2017 Mercury League

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The 2017 Mercury League will be the eighth season of the Mercury League. It will be contested over four divisions for the first time in its history. The Second and Third Leagues were both expanded from 10 to 14 teams, and the Conference has been integrated into the league structure, as the Fourth League, also containing 14 teams.

2017 Changes

Premier League

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
Port Barret FC1 (C) 22 9 9 4 19 15 +4 36
Tow Law FC (Q) 22 11 3 8 26 23 +3 36 Qualification to Champions' League group stage
Dynamo Deacon (Q) 22 10 5 7 31 23 +8 35
May Wanderers (Q) 22 10 5 7 27 20 +7 35 Qualification to Champions' League third qualifying round
Mercury City (Q) 22 10 5 7 25 18 +7 35 Qualification to EMUFA Cup group stage
Mullen Albion2 (Q) 22 9 4 9 19 19 0 31 Qualification to EMUFA Cup third qualifying round
Bohemian Rhapsodies 22 8 7 7 19 20 −1 31
West Grinstead FC 22 8 5 9 21 23 −2 29
St John's FC 22 7 5 10 21 22 −1 26
Cook Island (O) 22 6 8 8 21 27 −6 26 Qualification to Second League play-offs
AFC Heartpool (R) 22 6 5 11 13 24 −11 23 Relegation to Second League
Taylor Sporting Club (R) 22 6 3 13 19 27 −8 21

1 – Port Barret FC are ineligible to qualify for EMUFA competitions, as they must qualify via the NEK Cup instead.
2 – St John's FC were ineligible to qualify for EMUFA competitions, as they must qualify via the Nova England Cup instead. Due to them winning the 2017 Mercury FA Cup, their reserved EMUFA Cup spot was passed to the next-highest team in the league.

Results

  HEA BRH CKI DEA MAY MEC MUL PBA STJ TAY TOW WGR
AFC Heartpool 1–0 0–2 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–4 1–1
Bohemian Rhapsodies 1–0 0–0 1–3 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–1
Cook Island FC 0–0 4–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–1
Dynamo Deacon 2–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–2
May Wanderers 0–1 2–0 5–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 1–0
Mercury City 4–1 1–1 4–2 2–1 0–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–1 3–0 1–0
Mullen Albion 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 3–0 1–2 1–0
Port Barret FC 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–2
St John's FC 0–1 0–2 0–0 2–2 2–2 1–0 2–0 0–1 3–2 2–2 0–1
Taylor Sporting Club 0–0 0–0 2–3 1–2 1–0 1–2 3–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–0
Tow Law FC 1–0 0–2 3–1 0–3 1–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 2–1 4–2 0–1
West Grinstead FC 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–4 2–3 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 0–1

Second League

The top two teams in the Second League will gain automatic promotion to the Premier League. The next three teams will compete in the play-offs along with the 10th-placed team from the Premier League to determine the third promotion spot. The bottom two teams will be relegated to the Third League, with the 12th-placed team competing in the Third League play-offs.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
Breakthru FC (C, P) 26 13 7 6 30 22 +8 46 Promotion to Premier League
Innuendo FC (P) 26 12 7 7 26 21 +5 43
Mercury Phoenix 26 10 9 7 34 31 +3 39 Qualification for Second League play-offs
Mercury Armed Forces FC 26 11 5 10 33 29 +4 38
Kuiper Town FC 26 11 4 11 23 23 0 37
Flash FC 26 10 7 9 28 31 −3 37
Ponthorne Town 26 10 6 10 31 30 +1 36
Queen Athletic 26 9 8 9 29 25 +4 35
Made in Heaven 26 9 7 10 28 26 +2 34
Nafferton Town 26 9 7 10 22 21 +1 34
Break Free Athletic 26 8 8 10 27 28 −1 32
A Kind of Magic (R) 26 9 5 12 24 27 −3 32 Qualification for Third League play-offs
The Red Specials (R) 26 8 6 12 23 31 −8 30 Relegation to Third League
Soxceter FC (R) 26 7 6 13 26 39 −13 27

Play-offs

Semi-finals


Mercury Armed Forces FC 2 – 0 Mercury Phoenix


Mercury Phoenix 0 – 1 Mercury Armed Forces FC

Mercury Armed Forces FC win 3–0 on aggregate.



Kuiper Town FC 1 – 2 Cook Island


Cook Island 2 – 0 Kuiper Town FC

Cook Island win 4–1 on aggregate

Final

26 April 2017
Cook Island 2 – 0 Mercury Armed Forces FC

Third League

The top two teams in the Third League will gain automatic promotion to the Second League. The next three teams will compete in the play-offs along with the 12th-placed team from the Second League to determine the third promotion spot. The bottom two teams will be relegated to the Fourth League, with the 12th-placed team competing in the Fourth League play-offs.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
A Night at the Football (C, P) 26 15 5 6 35 19 +16 50 Promotion to Second League
Dunleigh Eagles (P) 26 11 9 6 31 23 +8 42
Halley Comets 26 12 5 9 24 26 −2 41 Qualification for Third League play-offs
Hammond Rangers (P) 26 12 4 10 29 23 +6 40
Olbers' Paradoxes 26 10 10 6 21 18 +3 40
Hawking Black Holes 26 11 6 9 26 23 +3 39
One Vision 26 11 5 10 27 28 −1 38
Holham Park FC 26 10 6 10 22 24 −2 36
Arleness FC 26 9 8 9 21 20 +1 35
Fulditch United 26 10 4 12 13 15 −2 34
Fenhouse United 26 8 7 11 25 34 −9 31
Show Must Go On (R) 26 7 8 11 29 30 −1 29 Qualification for Fourth League play-offs
Besford Town (R) 26 6 6 14 20 31 −11 24 Relegation to Fourth League
Dissingham Town (R) 26 6 5 15 22 31 −9 23

Play-offs

Semi-finals


Hammond Rangers 2 – 0 Halley Comets


Halley Comets 1 – 0 Hammond Rangers

Hammond Rangers win 2–1 on aggregate.



Olbers' Paradoxes 0 – 1 A Kind of Magic


A Kind of Magic 0 – 2 Olbers' Paradoxes

Olbers' Paradoxes win 2–1 on aggregate.

Final

26 April 2017
Olbers' Paradoxes 0 – 1 Hammond Rangers

Fourth League

The top two teams in the Fourth League will gain automatic promotion to the Third League. The next three teams will compete in the play-offs along with the 12th-placed team from the Third League to determine the third promotion spot. The bottom three teams will be relegated to the Conference.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
Penbury Electric FC (C, P) 26 13 5 8 24 18 +6 44 Promotion to Third League
Yorkwell Town (P) 26 13 3 10 25 22 +3 42
Bisminster Harriers (P) 26 11 7 8 31 24 +7 40 Qualification for Fourth League play-offs
Bybridge Town FC 26 12 4 10 28 26 +2 40
Kincester City 26 11 6 9 28 24 +4 39
FC Henscar 26 11 5 10 27 23 +4 38
Railminster Robins 26 10 7 9 28 27 +1 37
Mercury City Messengers 26 9 8 9 23 25 −2 35
Cunston Rovers 26 9 8 9 28 32 −4 35
Longstoke City 26 8 9 9 25 28 −3 33
Settington Rovers 26 9 5 12 22 23 −1 32
Lislemouth FC (R) 26 8 8 10 22 23 −1 32 Relegation to Conference
Coulomb Chargers (R) 26 8 5 13 26 34 −8 29
Tow Law FC Reserves (R) 26 7 6 13 20 28 −8 27

Play-offs

Semi-finals


Bybridge Town FC 0 – 2 Bisminster Harriers


Bisminster Harriers 5 – 1 Bybridge Town FC

Bisminster Harriers win 7–1 on aggregate.



Kincester City 1 – 2 Show Must Go On


Show Must Go On 2 – 2
(a.e.t.)
Kincester City

Show Must Go On win 4–3 on aggregate.

Final

26 April 2017
Show Must Go On 0 – 0
(a.e.t.)
Bisminster Harriers
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