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
Swanage Town & Herston F.C.
Swanage Town & Herston Football Club is a football club based in Swanage, Dorset, England. The club is affiliated to the Dorset County Football Association and they are currently members of the Dorset Premier League. The club was formed in 1898 as Swanage Albion Football Club, joining the Dorset Junior League, the club then made it to the Dorset Senior League during the 1920s. The 1920s also saw the move from their original ground at Swanage Middle School, to Days Park. In the 1957–58 season the club one of the founder members of the Dorset Combination League. The first season in the league proved successful as the club became the leagues first winners. The 1961–62 campaign also saw the club enter the FA Cup for the first time in their history, losing to Bridport in the first qualifying round. In 1966 Swanage Town merged with local side Herston Rovers F. C. who had been playing in the Dorset Combination league for five seasons, after eleven seasons in Division the club gained promotion to the Premier Division, when they finished as Champions in the Division. The 1989–90 campaign saw the play their last season in the Western league as they then joined the Wessex Football League. The last season in the Western league saw the club clinch the Dorset Senior Cup for the first and only time, the first season in the Wessex Football League saw the club finish runners-up. The 1990–91 season also saw the club reach the Dorset Senior Cup final again, the 1995–96 season saw the club finish bottom of the Wessex league, and they were relegated back to the Dorset Combination league. After four seasons in the Dorset Combination league, the club rejoined the Wessex league, two seasons later the club under the management of Jason Phillips, became winners of the Dorset Premier Football League Cup. Swanage Town & Herston play their games at Days Park, Swanage, Dorset. The ground was named after James Day who was the mayor of Swanage in the 1930s, the 1981–82 season saw the ground gain floodlights. The ground originally had a slope, but this was levelled out in 1951, chad Gould Horace Cumner Club website
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
Somerset County League
The Somerset County League is a football competition based in England. It sits at step 7 of the National League System, the league has a total of five divisions – a Premier Division, two regional Division Ones, and two regional Division Twos. It is affiliated to the Somerset County FA which was formed in 1885, the Somerset County League, also known as the Somerset Senior League, was founded in 1890. Westland-Yeovil eventually folded after leaving the County League for the Western League but they reformed as Westland Sports
Radstock Town F.C.
Radstock Town Football Club is a football club based in Radstock, Somerset, England. They are currently members of the Western League Division One and play at the Southfields Recreation Ground, the club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA. They again rejoined the League after the First World War and the 1920s were to see a number of top six finishes, indeed, 1923–24 was the clubs most successful season, finishing as runners up to Lovells Athletic by six points. The original move to Southfield took place in 1927, when as a First World War memorial the miners purchased the field through an issue of £5 shares. Radstock- along with Frome Town and Clandown – chose to compete in the Wiltshire League, in the 1970s Radstock switched to the Somerset County League, which they won in 1976–77 and again in 1978–79. Radstock rejoined the Western League for the 1979–80 season and they spent the next few years either in Division One or at the foot of the Premier Division. At the end of the 1993–94 season Radstock were relegated to the Somerset County League, the following season, third place in Division One was sufficient to ensure another promotion and the club is now established back in the Premier Division of the Western League. With thirteen victories to its name the club has won the Somerset Senior Cup on more occasions than any other side in the county, the first time was in the competitions inaugural year of 1895–96 when they defeated Wells City 4–0 in a replayed final at Midsomer Norton. Other victories came in 1905–06, 1927–28, 1929–30, 1931–32, 1936–37, 1938–39, 1959–60, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1973–74, 1982–83, Radstock Town play their home games at Southfields Recreation Ground, Southfields, Radstock, BA3 3NZ
Exmouth Town F.C.
Exmouth Town Football Club is a football club based in Exmouth, Devon, England. They are currently members of the South West Peninsula League Premier Division, the club was established in 1933. They entered the Premier Division of the Exeter & District League in 1948, the following season saw them win both the Devon Senior Cup and the East Devon Senior Cup in 1950–51. They were relegated after finishing bottom of the Premier Division in 1957–58, the club finished as Premier Division runners-up in 1968–69 and won the Devon Premier Cup in 1970–71. After finishing as runners-up again in 1971–72, they joined the Western League in 1973 and they finished bottom of the league in 1974–75 and again the following season, resulting in relegation to the newly-formed Division One. The 1979–80 season saw Exmouth win the Devon Premier Cup for a second time, the club remained in Division One until finishing as runners-up in 1981–82, earning promotion to the Premier Division. After finishing sixteenth in their first season in the Premier Division, they were champions in 1983–84. Exmouth went on to finish as Premier Division runners-up in 1986–87 and again in 1988–89, however, a decline thereafter saw them relegated to Division One at the end of the 1993–94 season. In 2002–03 they finished as runners-up in Division One, earning promotion back to the Premier Division, however, they withdrew from the league midway through the 2005–06 season due to financial problems, with the reserve team in the Devon & Exeter League becoming the new first team. Exmouths first season back in the Devon & Exeter League saw them finish third, after which they became members of the new South West Peninsula League. They won the division in 2012–13 and were promoted to the Premier Division, in the following season they finished as Premier Division runners-up. The club initially played at the Maer Cricket Field, before moving to the King George V Ground on Southern Road in 1964, floodlights were installed in the 1980s and the grounds record attendance of 2,395 was set for a friendly match against Liverpool on 28 July 1987. A new 50-seat stand was installed in 2016. C, players Exmouth Town F. C. managers Official website
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