2007–08 Isthmian League

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The 2007–08 season was the 93rd 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 Division[edit]

Isthmian League
Premier Division
Season2007–08
ChampionsChelmsford City
PromotedAFC Wimbledon
Chelmsford City
RelegatedEast Thurrock United
Folkestone Invicta
Leyton
Matches played462
Goals scored1,423 (3.08 per match)
Top goalscorer26 goals – Mark Nwokeji (Staines Town)
Highest attendance3,201 – Chelmsford CityAFC Wimbledon, (15 March)
Total attendance233,047
Average attendance504 (+2.6% to previous season)

The Premier Division consisted of 22 clubs, including 17 clubs from the previous season, and five new clubs:

Chelmsford City won the division and were promoted to the Conference South along with play-off winners AFC Wimbledon, who earned a third promotion in the six-year history of the reborn club. East Thurrock United, Folkestone Invicta and Leyton were relegated to the Division One sections while Boreham Wood were reprieved from relegation due to Conference clubs Halifax Town folding and Nuneaton Borough being demoted two divisions down.

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Chelmsford City 42 26 9 7 84 39 +45 87 Promoted to the Conference South
2 Staines Town 42 22 12 8 85 54 +31 78 Qualified for the play-offs
3 AFC Wimbledon 42 22 9 11 81 47 +34 75 Qualified for the play-offs, then promoted to the Conference South
4 AFC Hornchurch 42 20 10 12 68 44 +24 70 Qualified for the play-offs
5 Ramsgate 42 19 11 12 67 53 +14 68
6 Ashford Town 42 20 6 16 79 65 +14 66
7 Hendon 42 18 11 13 79 67 +12 65
8 Tonbridge Angels 42 17 12 13 77 57 +20 63
9 Margate 42 17 11 14 71 68 +3 62
10 Billericay Town 42 16 12 14 66 57 +9 60
11 Horsham 42 18 5 19 63 63 0 59
12 Heybridge Swifts 42 14 13 15 64 64 0 55
13 Wealdstone 42 15 9 18 68 75 −7 54
14 Hastings United 42 15 8 19 58 67 −9 53
15 Harlow Town 42 13 13 16 56 52 +4 52
16 Harrow Borough 42 15 7 20 61 74 −13 52
17 Maidstone United 42 16 4 22 56 79 −23 52
18 Carshalton Athletic 42 14 8 20 52 65 −13 50
19 Boreham Wood 42 15 5 22 56 73 −17 50 Reprieved from relegation
20 East Thurrock United 42 14 9 19 48 67 −19 50[a] Relegated to Division One North
21 Folkestone Invicta 42 13 10 19 49 70 −21 49 Relegated to Division One South
22 Leyton 42 4 4 34 35 123 −88 16 Relegated to Division One North
Source: [1][2]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ East Thurrock United were deducted one point for fielding an ineligible player against Harrow Borough on 8 December 2007 (0–0).

Top scorers[edit]

Player Club Goals[3]
Mark Nwokeji Staines Town 26
James Pinnock Margate 24
Carl Rook Horsham / Tonbridge Angels 23
Brian Haule Hendon 20
Steven Wareham Maldon Town / East Thurrock United
John Main Tonbridge Angels / AFC Wimbledon
Reggie Savage Croydon Athletic / Heybridge Swifts 19
Bradley Woods-Garness Billericay Town
Simon Parker AFC Hornchurch 18
Stafford Browne Heybridge Swifts 17

Play-offs[edit]

Semifinals Final
      
2 Staines Town 2
5 Ramsgate 1
2 Staines Town 1
3 AFC Wimbledon 2
3 AFC Wimbledon 3
4 AFC Hornchurch 1

Stadia and locations[edit]

2007–08 Isthmian League is located in South-east England
AFC Hornchurch
AFC Hornchurch
AFC Wimbledon
AFC Wimbledon
Ashford Town
Ashford Town
Boreham Wood
Boreham Wood
Carshalton Athletic
Carshalton Athletic
Harrow Borough
Harrow Borough
Hendon
Hendon
Leyton
Leyton
Staines Town
Staines Town
Wealdstone
Wealdstone
Locations of the Premier Division clubs
Club Stadium
AFC Hornchurch Hornchurch Stadium
AFC Wimbledon Kingsmeadow (groundshare with Kingstonian )
Ashford Town Short Lane
Billericay Town New Lodge
Boreham Wood Meadow Park
Carshalton Athletic War Memorial Sports Ground
Chelmsford City Melbourne Stadium
East Thurrock United Rookery Hill
Folkestone Invicta Cheriton Road
Harlow Town Barrows Farm
Harrow Borough Earlsmead Stadium
Hastings United The Pilot Field
Hendon Claremont Road
Heybridge Swifts Scraley Road
Horsham Queen Street
Leyton Leyton Stadium
Maidstone United Bourne Park (groundshare with Sittingbourne)
Margate Hartsdown Park
Ramsgate Southwood Stadium
Staines Town Wheatsheaf Park
Tonbridge Angels Longmead Stadium
Wealdstone Chestnut Avenue (groundshare with Northwood)

Division One North[edit]

Isthmian League
Division One North
Season2007–08
ChampionsDartford
PromotedCanvey Island
Dartford
RelegatedWivenhoe Town
Matches played462
Goals scored1,452 (3.14 per match)
Top goalscorer32 goals – John Frendo (Ware)
Highest attendance2,589 – DartfordWingate & Finchley, (26 April)
Total attendance87,419
Average attendance189 (+20.4% to previous season)

Division One North consisted of 22 clubs, including 18 clubs from the previous season, and four new clubs:

Dartford won the division and were promoted to the Premier Division along with play-off winners Canvey Island. Wivenhoe Town finished bottom of the table and left the league. Ilford finished in the relegation zone for the second season in a row, but were reprieved again after Edgware Town resigned from the league at the end of the season due to lack of the funds.

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Dartford 42 27 8 7 107 42 +65 89 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 AFC Sudbury 42 24 8 10 86 40 +46 80 Qualified for the play-offs, then transferred to SFL Division One Midlands
3 Redbridge 42 24 9 9 70 43 +27 80[a] Qualified for the play-offs
4 Ware 42 23 10 9 110 58 +52 79
5 Canvey Island 42 23 10 9 82 39 +43 79 Qualified for the play-offs, then promoted to the Premier Division
6 Brentwood Town 42 22 11 9 70 49 +21 77
7 Bury Town 42 22 9 11 76 53 +23 75 Transferred to SFL Division One Midlands
8 Edgware Town 42 20 14 8 53 39 +14 74 Resigned from the league
9 Maldon Town 42 19 10 13 78 63 +15 67
10 Northwood 42 18 12 12 71 61 +10 66
11 Aveley 42 18 12 12 68 65 +3 66
12 Enfield Town 42 18 9 15 60 63 −3 63
13 Great Wakering Rovers 42 13 9 20 64 66 −2 48
14 Waltham Abbey 42 12 10 20 42 78 −36 46
15 Arlesey Town 42 12 9 21 64 84 −20 45 Transferred to SFL Division One Midlands
16 Witham Town 42 12 5 25 75 109 −34 41
17 Potters Bar Town 42 10 9 23 45 77 −32 39
18 Wingate & Finchley 42 8 11 23 45 72 −27 35
19 Waltham Forest 42 7 12 23 44 74 −30 33
20 Tilbury 42 7 12 23 49 96 −47 32[b]
21 Ilford 42 8 8 26 47 95 −48 32 Reprieved from relegation
22 Wivenhoe Town 42 8 7 27 46 86 −40 31 Relegated to the Eastern Counties League
Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ Redbridge were deducted one point for fielding an ineligible player against Canvey Island on 22 September 2007 (1–1).
  2. ^ Tilbury were deducted one point for fielding a suspended player against Wivenhoe Town on 29 March 2008 (0–0).

Top scorers[edit]

Player Club Goals[3]
John Frendo Ware 32
Brendon Cass Dartford 31
James Rowe AFC Sudbury 27
Sam Reed Bury Town 22
Cody McDonald Witham Town 21

Play-offs[edit]

Semifinals Final
      
2 AFC Sudbury 2
5 Canvey Island 3
5 Canvey Island 1(5)
3 Redbridge 1(4)
3 Redbridge 4
4 Ware 2

Stadia and locations[edit]

2007–08 Isthmian League is located in East of England
Aveley
Aveley
Brentwood Town
Brentwood Town
Dartford
Dartford
Edgware Town
Edgware Town
Enfield Town
Enfield Town
Ilford
Ilford
Northwood
Northwood
Potters Bar Town
Potters Bar Town
Redbridge
Redbridge
Tilbury
Tilbury
Waltham Abbey
Waltham Abbey
Waltham Forest
Waltham Forest
Wingate & Finchley
Wingate & Finchley
Locations of Division One North clubs
Club Stadium
AFC Sudbury King's Marsh
Arlesey Town Hitchin Road
Aveley The Mill Field
Brentwood Town The Brentwood Centre Arena
Bury Town Ram Meadow
Canvey Island Brockwell Stadium
Dartford Princes Park
Edgware Town White Lion
Enfield Town Goldsdown Road (groundshare with Brimsdown Rovers)
Great Wakering Rovers Burroughs Park
Ilford Cricklefield Stadium
Maldon Town Wallace Binder Ground
Northwood Chestnut Avenue (groundshare with Wealdstone)
Potters Bar Town Parkfield
Redbridge Oakside
Tilbury Chadfields
Waltham Abbey Capershotts
Waltham Forest Wadham Lodge
Ware Wodson Park
Wingate & Finchley The Harry Abrahams Stadium
Witham Town Spa Road
Wivenhoe Town Broad Lane

Division One South[edit]

Isthmian League
Division One South
Season2007–08
ChampionsDover Athletic
PromotedDover Athletic
Tooting & Mitcham United
RelegatedHorsham YMCA
Molesey
Matches played462
Goals scored1,380 (2.99 per match)
Top goalscorer26 goals – Craig Carley (Metropolitan Police)
Highest attendance1,324 – Dover AthleticAshford Town, (26 April)
Total attendance105,939
Average attendance229 (-20.2% to previous season)

Division One South consisted of 22 clubs, including 17 clubs from the previous season, and five new clubs:

Dover Athletic won the division and were promoted to the Premier Division along with play-off winners Tooting & Mitcham United. Horsham YMCA and Molesey finished bottom of the table and left the league.

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Dover Athletic 42 30 8 4 84 29 +55 98 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Tooting & Mitcham United 42 26 8 8 88 41 +47 86 Qualified for the play-offs, then promoted to the Premier Division
3 Cray Wanderers 42 25 11 6 87 42 +45 86 Qualified for the play-offs
4 Metropolitan Police 42 24 3 15 69 47 +22 75
5 Worthing 42 22 7 13 77 49 +28 73
6 Dulwich Hamlet 42 20 10 12 68 47 +21 70
7 Kingstonian 42 20 10 12 66 52 +14 70
8 Ashford Town 42 19 10 13 64 51 +13 67
9 Sittingbourne 42 20 7 15 56 58 −2 67
10 Walton & Hersham 42 15 12 15 65 62 +3 57
11 Whyteleafe 42 17 5 20 57 62 −5 56
12 Burgess Hill Town 42 18 8 16 61 57 +4 54[a]
13 Croydon Athletic 42 14 9 19 65 76 −11 51
14 Whitstable Town 42 14 8 20 69 84 −15 50
15 Chipstead 42 15 5 22 58 76 −18 50
16 Walton Casuals 42 11 15 16 55 68 −13 48
17 Leatherhead 42 13 7 22 52 63 −11 46
18 Chatham Town 42 12 10 20 58 70 −12 46 Transferred to Division One North
19 Eastbourne Town 42 11 11 20 58 84 −26 44
20 Corinthian-Casuals 42 11 11 20 51 77 −26 44
21 Horsham YMCA 42 7 6 29 36 85 −49 27 Relegated to the Sussex County League
22 Molesey 42 3 9 30 36 100 −64 18 Relegated to the Combined Counties League
Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ Burgess Hill Town were deducted eight points for fielding a player without international clearance in eight matches.

Top scorers[edit]

Player Club Goals[3]
Craig Carley Metropolitan Police 26
Liam Bairup Eastbourne Town 23
Steve Harper Burgess Hill Town 22
Jon Henry-Hayden Tooting & Mitcham United 21
Bobby Traynor Kingstonian 19
James Dryden Dover Athletic
Paul Vines Tooting & Mitcham United

Play-offs[edit]

Semifinals Final
      
2 Tooting & Mitcham United 2
5 Worthing 0
2 Tooting & Mitcham United 1
3 Cray Wanderers 0
3 Cray Wanderers 2
4 Metropolitan Police 0

Stadia and locations[edit]

2007–08 Isthmian League is located in South-east England
Chipstead
Chipstead
Corinthian-Casuals
Corinthian-Casuals
Cray Wanderers
Cray Wanderers
Croydon Athletic
Croydon Athletic
Dulwich Hamlet
Dulwich Hamlet
Kingstonian
Kingstonian
Leatherhead
Leatherhead
Metropolitan Police
Metropolitan Police
Molesey
Molesey
Tooting & Mitcham United
Tooting & Mitcham United
Whyteleafe
Whyteleafe
Locations of Division One South clubs
Club Stadium
Ashford Town The Homelands
Burgess Hill Town Leylands Park
Chatham Town The Sports Ground
Chipstead High Road
Corinthian-Casuals King George's Field
Cray Wanderers Hayes Lane (groundshare with Bromley)
Croydon Athletic Keith Tuckey Stadium
Dover Athletic Crabble Athletic Ground
Dulwich Hamlet Champion Hill
Eastbourne Town The Saffrons
Horsham YMCA Gorings Mead
Kingstonian Kingsmeadow (groundshare with AFC Wimbledon)
Leatherhead Fetcham Grove
Metropolitan Police Imber Court
Molesey Walton Road Stadium
Sittingbourne Bourne Park
Tooting & Mitcham United Imperial Fields
Walton & Hersham The Sports Ground
Walton Casuals Waterside Stadium
Whitstable Town The Belmont Ground
Whyteleafe Church Road
Worthing Woodside Road

League Cup[edit]

2007–08 Isthmian League Cup
Country England
Teams66
ChampionsRamsgate
Runners-upAFC Sudbury

The Isthmian League Cup 2007–08 was the 34th season of the Isthmian League Cup, the league cup competition of the Isthmian League. Sixty-six clubs took part. The competition commenced on 11 September 2007 and finished on 2 April 2008.[4]

Calendar[edit]

Round Dates Matches Clubs
First round 11 September 2 66 → 64
Second round 1 October – 20 November 32 64 → 32
Third round 23 October – 8 January 16 32 → 16
Fourth round 4 December – 12 February 8 16 → 8
Quarterfinals 12 February – 19 February 4 8 → 4
Semifinals 4 March 2 4 → 2
Final 2 April 1 2 → 1

Fixtures and results[edit]

Fixtures are listed in alphabetical order, not that which they were drawn in.

First round[edit]

Four clubs from division Ones participated in the First round, while all other clubs received a bye to the Second round.

Tie Home Team (Tier) Score Away Team (Tier) Att.
1 Redbridge 2–0 Brentwood Town 81
2 Waltham Forest 2–3 Arlesey Town 53

Second round[edit]

The two clubs to have made it through the First round were entered into the Second round draw with all other Isthmian League clubs, making sixty-four teams.

Third round[edit]

Fourth round[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

Tie Home Team (Tier) Score Away Team (Tier) Att.
63 Heybridge Swifts 0–6 AFC Sudbury 189
64 Walton Casuals 0–1 Ramsgate 132

Final[edit]

AFC Sudbury (P)0–0 (a.e.t.)Ramsgate (S)
Penalties
4–5
Attendance: 568

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 2007–08 Isthmian League
  2. ^ nonleaguefooty website
  3. ^ a b c "Isthmian League 2007/08 Bulletin No38".
  4. ^ The Isthmian archive

External links[edit]