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
Is a football club based in Bideford, Devon, England. They are currently members of the Southern League Division One South & West, the club are nicknamed The Robins due to their all-red strip. Bideford Town was established in late 1890s and spent most of their playing in the North Devon League. In 1947 the club was reformed as Bideford A. F. C. although they finished bottom of the division, they remained in Section A for the 1948–49 season, which saw them finish sixth. At the end of the season they joined Division Three of the Western League, in 1951–52 they won Division Two, and were promoted to Division One. The league was reduced to a division in 1960, and after finishing as runners-up in 1962–63. In 1964–65 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time and they drew 3–3 with Third Division Colchester United at Layer Road before losing the replay 2–1. They went on to win championships in 1970–71 and 1971–72, also winning the League Cup during 1971–72. In 1973–74 they reached the first round of the FA Cup again following four replays with Falmouth Town in the qualifying round. Drawn at home to Third Division Bristol Rovers, they lost 2–0, after three seasons in the Southern League they dropped back down to the Western League. When the Western League gained a second division in 1976 Bideford were placed in the Premier Division and they finished as runners-up twice in a row in 1977–78 and 1978–79, also reaching the FA Cup first round in 1977–78, losing 3–1 at Portsmouth. They won the Western League again in 1981–82, as well as reaching the first round of the FA Cup, the following season saw them retain the league title, and they won the League Cup for a second time in 1984–85. Bideford dominated the Western League in the 2000s, winning the Premier Division in 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06 and 2009–10, as well as the League Cup in 2001–02, after finishing second-from-bottom of the division in 2015–16 they were relegated back to Division One South & West. Bideford reserves were founder members of the South Western League in 1951 and they joined the North Devon League in 2008. In 2015 they started playing under the name Bideford Community, the club also had an A team, which played in the North Devon League from 1996 until 2002. The Academy team was founded in 2014 and joined the North Devon League and they were renamed Bideford Community reserves in 2015. The clubs under 11s, under 13s and under 15s also compete in the North Devon League, Bideford play their games at the Sports Ground on Kingsley Road. It has a capacity of 6,000, of which 375 is seated and 1,000 covered. F. C
Shepton Mallet F.C.
Shepton Mallet Football Club are a football club based in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England. They are currently members of Western League Premier Division and play at the Playing Fields and they were established in 1986 after the liquidation of Shepton Mallet Town. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA, the old Shepton Mallet Town had spent 10 years in the Western League, six of which in the Premier Division. When that club went bust, the new Shepton Mallet F. C. took the place of the old clubs reserves in the Somerset Senior League Division Two, playing at the old clubs West Shepton ground. They currently enter both the FA Cup and FA Vase, but do not have a good record in either competition — only winning one tie in seven FA Cup seasons. Peter The Shepton Showman Applegate, who captained the side on several occasions, Shepton Mallet play their home games at Playing Fields, Old Wells Road, West Shepton, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5XN. Somerset Senior League Premier Division, Winners,2001 Somerset Senior CupWinners, 1997-98 Official website Shepton Mallet at the Football Club History Database
Chippenham Town F.C.
Chippenham Town Football Club is a football club based in Chippenham, Wiltshire, England. They are currently members of the Southern League Premier Division and play at Hardenhuish Park, the club was established in 1873. They joined the new Wiltshire League in 1901, and finished joint top of the table with Warminster Town and they joined Division Two of the Western League in 1904, but also continued to play in the Wiltshire League. The 1904–05 season saw them bottom of the Western League. At the end of the 1905–06 season the club withdrew from the Western League and they were runners-up again in 1912–13, 1921–22 and 1922–23, before winning the league in 1928–29. In 1930 Chippenham rejoined Division Two of the Western League, the league was reduced to a single division in 1939, and the club were runners-up when the league resumed in the 1945–46 season. The 1951–52 season saw them win the Western League for the first time and they were Western League runners-up again in 1954–55. However, they left the Western League at the end of the 1964–65 season, in 1968 the club joined the Premier Division of the Hellenic League, where they played until rejoining the Western League in 1973. When the league gained a second division in 1976, the club were relegated to the new Division One and they were Division One champions in 1980–81, earning promotion to the Premier Division. In 1999–2000 the club reached the final of the FA Vase, after finishing as runners-up in 2000–01, Chippenham were promoted to Division One West of the Southern League. Their first season in the division saw them finish as runners-up, in 2004–05 they were Premier Division runners-up, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. However, after beating Bedford Town 5–4 on penalties following a 2–2 draw in the semi-finals, the following season saw them reach the first round of the FA Cup for a second time, eventually losing 1–0 at Worcester City in a replay. They also qualified for the promotion again after finishing fourth. Another fourth-place finish in 2007–08 led to another campaign, this time ending with a 2–1 defeat to Halesowen Town in the semi-finals. In 2009–10 the club finished third, and after beating Hednesford Town 2–0 in the play-off semi-finals, the club moved to Hardenhuish Park in 1919, having previously played at at least four other grounds. A main stand was erected and subsequently added to on several occasions, a new clubhouse was opened in 1979 and floodlights were installed in 1986. Covered standing is provided behind one goal and along the side of the pitch to the main stand. This was built in 1993, replacing an earlier stand that had been damaged by storms, the pitch at Hardenhuish Park has a noticeable slope, downwards towards the Bristol Road end
Wellington Association Football Club are a football club based in Wellington, Somerset, England. They are currently members of the Western League Division One and play at the Playing Field, founded in 1896, they have played at Wellington Playing Fields in North Street since 1954. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA, Wellington joined the Western League in 1978, and have remained in Division One of that league ever since, except for a three-season spell in the Premier Division from 1981–84. They escaped Division One again in 2008 after winning the title, the club entered the FA Cup for four seasons in the early 1980s, twice winning a preliminary round tie, but never progressing past the first qualifying round. Their best FA Vase run dates to 1990–91, when reached the third round. Although officially named simply Wellington A. F. C, the county in which they play is often appended to their name to differentiate them from Wellington F. C. based in Herefordshire. They are also sometimes listed as Wellington Town. In September 2010 the club launched a team called Wellington Town Ladies. Wellington play their games at The Playing Field, North Street, Wellington
Barnstaple Town F.C.
Barnstaple Town Football Club is a football club based in Barnstaple, Devon, England. They are currently members of Division One South & West of the Southern League, the club was established in 1904 as Pilton Yeo Vale, and were founder members of the North Devon League in the same year. They played in the leagues first match, hosting Ilfracombe on 1 October, however, that was to be the only defeat all season in the league and club went on to win the inaugural league title. At the end of the season they adopted their current name, after winning a second North Devon league title in 1908–09, they club switched to the Exeter & District League, where they remained until World War I. After the war returned to the North Devon League, before rejoining the Exeter & District League. They won the title in 1946–47 and were runners-up the following season. In 1949–50 Barnstaple won Division Two, earning promotion to Division One, in 1951–52 they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 5–2 to Folkestone in a replay. The club were champions in 1952–53, and reached the first round of the FA Cup again in 1954–55. They reached the first round of the FA Cup for a time in 1959–60. The league was reduced to a division in 1960. The league expanded back to two divisions in 1976, with Barnstaple placed in the Premier Division, in 1979–80 they won their second Western League title, and finished as runners-up in the following two seasons. After finishing second-from bottom in 1990–91, Barnstaple were relegated to Division One, three seasons later they won Division One, earning promotion back to the Premier Division. They remained in the Premier Division until being relegated again at the end of the 2012–13 season, however, they made an immediate return to the top division after winning Division One in 2014–15. The following season saw the finish as runners-up in the Premier Division. The club play their games at Mill Road in Barnstaple. It has a capacity of 5,000, of which 250 is seated and 1,000 covered. C, players Barnstaple Town F. C. managers Official website
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
Southern Football League
Together with the Isthmian League and the Northern Premier League it forms levels seven and eight of the English football league system. The structure of the Southern League has changed several times since its formation in 1894, the Premier Division is at step 3 of the National League System, and is a feeder division, mainly to the National League South but also to the National League North. Feeding the Premier Division are two divisions, Division One South & West and Division One Central, which are at step 4 of the NLS. These divisions are in turn fed by various regional leagues, professional football developed more slowly in Southern England than in Northern England. Additionally, a league, the Southern Alliance was founded in 1892, with seven clubs from the region. Nonetheless, another attempt was made to form the Southern League, a competition for both professional and amateur clubs was founded in 1894 under the initiative of Millwall Athletic. Initially only one division was envisaged, but such was the enthusiasm, the sixteen founder members were, 2nd Scots Guards withdrew before the first season started and were replaced by Southampton St Marys. Woolwich Arsenal attempted to add their reserve side to the second division, the Southern League soon became the dominant competition below The Football League in Southern and Central England. By the turn of the century a few of the Southern League sides began to rival the Football League in the FA Cup, Two Southern League clubs, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur reached the final of the FA Cup around the turn of the century. Tottenham Hotspur are the club from below the 2nd level of English football to have won the FA Cup. The champions of the two leagues during this period met in the annual Charity Shield, in 1907, it accepted Bradford Park Avenue, a northern club, as a member, reflecting its senior position at the time. In 1920, virtually the top division of the Southern League was absorbed by the Football League to become that leagues new Third Division. A year later the Third Division was expanded and regionalised, the Third Division clubs from the previous season became the Third Division South, with the addition of the Third Division North. Of the original members, six – Gillingham, Luton Town, Millwall, Reading. For the next six decades, the Football League and Southern League would exchange a number of clubs as a result of the older leagues re-election process. From 1920 onward, the Southern Leagues status as a league was firmly established. In turn, the APL would eventually succeed in becoming a feeder to the Football League, the league lost more of its top clubs in 2004 when the Conference added two regional divisions below the existing National League, the Conference South and Conference North. The first sponsor of the Southern League was Beazer Homes who sponsored the league from 1987–96, the sponsors after Beazer Homes to the present day are, Dr Martens, British Gas, Zamaretto, Evo-Stik, Calor Gas, and Evo-Stik