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The 1985–86 season was the 71st season of the Isthmian League, which is an English football competition featuring semi-professional and amateur clubs from London, East and South East England. League consisted of three divisions. Division Two was divided into two sections.

Sutton United won the league for the second season in a row and finally were promoted to the Conference.

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Premier DivisionEdit

Isthmian League
Premier Division
Season1985–86
ChampionsSutton United
PromotedSutton United
RelegatedBillericay Town
Epsom & Ewell
Matches played462
Goals scored1,444 (3.13 per match)

The Premier Division consisted of 22 clubs, including 19 clubs from the previous season and three new clubs:

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Sutton United 42 29 8 5 109 39 +70 95 Promoted to the Football Conference
2 Yeovil Town 42 28 7 7 92 48 +44 91
3 Farnborough Town 42 23 8 11 90 50 +40 77
4 Croydon 42 23 7 12 70 50 +20 76
5 Harrow Borough 42 21 8 13 76 66 +10 71
6 Slough Town 42 18 8 16 66 68 −2 62
7 Bishop's Stortford 42 17 10 15 55 61 −6 61
8 Kingstonian 42 15 15 12 57 56 +1 60
9 Dulwich Hamlet 42 17 9 16 64 79 −15 60
10 Wokingham Town 42 16 10 16 67 64 +3 58
11 Windsor & Eton 42 17 7 18 58 75 −17 58
12 Tooting & Mitcham United 42 14 11 17 65 76 −11 53
13 Walthamstow Avenue 42 12 14 16 69 70 −1 50
14 Worthing 42 13 10 19 72 82 −10 49
15 Bognor Regis Town 42 15 6 21 63 70 −7 48[a]
16 Hayes 42 10 17 15 36 42 −6 47
17 Hitchin Town 42 11 14 17 53 69 −16 47
18 Barking 42 11 13 18 45 55 −10 46
19 Hendon 42 10 13 19 59 77 −18 43
20 Carshalton Athletic 42 9 13 20 56 79 −23 40
21 Billericay Town 42 9 12 21 59 78 −19 39 Relegated to Division One
22 Epsom & Ewell 42 8 12 22 63 90 −27 36
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ Bognor Regis Town were deducted three points.

Division OneEdit

Isthmian League
Division One
Season1985–86
ChampionsSt Albans City
PromotedBromley
St Albans City
RelegatedAveley
Chesham United
Harlow Town
Hornchurch
Matches played462
Goals scored1,387 (3 per match)

Division One consisted of 22 clubs, including 16 clubs from the previous season and six new clubs:

Two clubs relegated from the Premier Division:

Four clubs promoted from Division Two North:

Four clubs promoted from Division Two South:

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 St Albans City 42 23 11 8 92 61 +31 80 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Bromley 42 24 8 10 68 41 +27 80
3 Wembley 42 22 12 8 59 30 +29 78
4 Oxford City 42 22 11 9 75 51 +24 77
5 Hampton 42 21 11 10 63 45 +18 74
6 Leyton-Wingate 42 21 10 11 77 56 +21 73
7 Uxbridge 42 20 8 14 64 49 +15 68
8 Staines Town 42 18 10 14 69 66 +3 64
9 Boreham Wood 42 15 16 11 62 54 +8 61
10 Walton & Hersham 42 16 10 16 68 71 −3 58
11 Lewes 42 16 8 18 61 75 −14 56
12 Leytonstone/Ilford 42 13 15 14 57 67 −10 54
13 Finchley 42 12 17 13 61 59 +2 53
14 Grays Athletic 42 13 11 18 69 75 −6 50
15 Leatherhead 42 14 8 20 62 68 −6 50
16 Tilbury 42 13 11 18 60 66 −6 50
17 Maidenhead United 42 13 7 22 61 67 −6 46
18 Basildon United 42 12 9 21 52 72 −20 45
19 Hornchurch 42 11 11 20 44 59 −15 44 Relegated to Division Two North
20 Chesham United 42 12 6 24 51 84 −33 42
21 Harlow Town 42 8 14 20 53 70 −17 38
22 Aveley 42 8 6 28 59 98 −39 30
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Division Two NorthEdit

Isthmian League
Division Two North
Season1985–86
ChampionsStevenage Borough
PromotedKingsbury Town
Stevenage Borough
Matches played380
Goals scored1,128 (2.97 per match)

Division Two North consisted of 20 clubs, including 16 clubs from the previous season and four new clubs:

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Stevenage Borough 38 26 6 6 71 24 +47 84 Promoted to Division One
2 Kingsbury Town 38 25 8 5 84 35 +49 83
3 Heybridge Swifts 38 20 8 10 65 46 +19 68
4 Cheshunt 38 18 10 10 60 40 +20 64
5 Hertford Town 38 17 7 14 60 50 +10 58
6 Chalfont St Peter 38 15 11 12 53 50 +3 56 Transferred to Division Two South
7 Tring Town 38 14 13 11 58 46 +12 55
8 Royston Town 38 13 13 12 59 57 +2 52
9 Saffron Walden Town 38 13 12 13 61 65 −4 51
10 Berkhamsted Town 38 14 8 16 45 52 −7 50
11 Haringey Borough 38 14 7 17 49 51 −2 49
12 Letchworth Garden City 38 13 8 17 46 52 −6 47
13 Rainham Town 38 14 4 20 54 91 −37 46
14 Hemel Hempstead 38 12 9 17 50 66 −16 45
15 Ware 38 11 11 16 56 61 −5 44
16 Vauxhall Motors 38 11 10 17 58 62 −4 43
17 Barton Rovers 38 12 7 19 50 60 −10 43
18 Harefield United 38 9 12 17 56 72 −16 39 Transferred to Division Two South
19 Clapton 38 10 7 21 51 90 −39 37
20 Wolverton Town 38 8 11 19 42 58 −16 35
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Division Two SouthEdit

Isthmian League
Division Two South
Season1985–86
ChampionsGrays Athletic
PromotedGrays Athletic
Uxbridge
Matches played380
Goals scored1,243 (3.27 per match)

Division Two South consisted of 20 clubs, including 15 clubs from the previous season and five new clubs:

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Southwick 38 25 8 5 86 34 +52 83 Promoted to Division One
2 Bracknell Town 38 24 9 5 80 23 +57 81
3 Woking 38 23 9 6 94 45 +49 78
4 Newbury Town 38 22 7 9 86 53 +33 73
5 Whyteleafe 38 21 10 7 61 41 +20 73
6 Molesey 38 21 8 9 59 39 +20 71
7 Metropolitan Police 38 20 6 12 72 48 +24 66
8 Southall 38 19 7 12 77 59 +18 64
9 Dorking 38 18 10 10 70 57 +13 64
10 Feltham 38 16 7 15 65 60 +5 55
11 Banstead Athletic 38 15 8 15 60 66 −6 53
12 Petersfield United 38 12 9 17 61 71 −10 45
13 Hungerford Town 38 11 6 21 57 78 −21 39
14 Flackwell Heath 38 11 6 21 46 72 −26 39
15 Eastbourne United 38 9 8 21 51 81 −30 35
16 Camberley Town 38 9 7 22 53 64 −11 34
17 Egham Town 38 7 8 23 41 83 −42 29
18 Horsham 38 6 10 22 33 74 −41 28
19 Ruislip Manor 37 5 11 21 44 87 −43 26
20 Marlow 38 6 5 27 47 108 −61 23
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

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