2008–09 Isthmian League

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Dover Athletic receive the Isthmian League Premier Division trophy.

The 2008–09 season was the 94th season of the Isthmian League, which is an English football competition featuring semi-professional and amateur clubs from London, East and South East England.

Premier Division[edit]

Isthmian League
Premier Division
Season 2008–09
Champions Dover Athletic
Promoted Dover Athletic
Staines Town
Relegated Harlow Town
Heybridge Swifts
Ramsgate
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1,321 (2.86 per match)
Top goalscorer 31 goal – Richard Jolly (Carshalton Athletic)
Highest attendance 2,760 – Dover AthleticTooting & Mitcham United, (26 December)
Total attendance 193,205
Average attendance 418 (-17.1% to previous season)

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

Dover Athletic became champions five games before the end of the season and were promoted to the Conference South along with play-off winners Staines Town. Harlow Town, Heybridge Swifts and Ramsgate were relegated to the Division One sections, while Margate, who also finished in the relegation zone, were reprieved due to the demotion of clubs higher up the pyramid.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dover Athletic (C) (P) 42 33 5 4 91 34 +57 104 Promoted to the Conference South
2 Staines Town (O) (P) 42 23 13 6 75 41 +34 82 Qualified for the play-offs, then promoted to the Conference South
3 Tonbridge Angels 42 20 13 9 82 54 +28 73 Qualified for the play-offs
4 Carshalton Athletic 42 19 11 12 64 63 +1 68
5 Sutton United 42 18 13 11 57 53 +4 67
6 AFC Hornchurch 42 19 8 15 60 51 +9 65
7 Wealdstone 42 18 8 16 70 56 +14 62
8 Dartford 42 17 11 14 62 49 +13 62
9 Tooting & Mitcham United 42 16 10 16 57 57 0 58
10 Ashford Town 42 18 2 22 64 66 −2 56
11 Billericay Town 42 15 11 16 54 66 −12 56
12 Canvey Island 42 16 7 19 65 70 −5 55
13 Horsham 42 16 7 19 49 60 −11 55
14 Harrow Borough 42 14 12 16 56 73 −17 54
15 Maidstone United 42 14 11 17 46 51 −5 53
16 Hendon 42 15 6 21 69 65 +4 51
17 Hastings United 42 14 7 21 52 68 −16 49
18 Boreham Wood 42 12 12 18 48 61 −13 48
19 Margate 42 13 7 22 51 64 −13 46 Reprieved from relegation
20 Harlow Town (R) 42 13 6 23 61 77 −16 042 Relegated to Division One North
21 Heybridge Swifts (R) 42 10 11 21 41 63 −22 41
22 Ramsgate (R) 42 8 11 23 47 79 −32 031 Relegated to Division One South

Source: [1][2]
Harlow Town were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player against Wealdstone on 14 February 2009 (2–1).
Ramsgate were deducted four points for playing more than permitted number of short term loan players in three matches, including Margate on 27 December 2008 (2–0) and Tonbridge Angels on 3 January 2009 (2–2).
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.

Top scorers[edit]

Player Club Goals[3]
Richard Jolly Carshalton Athletic 31
Carl Rook Tonbridge Angels 24
Byron Harrison Ashford Town 22
Francis Collin Dover Athletic 21
Paul Vines Tooting & Mitcham United 20
Richard Butler Staines Town 19
Laurent Hamici Dulwich Hamlet
Sean Sonner Northwood / Boreham Wood 18
Ryan Ashe Wealdstone 16
John Frendo Ware / Harlow Town

Play-offs[edit]

Semifinals Final
           
2 Staines Town 3
5 Sutton United 0
Staines Town 1
Carshalton Athletic 0
3 Tonbridge Angels 2
4 Carshalton Athletic 3

Stadia and locations[edit]

2008–09 Isthmian League is located in South-east England
AFC Hornchurch
AFC Hornchurch
Ashford Town
Ashford Town
Boreham Wood
Boreham Wood
Carshalton Athletic
Carshalton Athletic
Dartford
Dartford
Harrow Borough
Harrow Borough
Hendon
Hendon
Staines Town
Staines Town
Sutton United
Sutton United
Tooting & Mitcham United
Tooting & Mitcham United
Wealdstone
Wealdstone
Locations of the Premier Division clubs
Club Stadium
AFC Hornchurch Hornchurch Stadium
Ashford Town Short Lane
Billericay Town New Lodge
Boreham Wood Meadow Park
Canvey Island Brockwell Stadium
Carshalton Athletic War Memorial Sports Ground
Dartford Princes Park
Dover Athletic Crabble Athletic Ground
Harlow Town Barrows Farm
Harrow Borough Earlsmead Stadium
Hastings United The Pilot Field
Hendon Claremont Road
Heybridge Swifts Scraley Road
Horsham Woodside Road (groundshare with Worthing)
Maidstone United Bourne Park (groundshare with Sittingbourne)
Margate Hartsdown Park
Ramsgate Southwood Stadium
Staines Town Wheatsheaf Park
Sutton United Gander Green Lane
Tonbridge Angels Longmead Stadium
Tooting & Mitcham United Imperial Fields
Wealdstone Grosvenor Vale
1.^ Hendon left Claremont Road at September and spent the rest of campaign groundsharing with Northwood and Staines Town.


Division One North[edit]

Isthmian League
Division One North
Season 2008–09
Champions Aveley
Promoted Aveley
Waltham Abbey
Relegated Hillingdon Borough
Witham Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1,354 (2.93 per match)
Top goalscorer 39 goals – Martin Tuohy (East Thurrock United)
Highest attendance 845 – East Thurrock UnitedAveley, (25 April)
Total attendance 49,213
Average attendance 107 (-43.4% to previous season)

Division One North consisted of 22 clubs, including 15 clubs from the previous season, and seven new clubs:

Aveley won the division and were promoted to the Premier Division along with play-off winners Waltham Abbey. Witham Town and Hillingdon Borough finished in the bottom two places and left the league.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Aveley (C) (P) 42 29 9 4 81 40 +41 96 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 East Thurrock United 42 30 5 7 112 50 +62 95 Qualified for the play-offs
3 Brentwood Town 42 26 10 6 77 32 +45 88
4 Waltham Abbey (O) (P) 42 25 7 10 85 45 +40 82 Qualified for the play-offs, then promoted to the Premier Division
5 Concord Rangers 42 23 10 9 83 34 +49 79 Qualified for the play-offs
6 Northwood 42 22 12 8 65 39 +26 78
7 Wingate & Finchley 42 19 10 13 67 51 +16 67
8 Redbridge 42 18 10 14 61 50 +11 64
9 Ware 42 19 4 19 69 75 −6 61
10 Chatham Town 42 18 6 18 58 60 −2 60 Transferred to Division One South
11 Tilbury 42 16 10 16 62 53 +9 58
12 Enfield Town 42 17 7 18 71 68 +3 58
13 Great Wakering Rovers 42 16 10 16 56 62 −6 58
14 Cheshunt 42 17 5 20 60 71 −11 56
15 Leyton 42 12 15 15 63 56 +7 51
16 Maldon Town 42 13 9 20 48 63 −15 045
17 Ilford 42 12 5 25 27 68 −41 41
18 Thamesmead Town 42 10 10 22 46 73 −27 40
19 Potters Bar Town 42 9 10 23 52 73 −21 036
20 Waltham Forest 42 9 7 26 39 81 −42 34
21 Witham Town (R) 42 6 9 27 37 103 −66 27 Relegated to the Essex Senior League
22 Hillingdon Borough (R) 42 4 4 34 35 107 −72 16 Relegated to the Spartan South Midlands League

Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Potters Bar Town were deducted one point for fielding an unregistered player against Maldon Town on 23 September 2008 (0–0).
Maldon Town were deducted three points for fielding a player without international clearance against Chatham Town on 27 September 2008 (2–0).
(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.

Top scorers[edit]

Player Club Goals[3]
Martin Tuohy East Thurrock United 39
Billy Holland Waltham Abbey 20
Sherwin Stanley Brentwood Town
Chris Stowe Tilbury 18
Kris Newby East Thurrock United

Play-offs[edit]

Semifinals Final
           
2 East Thurrock United 0
5 Concord Rangers 1
Concord Rangers 1 (4)
Waltham Abbey 1 (5)
3 Brentwood Town 1
4 Waltham Abbey 4

Stadia and locations[edit]

2008–09 Isthmian League is located in South-east England
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Aveley
Aveley
Brentwood Town
Brentwood Town
Cheshunt
Cheshunt
Enfield Town
Enfield Town
Hillingdon Borough
Hillingdon Borough
Ilford & Waltham Forest
Ilford & Waltham Forest
Leyton
Leyton
Northwood
Northwood
Potters Bar Town
Potters Bar Town
Redbridge
Redbridge
Thamesmead Town
Thamesmead Town
Tilbury
Tilbury
Waltham Abbey
Waltham Abbey
Wingate & Finchley
Wingate & Finchley
Locations of Division One North clubs
Club Stadium
Aveley The Mill Field
Brentwood Town The Brentwood Centre Arena
Chatham Town The Sports Ground
Cheshunt Cheshunt Stadium
Concord Rangers Thames Road
East Thurrock United Rookery Hill
Enfield Town Goldsdown Road (groundshare with Brimsdown Rovers)
Great Wakering Rovers Burroughs Park
Hillingdon Borough Middlesex Stadium
Ilford Cricklefield Stadium
Leyton Leyton Stadium
Maldon Town Wallace Binder Ground
Northwood Chestnut Avenue
Potters Bar Town Parkfield
Redbridge Oakside
Thamesmead Town Bayliss Avenue
Tilbury Chadfields
Waltham Abbey Capershotts
Waltham Forest Cricklefield Stadium (groundshare with Ilford)
Ware Wodson Park
Wingate & Finchley The Harry Abrahams Stadium
Witham Town Spa Road

Division One South[edit]

Isthmian League
Division One South
Season 2008–09
Champions Kingstonian
Promoted Cray Wanderers
Kingstonian
Relegated Crowborough Athletic
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1,381 (2.99 per match)
Top goalscorer 32 goals – Bobby Traynor (Kingstonian)
Highest attendance 746 – KingstonianCray Wanderers, (13 April)
Total attendance 83,529
Average attendance 181 (-21.0% to previous season)

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

Kingstonian won the division and were promoted to the Premier Division along with play-off winners Cray Wanderers. Crowborough Athletic finished bottom of the table and returned to the Sussex County League after only one season in the Isthmian League. Chipstead were reprieved from relegation due to the demotion of clubs higher up the pyramid.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Kingstonian (C) (P) 42 26 8 8 91 48 +43 86 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Cray Wanderers (O) (P) 42 24 7 11 88 54 +34 79 Qualified for the play-offs, then promoted to the Premier Division
3 Fleet Town 42 21 15 6 82 43 +39 78 Qualified for the play-offs
4 Metropolitan Police 42 21 14 7 72 45 +27 77
5 Worthing 42 21 13 8 77 48 +29 76
6 Sittingbourne 42 19 13 10 63 54 +9 70
7 Ashford Town 42 16 15 11 68 54 +14 63
8 Merstham 42 18 10 14 57 54 +3 063
9 Godalming Town 42 17 11 14 71 50 +21 62
10 Croydon Athletic 42 16 14 12 67 54 +13 62
11 Folkestone Invicta 42 16 11 15 54 46 +8 59
12 Dulwich Hamlet 42 15 15 12 64 50 +14 057
13 Eastbourne Town 42 17 6 19 66 73 −7 57
14 Walton & Hersham 42 13 11 18 46 55 −9 50
15 Leatherhead 42 14 8 20 57 74 −17 50
16 Whitstable Town 42 14 8 20 58 77 −19 50
17 Walton Casuals 42 12 8 22 43 60 −17 44
18 Whyteleafe 42 11 10 21 48 64 −16 43
19 Burgess Hill Town 42 10 13 19 49 66 −17 43
20 Corinthian-Casuals 42 11 10 21 61 91 −30 43
21 Chipstead 42 8 12 22 57 96 −39 36 Reprieved from relegation
22 Crowborough Athletic (R) 42 4 4 34 42 125 −83 013# Relegated to the Sussex County League

Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Dulwich Hamlet were deducted three points for fielding an unregistered player against Eastbourne Town on 16 August (2–1).
Merstham were deducted one point for fielding a suspended player against Worthing on 11 April (2–4) and against Chipstead on 13 April (0–0).
# Crowborough Athletic were deducted three points for fielding a player without international clearance in thirty league matches.
(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.

Top scorers[edit]

Player Club Goals[3]
Bobby Traynor Kingstonian 32
Glen Stanley Godalming Town 21
James Dryden Folkestone Invicta
Mark Anderson Fleet Town 20
Richard Brady Sittingbourne 18

Play-offs[edit]

Semifinals Final
           
2 Cray Wanderers 1
5 Worthing 0
Metropolitan Police 0
Cray Wanderers 1
3 Fleet Town 0
4 Metropolitan Police 1

Stadia and locations[edit]

2008–09 Isthmian League is located in South-east England
Chipstead
Chipstead
Corinthian-Casuals
Corinthian-Casuals
Cray Wanderers
Cray Wanderers
Croydon Athletic
Croydon Athletic
Dulwich Hamlet
Dulwich Hamlet
Kingstonian
Kingstonian
Leatherhead
Leatherhead
Merstham
Merstham
Metropolitan Police
Metropolitan Police
Whyteleafe
Whyteleafe
Locations of Division One South clubs
Club Stadium
Ashford Town The Homelands
Burgess Hill Town Leylands Park
Chipstead High Road
Corinthian-Casuals King George's Field
Cray Wanderers Hayes Lane (groundshare with Bromley)
Crowborough Athletic Alderbrook Recreation Ground
Croydon Athletic Keith Tuckey Stadium
Dulwich Hamlet Champion Hill
Eastbourne Town The Saffrons
Fleet Town Calthorpe Park
Folkestone Invicta Cheriton Road
Godalming Town Weycourt
Kingstonian Kingsmeadow (groundshare with AFC Wimbledon)
Leatherhead Fetcham Grove
Merstham Moatside
Metropolitan Police Imber Court
Sittingbourne Bourne Park
Walton & Hersham The Sports Ground
Walton Casuals Waterside Stadium
Whitstable Town The Belmont Ground
Whyteleafe Church Road
Worthing Woodside Road

League Cup[edit]

2008–09 Isthmian League Cup
Country  England
Teams 66
Defending champions Ramsgate
Champions Tilbury
Runners-up Harrow Borough

The Isthmian League Cup 2008–09 was the 35th season of the Isthmian League Cup, the league cup competition of the Isthmian League. Sixty-six clubs took part. The competition commenced on 18 November 2008 and finished on 8 April 2009.[4]

Calendar[edit]

Round Dates Matches Clubs
First round 18 November 2008 2 66 → 64
Second round 25 November 2008 to 20 January 2009 32 64 → 32
Third round 7 January 2009 to 27 January 2009 16 32 → 16
Fourth round 27 January 2009 to 24 February 2009 8 16 → 8
Quarterfinals 24 February 2009 to 4 March 2009 4 8 → 4
Semifinals 17 March 2009 2 4 → 2
Final 8 April 2009 1 2 → 1

Fixtures and results[edit]

Fixtures are listed in alphabetical order, not that which they were drawn in.

First round[edit]

Four clubs from division Ones participated in the First Round, while all other clubs received a bye to the Second Round.

Tie Home Team (Tier) Score Away Team (Tier) Att.
1 Brentwood Town (N) 0–1 Potters Bar Town (N) 56
2 Great Wakering Rovers (N) 0–1 East Thurrock United (N) 60

Second round[edit]

The two clubs to have made it through the First Round were entered into the draw with every other Isthmian League club, making sixty-four teams.

‡ - Waltham Forest removed from competition, Witham Town reinstalled

Third round[edit]

Fourth round[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

Tie Home Team (Tier) Score Away Team (Tier) Att.
63 Harrow Borough (P) 3–1 Ashford Town (Middx) (P) 82
64 Tilbury (N) 2–0 Billericay Town (P) 189

Final[edit]

8 April 2009
19:45
Harrow Borough (P) 0–2 Tilbury (S)
Stowe Goal 30'Goal 51'
Wheatsheaf Park, Dartford
Attendance: 284

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