1936–37 Southern Football League


The 1936–37 season was the 39th in the history of the Southern League. The league reverted to a single division after four of the league's nineteen clubs left at the end of the previous season.[1] Newly elected Ipswich Town won the title at the first attempt, whilst Margate left the league at the end of the season. Ipswich applied for election to the Football League, but were unsuccessful.

Final table


Southern Football League
Season1936–37
ChampionsIpswich Town (1st title)
Promotednone
RelegatedMargate (resigned)
Matches played240
Goals scored974 (4.06 per match)

The league comprised the seven remaining clubs from the Eastern Division, the eight clubs remaining in the Western Division and one new club.

Newly elected team:

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Result
1 Ipswich Town 30 19 8 3 68 35 1.943 46
2 Norwich City II 30 18 5 7 70 35 2.000 41
3 Folkestone 30 17 4 9 71 61 1.164 38
4 Bath City 30 15 5 10 66 52 1.269 35
5 Margate 30 15 4 11 61 49 1.245 34 Left league at end of season
6 Guildford City 30 15 4 11 54 60 0.900 34
7 Yeovil & Petters United 30 15 3 12 77 69 1.116 33
8 Newport County II 30 11 8 11 72 68 1.059 30
9 Plymouth Argyle II 30 11 8 11 64 58 1.103 30
10 Barry 30 12 4 14 58 72 0.806 28
11 Cheltenham Town 30 10 4 16 61 70 0.871 24
12 Exeter City II 30 8 7 15 57 78 0.731 23
13 Dartford 30 9 5 16 41 55 0.745 23
14 Torquay United II 30 8 5 17 45 76 0.592 21
15 Tunbridge Wells Rangers 30 7 6 17 62 64 0.969 20
16 Aldershot II 30 7 6 17 47 72 0.653 20
Source: [citation needed]
Rules for classification: The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used until the 1976-77 season. The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

Football League election


Ipswich Town were the only non-League club to apply for election to the Football League Third Division South, but won fewer votes than League clubs Exeter City and Aldershot.[2]

Club League Votes
Exeter CityFootball League Third Division South40
AldershotFootball League Third Division South34
Ipswich TownSouthern League24

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