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2003–04 Southern Football League

The 2003–04 season was the 101st in the history of the Southern League. The season began on 16 August 2003 and ended on 8 May 2004 with the play-off finals.

At the end of the season the National League System was reorganised. A new Conference North and South was to be formed from the top teams in the Northern Premier League, Southern League and Isthmian League as follows:

From the Southern League:

  • The top position of the Premier Division promoted to the newly named Conference National.
  • Positions 2–13 of the Premier Division qualified for Conference North/South.
  • Positions 14–18 joined by winners of the Eastern and Western Divisions in play-offs for two places in Conference North/South.
  • Play-off losers and positions 19–22 remain in the Premier Division or move to the Isthmian League.[1]

Premier Division

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Crawley Town 42 25 9 8 77 43 34 84 Promoted to Conference National
2 Weymouth 42 20 12 10 76 47 29 72 Qualified for Conference South
3 Stafford Rangers 42 19 11 12 55 43 12 68 Qualified for Conference North
4 Nuneaton Borough 42 17 15 10 65 49 16 66 Qualified for Conference North
5 Worcester City 42 18 9 15 71 50 21 63 Qualified for Conference North
6 Hinckley United 42 15 14 13 55 46 9 59 Qualified for Conference North
7 Newport County 42 15 14 13 52 50 2 59 Qualified for Conference South
8 Cambridge City 42 14 15 13 54 53 1 57 Qualified for Conference South
9 Welling United 42 16 8 18 56 58 −2 56 Qualified for Conference South
10 Weston-super-Mare 42 14 13 15 52 52 0 55 Qualified for Conference South
11 Eastbourne Borough 42 14 13 15 48 56 −8 55 Qualified for Conference South
12 Havant & Waterlooville 42 15 10 17 59 70 −11 55 Qualified for Conference South
13 Moor Green 42 14 12 16 42 54 −12 54 Qualified for Conference North
14 Merthyr Tydfil 42 13 14 15 60 66 −6 53
15 Tiverton Town 42 12 15 15 63 64 −1 51
16 Bath City 42 13 12 17 49 56 −7 51
17 Dorchester Town 42 14 9 19 56 69 −13 51 Qualified for Conference South
18 Chelmsford City 42 11 16 15 46 53 −7 49 Transferred to Isthmian League
19 Dover Athletic 42 12 13 17 50 59 −9 49 Transferred to Isthmian League
20 Hednesford Town 42 12 12 18 56 69 −13 48
21 Chippenham Town 42 10 17 15 51 63 −12 47
22 Grantham Town 42 10 15 17 45 67 −22 45
Key
Division Champions
Failed to qualify

Play-offs

Semifinals Final
               
 Bath City 2  
 Dorchester Town 4  
     Tiverton Town 1
   Dorchester Town 0
 Tiverton Town 1
 Chelmsford City 0  

Dorchester Town qualified for the Conference South

Semifinals Final
               
 King's Lynn 0  
 Redditch United 1  
     Merthyr Tydfil 0
   Redditch United 3
 Merthyr Tydfil W/O
   

Redditch United qualified for the Conference North

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