1986–87 Western Football League

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Western Football League
Season 1986–87
Champions Saltash United (Premier Division)
Swanage Town & Herston (Division One)

The 1986–87 season was the 85th in the history of the Western Football League.

The league champions for the second time in their history were Saltash United. The champions of Division One were Swanage Town & Herston.[1]

Final tables[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

The Premier Division remained at 22 clubs after Shepton Mallet Town were relegated and left to join the Somerset County League. One club joined:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GDiff1 Pts2 Notes
1 Saltash United (C) 42 31 8 3 101 40 +61 70
2 Exmouth Town 42 22 10 10 82 62 +20 54
3 Bristol City Reserves 42 23 5 14 94 57 +37 51
4 Liskeard Athletic 42 20 9 13 69 45 +24 49
5 Bristol Manor Farm 42 19 10 13 58 46 +12 48
6 Bideford 42 21 4 17 58 57 +1 46
7 Plymouth Argyle Reserves 42 21 4 17 92 55 +37 45*
8 Taunton Town 42 17 9 16 61 64 –3 43
9 Chippenham Town 42 14 14 14 53 50 +3 42
10 Mangotsfield United 42 17 8 17 69 71 –2 42
11 Barnstaple Town 42 15 12 15 56 66 –11 42
12 Clevedon Town 42 14 13 15 58 60 –2 41
13 Weston-super-Mare 42 13 13 16 66 70 –4 39
14 Dawlish Town 42 14 10 18 63 62 +1 38
15 Torrington 42 14 10 18 61 71 –10 38
16 Paulton Rovers 42 14 8 20 55 72 –17 36
17 Radstock Town 42 11 13 18 55 73 –18 35
18 Melksham Town 42 10 15 17 39 64 –25 35
19 Frome Town 42 12 10 20 50 65 –15 34
20 Clandown 42 12 10 20 40 59 –19 34
21 Minehead 42 10 12 20 53 86 –33 32
22 Chard Town (R) 42 11 7 24 52 89 –37 29 Relegated to the First Division

* Plymouth Argyle Reserves had one point deducted for fielding an ineligible player.

First Division[edit]

The First Division remained at 22 clubs, after Radstock Town were promoted to the Premier Division. One new club joined:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GDiff1 Pts2 Notes
1 Swanage Town & Herston (C) (P) 42 25 12 5 93 52 +41 62 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Portway Bristol 42 25 8 9 103 51 +52 58 Disbanded at the end of the season
3 Bath City Reserves 42 25 6 11 85 58 +27 56
4 Yeovil Town Reserves 42 21 10 11 85 53 +32 52
5 Wimborne Town 42 23 6 13 96 58 +38 51* Transferred to the Wessex League
6 Devizes Town 42 21 10 11 62 43 +19 51*
7 Larkhall Athletic 42 21 8 13 71 53 +18 50
8 Welton Rovers 42 20 6 16 66 53 +13 46
9 Backwell United 42 15 15 12 55 53 +2 45
10 Warminster Town 42 18 10 14 72 71 +1 45*
11 Ottery St Mary 42 17 6 19 66 68 –2 40
12 Odd Down 42 13 13 16 57 65 –8 39
13 Keynsham Town 42 16 7 19 57 69 –12 39
14 Elmore 42 14 10 18 60 69 –9 38
15 Tiverton Town 42 12 12 18 66 79 –13 36
16 Weymouth Reserves 42 12 12 18 75 87 –12 35* Left at the end of the season
17 Wellington 42 14 7 21 55 67 –12 35
18 Westbury United 42 12 10 20 78 87 –9 34
19 Calne Town 42 11 12 19 54 73 –19 34
20 Ilfracombe Town 42 11 8 23 40 68 –28 30
21 Heavitree United 42 9 9 24 48 96 –48 26*
22 Glastonbury 42 5 7 30 38 109 –71 17

* Wimborne Town, Devizes Town, Warminster Town, Weymouth Reserves and Heavitree United each had one point deducted for fielding ineligible players.

1 The system of using goal difference to separate two teams tied on points was used.

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robinson, Michael (ed.), Non-League Football Tables 1889–2006, Soccer Books, 2006