Western Football League
The Western Football League is a football league in South West England, covering Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, western Dorset, parts of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. The leagues current main sponsor is Toolstation, so it is known as the Toolstation League. The champion club may apply for promotion to a Step 4 league, below the Western League are four local leagues covering smaller areas, the Gloucestershire County League, the Somerset County League, the Dorset Premier League and the Wiltshire League. The South West Peninsula League Premier Division is also a feeder to the Western League but due to having Step 6 status, Premier Division, Division One, The league was formed in 1892 as the Bristol & District League, and became the Western League in 1895. In the years before World War II, many teams played in both the Southern and Western Leagues, the Western League was considered as secondary to the Southern League. On four occasions, member clubs have lifted the FA Vase, Tiverton Town twice, Taunton Town once and most recently Truro City, totton in 2007 at the first final to be held at the new Wembley Stadium before a competition record crowd of 27,754. Truro City were the one of the three to win the FA Vase while in Division One, while none are current members of the Western League. Bedminster | Clevedon | Clifton Association | Eastville Rovers | Mangotsfield | St. George | Trowbridge Town | Warmley | Wells Official Site Western League -Fixtures, Results and Tables
Clevedon Town F.C.
Clevedon Town Football Club are an English semi-professional football club based in the village of Kenn outside of Clevedon, Somerset. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County Football Association and is an FA chartered Standard club They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division, Clevedon FC was formed in 1880, making the club one of the oldest clubs in the West Country. They were founder members of the Western League in 1892 although their stay only lasted three seasons, after dropping back into local football they re-joined the Western League in the 1910–11 season. They initially played at Dial Hill, still the home of the cricket club, but they moved to a new site at Old Street in 1895. After the War the club returned to the Western League. However the club became known for their runs in the FA Amateur Cup. This cup success, however, was not matched in the league and Clevedon spent several years in Division 2 before resigning, for financial reasons, the clubs name was later changed to Clevedon Town to reflect their new status. Clevedon joined the ranks in 1974 when Ray Mabbutt, father of future Spurs star Gary Mabbutt became their first paid player. The 1980s also saw the club pick up their first Somerset Premier Cup in the 1986–87 season, the protest was upheld and the tie ordered to be replayed. In their first season at their new home in 1992–93, the gained promotion to the Southern League for the first time. Promotion to the Premier Division followed in 1998 and, although Town were relegated again in 2000–01, in 2006 they reached the first round proper of the FA Cup but went down 4–1 to Football League opposition Chester City. The club at the end of the 2009–10 season suffered relegation, Clevedon Town have a fierce rivalry with neighbours Weston-super-Mare, who are situated in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. However, the rivalry has been put on the back-burner as of late since Weston-super-Mare was promoted to the Southern League Premier Division in 2002–03 after winning promotion at Clevedon Town 1–0, the two have not played in the same league since. Clevedon Town play their games at The Hand Stadium, Davis Lane, the Hand Stadium took its name from the Hand family, successive generations of which were involved in running the club for nearly 100 years. The facility includes a pitch, training facilities, a 300-seater stand, tiered terracing around the whole ground. The complex also includes function/conference facilities as well as Vibe, Clevedons only nightclub, the record attendance of the Hand Stadium is 2,261, when the club played Chester City in a First Round FA Cup tie on 11 November 2006. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Players that have achieved success in other sports
Bristol Rovers F.C.
Bristol Rovers Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of Bristol, England. They compete in League One, the tier of English football. The team play their matches at Memorial Stadium, in Horfield, a suburb of Bristol. The club was founded in 1883 as Black Arabs F. C. and were known as Eastville Rovers. The clubs official nickname is The Pirates, reflecting the history of Bristol. According to a survey conducted in December 2003, Cardiff City and Swindon Town are considered their second, Rovers were admitted to the Football League in 1920 and have played there ever since, apart from spending the 2014–15 season in the Conference Premier. Their highest finishing positions were in 1956 and 1959, on both occasions ending the season in 6th place in Division Two, then the tier of English football. Rovers were Football League Trophy finalists in 1990 and 2007, the club was formed following a meeting at the Eastville Restaurant in Bristol in September 1883. It was initially called Black Arabs F. C. after the Arabs rugby team and this name only lasted for the 1883–84 season, and in a bid to draw more fans from the local area the club was renamed Eastville Rovers in 1884. The club played friendly games until the 1887–88 season, when it took part in the Gloucestershire Cup for the first time. In 1892 the club became a member of the Bristol and District League. In 1897 Eastville Rovers joined the Birmingham and District League, at the beginning of the 1897–98 season, the club turned professional and changed its name to Bristol Eastville Rovers, and on 17 February 1899 the name was officially changed to Bristol Rovers. In 1899 Bristol Rovers joined the newly formed Southern League, where remained until 1920. For the 1920–21 season, the Southern League teams were moved into the new Division Three of the Football League and they remained in this division for over 30 years, before winning the league, and promotion in the 1952–53 season. The club has been relegated six times—in 1961–62, 1980–81, 1992–93, 2000–01, 2010–11 and most recently at the end of the 2013–14 season. The highest position in the football ladder achieved by Rovers at the end of season is sixth place in the tier, which they did twice, once in 1955–56. The closest they came to the top flight was in 1955–56, the lowest league position achieved by the club is twenty-third out of twenty-four teams in the fourth tier, which has occurred twice. This position was matched at the end of the 2013–14 season and they returned to the league at the end of their first Conference season, with a penalty shootout victory over Grimsby Town in the play-off final
Roman Glass St George F.C.
Roman Glass St George Football Club is a football club based in the Bristol suburb of St George, Bristol, England. Founded in 1872, they are the oldest club in Bristol and they are currently members of the Western League Division One and play at Oaklands Park. The club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA, during that period, the team also played in the Birmingham & District League and won the Gloucestershire FA Senior Challenge Cup on two occasions 1894 and 1895. After dropping back to football, they did not re-appear in the Western League until 1928, for a seven-season period in Division Two. After finishing bottom in 1934–35, they again left the Western League for the Bristol. They won the first division in 1949/50 and became members of the Bristol Premier Combination in 1957. During the 1960s, the club playing in the Bristol Premier Combination, won the Division One title five seasons in a row from 1963–68. In 1968, the Gloucestershire County League was formed, with St George among the founder members and they were runners-up in the first season, winning the title in 1969–70 and finished as runners-up again in 1972–73. Despite staying in the league for a further fourteen seasons, they did not finish in the top two again until being expelled from the league in 1987 due to sub standard facilities. However, despite winning the Premier Division the club was not promoted, the club enjoyed moderate success gradually climbing the leagues and in 1980 changed its name to Roman Glass. The club began to decline until in 1990 Roger Hudd took over as manager and won the Division 4 title, the amalgamation enjoyed instant success with the club achieving promotion back to the Premier Division in the 1995–96 season. They then joined the Gloucestershire County League in 1999, and within three seasons had won that league as well. Another County League triumph in 2006–07 earned them a promotion to the Western League Division One for 2007–08, where in their first season. They have remained in Division one ever since, Roman Glass St George play their home games at Oaklands Park, Gloucester Road, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4AG. Vase best performance, Third round 1975–76, 1979–80 Managers/Coaches that have played/managed in the league or any foreign equivalent to this level
Gloucester City A.F.C.
The club was established in 1883 as Gloucester, they became Gloucester City in 1902, but were briefly known as Gloucester YMCA from 1910 to 1925, before returning to their previous name. The club has competed in the Conference North since 2009, having been promoted from the Southern Premier League at the end of the 2008–09 season and it spent a record 70 years within the Southern Football League from 1939 until 2009. The club secured promotion after a Playoff final win against Farnborough, in July 2007, the club was considerably affected by the Gloucestershire floods with their Meadow Park stadium under eight feet of water. The floods have meant the club has been in exile away from Gloucester since 2007, the current team manager is Tim Harris. The club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA, the club was formed on 5 March 1883 as Gloucester, but the first recorded match came during 1883–84 when a scratch team representing Cheltenham played a match against the new Gloucester side. Gloucesters first competitive game in October 1889 was a Gloucestershire FA Junior Challenge Cup 1st Round tie beating Clifton Association Reserves 10–0 at Buddings Field, the club became members of the Bristol and District League which subsequently became the Western League. During this era the club was noted as The Gloucestrians and The Citizens in local media, after the end of the First World War in 1918 most of the players who had been with City joined Gloucester YMCA. By 1925 they had assumed the name of Gloucester City once more and had become members of the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League. In 1939 the club played in the Southern Football League for the very first time, albeit in a wartime competition. After the war City rejoined the Southern League and went on to become the Leagues longest serving members. For three consecutive seasons, 1948–51, the reached the First Round of the FA Cup, each time losing to Football League opponents, Mansfield Town, Norwich City. It took until the 1955–56 season for Gloucester to taste their first success in the Southern League. A famous Southern League Cup final win against Yeovil Town in which City had lost the first leg 4–1, only to beat Yeovil 5–1 in the second leg, won the club their first major honour. In 1964 the club moved again, from Longlevens to the massive Horton Road stadium, closer to the centre of Gloucester. Although Gloucester City were promoted to the Southern Football League Premier Division in the 1968–69 season, in the 1981–82 season a sixth-place finish was enough to clinch a place in the reformed Premier Division. They were also runners-up in the League Cup, going down 1–2 to Wealdstone, despite Kim Casey scoring 40 goals, the club were relegated to the Midland Division in 1984–85, after 3 seasons in the Premier Division. In 1986 the club moved once more, this time to Meadow Park, the Horton Road ground became a housing estate which now boasts the names of City legends, Myers Road, Etheridge Place and Coltman Close amongst others. Former Aston Villa and Wales player Brian Godfrey was appointed manager in 1988, the next big achievement of the Godfrey years was the famous FA Cup run in 1989–90 which has still not been matched
Bedminster F. C. was an English football club based in Bristol. The club was established in 1887 as Southville and played at Ashton Gate and they were founder members of the Bristol & District League in 1892, which became the Western League in 1895. In 1897–98 they won Division One Amateur of the league, and at the end of the season the club turned professional, in 1900 the club merged into local rivals Bristol City and ceased to exist. City played at St Johns ground until 1904 when they moved to Ashton Gate, for a list of all Bedminster players with a Wikipedia article, see Category, Bedminster F. C. players
Bitton A. F. C. is a football club based in the South Gloucestershire suburb of Bitton, in England. Western League Premier Division they play at the Recreation Ground in Bath Road, the club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA. They also have a team, Bitton Ladies, who play in the South West Womens League after completing the league. Although founded in 1892, little is known of the history before the Second World War. From 1945 until the late 1980s, the Bitton played in the Bristol, however, the club were promoted to the Bristol Premier Combination in 1990 and quickly moved to that leagues top division with 4 European campagins along the way. Western League Premier Division, Winners, 2008–09 Runners Up, 2010–11, 2011–12 Official site
Bradford Town F.C.
Bradford Town Football Club are a football club based in Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire, England. They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at the Bradford on Avon Sports, Bradford Town FC was formed by Les Stevens and his wife Pat in 1992. In the 1993-94 season they gained promotion to the Wilts County Premier League and they then started to ground share with Trowbridge Town at the old Frome Road ground in Trowbridge until moving to their present ground in Bradford on Avon in 1996. In their first season they finished 10th but slipped to 17th & 13th in the two years. 2008-09 also saw the installation of the Clubs floodlights officially switched on by Steve Phillips of Bristol Rovers and we then had our best season to date finishing 3rd in the league after challenging for promotion. Season 2009-10 saw the installation of another stand complete with seating for 100, the team reached the second round proper of the FA Vase losing out to Wellington in a very close game. After a blip in mid season following the result of losing prolific goal scorer Matt Minis to Frome Town, 2010-11 Season saw the team finish 6th and 2011-12 Season finishing 5th in the league. Season 2012-13 saw Paul Shanley added Ali Belcher to his management team and this season saw the management team guide the team to 3rd, where with fewer injuries and silly loses may have seen us in with a shout of promotion, which just eluded us. Early exits from both the FA Cup and the FA Vase were a disappointment and Paul hoped that we could improve on this for the season 2013-2014, the 2013-2014 Season saw the club focus on the first team, following the disbandment of the Reserve Team. Manager Paul Shanley also picked up the Div.1 Manager of the Year award, the team were runners up in the Wilts Senior Cup losing out to Melksham Town on penalties after an exciting final at Chippenham Towns ground in front of a 500+ crowd. The FA Cup was disappointing as we went out in the first game, 2014-2015, our first season in the Premiership was a very good one for the most part. We progressed to the 3rd round of the stages of the FA Cup. We were even more successful in the FA Vase where we got through 6 rounds before missing out on the finals having been beaten by Highworth Town 2-1. We made it to the finals of the Les Phillips Cup. Most of the season saw us in contention with the top three but we fell away badly at the end of the season, injuries, suspensions and poor play saw us finish the season in 8th place. 2015-2016 saw us finish in 8th place once again in the league. We progressed to the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup getting knocked out by Chippenham Town in front of a crowd of nearly 400 & reaching the 4th round of the FA Vase losing out to Hartley Wintney. After 8 years at the helm Paul Shanley decided to step down as manager, 2016-2017 starts with a new management team of Danny Greaves former assistant manager of Bristol Manor Farm, assisted by former fans favourite Aaron Wilson
Bridgwater Town F.C.
Bridgwater Town Football Club is a football club based in Bridgwater, Somerset, England. Affiliated to the Somerset County FA, they are members of the Southern League Division One South & West. Bridgwater Association Football Club were established at a meeting in the Cross Rifle pub on 28 January 1898 and they joined the Somerset Senior League later in the year, and in their first full season they won the Somerset Senior Cup, beating Yeovil Casuals 1–0 in a replay. However, the club disbanded after four seasons in the league, in 1903 a new Bridgwater A. F. C. was formed. They subsequently joined the Clevedon & District League for the 1905–06 season and they won Division Two of the Weston & District League in 1908–09, but finished bottom of Division One the following season and were relegated back to Division Two. This was repeated when they won Division Two again in 1911–12, the club subsequently folded during the 2013–14 season. In 1921, Highbridge League club Wills Athletic, the team of the Wills Engineering company. The level of interest in the led to the club being transformed into Bridgwater Town during the 1921–22 season. After being rejected by the Somerset Senior League in 1923, they joined both the Mid-Somerset and West Somerset leagues, following World War II Crown Dynamos were formed in 1946 and joined the Bridgwater & District League. They moved up to Somerset Senior League in 1947, and after finishing third in their first season, the first season under the new name saw the club finish as runners-up, resulting in a successful application to join Division Two of the Western League. They finished as runners-up in Division Two in 1951–52, earning promotion to Division One, the 1957–58 season saw them finish second in Division One, as well as winning the League Cup. They repeated the feat the following season, beating Weston-super-Mare 1–0 in a first round replay, in 1963–64 another first round appearance resulted in a 3–0 defeat at home to Third Division Luton Town, they were beaten in the same round by Reading in 1971–72. The club went on to win the league in 1980–81, after winning the League Cup the following season, they moved up to the Midland Division of the Southern League. However, after two seasons the club resigned from the league and folded due to problems caused by the additional travelling, falling attendances. A new Bridgwater Town was established, taking over from the clubs reserves in Division One of the Somerset Senior League. They went on to win three successive Premier Division titles in 1989–90, 1990–91 and 1991–92, and after finishing as runners-up in 1993–94, were promoted to Division One of the Western League, in 1995–96 they won Division One and were promoted to the Premier Division. After finishing as Premier Division runners-up in 2006–07, Bridgwater were promoted to Division One South & West of the Southern League, a third-place finish in 2009–10 saw them qualify for the promotion play-offs. Although the club defeated VTFC 3–0 in the semi-finals, they lost 4–3 to Cirencester Town in the final, the original Bridwater club played at field that later became the British Cellophane factory
Bridport Football Club is a football club based in Bridport, Dorset, England. They currently play in the Western League Premier Division, the club is affiliated to the Dorset County Football Association and is a FA chartered Standard club. They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at St Marys Field. Bridport FC was established on 7 October 1885 and, in their years, played in a variety of leagues, including the Dorset League, South Dorset League, West Dorset League. They were among the members of the Dorset Combination in 1957. Bridport joined the Western Football League in 1961 where they played until the 1983–84 season when they resigned, taking their reserve sides place in the Dorset Combination, the club finished third in 1984–85 and then went on to win the league three times in a row. Following the third title, Bridport was accepted back into the Western League, a runners-up performance in 1993–94 allowed the club to return to the Premier Division, but an 11-year run in the top flight came to an end with relegation following the 2004–05 season. Former Crystal Palace player Paul Hammond took over as manager from Kevin Donovan in the Summer of 2006 and led the club to a mid-table position. Boosted by an injection of nearly £250,000 in June 2007 from the Football Partnership which meant Bridport Football Club were able to plan major development of the dressing rooms. However, on 22 June 2007, Hammond resigned, former reserve team manager Royston Davies, who Hammond sacked in October 2006, was appointed as first team manager on 30 June 2007. After a poor run of results, Royston Davies resigned as manager on 20 March 2008, Davies assistant and long-time Bridport player Mark Lock took over as caretaker manager. In May 2008, ex Weymouth player Ian Hutchinson was named as the new manager, in June 2009, Ian Hutchinson left The Bees to re-join Weymouth as Assistant Manager. Trevor Senior, the ex-Reading, Watford and Middlesbrough player was appointed Manager, Bridport were promoted to the Premier Division in 2010–11 after finishing in third place. They have reached the Fourth Round of the FA Vase twice, all three Vase runs came within a four-year period from the 1987–88 season to the 1990–91 season. In FA Cup, they reached the Third Qualifying Round in season 1957–58, Bridport play their home games at St Marys Field, Skilling Hill Road, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 5LA
Brislington Football Club is an English football club based in Brislington, in Bristol. Nicknamed Briz and newly The Foxes, they are members of the Western League Premier Division. The club was established in 1956 as a team. They won the Somerset Intermediate Cup in 1961–62 and 1962–63, by the mid-1960s they were playing in the Senior Division of the Bristol and Suburban Association Football League, and during the 1970s the club moved up to the Somerset County League. They won the League Cup in 1976–77 and finished as runners-up in the Premier Division in 1979–80 and they won the title and the Somerset Senior Cup in 1988–89, and after finishing as runners-up again in 1990–91, were promoted to Division One of the Western League. After a third-place finish in 1993–94, the club won Division One the following season and were promoted to the Premier Division, after being reformed in 1956, the club initially played on a pitch at Arnos Court Park. They now play at Ironmould Lane, the ground holds 2,000 with 144 seats and 1,500 covered standing places
Buckland Athletic F.C.
Buckland Athletic Football Club is a football club based in Newton Abbot, Devon, England. Buckland Athletic is a FA chartered Standard Club, the club are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at Homers Heath. Established in 1977, and started playing in the Torbay Pioneer League at Sandringham Park, the club then moved to Senior Division Three of the Devon and Exeter Football League for the 1987-88 season, and moved to Coach Road. The club immediately gained promotion as champions of Division Three, the club then moved grounds again to Decoy Park for the 1990-91 season, but two seasons later moved to Homers Lane in Kingsteignton, which later was renamed Homers Heath. The move to the new ground proved successful as the club gained promotion to the division of the Devon. The club under the management of Nigel Holmes and Roger Madge, the club then went on to win the title again under manager Shaun Bartlett in the 1990-2000 season, which allowed the club to gain promotion to the Devon County League. They maintained membership of the Devon County League, with a best position of second in their debut season, the club after finishing third in the 2008-09 season, and went on to win the title twice in a row in the following two seasons. During their first championship winning season the club made their debut in the FA Cup. After finishing as Runners-up the club managed to gain promotion to the Western Football League for the 2012–13 season. Buckland Athletic play at Homers Heath, Kingskerswell Road, Newton Abbot, the ground has won twice the South West Peninsula football League award for best Premier Division ground in 2008 and 2009. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level. Shaun Hadley Ellis Laight Alex Jeanin Official club website
Cadbury Heath F.C.
Cadbury Heath Football Club are a football club based in Cadbury Heath, South Gloucestershire, England. They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at Springfield and they were among the founding members of the Gloucestershire County League in 1968 and have won the title seven times and runners-up on four occasions. The club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA, Cadbury Heath Football Club was formed in 1894. The club joined the Gloucestershire County League in 1968 as founder members, between 1970 and 1974 the club won the league on four successive occasions. After finishing runners-up in 1974–75, the joined the Midland Combination Division One, reached the Quarter Finals of the FA Vase. During the same season the club entered the FA Cup for the first time and reached the Second Qualifying Round
Cribbs Football Club is an English football club founded in 1958 and based at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, England. They are currently members of Western League Premier Division and are affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA, Cribbs Football Club was founded in London in 1958 as Sun Life Assurance. The Bristol team was established in 1976 when Sun Life first relocated to Bristol, initially, two teams were run, participating in the Bristol and Avon League, playing at Dundridge Farm. In the summer of 2011, the changed from AXA to its new name of Cribbs Friends Life FC ready for the 2011–12 season. As well as winning the double, the club earned promotion to the Western League Division One for the 2012–13 season as a result of being crowned champions. The season turned out to be a one for the club in general as the Reserve. In 2013, Cribbs Friends Life F. C. changed their name to Cribbs F. C. after losing the backing of their sponsors, Cribbs play their home matches at The Lawns, Station Road, Henbury, Bristol, BS10 7TB. The grounds consist of 4 full size football pitches,2 tennis courts. The 1st team pitch and surrounding area is fully compliant with FA ground grading requirements for the Western League, hard standing surrounds the pitch in addition to a perimeter barrier. A50 seater stand with room for an additional 100 standing was built in 2013, the club are currently in the process of building an additional stand which will hold 100 seats. The Lawns is the current training base for Bristol Rovers
Hallen Athletic Football Club is a non league football club based in Hallen, near Bristol, England. They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at the Hallen Centre, the club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA. The club was established in 1949 as Lawrence Weston Athletic, playing their early years in the Bristol and District League, in 1979, they moved to Hallen, changing their name to Lawrence Weston Hallen. The facilities available at their new base enabled them to move up to the Gloucestershire County League in 1987, three years later, they changed their name again, to simply Hallen. After three seasons in the Hellenic League Premier, they were granted permission to switch to the Western League and they were champions of that division in 2003–04, meaning they took their place in the Western League Premier Division, where they remain to this day. They have been entering the FA Vase since 1983 – their best run coming in 2000–01 when they reached the Fifth Round. Their FA Cup history only dates back to 2002–03, but in 2004–05 they came close to making the competition proper, season 2009–10 they were winners of the Western League Les Phillips League Cup defeating Bishop Sutton 1–0 in the final. In 2014 they won the Gloucestershire Challenge Trophy for the third time, in the summer of 2015 the club fought a well publicised battle with the Parish Council who own the land on which the ground sits and who wanted the club to leave. 2015-2016 has seen Steve Winter in charge of the 1st team, Hellenic League Division One, Winners 1996–97 Western League Division One, Winners 2003–04 Western League Cup, Winners 2009–2010 Gloucestershire County League, Winners 1988–89, 1992–93. Runners-up 1987–88 Gloucestershire Challenge Trophy, Winners 1989–90, 1992–93, 2013-2014 Runners-up 2004–05 Gloucestershire Junior Cup, Winners 1968–69 Club website