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
Tiverton Town F.C.
Tiverton Town Football Club are an English football club based in Tiverton, Devon. The club are members of the Southern Football League South & West Division. The club was established in 1913 as Tiverton Athletic, and initially played at the Athletic Ground and they joined the East Devon League, winning the Senior Division in 1924–25, 1925–26, 1926–27 and 1927–28. They then joined the North Devon League, winning it in 1931–32, after which they transferred to the Exeter & District League, in 1951–52 the club won the leagues Senior Division, and in 1956 won the Devon Senior Cup for the first time. They won the league again in 1964–65 and 1965–66, a season in which also won the Senior Cup for a second time. In 1973 the club joined the Western League and they were relegated to Division One at the end of the 1980–81 season after finishing bottom of the league. After finishing as runners-up in 1988–89, they were promoted back to the Premier Division, following two fourth-placed finishes, the club finished third in 1991–92, second in 1992–93, and won the league and League Cup double in 1993–94. They also won the FA Vase in 1998, beating Tow Law Town 1–0 in the final, in 1998–99 the club won the FA Vase again, beating Bedlington Terriers 1–0, and finished second in the league, earning promotion to Division One West of the Southern League. In 2000–01 they finished second, and were promoted to the Premier Division, in 2006–07 they won the Southern League Cup. On 30 April 2013 Tiverton Town released a release as follows Tiverton Town can confirm that Matthew Conridge has stepped down as Chairman of Tiverton Town to pursue other business interests. The club would like to place on record its gratitude for all his work whilst in the position. Former Tivvy Chairman Dave Wright is taking over the position of Chairman for the time being, the club also wishes to confirm the departure of interim manager Jamie Ward together with his assistant Paul Short. Clarkson has arrived from Spain where he was manager of Ontinyent in Segunda B and he had been managing in Spain for the last six years. At the end of the many of the clubs higher profile players left following John Clarksons resignation. Yellows legend Martyn Rogers was named as Clarksons replacement and given the task of rebuilding the squad on a more restricted wage budget. The club currently play at Ladysmead, Bolham Road, Tiverton, Devon, opened in 1946, the ground has a capacity of 3,500, of which 520 is seated. As Tiverton Athletic, the club played its games at the Athletic Ground. The ground boasted a wooden pavilion with a seated veranda
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
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
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
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
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
Elmore Football Club are a football club based in Tiverton, Devon, England. They currently play in the Devon & Exeter League Premier Division, the club was founded in 1947 as the Elmore Sports Club, the original aim was to provide sporting and social facilities for the people of Tiverton. The club joined the South Western League in 1974 and played there for four years before gaining admittance to the Western Football League. The club spent more than a decade languishing near the bottom of Division One, in the 1994–95 season, they reached the 4th round of the FA Vase, as well as claiming a runners-up finish in the Premier Division. However, the clubs fortunes declined following that season and Elmore returned to Division One after a last-place finish in 2003–04. Elmore transferred to the SW Peninsula League after the 2012–13 season, the first team took the reserves place in the Devon & Exeter Football League Premier Division. The club play at Horsdon Park, Heathcoat Way, Tiverton, in its early years the club was compelled to continually move premises and in 1958 a major decision to purchase land was made. The raising of funds for such a project was an undertaking by the membership. Now renamed Horsdon Park, which is more appealing, this remains today the cornerstone of the club. The main stand is called the Adam Stansfield Stand, named after the player who played for the club until he was spotted by Yeovil Town at 21. He had a career in league football but it was cut short when he developed bowel cancer. In honour of the player the club renamed the stand in March 2011, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, a list of former Football League or international players who have played for the club, Sean William Joyce – played for Torquay United, Doncaster Rovers and Exeter City. Adam Stansfield – played for Yeovil Town, Exeter City and Hereford United, jamie Bennellick – played for Torquay United. Darren Cann – played for Torquay United, eamonn Collins – played for Southampton, Portsmouth, Exeter City. elmorefc. com Elmore at the Football Club History Database Photo gallery of Elmore in action Adam Stansfield Foundation