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
Mangotsfield United F.C.
Mangotsfield United Football Club is an English football club based in Mangotsfield, in Bristol, that currently plays in the Southern Football League Division One South and West. The club is affiliated with the Gloucestershire County FA and Somerset County FA, the home strip is Maroon and Sky Blue, while their away kit is White and Black. Mangotsfield United play their games at Cossham Street, also known as the Doug Hillard Sports Ltd. Mangotsfield United Football Club roots lay in the football club that was formed 125 years ago. Initially the club played matches against local opponents. At that time their ground was situated on St. James Street, Mangotsfield and they later moved to some land on Pomphrey Hill near Shortwood and Mangotsfield North Railway station and as a consequence they were given the nickname of The Railway Men by the local press. In 1892 Mangotsfield F. C. was one of the members of the Bristol & District League which three years later became the Western Football League. Within one year of playing in the competition the club was relegated to Division 1 of the B&D League. Numerous attempts were made to reform the club over the half century but due to financial difficulties it was to eventually fold once. They were equally successful in 1952–1953 by winning the Bristol & District League VI, season 1956–57 saw Mangotsfield United have something of a setback in their title winning run when finishing in fourth spot in Division I. The next three seasons saw the club finish just above the relegation zone although season 1961–1962 saw a significant improvement in form by climbing to 7th place. For the next five campaigns Mangotsfield United did not finish outside of the top eight in the Premier Combination, from 1965–1968 the team remained in the top eight but 1968–1969 proved to the most successful yet by completing the League and Cup double. In addition to winning the Premier Combination, Division 1 the club also defeated Hanham Athletic 4–1 at Eastville Stadium to win the Gloucestershire F. A, senior Amateur Cup for the first time. Former Bristol Rovers full back and Taunton Town boss Doug Hillard was appointed the manager in preparation for its first season in the Western League. The clubs first match was at Avon, by the end of the 1972–1973 season Mangotsfield United finished in a third spot. The following season the club went on to win the Western League Challenge Cup, nicky Tanner Mangotsfield United, Bristol Rovers, Liverpool. Gary Penrice Mangotsfield United, Bristol Rovers, Aston Villa, Q. P. R, phil Purnell Mangotsfield United, Bristol Rovers, Swansea City. Mike Hooper Mangotsfield United, Bristol City, Wrexham, Liverpool, gary Warren Mangotsfield United, Team Bath, Newport County, Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Minehead Association Football Club is a football club based in Minehead, Somerset, England. The club are members of the Somerset County League Division One West. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA, the club was established in 1889, and initially played in local leagues until joining the Western League in 1923. After finishing in place in 1924–25, they were relegated to the newly established Division Two. However, after finishing bottom in 1926–27 and 1927–28, the club withdrew from the league, Minehead returned to the Western League in 1949, joining Division Three. After finishing third in their first season back, they were promoted to Division Two, a fourth-place finish in 1957–58 saw the club promoted to Division One. In 1970–71 they reached the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time, after finishing as runners-up in 1971–72, the club were elected to Division One South of the Southern League. A fifth-place finish in 1972–73 was followed by finishing fourth in 1973–74 and third in 1974–75, before the club won the division in 1975–76, despite reaching the second round of the FA Cup the following season, the club were relegated after finishing second bottom of the Premier Division. In 1982–83 they finished bottom in the Midland Division. In 1988–89 they were relegated to Division One after finishing bottom of the league, however, the club recovered to win Division One the next season, earning promotion back to the Premier Division. In 1993–94 the club finished bottom of the Premier Division again, and returned to Division One, in 1998 the club changed its name to Minehead Town, and won Division One in the season that followed, losing only one match all season. However, the finished bottom of the Premier Division for two consecutive seasons, before returning to Division One. In 2009–10 they finished bottom of Division One and were relegated to the Somerset County League, Minehead play their home games at Irnham Road, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5DP. Players that hold a club record, gerry Cakebread Cliff Myers Club website
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
Wessex Football League
The participating clubs are mainly based in Hampshire, but the league also encompasses clubs from adjoining counties such as Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, and the Isle of Wight. Under the terms of a contract, the league is officially known as the Sydenhams League. In 2004, it absorbed most of the clubs from its league, the Hampshire League. In 2006 the divisions were renamed as the Premier Division and Divisions One, at the end of the 2006–07 season, Division Two was disbanded, and most of the clubs formed a new Hampshire Premier League. Champions of the Wessex League who meet the relevant ground and financial requirements are eligible for promotion to the Southern League Division One South & West, in 2004, the league expanded to three divisions. In 2006, the divisions were renumbered, with the top division being renamed the Premier Division, in 2007, Division Two was discontinued. The Wessex League Cup, or Sydenhams League Cup for sponsor purposes, is a cup which all the Wessex League teams participate in. 1986–87 Road Sea Southampton 1987–88 East Cowes Victoria Athletic 1988–89 AFC Lymington 1989–90 A. F. C. F. C, totton 2003–04 Winchester City 2004–05 Hamworthy United 2005–06 A. F. C. Totton 2006–07 Lymington Town 2007–08 Wimborne Town 2008–09 VT 2009–10 Bemerton Heath Harlequins 2010–11 Bournemouth 2011–12 Christchurch 2012–13 Alresford Town 2013–14 Alresford Town 2014–15 A. F. C, portchester 2015–16 Team Solent League website
Torrington Football Club are an English association football club based in Great Torrington, Devon. Founded in 1908, the club compete in the North Devon League Premier Division. Based at Vicarage Field, Torrington have previously played in the Western League, South Western League and Devon and Exeter League and they have also won a number of local cup tournaments, including the Combe Martin Cup, Arlington Cup and Torridge Cup. Torrington Football Club was founded in 1908, and was known to be a church side. In the first season after the war, they were crowned champions for the second time, Torrington continued performing in the top-flight of the North Devon League for several decades. In the 1948–49 season, the club won their third North Devon League Senior Division title, One of these records was an 18–0 win over Ilfracombe Town, in which scoring phenomenon Sid Trickett is rumoured to have scored all 18 goals with headers. Ten years later, they were crowned Senior Division champions for a fourth time, the club also briefly played in the Devon and Exeter League, winning the Senior Division title in 1973 and the Premier Division title in 1974. At the beginning of the 1978–79 season, Torrington made their first step up from the North Devon Football League to the South Western Football League, in the first of those two successful seasons, they also won the South Western League Cup. In this season, the club achieved their furthest progression in the FA Vase. For their first few seasons in the Premier Division, Torrington struggled to move out of the half of the league table. They remained in the Premier Division until 1998, usually finishing in the top eight, in 2002–03, the club won their first Western League Division One championship. In their first season back in the North Devon League, the won the Combe Martin Cup for the first time since 1959. They then defended the cup the year, when they also won the Senior Division title for the first time. Torrington play their games at Vicarage Field, on School Lane in Great Torrington. The following players played for Torrington in the 2014–15 season, the current manager of Torrington is Tom Bulley, who took over from previous coach Steve Bartlett in 2014. Bulleys assistant manager is Kevin Darch, who had worked with him previously at Ilfracombe Town, previous managers of the club include former Fulham and Torquay United defender Robbie Herrera and former Torquay United and Plymouth Argyle winger David Pook
Plymouth Argyle F.C.
Plymouth Argyle Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of Plymouth, Devon, England. They have played in League Two, the tier of the English football league system. They are one of two teams in Devon currently competing in the Football League, the other being Exeter City – Argyles local rivals, since becoming professional in 1903, the club has won five Football League titles, five Southern League titles and one Western League title. The 2009–10 season was the clubs 42nd in the tier of English football. The team set the record for most championships won in the tier, having finished first in the Third Division South twice, the Third Division once. The club takes its nickname, The Pilgrims, from an English religious group that left Plymouth for the New World in 1620, the club crest features the Mayflower, the ship that carried the pilgrims to Massachusetts. The club have played in dark green and white throughout their history, with a few exceptions in the late 1960s. The city of Plymouth is the largest in England never to have hosted top-flight football and they are the most southerly and westerly League club in England. Home Park is the 37th biggest stadium in England, the original ground of the professional club at Home Park was destroyed by German bombers during the Blitz on Plymouth in World War II. Having been rebuilt after the war, Home Park was largely demolished as part of a process of renovation. The new Devonport End was opened for the 2001 Boxing Day fixture with Torquay United, the other end, the Barn Park End, opened on the same day. The Lyndhurst stand reopened on 26 January 2002 for the game against Oxford United, plans are currently under discussion regarding the completion of the refurbishment of the ground with the replacement of the Mayflower stand. The ground is situated in Central Park, very near to the area of Peverell. Towards the end of the 2005–06 Championship season, the decided to buy the stadium for £2.7 million from Plymouth City Council. This purchase was concluded in December 2006, in December 2009 it was announced that the stadium was to be one of 12 chosen to host matches during the World Cup 2018, should Englands bid be successful. The then Argyle chairman Paul Stapleton stated that work on a new South Stand at Home Park would start in 2010, however, England failed to be chosen for the 2018 tournament, and Plymouth Argyle entered administration in March 2011. After selling the back to the council on 14 October 2011 for £1.6 million. The club was taken over by local business owner James Brent, who submitted fresh plans to build a new Mayflower Grandstand with a 5,000 seating capacity