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
Taunton Town F.C.
Taunton Town Football Club are an English football club based in Taunton, Somerset, England. They compete in the Southern Football League Division One South & West, the club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA. After being formed in 1947, they were admitted into the Western League in 1954 and they struggled over the next ten years, and it was not until the 1970s that the club started to prosper. Having won the Western League in 1968–69, the club finished as runners-up in the same league in four successive seasons from 1973. They gained promotion to the Southern League in 1977 and purchasing their ground from the local council, in the early 1980s they dropped back down into the Western League for financial reasons, but did not enjoy further success until 1989–90. The following twelve seasons saw the win the title on four more occasions. In 2001 the club won the FA Vase, which it had missed out on seven years earlier. Following their string of results, Taunton rejoined the Southern League for the 2002–03 season. After the latest re-organisation of the English football league system, the club are members of the Southern Football League Division One South & West. In December 1947 a group of businessmen founded Taunton Football Club, the club joined the Somerset Senior League, in which they played until 1953. During this year the club gained admission to the Western League for the first time, in the same year, the club also moved into their present ground on Wordsworth Drive, which they leased from Taunton Borough Council. During these early years of the club they battled financial problems, in 1968–69, the club enjoyed success for the first time, winning the Western League under the management of Doug Hillard. Over the following years Taunton Town continued to prosper on the pitch, during this time the club bought their Wordsworth Drive ground from the local council and installed floodlights. In 1977 they were promoted into the Southern League, Two years later, following the opening of the M5 motorway, they moved into the Midlands Section of the league. The club finished as champions for the second time in 1989–90 and followed this win up with further success, winning the league again in 1995–96, 1998–99, 1999–2000. They also finished as runners-up on four occasions, in 1993–94, 1996–97, 1997–98, the club have remained in this league ever since, and after the restructuring of the English football league system, the club were placed in the Southern Football League Division One South & West. The club reached the final of the FA Vase in 1994, a second FA Vase finals appearance in 2001 resulted in greater success, Taunton Town beating Berkhamsted Town 2–1. In 2016–17 they reached the first round proper of the FA Cup for only the time in their history
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
Liskeard Athletic F.C.
Liskeard Athletic Football Club is an English association football club based in Liskeard, Cornwall. They play in the South West Peninsula League Division One West, founded in 1946, they joined the South Western League in 1966, which they won twice. The club elected to join the Western League in 1979, and they won the Western League once and finished as runners-up twice before returning to the South Western League in 1995. The club was a member of the South West Peninsula League in 2007. Liskeard Athletic play their games at Lux Park Sports Association, Coldstyle Road, Lux Park, Liskeard, Cornwall
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
Ashton & Backwell United F.C.
They are currently members of the Western League Division One and play at Backwell Recreation Ground. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA, the club was established in 1911 as Backwell United and played in various local leagues, although activities were suspended during both World Wars. At this time played in the Bristol Church of England League, progressing to the Bristol. This was denied, however, owing to the local authoritys refusal to grant planning permission for floodlights to be erected, the club went to appeal, which they won, and floodlights were in place for the 1993–94 season, allowing the club to progress to Premier Division football. Performance has been steady over the years and the first team reached the 5th round of the FA Vase in the 2004–05 season. For the 2005–06 season a change of manager and an exodus of experienced players resulted in a last-place finish and they first entered the FA Cup in the 1994–95 season. Ashton & Backwell United play their games at The Lancer Scott Stadium, West Town Road, Backwell, Somerset. Bristol City -3 July 2013, The Lancer Scott Stadium Note, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Official Site Backwell United at the Football Club History Database
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
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