Saturday, March 20, 2010
Returning to original Southern dominated Third Division?
Are we seeing return to the Southern League, first ever Third Division?
With teams such as Brighton and Hove Albion, Norwich City, Millwall and Charlton Athletic currently occupying League 1 and maybe Albions great rivals Crystal P*lace appearing in this division next season it seems a return to the old Southern League/ early Third Duvision of the early 20th century
Just imagine if Norwich screw up, Millwall and Charlton don’t go up, Southend and Gillingham stay up etc it would consist of these sides that were in the Southern League except Grimsby that went into the early third division with the exception of Charlton who went into it when it split into third division south and north the following season
But original third division sides from southern league that went into first football league third tier included
Club (current league)
Brentford (League 1)
Brighton and Hove Albion (League 1)
Bristol Rovers (League 1)
Crystal P*lace (struggling Championship)
Exeter (League 1)
Gillingham (League 1)
Grimsby (League 2 strugglers)
Luton Town (Blue Square Premier)
Merthr Town ( somewhere in non League)
Millwall (League 1)
Newport County (Blue Square South)
Northampton Town (League 2)
Norwich City (League 1)
Plymouth (struggling Championship)
Portsmouth (struggling Premier League)
Reading (struggling Championship)
Southampton (League 1)
Southend United (League 1)
Swindon Town (League 1)
Just imagine loads of easy away trips and notable derbys Portsmouth VS Southampton, Brighton VS Crystal P*lace, Luton VS Watford, Exeter VS Plymouth, QPR VS Brentford, and 3 Welsh clubs battling for Pride though Grimsby would be only long trip for most and spare a thought for any Fishermen that travelled from Lincolnshire to away matchs that season!
Almost half the original third tier are currently in same division and should no one move out division the addition of P*lace, Plymouth and possibly Northampton from League 2 would make it 13. The above mentioned sides (except a certain south London side and Grimsby), Charlton and Bournemouth would form original Third Division South.