DIVISION 3 (South)    1955/56
      For full league and cup results  click on by club required.
      P W D L F A Pts
  Leading goalscorer:
Sam Collins 
(Torquay United)
 40  goals

Until the 1990s League clubs rarely moved grounds, but Southend United did that at the start of the 1955/56 season. Technically though they were returning to a previous ground although when they had played their before the pitch level was some 50ft higher! Their first home in 1906 was at Roots Hall but the club then moved to the Kursaal ground and later the Southend Stadium. Their old ground at Roots Hall was used as a quarry and by the time they returned the surface was 50ft lower due to the excavation of and and gravel. Southend beat Norwich 3-1 in the opening match.

  1 Leyton Orient 46 29 8 9 106 49 66 Promoted
    2 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 29 7 10 112 50 65
    3 Ipswich Town 46 25 14 7 106 60 64
    4 Southend United 46 21 11 14 88 80 53
    5 Torquay United 46 20 12 14 86 63 52
    6 Brentford 46 19 14 13 69 66 52
    7 Norwich City 46 19 13 14 86 82 51
    8 Coventry City 46 20 9 17 73 60 49
    9 Bournemouth 46 19 10 17 63 51 48
    10 Gillingham 46 19 10 17 69 71 48
    Season Results 11 Northampton Town 46 20 7 19 67 71 47
    12 Colchester United 46 18 11 17 76 81 47
    13 Shrewsbury Town 46 17 12 17 69 66 46

    14 Southampton 46 18 8 20 91 81 44
    15 Aldershot 46 12 16 18 70 90 40
    16 Exeter City 46 15 10 21 58 77 40
    17 Reading 46 15 9 22 70 79 39
    18 Queens Park Rangers 46 14 11 21 64 86 39
    19 Newport County 46 15 9 22 58 79 39
    20 Walsall 46 15 8 23 68 84 38
    21 Watford 46 13 11 22 52 85 37
    22 Millwall 46 15 6 25 83 100 36

    23 Crystal Palace 46 12 10 24 54 83 34 Re-election position
    24 Swindon Town 46 8 14 24 34 78 30 Re-election position
   
   

R The bottom two clubs were required to seek re-election to the League. They were joined in the vote for membership of the Southern section of the Third Division by 11 non-league clubs. Voting -

44 votes Crystal Palace Re-elected to the League
42 Swindon Town Re-elected to the League
8 Peterborough United Not elected to the League
1 Boston United Not elected to the League
1 Gloucester City Not elected to the League
0 Bedford Town Not elected to the League
0 Chelmsford City Not elected to the League
0 Hastings United Not elected to the League
0 Headington United Not elected to the League
0 Hereford United Not elected to the League
0 King's Lynn Not elected to the League
0 Worcester City Not elected to the League
0 Yeovil Town Not elected to the League