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A LOOK INTO HISTORY 142 – The Official Web site Of The Essex Senior Soccer League


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The 1946-47 Southern Soccer League season was the forty fourth in its historical past.
The league featured eight new golf equipment, together with Soccer League members Millwall who additionally entered their first
staff within the Southern League. Yeovil & Petters United had been renamed Yeovil City on the finish of the earlier

A complete of 17 golf equipment contested the division, together with 9 golf equipment from earlier season and 5 new golf equipment who
had been Gravesend & Northfleet, Gillingham, Millwall, Exeter Metropolis Reserves and the topic of our story, Merthyr


Merthyr Tydfil Soccer Membership had been a Welsh membership based mostly on the Penydarren floor. In 2010 the membership was
liquidated and reformed below the identify Merthyr City which was accepted into Division One of many Western
League and now play within the Southern League.


The membership was fashioned in 1945, and joined the Welsh League. Of their first season, they completed as runners-up,
and joined the Southern League. The membership had been immensely profitable of their first few seasons, successful the
championship in 1947–48, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1951–52 and 1953–54. Within the 1947–48 championship-winning
season, Merthyr solely dropped one level at house (towards Colchester United) and solely misplaced 4 video games all
season. Nonetheless, regardless of their success, the membership didn’t be elected to the English Soccer League. The
1950–51 season ended with Merthyr successful the Southern League, the Welsh Cup, the Southern League Cup
and the Welsh Problem Cup.


Profitable the 1988-89 championship meant promotion to the Soccer Convention, the fifth stage of English
soccer. The membership completed ninth of their first two seasons, after which fourth. Nonetheless, they then went into
decline, and had been relegated again to the Southern League in 1995, the place they remained till reforming in


The golf equipment report attendance of 21,000 was achieved in a F A Cup second spherical recreation in 1946–47 (dropping 3–1
to Studying), The one time the membership managed to defeat a Soccer League membership within the FA Cup was within the first
spherical of the 1946–47 cup, after they beat Bristol Rovers 3–1.
After successful the Welsh Cup closing in 1987, the membership had been allowed to enter the European Cup Winners Cup at a
time when English golf equipment had been banned from European competitors. Within the first spherical, they had been drawn towards
the Italian membership Atalanta. The membership managed a win within the first leg at house, beating the Italians 2–1. Nonetheless,
the return leg was misplaced 2–0, and the membership had been out.


Our Match Programme is for Merthyr Tydfil v Millwall and states Tuesday Could 27 th 1947 because the enjoying date
however the state of affairs with Millwall was fairly distinctive as in addition they performed their first staff in Southern League,
desiring to play all matches midweek, however discovered it unimaginable and left 9 matches excellent – house to
Barry T, Chelmsford C, Cheltenham T, Colchester U & Gillingham, Yeovil and away to Barry T, Merthyr Tydfil
and Worcester C. Every staff was awarded 1 level for every such match. The unique date for the Millwall
recreation was Saturday April 23 rd 1947 and on the face of it, the brand new date wouldn’t appear unreasonable because the
staff had been at Swansea the evening earlier than with a 3-0 win. So, as our aspect had been awarded a 0-0 draw, one can solely
assume that this recreation was only a pleasant.


Millwall couldn’t proceed with this seemingly unimaginable association and resigned on the finish of the season. The identical Millwall staff within the Soccer League completed 18th of 21 in Division Two gained by Manchester Metropolis from Burnley with Chesterfield 4th forward of Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, WBA, Leicester Metropolis and West Ham languishing in twelfth ! The Match Notes
welcomed the Millwall First staff they usually recalled the final time of assembly when Merthyr had been within the previous
Third Division ! The League tables confirmed the Reserves seventh within the Welsh League and the primary staff 4th within the
Southern League with Guildford Metropolis main however gained by Gillingham.


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