1949–50 Southern Football League

The 1949–50 Southern Football League season was the 47th in the history of the league, an English football competition.

The league consisted of 24 clubs, including all 22 clubs from the previous season, and two newly elected clubs - Headington United and Weymouth. Merthyr Tydfil were champions, winning their second Southern League title. At the end of the season the Football League expanded from 88 to 92 clubs. Six Southern League clubs applied to join, with Colchester United and Gillingham succeeding.

League tableEdit

Southern Football League
Season1949–50
ChampionsMerthyr Tydfil
Matches played552
Goals scored1,987 (3.6 per match)
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Results
1 Merthyr Tydfil 46 34 3 9 143 62 2.306 71
2 Colchester United 46 31 9 6 109 51 2.137 71 Elected to the Football League
3 Yeovil Town 46 29 7 10 104 45 2.311 65
4 Chelmsford City 46 26 9 11 121 64 1.891 61
5 Gillingham 46 23 9 14 92 61 1.508 55 Elected to the Football League
6 Dartford 46 20 9 17 70 65 1.077 49
7 Worcester City 46 21 7 18 85 80 1.063 49
8 Guildford City 46 18 11 17 79 73 1.082 47
9 Weymouth 46 19 9 18 80 81 0.988 47
10 Barry Town 46 18 10 18 78 72 1.083 46
11 Exeter City II 46 16 14 16 73 83 0.880 46
12 Lovells Athletic 46 17 10 19 86 78 1.103 44
13 Tonbridge 46 16 12 18 65 76 0.855 44
14 Hastings United 46 17 8 21 92 140 0.657 42
15 Gravesend & Northfleet 46 16 9 21 88 81 1.086 41
16 Torquay United II 46 14 12 20 80 89 0.899 40
17 Bath City 46 16 7 23 61 78 0.782 39
18 Gloucester City 46 14 11 21 72 101 0.713 39
19 Hereford United 46 15 8 23 74 76 0.974 38
20 Headington United 46 13 11 22 75 96 0.781 37
21 Cheltenham Town 46 15 7 24 72 97 0.742 37
22 Bedford Town 46 12 11 23 63 79 0.797 35
23 Kidderminster Harriers 46 12 11 23 64 108 0.593 35
24 Chingford Town 46 10 6 30 63 151 0.417 26
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal ratio.

Football League electionsEdit

As the Football League's Division Three South was expanded from 20 to 22 clubs, no League clubs put up for re-election, but two places were available for non-League clubs. Six Southern League clubs applied, with Gillingham and Colchester United topping the ballot,[1] despite Merthyr winning the league.

Club League Votes
Gillingham Southern League 44
Colchester United Southern League 28
Worcester City Southern League 11
Chelmsford City Southern League 8
Peterborough United Midland League 5
Merthyr Tydfil Southern League 1
Yeovil Town Southern League 1
Llanelly Welsh National League (South) 0
Cradley Heath Birmingham & District League 0
Nuneaton Borough Worcestershire Combination 0

ReferencesEdit