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
Saltash United F.C.
Saltash United Football Club is a Cornish semi-professional football club based in Saltash, Cornwall that plays in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division. Since its formation in 1946, the club has won three Western Football League Premier Division titles, one Western Football League Division One title and two South Western League titles, the club crest adopts the heraldic seal used by the town of Saltash for many centuries. The shield is placed between two ostrich feathers and ensigned by a crown, which are taken from the arms of the Duchy of Cornwall, the Charter of Incorporation refers to the town of Saltash as Essa, Latin for Ash – to which the club takes its nickname. Football in Saltash was first played as long ago as 1893, teams played under several names – Essa, Saltash Stars and Saltash Town among them. The Saltash team disbanded with the onset of the Second World War but a new club, Saltash United, was formed for the 1946–47 season, playing in the Cornwall Senior League Eastern Section. In the 1950–51 season the Ashes won the Triple Crown taking all three Cornish senior trophies, the Cornwall Senior Cup, the Durning Lawrence Charity Cup and the Herald Cup, two seasons later, they won the title in the 1953–54 campaign. In their last season in the South Western League, 1975–76, on gaining promotion from the South Western League to the Western League in 1976, Saltash won the First Division Championship in their first season. The Ashes went on to one of the great forces in the Western League Premier Division during the 80s in which barely a season went by without the team securing at least one piece of silverware. Irregular entrants since 1970, Saltash fell agonisingly close to reaching the FA Cup first round in 1987. Farnborough F. C. then of the Isthmian League Premier Division, won the Fourth Round Qualifying tie, farnborough went on to lose 2–1 to Cambridge United in the First Round. By the end of the 1994–95 season the club returned to the South Western League as the high travelling expense of competing in the Western League took its toll. Former European Champion Clubs Cup winner Allan Evans became manager in 2002 and his influence was felt with new players. Despite rejoining the Western League First Division for 2 seasons in 2004–05 and 2005–06, in 2007, they joined the newly formed South West Peninsula League finishing the inaugural season as runners-up. On 29 May 2013, Saltash announced Martin Burgess as first team manager, the club broke their record for most consecutive wins at the start of a season by beating St Blazey 5-0 on 27 August,2016. Saltash United play their games at Kimberley Stadium, Callington Road, Saltash, Cornwall. The ground, holding up to 3,000 fans, is floodlit with a seated stand. Playing in the Cornwall Senior League Eastern Section, the ground was Maunders Field –0.3 miles from their current home at Kimberley Stadium. On July 12,2008, the club staged the first annual memorial day for Tim Halford in which Kimberley Stadiums main grandstand was renamed the Tim Halford Stand
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
Bristol City F.C.
Bristol City Football Club is a professional association football club based in Bristol, England. Their ground is Ashton Gate, located in the southwest of the city and they currently play in the Championship, the second tier of English football, after winning League One during the 2014–15 season. In sealing the League One title, Bristol City became only the team to win both the third-tier championship and Football League Trophy double during the same season. Bristol City won the Welsh Cup – despite being an English club – in 1934, in 1907 they finished runners-up in Football League Division One, which is their highest ever final position. In 1909 they lost the FA Cup final to Manchester United, since relegation in 1911, however, they only returned to the top division from 1976 to 1980 and did not contend for any honours then. In 1982, Bristol City became the first English club to three consecutive relegations. With victories in 1986,2003 and 2015, Bristol City are now the most successful team in the Football League Trophy, the clubs nickname is The Robins, and a robin featured on the clubs badge from 1976 to 1994. Official club merchandise, including replica kits, still has a showing a robin. An attempt by the club to alter the badge was abandoned after it was criticised fiercely by fans, the teams main rivals are Bristol Rovers in the Bristol derby and Cardiff City in the Severnside derby, along with other regional teams in the West Country derby. Bristol Citys current manager is Lee Johnson, a former Bristol City player who made 199 appearances for the club. Coincidentally, he is the son of former City manager Gary Johnson, who took City to the Championship play-off final in 2008, where they eventually lost 0–1 to Hull City. The club was founded in 1894 as Bristol South End and changed their name to Bristol City on adopting professionalism three years later when they were admitted into the Southern League. Finishing as runners-up in three of the first four seasons, in 1900 the club amalgamated with local Southern League rivals Bedminster, City joined the Football League in 1901 when they became only the third club south of Birmingham to perform in the competition. Their first game in the Football League was on 7 September 1901 at Bloomfield Road, nicknamed the Bristol Babe at this time, they finished as runners-up in their inaugural First Division campaign. Unfortunately, there was no such award to help them in the Final at the Crystal Palace as Manchester United took the honours 1–0. The 1920s were a time as City bounced between the Second Division and the Southern Section of the Third Division. By the 1930s they had slumped into the division. Harry Dolman became chairman in 1949, a post he would hold for over 30 years, an engineer who had bought out the firm he worked for, he designed the first set of floodlights installed at Ashton Gate in the early 1950s
Chard Town F.C.
Chard Town Football Club is a football club based in Chard, Somerset, England. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA and they are currently members of the Western League Division One and play at Dening Sports Fields. The club was founded in 1920, and played football until joining the Western League when it re-established a second division in 1976. They have been regular entrants in national cup competitions in recent years, never reaching the First Round proper of the FA Cup, the club also fields two teams in the Perry Street and District League. Chard Town play their games at Denning Sports Field, Zembard Lane, Chard, players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level. Phil Roberts Adrian Foster Dave Linney Dick Plumb Mike Thresher Ken Wookey Sports Photographer Peter OSheas Website Team web site Old team Web site Chard Town at the Football Club History Database
Paulton Rovers F.C.
Paulton Rovers Football Club are an English football club based at the Athletic Field on Winterfield Road in the growing village of Paulton near Bristol. They were established in 1881 and currently play in the Southern Football League Premier Division, the club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA. Paulton Rovers their first played football in the Western Football League. After World War II, Rovers were placed in the top division of what was now a two-division league but were relegated to Division Two in 1953. In 1960 Division Two was scrapped and for the fourteen years the team played in the Somerset County Football League. When the league expanded back to two divisions in 1976 they were placed in the Premier Division but were relegated in 1981, only to bounce back three years later. A series of finishes in the late 1990s and early 2000s eventually saw them promoted to the Southern League in 2004 in the Division One South. Paulton Rovers had reached the Division One South and West play-off semi-finals in 2006–07 losing 1–4 at home to Taunton Town, the official match attendance was 2,070. Harrington took over a manager in June 2011 with Milsom as his assistant, when Milsom resigned due to personal reasons on 8 December 2011 former Rovers centre half Nick Bunyard replaced him. At the beginning of the 2012–13 season Harrington stepped down with Bunyard taking over the reins, Paulton Rovers play their home games at The Athletic Ground, Winterfield Road, Paulton, Bristol, BS39 7RF where they have played for over 50 years. Previous grounds include Chapel Field, the Cricket Ground, and the Recreation Ground, the ground as it is now began to take shape in 1967, when the club bought an old RAF hut and re-erected it on the ground. Plans were drawn up to obtain a mortgage to fund the building of bigger premises, to achieve this necessitated rotating the pitch through 90 degrees to its present position and relocating the clubhouse. A new changing room block was built in 1972 and the clubhouse has been extended several times to two large function rooms as well as a substantial bar area. In 2004 a second stand was and terracing covered on two sides, along with training facilities include a floodlit court and two mini soccer pitches for youth football. Mike Trought Jason Drysdale Andy Bell Dick Sheppard Andy Sandell Ben Cleverley Steve Phillips Ashley Barnes Michael Meaker Paulton Rovers at the Football Club History Database Club website
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