1978–79 Isthmian League

The 1978–79 season was the 64th season of the Isthmian League, an English football competition.

At the end of the season Alliance Premier League was created. As a result of it, Isthmian League teams lost possibility to take part in the elections to the Football League as only highest placed team from Alliance Premier League who met the Football League requirements may apply. The Isthmian League refused to participate in the formation of the new league.

Premier DivisionEdit

Isthmian League
Premier Division
Season1978–79
ChampionsBarking
RelegatedKingstonian
Leytonstone
Matches played462
Goals scored1,284 (2.78 per match)

The Premier Division consisted of 22 clubs, including 20 clubs from the previous season and two new clubs, promoted from Division One:

This season was the last one when Isthmian League clubs may have applied for election to the Football League. Though, no clubs participated in the elections.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Relegation
1 Barking 42 28 9 5 92 50 +42 93
2 Dagenham 42 25 6 11 83 63 +20 81
3 Enfield 42 22 11 9 69 37 +32 77
4 Dulwich Hamlet 42 21 13 8 69 39 +30 76
5 Slough Town 42 20 12 10 61 44 +17 72
6 Wycombe Wanderers 42 20 9 13 59 44 +15 69
7 Woking 42 18 14 10 79 59 +20 68
8 Croydon 42 19 9 14 61 51 +10 66
9 Hendon 42 16 14 12 55 48 +7 62
10 Leatherhead 42 17 9 16 57 45 +12 60
11 Sutton United 42 17 9 16 62 51 +11 60
12 Tooting & Mitcham United 42 15 14 13 52 52 0 59
13 Walthamstow Avenue 42 15 6 21 61 69 −8 51
14 Tilbury 42 13 11 18 60 76 −16 50
15 Boreham Wood 42 13 10 19 50 67 −17 49
16 Hitchin Town 42 12 11 19 59 71 −12 47
17 Carshalton Athletic 42 10 16 16 49 69 −20 46
18 Hayes 42 9 18 15 45 58 −13 45
19 Oxford City 42 12 7 23 50 80 −30 43
20 Staines Town 42 6 16 20 40 64 −24 34
21 Leytonstone 42 8 7 27 36 75 −39 31[a] Relegated to Division One
22 Kingstonian 42 3 15 24 35 72 −37 24
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ Leytonstone merged with Ilford at the end of the season.

Division OneEdit

Isthmian League
Division One
Season1978–79
ChampionsHarlow Town
PromotedHarlow Town
Harrow Borough
RelegatedSouthall & Ealing Borough
Matches played462
Goals scored1,353 (2.93 per match)

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

Two clubs relegated from the Premier Division:

Two clubs promoted from Division Two:

At the end of the season Leytonstone, relegated from the Premier Division, merged with Ilford to form Leytonstone & Ilford. Subsequently, St Albans City were given a reprieve.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Harlow Town 42 31 7 4 93 32 +61 100 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Harrow Borough 42 26 8 8 85 49 +36 86
3 Maidenhead United 42 25 6 11 72 50 +22 81
4 Bishop's Stortford 42 22 11 9 68 40 +28 77
5 Hertford Town 42 21 11 10 62 41 +21 74
6 Horsham 42 22 8 12 62 47 +15 74
7 Harwich & Parkeston 42 22 5 15 90 57 +33 71
8 Bromley 42 18 12 12 76 50 +26 66
9 Hampton 42 17 11 14 59 47 +12 62
10 Epsom & Ewell 42 18 7 17 69 57 +12 61
11 Wembley 42 15 14 13 57 50 +7 59
12 Aveley 42 17 7 18 57 66 −9 58
13 Wokingham Town 42 17 8 17 64 68 −4 56[a]
14 Clapton 42 15 8 19 67 80 −13 53
15 Metropolitan Police 42 12 13 17 58 55 +3 49
16 Walton & Hersham 42 12 9 21 47 71 −24 45
17 Ilford 42 13 5 24 48 80 −32 44[b] Merged into Leytonstone
18 Ware 42 11 10 21 46 69 −23 43
19 Chesham United 42 11 9 22 46 66 −20 42
20 Finchley 42 7 15 20 43 74 −31 36
21 St Albans City 42 7 7 28 43 90 −47 28[b] Reprieved from relegation
22 Southall & Ealing Borough 42 5 5 32 41 114 −73 20 Relegated to Second Division
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ Wokingham Town were deducted three points.
  2. ^ a b Ilford merged with Leytonstone at the end of the season. Thus, St Albans were reprieved.

Division TwoEdit

Isthmian League
Division Two
Season1978–79
ChampionsFarnborough Town
PromotedCamberley Town
Farnborough Town
Matches played306
Goals scored871 (2.85 per match)

Division Two consisted of 18 clubs, including 15 clubs from the previous season and three new clubs:

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion
1 Farnborough Town 34 26 3 5 77 34 +43 81 Promoted to Division One
2 Camberley Town 34 21 8 5 71 32 +39 71
3 Molesey 34 19 11 4 55 33 +22 68
4 Lewes 34 19 6 9 66 50 +16 63
5 Feltham 34 16 7 11 47 36 +11 55
6 Letchworth Garden City 34 14 10 10 56 48 +8 52
7 Eastbourne United 34 16 4 14 47 46 +1 52
8 Hemel Hempstead 34 13 11 10 46 37 +9 50
9 Epping Town 34 14 7 13 49 44 +5 49
10 Rainham Town 34 13 10 11 42 41 +1 49
11 Cheshunt 34 11 8 15 43 49 −6 41
12 Hungerford Town 34 11 8 15 48 58 −10 41
13 Worthing 34 9 8 17 40 50 −10 35
14 Hornchurch 34 9 8 17 38 61 −23 35
15 Egham Town 34 7 12 15 49 54 −5 33
16 Tring Town 34 6 8 20 33 56 −23 26
17 Willesden 34 6 8 20 41 77 −36 26
18 Corinthian-Casuals 34 4 7 23 23 65 −42 19
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

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