1987–88 Southern Football League

The 1987–88 Southern Football League season was the 85th in the history of the league, an English football competition.

Aylesbury United won the Premier Division and earned promotion to the Football Conference, whilst Chatham Town, Paget Rangers and Shepshed Charterhouse left the league at the end of the season.

Premier DivisionEdit

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

League tableEdit

Southern Football League
Premier Division
Season1987–88
ChampionsAylesbury United
PromotedAylesbury United
RelegatedChelmsford City
Nuneaton Borough
Willenhall Town
Matches played462
Goals scored1,280 (2.77 per match)
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Aylesbury United 42 27 8 7 79 35 +44 89 Promoted to the Football Conference
2 Dartford 42 27 8 7 79 39 +40 89
3 Cambridge City 42 24 8 10 84 43 +41 80
4 Bromsgrove Rovers 42 22 11 9 65 39 +26 77
5 Worcester City 42 22 6 14 58 48 +10 72
6 Crawley Town 42 17 14 11 73 63 +10 65
7 Alvechurch 42 17 13 12 54 52 +2 64
8 Leicester United 42 15 14 13 68 59 +9 59
9 Fareham Town 42 16 11 15 51 59 −8 59
10 Corby Town 42 16 8 18 61 64 −3 56
11 Dorchester Town 42 14 14 14 51 57 −6 56
12 Ashford Town (Kent) 42 12 16 14 45 54 −9 52
13 Shepshed Charterhouse 42 13 11 18 53 62 −9 50 Transferred to the Northern Premier League
14 Bedworth United 42 12 14 16 49 64 −15 50
15 Gosport Borough 42 10 17 15 39 49 −10 47
16 Burton Albion 42 11 14 17 62 74 −12 47
17 VS Rugby 42 10 16 16 52 57 −5 46
18 Redditch United 42 10 13 19 55 63 −8 43
19 Chelmsford City 42 11 10 21 60 75 −15 43 Relegated to the Southern Division
20 Willenhall Town 42 9 12 21 39 76 −37 39 Relegated to the Midland Division
21 Nuneaton Borough 42 8 13 21 58 77 −19 37
22 Witney Town 42 8 11 23 45 71 −26 35 Relegated to the Southern Division
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Midland DivisionEdit

The Midland Division expanded up to 22 clubs, including 17 clubs from the previous season and five new clubs:

League tableEdit

Southern Football League
Midland Division
Season1987–88
ChampionsMerthyr Tydfil
PromotedMerthyr Tydfil
Moor Green
RelegatedPaget Rangers
Matches played462
Goals scored1,455 (3.15 per match)
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Merthyr Tydfil 42 30 4 8 102 40 +62 94 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Moor Green 42 26 8 8 91 49 +42 86
3 Grantham Town 42 27 4 11 97 53 +44 85
4 Atherstone United 42 22 10 10 93 56 +37 76
5 Sutton Coldfield Town 42 22 6 14 71 47 +24 72
6 Halesowen Town 42 18 15 9 75 59 +16 69
7 Gloucester City 42 18 14 10 86 62 +24 68
8 Dudley Town 42 20 5 17 64 55 +9 65
9 Forest Green Rovers 42 14 16 12 67 54 +13 58
10 Banbury United 42 17 7 18 48 46 +2 58
11 Bridgnorth Town 42 16 7 19 59 75 −16 55
12 Buckingham Town 42 15 9 18 74 75 −1 54 Transferred to the Southern Division
13 King's Lynn 42 16 6 20 53 63 −10 54
14 Wellingborough Town 42 14 10 18 67 70 −3 52
15 Rushden Town 42 14 9 19 69 85 −16 51
16 Trowbridge Town 42 14 3 25 53 82 −29 45 Transferred to the Southern Division
17 Bilston Town 42 12 8 22 52 87 −35 44
18 Hednesford Town 42 11 10 21 50 81 −31 43
19 Mile Oak Rovers 42 9 14 19 43 65 −22 41
20 Coventry Sporting 42 11 8 23 46 83 −37 41
21 Stourbridge 42 10 10 22 46 79 −33 40
22 Paget Rangers 42 10 9 23 49 89 −40 39 Relegated to the West Midlands League
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Southern DivisionEdit

The Southern Division expanded up to 21 clubs, including 17 clubs from the previous season and five new clubs:

League tableEdit

Southern Football League
Southern Division
Season1987–88
ChampionsDover Athletic
PromotedDover Athletic
Waterlooville
RelegatedChatham Town
Matches played420
Goals scored1,221 (2.91 per match)
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Dover Athletic 40 28 10 2 81 28 +53 94 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Waterlooville 40 27 10 3 88 33 +55 91
3 Salisbury 40 24 11 5 71 33 +38 83
4 Gravesend & Northfleet 40 20 12 8 60 32 +28 72
5 Thanet United 40 17 13 10 60 38 +22 64
6 Andover 40 17 13 10 64 58 +6 64
7 Dunstable 40 17 12 11 78 56 +22 63
8 Burnham 40 17 10 13 61 45 +16 61
9 Bury Town 40 17 7 16 80 67 +13 58
10 Erith & Belvedere 40 16 9 15 52 56 −4 57
11 Sheppey United 40 14 10 16 58 52 +6 52
12 Hastings Town 40 14 10 16 62 70 −8 52
13 Tonbridge 40 14 8 18 51 56 −5 50
14 Poole Town 40 13 10 17 69 70 −1 49
15 Baldock Town 40 12 12 16 44 53 −9 48
16 Hounslow 40 11 8 21 41 76 −35 41
17 Folkestone 40 9 11 20 47 76 −29 38
18 Corinthian 40 9 10 21 49 67 −18 37
19 Ruislip 40 5 13 22 33 80 −47 28
20 Canterbury City 40 7 6 27 33 87 −54 27
21 Chatham Town 40 7 5 28 39 88 −49 26 Relegated to the Kent Football League
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

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