1998–99 Isthmian League

The 1998–99 season was the 84th season of the Isthmian League, which is an English football competition featuring semi-professional and amateur clubs from London, East and South East England. The league consisted of four divisions.

Premier DivisionEdit

Isthmian League
Premier Division
Season1998–99
ChampionsSutton United
PromotedSutton United
RelegatedBishop's Stortford
Bromley
Matches played462
Goals scored1,356 (2.94 per match)
Highest attendance2,810 – Basingstoke TownAldershot Town, (28 December)
Total attendance263,644
Average attendance571 (+27.4% to previous season)

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

Sutton United won the division and were promoted to the Football Conference. Bishop's Stortford and Bromley finished bottom of the table and relegated to Division One, while Carshalton Athletic were reprieved after Wealdstone, finished third in Division One, were refused promotion due to ground grading.

At the end of the season Hampton changed name into Hampton & Richmond Borough.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Sutton United 42 27 7 8 89 39 +50 88 Promoted to the Football Conference
2 Aylesbury United 42 23 8 11 67 38 +29 77
3 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 20 13 9 71 44 +27 73
4 Purfleet 42 22 7 13 71 52 +19 73
5 Enfield 42 21 9 12 73 49 +24 72
6 St Albans City 42 17 17 8 71 52 +19 68
7 Aldershot Town 42 16 14 12 83 48 +35 62
8 Basingstoke Town 42 17 10 15 63 53 +10 61
9 Harrow Borough 42 17 9 16 72 66 +6 60
10 Gravesend & Northfleet 42 18 6 18 54 53 +1 60
11 Slough Town 42 16 11 15 60 53 +7 59
12 Billericay Town 42 15 13 14 54 56 −2 58
13 Hendon 42 16 9 17 70 71 −1 57
14 Boreham Wood 42 14 15 13 59 63 −4 57
15 Chesham United 42 15 9 18 58 79 −21 54
16 Dulwich Hamlet 42 14 8 20 53 63 −10 50
17 Heybridge Swifts 42 13 9 20 51 85 −34 48
18 Walton & Hersham 42 12 7 23 50 77 −27 43
19 Hampton 42 10 12 20 41 71 −30 42
20 Carshalton Athletic 42 10 10 22 47 82 −35 40 Reprieved from relegation
21 Bishop's Stortford 42 9 10 23 49 90 −41 37 Relegated to Division One
22 Bromley 42 8 11 23 50 72 −22 35
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Division OneEdit

Isthmian League
Division One
Season1998–99
ChampionsCanvey Island
PromotedCanvey Island
Hitchin Town
RelegatedBerkhamsted Town
Molesey
Wembley
Matches played462
Goals scored1,209 (2.62 per match)
Highest attendance1,058 – WorthingBognor Regis Town, (28 December)
Total attendance93,147
Average attendance202 (-34.6% to previous season)

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

Two clubs relegated from the Premier Division:

Three clubs promoted from Division Two:

Canvey Island won the division to get a second consecutive promotion. Hitchin Town finished second and returned to the Premier Division at the first attempt, while Wealdtone, finished third, were refused promotion due to ground grading. Molesey, Wembley and Berkhamsted Town relegated to Division Two.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Canvey Island 42 28 6 8 76 41 +35 90 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Hitchin Town 42 25 10 7 75 38 +37 85
3 Wealdstone 42 26 6 10 75 48 +27 84
4 Braintree Town 42 20 10 12 75 48 +27 70
5 Bognor Regis Town 42 20 8 14 63 44 +19 68
6 Grays Athletic 42 19 11 12 56 42 +14 68
7 Oxford City 42 16 14 12 58 51 +7 62
8 Croydon 42 16 13 13 53 53 0 61
9 Chertsey Town 42 14 16 12 57 57 0 58
10 Romford 42 14 15 13 58 63 −5 57
11 Maidenhead United 42 13 15 14 50 46 +4 54
12 Worthing 42 13 13 16 47 61 −14 52
13 Leyton Pennant 42 13 12 17 62 70 −8 51
14 Uxbridge 42 13 11 18 54 51 +3 50
15 Barton Rovers 42 11 15 16 43 49 −6 48
16 Yeading 42 12 10 20 51 55 −4 46
17 Leatherhead 42 12 9 21 48 59 −11 45
18 Whyteleafe 42 13 6 23 51 72 −21 45
19 Staines Town 42 10 15 17 33 57 −24 45
20 Molesey 42 8 20 14 35 52 −17 44 Relegated to Division Two
21 Wembley 42 10 10 22 36 71 −35 40
22 Berkhamsted Town 42 10 7 25 53 81 −28 37
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Division TwoEdit

Isthmian League
Division Two
Season1998–99
ChampionsBedford Town
PromotedBedford Town
Harlow Town
Thame United
RelegatedAbingdon Town
Bracknell Town
Hertford Town
Matches played462
Goals scored1,495 (3.24 per match)
Highest attendance806 – Bedford TownLeighton Town, (28 December)
Total attendance60,932
Average attendance132 (-21.9% to previous season)

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

Three clubs relegated from Division One:

Three clubs promoted from Division Three:

Bedford Town won the division and were promoted to Division One along with Harlow Town, who achieved a second consecutive promotion and Thame United, who returned to Division One after the relegation. Hertford Town relegated back to Division Three along with Bracknell Town and Abingdon Town, who get a second consecutive relegation.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Bedford Town 42 29 7 6 89 31 +58 94 Promoted to the Division One
2 Harlow Town 42 27 8 7 100 47 +53 89
3 Thame United 42 26 8 8 89 50 +39 86
4 Hemel Hempstead 42 21 12 9 90 50 +40 75
5 Windsor & Eton 42 22 6 14 84 55 +29 72
6 Banstead Athletic 42 21 8 13 83 62 +21 71
7 Northwood 42 20 7 15 67 68 −1 67
8 Tooting & Mitcham United 42 19 9 14 63 62 +1 66
9 Chalfont St Peter 42 16 12 14 70 71 −1 60
10 Metropolitan Police 42 17 8 17 61 58 +3 59
11 Leighton Town 42 16 10 16 60 64 −4 58
12 Horsham 42 17 6 19 74 67 +7 57
13 Marlow 42 16 9 17 72 68 +4 57
14 Edgware Town 42 14 10 18 65 68 −3 52
15 Witham Town 42 12 15 15 64 64 0 51
16 Hungerford Town 42 13 12 17 59 61 −2 51
17 Wivenhoe Town 42 14 8 20 71 83 −12 50
18 Wokingham Town 42 14 4 24 44 79 −35 46
19 Barking 42 10 11 21 50 75 −25 41
20 Hertford Town 42 11 2 29 44 96 −52 35 Relegated to Division Three
21 Bracknell Town 42 7 10 25 48 92 −44 31
22 Abingdon Town 42 6 6 30 48 124 −76 24
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Division ThreeEdit

Isthmian League
Division Three
Season1998–99
ChampionsFord United
PromotedCheshunt
Ford United
Wingate & Finchley
Matches played380
Goals scored1,319 (3.47 per match)
Highest attendance380 – Wingate & FinchleyCheshunt, (10 April)
Total attendance28,737
Average attendance76 (-1.3% to previous season)

Division Three consisted of 20 clubs, including 17 clubs from the previous season and three new clubs:

Three clubs relegated from Division Two:

Ford United won the division and were promoted along with Wingate & Finchley and Cheshunt, who returned straight after the relegation from Division Two.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Ford United 38 27 5 6 110 42 +68 86 Promoted to Division Two
2 Wingate & Finchley 38 25 5 8 79 38 +41 80
3 Cheshunt 38 23 10 5 70 41 +29 79
4 Lewes 38 25 3 10 86 45 +41 78
5 Epsom & Ewell 38 19 5 14 61 51 +10 62
6 Ware 38 19 4 15 79 60 +19 61
7 Tilbury 38 17 8 13 74 52 +22 59
8 Croydon Athletic 38 16 10 12 82 59 +23 58
9 East Thurrock United 38 15 13 10 74 56 +18 58
10 Egham Town 38 16 8 14 65 58 +7 56
11 Corinthian-Casuals 38 16 7 15 70 71 −1 55
12 Southall 38 14 9 15 68 66 +2 51
13 Camberley Town 38 14 8 16 66 77 −11 50
14 Aveley 38 12 7 19 50 67 −17 43
15 Flackwell Heath 38 11 9 18 59 70 −11 42
16 Hornchurch 38 10 9 19 48 73 −25 39
17 Clapton 38 11 6 21 48 89 −41 39
18 Dorking 38 8 7 23 52 98 −46 31
19 Kingsbury Town 38 6 3 29 40 98 −58 21
20 Tring Town 38 5 6 27 38 108 −70 21
Source: fchd.com rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Cup CompetitionsEdit

The results from the finals of the league's three cup competitions:

Ryman League Cup: The league's premier cup competition, with clubs from all four divisions competing.

  • Aldershot Town 2–1 Boreham Wood (played at Southampton F.C.)

Puma Full Members Cup: Featuring teams from the top two divisions.

  • Hendon 1-0 Worthing (played at Sutton United)

Vandanel Trophy: Featuring teams from the bottom two divisions.

  • Leighton Town 1-0 Windsor & Eton (played at Chesham United)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • The Official Football Association Non League Club Directory 2000 ISBN 1-869833-44-9