1988–89 Southern Football League

The 1988–89 Southern Football League season was the 86th in the history of the league, an English football competition.

Merthyr Tydfil won the Premier Division and earned promotion to the Football Conference, whilst Coventry Sporting, Wellingborough Town, Mile Oak Rovers, Tonbridge and Ruislip 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
Season1988–89
ChampionsMerthyr Tydfil
PromotedMerthyr Tydfil
RelegatedFareham Town
Leicester United
Redditch United
Bedworth Town
Matches played462
Goals scored1,369 (2.96 per match)
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Merthyr Tydfil 42 26 7 9 104 58 +46 85 Promoted to the Football Conference
2 Dartford 42 25 7 10 79 33 +46 82
3 VS Rugby 42 24 7 11 64 43 +21 79
4 Worcester City 42 20 13 9 72 49 +23 73
5 Cambridge City 42 20 10 12 72 51 +21 70
6 Dover Athletic 42 19 12 11 65 47 +18 69
7 Gosport Borough 42 18 12 12 73 57 +16 66
8 Burton Albion 42 18 10 14 79 68 +11 64
9 Bath City 42 15 13 14 66 51 +15 58
10 Bromsgrove Rovers 42 14 16 12 68 56 +12 58
11 Wealdstone 42 16 10 16 60 53 +7 58
12 Crawley Town 42 14 16 12 64 56 +8 58
13 Dorchester Town 42 14 16 12 56 61 −5 58
14 Alvechurch 42 16 8 18 56 59 −3 56
15 Moor Green 42 14 13 15 58 70 −12 55
16 Corby Town 42 14 11 17 55 59 −4 53
17 Waterlooville 42 13 13 16 61 63 −2 52
18 Ashford Town (Kent) 42 13 13 16 59 76 −17 52
19 Fareham Town 42 15 6 21 43 68 −25 51 Relegated to the Southern Division
20 Leicester United 42 6 11 25 46 87 −41 29 Relegated to the Midland Division
21 Redditch United 42 5 7 30 36 105 −69 22
22 Bedworth United 42 4 7 31 36 102 −66 19
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Midland DivisionEdit

The Midland Division consisted of 22 clubs, including 17 clubs from the previous season and five new clubs:

Also, at the end of the season Forest Green Rovers was renamed Stroud and Ashfield Hightree was renamed Sandwell Borough.

League tableEdit

Southern Football League
Midland Division
Season1988–89
ChampionsGloucester City
PromotedAtherstone United
Gloucester City
RelegatedMile Oak Rovers
Wellingborough Town
Matches played462
Goals scored1,361 (2.95 per match)
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Gloucester City 42 28 8 6 95 37 +58 92 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Atherstone United 42 26 9 7 85 38 +47 87
3 Tamworth 42 26 9 7 85 45 +40 87
4 Halesowen Town 42 25 10 7 85 42 +43 85
5 Grantham Town 42 23 11 8 66 37 +29 80
6 Nuneaton Borough 42 19 9 14 71 58 +13 66
7 Rushden Town 42 19 8 15 71 50 +21 65
8 Spalding United 42 17 13 12 72 64 +8 64
9 Dudley Town 42 16 13 13 73 62 +11 61
10 Sutton Coldfield Town 42 18 7 17 56 56 0 61
11 Willenhall Town 42 16 12 14 65 71 −6 60
12 Forest Green Rovers 42 12 16 14 64 67 −3 52
13 Bilston Town 42 15 7 20 63 71 −8 52
14 Ashtree Highfield 42 12 15 15 57 62 −5 51
15 Hednesford Town 42 12 15 15 49 57 −8 51
16 Banbury United 42 10 14 18 53 74 −21 44
17 Bridgnorth Town 42 12 7 23 59 77 −18 43
18 Stourbridge 42 11 10 21 37 65 −28 43
19 King's Lynn 42 7 13 22 31 67 −36 34
20 Coventry Sporting 42 6 13 23 39 91 −52 31 Club folded
21 Wellingborough Town 42 5 15 22 39 72 −33 30 Relegated to the United Counties League
22 Mile Oak Rovers 42 5 10 27 46 98 −52 25 Relegated to the Midland Combination
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Southern DivisionEdit

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

At the end of the season Thanet United reverted name to Margate.

League tableEdit

Southern Football League
Southern Division
Season1988–89
ChampionsChelmsford City
PromotedChelmsford City
Gravesend & Northfleet
RelegatedTonbridge
Matches played462
Goals scored1,414 (3.06 per match)
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Chelmsford City 42 30 5 7 106 38 +68 95 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Gravesend & Northfleet 42 27 6 9 70 40 +30 87
3 Poole Town 42 24 11 7 98 48 +50 83
4 Bury Town 42 25 7 10 75 34 +41 82
5 Burnham 42 22 13 7 78 47 +31 79
6 Baldock Town 42 23 5 14 69 40 +29 74
7 Hastings Town 42 21 11 10 75 48 +27 74
8 Hounslow 42 21 6 15 75 60 +15 69
9 Salisbury 42 20 5 17 79 58 +21 65
10 Trowbridge Town 42 19 7 16 59 52 +7 64
11 Folkestone 42 17 8 17 62 65 −3 59
12 Corinthian 42 13 13 16 59 69 −10 52
13 Canterbury City 42 14 8 20 52 60 −8 50
14 Witney Town 42 13 11 18 61 71 −10 50
15 Dunstable 42 11 14 17 42 57 −15 47
16 Buckingham Town 42 12 10 20 56 79 −23 46
17 Erith & Belvedere 42 11 10 21 48 63 −15 43
18 Andover 42 11 9 22 56 90 −34 42
19 Sheppey United 42 10 8 24 50 90 −40 38
20 Thanet United 42 7 15 20 47 95 −48 36
21 Tonbridge 42 7 6 29 50 98 −48 27 Relegated to the Kent Football League
22 Ruislip 42 6 8 28 47 112 −65 26 Club folded
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

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