corby Town 42 10 13 19 54 82 −28 43
22 Wisbech Town 42 11 8 23 56 84 −28 41 Relegated to the Eastern Counties League
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ Banbury United were deducted one point.

Western Division[edit]

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

League table[edit]

Southern Football League
Western Division
Season2001–02
ChampionsHalesowen Town
PromotedChippenham Town
Halesowen Town
Matches played420
Goals scored1,237 (2.95 per match)
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Halesowen Town 40 27 9 4 85 24 +61 90 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Chippenham Town 40 26 9 5 81 28 +53 87
3 Weston-super-Mare 40 22 10 8 70 38 +32 76
4 Solihull Borough 40 20 11 9 75 42 +33 71
5 Gresley Rovers 40 19 9 12 59 50 +9 66
6 Sutton Coldfield Town 40 17 11 12 53 46 +7 62
7 Mangotsfield United 40 17 10 13 74 54 +20 61
8 Stourport Swifts 40 18 6 16 59 59 0 60
9 Atherstone United 40 16 8 16 61 59 +2 56
10 Clevedon Town 40 15 11 14 57 58 −1 56
11 Bedworth United 40 16 7 17 59 63 −4 55
12 Evesham United 40 16 7 17 54 70 −16 55
13 Cirencester Town 40 17 3 20 64 69 −5 54
14 Gloucester City 40 14 10 16 48 63 −15 52
15 Cinderford Town 40 14 9 17 54 67 −13 51
16 Shepshed Dynamo 40 10 10 20 64 84 −20 40
17 Bilston Town 40 11 7 22 50 72 −22 40 Resigned to the West Midlands (Regional) League
18 Redditch United 40 11 6 23 47 77 −30 39
19 Swindon Supermarine 40 11 4 25 52 76 −24 37
20 Racing Club Warwick 40 8 11 21 38 63 −25 35
21 Rocester 40 5 12 23 33 75 −42 27
22 Bloxwich United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Club folded
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

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