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1898–99 Southern Football League

The 1898–99 season was the fifth in the history of the Southern League. This season saw the expansion of Division One up to 14 teams and creation of Division Two South-West, though it was disbanded at the end of the season after all its clubs left. No Southern League clubs applied for promotion to the Football League. Southampton were Division One champions for the third season in a row. Overall Division Two champions being decided in a playoff in which Thames Ironworks defeated Cowes 3-1 at The Den.[1]

Division OneEdit

Southern Football League Division One
Season1898–99
ChampionsSouthampton (3rd title)
Promotednone
RelegatedWarmley (resigned)
Royal Artillery Portsmouth (test match losers)
Matches played156
Goals scored506 (3.24 per match)

A total of 14 teams contest the division, including ten sides from previous season and four new teams.

Teams promoted from 1897-98 Division Two:

  • Royal Artillery Portsmouth - test matches winners
  • Warmley - test matches winners

Newly elected teams:

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Southampton 24 15 5 4 54 24 2.25 35
2 Bristol City 24 15 3 6 55 33 1.67 33
3 Millwall Athletic 24 12 6 6 59 35 1.69 30
4 Chatham Town 24 10 8 6 32 23 1.39 28
5 Reading 24 9 8 7 31 24 1.29 26
6 New Brompton 24 10 5 9 38 30 1.27 25
7 Tottenham Hotspur 24 10 4 10 40 36 1.11 24
8 Bedminster 24 10 4 10 35 39 0.9 24
9 Swindon Town 24 9 5 10 43 49 0.88 23
10 Brighton United 24 9 2 13 37 48 0.77 20
11 Gravesend United 24 7 5 12 42 52 0.81 19
12 Sheppey United 24 5 3 16 23 53 0.43 13 Relegation test matches
13 Royal Artillery Portsmouth 24 4 4 16 17 60 0.28 12 Relegation test matches. Disbanded at end of season after relegation[2]
14 Warmley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned from League after 17 matches, record expunged

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used until the 1976-77 season.

2 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

Division Two LondonEdit

Southern Football League Division Two London
Season1898–99
ChampionsThames Ironworks
Promotednone
RelegatedSt Albans (folded)
Uxbridge (resigned)
Matches played132
Goals scored597 (4.52 per match)

Division Two London was formed on basis of previous season Division Two. A total of 12 teams contest the division, including eight sides from previous season and four new teams.

Team relegated from Division One:

  • Wolverton L&NWR - test matches losers

Newly elected teams:

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Thames Ironworks 22 19 1 2 64 16 4 39 Promotion test matches
2 Wolverton L&NWR 22 13 4 5 88 43 2.05 30
3 Watford 22 14 2 6 62 35 1.77 30
4 Brentford 22 11 3 8 59 39 1.51 25
5 Wycombe Wanderers 22 10 2 10 55 57 0.96 22
6 Southall 22 11 0 11 44 55 0.8 22
7 Chesham 22 9 2 11 45 62 0.73 20 Changed name to Chesham Town at end of season
8 St Albans 22 8 3 11 45 59 0.76 19 Folded at end of season
9 Shepherds Bush 22 7 3 12 37 53 0.7 17
10 Fulham 22 6 4 12 36 44 0.82 16
11 Uxbridge 22 7 2 13 29 48 0.6 16 Left league at end of season
12 Maidenhead 22 3 2 17 33 86 0.38 8

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used until the 1976-77 season.

2 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

Division Two South-WestEdit

Southern Football League Division Two South-West
Season1898–99
ChampionsCowes
Promotednone
Relegatedleague disbanded
Matches played30
Goals scored160 (5.33 per match)

Division Two South-West was newly formed and short-lived formation. At the end of the season division was liquidated and the League returned to 2-division structure.

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Cowes 10 10 0 0 52 10 5.2 20 Promotion test matches
2 Ryde 10 7 0 3 30 11 2.73 14 Left league at end of season
3 Freemantle 10 5 0 5 21 32 0.66 10 Left league at end of season
4 Sandown Bay 10 4 0 6 22 34 0.65 8 Left league at end of season
5 Eastleigh 10 2 0 8 19 32 0.59 4 Left league at end of season
6 Andover 10 2 0 8 16 41 0.39 4 Left league at end of season
7 East Lancs Regiment 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned from league after three matches, record expunged
8 Trowbridge Town 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned from league after three matches, record expunged

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used until the 1976-77 season.

2 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

Promotion-relegation test matchesEdit

At the end of the season, test matches were held between the bottom two clubs in Division One and the top club in both Division Twos. Royal Artillery Portsmouth lost 4-1 to Cowes and were relegated to Division Two, whilst Cowes were promoted. Royal Artillery Portsmouth then disbanded.[3] Sheppey United and Thames Ironworks drew 1-1, leading to Sheppey remaining in Division One and Thames Ironworks joining them.[1]

Division One clubsvDivision Two clubs

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Thames Ironworks at the Football Club History Database
  2. ^ http://www.fchd.info/RA-PORTS.HTM
  3. ^ "Glory Gunners – The History of Royal Artillery (Portsmouth) FC". Dian D Saul Books.co.uk.

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