2018 Mercury League

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The 2018 Mercury League will be the ninth season of the Mercury League. It will be contested over four divisions.

2018 Changes

Premier League

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
Tow Law FC (C, Q) 22 16 3 3 52 20 +32 51 Qualification to Champions' League group stage
Dynamo Deacon (Q) 22 13 4 5 43 15 +28 43
Cook Island (Q) 22 13 3 6 28 25 +3 42
Mercury City (Q) 22 10 6 6 20 15 +5 36 Qualification to Champions' League third qualifying round
Mullen Albion (Q) 22 10 5 7 32 26 +6 35 Qualification to EMUFA Cup group stage
May Wanderers (Q) 22 8 7 7 30 24 +6 31 Qualification to EMUFA Cup third qualifying round
West Grinstead FC 22 9 4 9 26 26 0 31
Port Barret FC 22 6 8 8 30 38 −8 26
Bohemian Rhapsodies 22 5 5 12 17 34 −17 20
St John's FC (R) 22 5 5 12 10 32 −22 20 Qualification to Second League play-offs
Innuendo FC (R) 22 4 5 13 20 38 −18 17 Relegation to Second League
Breakthru FC (R) 22 1 9 12 14 29 −15 12

Note: Qualification to EMUFA competitions is based on the allocations for 2017–18 and may be subject to change depending on the performance of Mercurian clubs in that year's competitions. In addition to the places indicated, a third EMUFA Cup place is reserved for the winner of the 2018 Mercury FA Cup.

Results

  BRH BRK CKI DEA INN MAY MEC MUL PBA STJ TOW WGR
Bohemian Rhapsodies 1–0 1–0 0–4 1–3 1–1 0–1 0–2 2–3 1–2 2–2 1–1
Breakthru FC 1–1 0–1 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 3–4 0–0 1–1 0–1
Cook Island FC 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–2 3–1 2–1 0–2 1–1
Dynamo Deacon 3–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 4–1 2–0 5–1 1–2 4–0 0–2 2–0
Innuendo FC 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 1–3 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–3 0–3
May Wanderers 2–0 2–1 1–1 0–3 4–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 4–2
Mercury City 2–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–0
Mullen Albion 0–0 5–3 0–1 1–1 2–3 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 3–0
Port Barret FC 0–2 2–2 6–3 0–0 3–1 1–5 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–5 0–1
St John's FC 2–0 0–0 0–2 0–2 1–0 0–3 0–0 0–3 1–1 0–2 0–2
Tow Law FC 3–1 0–0 5–2 2–1 3–1 1–2 2–0 3–0 1–0 5–0 3–6
West Grinstead FC 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–3

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
Taylor Sporting Club (C, P) 26 16 4 6 36 21 +15 52 Promotion to Premier League
AFC Heartpool (P) 26 15 3 8 41 23 +18 48
A Night at the Football 26 12 7 7 36 30 +6 43 Qualification for Second League play-offs
Flash FC 26 11 8 7 39 29 +10 41
Queen Athletic (P) 26 10 9 7 30 18 +12 39
Mercury Armed Forces FC 26 10 7 9 28 23 +5 37
Mercury Phoenix 26 10 7 9 35 34 +1 37
Kuiper Town FC 26 9 9 8 26 25 +1 36
Nafferton Town 26 7 9 10 24 32 −8 30
Break Free Athletic 26 7 9 10 25 35 −10 30
Dunleigh Eagles 26 6 9 11 19 31 −12 27
Hammond Rangers (R) 26 6 9 11 33 46 −13 27 Qualification for Third League play-offs
Made in Heaven (R) 26 5 9 12 19 26 −7 24 Relegation to Third League
Ponthorne Town (R) 26 5 7 14 18 35 −17 22

Play-offs

Semi-finals


Flash FC 1 – 0 A Night at the Football


A Night at the Football 2 – 2
(a.e.t.)
Flash FC

Flash FC win 3–2 on aggregate



Queen Athletic 0 – 0 St John's FC


St John's FC 0 – 1 Queen Athletic

Queen Athletic win 1–0 on aggregate

Final


Flash FC 0 – 1
(a.e.t.)
Queen Athletic

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 Kind of Magic (C, P) 26 18 2 6 39 18 +21 56 Promotion to Second League
Soxceter FC (P) 26 13 5 8 25 18 +7 44
Penbury Electric FC (P) 26 12 7 7 29 20 +9 43 Qualification for Third League play-offs
Fulditch United 26 12 6 8 24 19 +5 42
Halley Comets 26 11 6 9 28 25 +3 39
Bisminster Harriers 26 11 6 9 26 27 −1 39
The Red Specials 26 10 7 9 33 32 +1 37
Arleness FC 26 9 9 8 30 26 +4 36
One Vision 26 9 8 9 28 28 0 35
Olbers' Paradoxes 26 9 7 10 20 21 −1 34
Holham Park FC 26 8 3 15 21 25 −4 27
Yorkwell Town (R) 26 6 8 12 20 34 −14 26 Qualification for Fourth League play-offs
Fenhouse United (R) 26 6 5 15 17 31 −14 23 Relegation to Fourth League
Hawking Black Holes (R) 26 5 7 14 22 38 −16 22

Play-offs

Semi-finals


Fulditch United 0 – 1 Penbury Electric FC


Penbury Electric FC 0 – 1
(a.e.t.)
Fulditch United
    Penalties  
6–5  

Scores level at 1–1 on aggregate, Penbury Electric FC win 6–5 on penalties.



Halley Comets 2 – 0 Hammond Rangers


Hammond Rangers 2 – 3 Halley Comets

Halley Comets win 5–2 on aggregate.

Final


Penbury Electric FC 1 – 0 Halley Comets

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
FC Henscar (C, P) 26 15 2 9 37 26 +11 47 Promotion to Third League
Railminster Robins (P) 26 13 7 6 32 26 +6 46
Show Must Go On (P) 26 12 7 7 32 22 +10 43 Qualification for Fourth League play-offs
Keyfoss Knights 26 12 6 8 31 25 +6 42
Kincester City 26 11 9 6 30 26 +4 42
Bybridge Town FC 26 11 6 9 23 16 +7 39
Cunston Rovers 26 10 7 9 32 31 +1 37
Dissingham Town 26 11 4 11 25 24 +1 37
Settington Rovers 26 9 6 11 21 24 −3 33
Longstoke City 26 9 5 12 25 29 −4 32
Torburn Miracles 26 6 10 10 26 29 −3 28
Mercury City Messengers (R) 26 6 8 12 24 29 −5 26 Relegation to Conference
Clarkson Albion (R) 26 7 5 14 15 29 −14 26
Besford Town (R) 26 7 4 15 20 37 −17 25

Play-offs

Semi-finals


Keyfoss Knights 0 – 2 Show Must Go On


Show Must Go On 2 – 3 Keyfoss Knights

Show Must Go On win 4–3 on aggregate.



Kincester City 0 – 0 Yorkwell Town


Yorkwell Town 0 – 1 Kincester City

Kincester City win 1–0 on aggregate.

Final


Show Must Go On 1 – 0 Kincester City