2002–03 Isthmian League

The 2002–03 season was the 88th season of the Isthmian League, which is an English football competition featuring semi-professional and amateur clubs from London, East and South East England.

Premier DivisionEdit

Isthmian League
Premier Division
Season2002–03
ChampionsAldershot Town
PromotedAldershot Town
RelegatedBoreham Wood
Chesham United
Enfield
Hampton & Richmond Borough
Matches played552
Goals scored1,575 (2.85 per match)
Highest attendance3,553 – Canvey IslandAldershot Town, (15 April)
Total attendance238,373
Average attendance432 (-5.7% to previous season)

The Premier Division consisted of 24 clubs, including 20 clubs from the previous season and four new clubs:

Aldershot Town won the division and were promoted to the Football Conference ten years after Aldershot bankruptcy. Canvey Island finished second for the third time in a row. Four teams finished bottom of the table relegated to divisions One.

At the end of the season Purfleet was renamed Thurrock.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Aldershot Town 46 33 6 7 81 36 +45 105 Promoted to the Football Conference
2 Canvey Island 46 28 8 10 112 56 +56 92
3 Hendon 46 22 13 11 70 56 +14 79
4 St Albans City 46 23 8 15 73 65 +8 77
5 Basingstoke Town 46 23 7 16 80 60 +20 76
6 Sutton United 46 22 9 15 77 62 +15 75
7 Hayes 46 20 13 13 67 54 +13 73
8 Purfleet 46 19 15 12 68 48 +20 72
9 Bedford Town 46 21 9 16 66 58 +8 72
10 Maidenhead United 46 16 17 13 75 63 +12 65
11 Kingstonian 46 16 17 13 71 64 +7 65
12 Billericay Town 46 17 11 18 46 44 +2 62
13 Bishop's Stortford 46 16 11 19 74 72 +2 59
14 Hitchin Town 46 15 13 18 69 67 +2 58
15 Ford United 46 15 12 19 78 84 −6 57
16 Braintree Town 46 14 12 20 59 71 −12 54
17 Aylesbury United 46 13 15 18 62 75 −13 54
18 Harrow Borough 46 15 9 22 54 75 −21 54
19 Grays Athletic 46 14 11 21 53 59 −6 53
20 Heybridge Swifts 46 13 14 19 52 80 −28 53
21 Chesham United 46 14 10 22 56 81 −25 52 Relegated to Division One North
22 Boreham Wood 46 11 15 20 50 58 −8 48
23 Enfield 46 9 11 26 47 101 −54 38
24 Hampton & Richmond 46 3 14 29 35 86 −51 23 Relegated to Division One South
Source: [1][2][3][4]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Division One NorthEdit

Isthmian League
Division One North
Season2002–03
ChampionsNorthwood
PromotedHornchurch
Northwood
RelegatedHertford Town
Wembley
Matches played552
Goals scored1,667 (3.02 per match)
Highest attendance583 – HornchurchBerkhamsted Town, (26 April)
Total attendance79,162
Average attendance143

At the end of the previous season Division One was replaced by divisions One North and South. Subsequently, Division Three clubs were distributed between divisions One and Two.

Division One North consisted of 24 clubs, including nine clubs from the Division One, eleven clubs promoted from the Division Two and four clubs promoted from the Division Three.

Northwood won the division and were promoted to the Premier Division along with runners-up Hornchurch, who promoted from Division Three to the Premier Division in two seasons. Wembley and Hertford Town finished bottom of the table and relegated to Division Two.

At the end of the season Leyton Pennant were renamed Waltham Forest.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Northwood 46 28 7 11 109 56 +53 91 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Hornchurch 46 25 15 6 85 48 +37 90
3 Hemel Hempstead Town 46 26 7 13 70 55 +15 85
4 Slough Town 46 22 14 10 86 59 +27 80 Transferred to Division One South
5 Uxbridge 46 23 10 13 62 41 +21 79
6 Aveley 46 21 14 11 66 48 +18 77
7 Berkhamsted Town 46 21 13 12 92 68 +24 76
8 Thame United 46 20 12 14 84 51 +33 72
9 Wealdstone 46 21 9 16 85 69 +16 72
10 Harlow Town 46 20 12 14 66 53 +13 72
11 Marlow 46 19 10 17 74 63 +11 67 Transferred to Division One South
12 Barking & East Ham United 46 19 9 18 73 76 −3 66
13 Yeading 46 18 11 17 77 69 +8 65
14 Great Wakering Rovers 46 17 14 15 64 70 −6 65
15 Oxford City 46 17 13 16 55 51 +4 64
16 Arlesey Town 46 17 12 17 69 71 −2 63
17 East Thurrock United 46 17 10 19 75 79 −4 61
18 Wingate & Finchley 46 15 11 20 70 74 −4 56
19 Barton Rovers 46 15 7 24 53 65 −12 52
20 Tilbury 46 14 7 25 55 96 −41 49
21 Wivenhoe Town 46 9 11 26 56 94 −38 38
22 Leyton Pennant 46 9 7 30 38 81 −43 34
23 Wembley 46 7 11 28 57 111 −54 32 Relegated to Division Two
24 Hertford Town 46 6 6 34 46 119 −73 24
Source: [1][2][3]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Division One SouthEdit

Isthmian League
Division One South
Season2002–03
ChampionsCarshalton Athletic
PromotedBognor Regis Town
Carshalton Athletic
RelegatedChertsey Town
Matches played552
Goals scored1,604 (2.91 per match)
Highest attendance1,147 – Staines TownCarshalton Athletic, (22 February)
Total attendance102,455
Average attendance186

At the end of the previous season Division One was replaced by divisions One North and South. Subsequently, Division Three clubs were distributed between divisions One and Two.

Division One South consisted of 24 clubs, including ten clubs from the Division One, eight clubs promoted from the Division Two, five clubs promoted from the Division Three, and one club relegated from Premier Division.

Carshalton Athletic won the division and were promoted to the Premier Division along with runners-up Bognor Regis Town, who promoted from Division Three to the Premier Division in two seasons. Chertsey Town finished bottom of the table and relegated to Division Two.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Carshalton Athletic 46 28 8 10 73 44 +29 92 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Bognor Regis Town 46 26 10 10 92 34 +58 88
3 Lewes 46 24 16 6 106 50 +56 88
4 Dulwich Hamlet 46 23 12 11 73 49 +24 81
5 Whyteleafe 46 21 13 12 74 51 +23 76
6 Bromley 46 21 13 12 70 53 +17 76
7 Walton & Hersham 46 20 13 13 87 63 +24 73
8 Horsham 46 21 9 16 80 58 +22 72
9 Epsom & Ewell 46 19 12 15 67 66 +1 69
10 Egham Town 46 19 10 17 62 71 −9 67
11 Tooting & Mitcham United 46 18 9 19 83 78 +5 63
12 Worthing 46 17 12 17 78 75 +3 63
13 Windsor & Eton 46 18 9 19 66 65 +1 63
14 Leatherhead 46 16 13 17 71 66 +5 61
15 Staines Town 46 14 16 16 57 63 −6 58
16 Banstead Athletic 46 14 15 17 58 59 −1 57
17 Ashford Town (Middlesex) 46 14 11 21 47 70 −23 53
18 Croydon 46 15 8 23 56 87 −31 53
19 Croydon Athletic 46 13 13 20 52 66 −14 52
20 Bracknell Town 46 12 16 18 57 74 −17 52
21 Corinthian-Casuals 46 12 14 20 50 68 −18 50
22 Molesey 46 13 9 24 52 79 −27 48
23 Metropolitan Police 46 12 10 24 50 76 −26 46
24 Chertsey Town 46 3 7 36 43 139 −96 16 Relegated to Division Two
Source: [1][2][3]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Division TwoEdit

Isthmian League
Division Two
Season2002–03
ChampionsCheshunt
PromotedCheshunt
Leyton
Matches played240
Goals scored798 (3.33 per match)
Highest attendance221 – CheshuntHungerford Town, (3 May)
Total attendance15,730
Average attendance75

At the end of the previous season most of the Division Two clubs were transferred to the newly created divisions One. Division Two consisted of 16 clubs, including two clubs from the previous season, 13 clubs promoted from the Division Three and Leyton promoted as champions of the Essex Senior League.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Cheshunt 30 25 3 2 91 29 +62 78 Promoted to Division One North
2 Leyton 30 21 5 4 77 22 +55 68
3 Flackwell Heath 30 17 3 10 52 44 +8 54
4 Abingdon Town 30 14 11 5 65 42 +23 53
5 Hungerford Town 30 12 12 6 49 36 +13 48 Resigned to the Hellenic League
6 Leighton Town 30 14 3 13 61 43 +18 45
7 Witham Town 30 12 8 10 40 43 −3 44
8 Ware 30 12 5 13 47 53 −6 41
9 Clapton 30 12 5 13 40 47 −7 41
10 Tring Town 30 11 5 14 49 58 −9 38 Absorbed into Tring Athletic
11 Kingsbury Town 30 9 11 10 38 48 −10 38
12 Edgware Town 30 10 3 17 49 65 −16 33
13 Wokingham Town 30 7 7 16 34 81 −47 28
14 Dorking 30 6 6 18 49 63 −14 24
15 Chalfont St Peter 30 6 5 19 34 63 −29 23
16 Camberley Town 30 4 4 22 23 61 −38 16
Source: [1][2][3]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Robinson, M. (2010). Non-League Football Tables 1889-2010. Soccer Books Ltd. ISBN 9781862232044.
  2. ^ a b c d England - Isthmian League
  3. ^ a b c d 2002–03 Isthmian League
  4. ^ nonleaguefooty website

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