1923–24 Southern Football League

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The 1923–24 season was the 26th in the history of the Southern League. The league was split into Eastern and Western Divisions.[1] Peterborough & Fletton United won the Eastern Division and Yeovil & Petters United won the Western Division. Yeovil were declared Southern League champions after defeating Peterborough 3–1 in a championship play-off.[2] No clubs applied to join the Football League this season,[3] and no clubs left the league at the end of the season.

Eastern Division[edit]

Southern Football League Eastern Division
Season 1923-24
Champions Peterborough & Fletton United
Promoted none
Relegated none
Matches played 240
Goals scored 757 (3.15 per match)

A total of 16 teams contest the division (previously called the English section), including 10 sides from previous season and six new teams.

Newly elected teams:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Peterborough & Fletton United 30 20 2 8 54 31 1.74 42
2 Leicester City II 30 19 3 8 72 30 2.4 41
3 Southampton II 30 18 5 7 60 36 1.66 41
4 Millwall II 30 18 3 9 56 38 1.47 39
5 Portsmouth II 30 16 2 12 66 37 1.78 34
6 Brighton & Hove Albion II 30 13 7 10 55 42 1.30 33
7 Norwich City II 30 13 6 11 46 34 1.35 32
8 Folkestone 30 12 5 13 61 51 1.19 29
9 Coventry City II 30 10 8 12 39 34 1.14 28
10 Watford II 30 11 6 13 36 48 0.75 28
11 Reading II 30 11 6 13 32 43 0.74 28
12 Northampton Town II 30 9 10 11 32 47 0.68 28
13 Luton Town II 30 10 7 13 40 49 0.81 27
14 Guildford United 30 7 5 18 38 72 0.52 19
15 Kettering 30 5 8 17 30 67 0.44 18 Changed name to Kettering Town at end of season
16 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic II 30 4 5 21 40 98 0.40 13

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up until the 1976–77 season.

2 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

Western Division[edit]

Southern Football League Western Division
Season 1923-24
Champions Yeovil & Petters United (1st title)
Promoted none
Relegated none
Matches played 306
Goals scored 974 (3.18 per match)

A total of 18 teams contest the division (previously called the Welsh section), including 6 sides from previous season, 8 teams transferred from English section and four new teams.

Teams transferred from 1922-23 English section:

Newly elected teams:

Pos Club P W D L GF1 GA1 GAv2 Pts3
1 Yeovil & Petters United 34 25 3 6 71 30 2.36 53
2 Plymouth Argyle II 34 21 5 8 74 37 2 47
3 Pontypridd 34 19 8 7 81 44 1.84 46
4 Torquay United 34 19 7 8 59 25 2.36 45
5 Bristol City II 34 17 9 8 63 39 1.61 43
6 Swansea Town II 34 19 5 10 62 38 1.63 43
7 Bristol Rovers II 34 17 6 11 69 43 1.60 40
8 Cardiff City II 34 15 4 15 55 31 1.77 34
9 Exeter City II 34 11 11 12 48 47 1.02 33
10 Weymouth 34 15 3 16 48 60 0.8 33
11 Llanelly 34 14 5 15 47 62 0.75 33
12 Swindon Town II 34 11 6 17 36 60 0.6 28
13 Bridgend Town 34 11 5 18 57 72 0.79 27
14 Newport County II 34 10 7 17 57 78 0.73 27
15 Ebbw Vale 34 8 8 18 38 62 0.61 24
16 Bath City 34 6 9 19 32 71 0.45 21
17 Barry 34 6 7 21 36 74 0.48 19
18 Aberaman Athletic 34 6 4 24 41 87 0.47 16

1 Number of goals for and/or against is inaccurate.

2 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up until the 1976–77 season.

3 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

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