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
Team Bath F.C.
Team Bath was an English association football club affiliated with the University of Bath in the city of Bath, Somerset, in 1999. The club was formed to allow the players to professional football with higher education. The club competed in the Western League for the first time in 2000–01, promotion that season, and again in 2002–03, gained the club entry into the Southern League. After five seasons in the Southern League, Team Bath was promoted into the Conference South after winning the 2007–08 Southern League Playoff Final, for their first four seasons, Team Baths home matches were played at the universitys sports grounds. In 2004 the club secured a deal to ground-share with Bath City at Twerton Park, Team Bath nevertheless struggled to attract fans, and generally had among the lowest average attendances in their leagues. In the 2000–01 season, the club entered the Western League, Paul Tisdale, a recently retired player who had appeared for Southampton and Yeovil Town was appointed as the teams head coach. The team won promotion from Division One to the Premier Division of the league in their first season and they continued to be successful in their second year, but missed out on back-to-back promotions, finishing fourth in the league in their first season in the Premier Division. They competed in the FA Vase for the first time in 2001–02, in their third season, Team Bath attracted global interest due to their involvement in the FA Cup. Playing in the competition for the first time, Bath beat Barnstaple Town 4–0 in the round to begin their campaign. They followed this up with victories over Backwell United, Bemerton Heath Harlequins and they faced Horsham in the fourth qualifying round, a place in the first round proper awaiting the victors. The match at Horshams ground finished 0–0, and the returned to Bath for the replay. Their victory meant that Team became the first university side to compete in the first round of the competition since Oxford University, who won the competition in 1880. The match, which drew a home attendance for Team Bath of 5,469, was won convincingly by Mansfield. Despite two late goals from Carl Heiniger and Caleb Kamara-Taylor, Bath lost the match 4–2, and were eliminated from the cup. The team was successful in the FA Vase, after beating Fairford Town in a replay. In the league, Team Bath won 27 of their 34 matches and were unbeaten at home to top of the Western League Premier Division. Team Bath played the 2003–04 season in the Southern League Western Division, the side won 21 of their 40 matches and finished the season in sixth position. For the 2004–05 season, the structure was adjusted due to the introduction of a second division for the Football Conference
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
Southern Football League
Together with the Isthmian League and the Northern Premier League it forms levels seven and eight of the English football league system. The structure of the Southern League has changed several times since its formation in 1894, the Premier Division is at step 3 of the National League System, and is a feeder division, mainly to the National League South but also to the National League North. Feeding the Premier Division are two divisions, Division One South & West and Division One Central, which are at step 4 of the NLS. These divisions are in turn fed by various regional leagues, professional football developed more slowly in Southern England than in Northern England. Additionally, a league, the Southern Alliance was founded in 1892, with seven clubs from the region. Nonetheless, another attempt was made to form the Southern League, a competition for both professional and amateur clubs was founded in 1894 under the initiative of Millwall Athletic. Initially only one division was envisaged, but such was the enthusiasm, the sixteen founder members were, 2nd Scots Guards withdrew before the first season started and were replaced by Southampton St Marys. Woolwich Arsenal attempted to add their reserve side to the second division, the Southern League soon became the dominant competition below The Football League in Southern and Central England. By the turn of the century a few of the Southern League sides began to rival the Football League in the FA Cup, Two Southern League clubs, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur reached the final of the FA Cup around the turn of the century. Tottenham Hotspur are the club from below the 2nd level of English football to have won the FA Cup. The champions of the two leagues during this period met in the annual Charity Shield, in 1907, it accepted Bradford Park Avenue, a northern club, as a member, reflecting its senior position at the time. In 1920, virtually the top division of the Southern League was absorbed by the Football League to become that leagues new Third Division. A year later the Third Division was expanded and regionalised, the Third Division clubs from the previous season became the Third Division South, with the addition of the Third Division North. Of the original members, six – Gillingham, Luton Town, Millwall, Reading. For the next six decades, the Football League and Southern League would exchange a number of clubs as a result of the older leagues re-election process. From 1920 onward, the Southern Leagues status as a league was firmly established. In turn, the APL would eventually succeed in becoming a feeder to the Football League, the league lost more of its top clubs in 2004 when the Conference added two regional divisions below the existing National League, the Conference South and Conference North. The first sponsor of the Southern League was Beazer Homes who sponsored the league from 1987–96, the sponsors after Beazer Homes to the present day are, Dr Martens, British Gas, Zamaretto, Evo-Stik, Calor Gas, and Evo-Stik
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
Bristol Manor Farm F.C.
Bristol Manor Farm Football Club is an English football team based in Bristol. They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at the Creek, the club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA. Bristol Manor Farm Football Club was formed in 1960, the club joined the Western Football League Division One in 1977 and won the league in 1982–83, gaining promotion to the Premier Division. In the same year the club entered the FA Cup for the first time, the following season they reached the Fifth Round of the FA Vase. Bristol Manor Farm stayed in the Premier Division until being relegated in 2001, the club equalled its FA Cup record in 2010–11, reaching the Second Qualifying Round. The youth team, which was formed in 2003, achieved promotion in their season to the Somerset Floodlight Youth League Premier Division and were beaten Somerset Cup finalists in 2005. The youth team won the Somerset Cup the following year, beating Mangotsfield United in the Final, having spent two seasons in the Gloucestershire County Youth League, the team moved back to the Somerset Floodlight Youth League for 2009–10 under new manager Richard Trott. Alan Crawford Danny Maye David Mehew Marek Piszczek Official Website
Yeovil Town F.C.
Yeovil Town Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Yeovil, Somerset, England. They play in League Two, the tier of English football. The club won the League Two championship in 2004–05, and promotion to the Championship through the play-offs in 2013, founded in 1895, Yeovil took 108 years to enter the Football League when they were promoted from the Football Conference as champions in 2003. This success was repeated in 2005 when they reached the round and were drawn away against Charlton Athletic, then in the Premier League. Yeovils home ground is Huish Park, built in 1990 on the site of an old camp and named after their former home, Huish, itself known for its pitch. The clubs nickname The Glovers is a reference to the history of glove-making in the town of Yeovil, Yeovil Football Club was founded in 1890, and shared its ground with the local rugby club for many years. Five years later the club was renamed Yeovil Casuals and started playing games at the Pen Mill Athletic Ground. In 1907 the name Yeovil Town was adopted, which on amalgamation with Petters United became Yeovil, the name reverted to Yeovil Town before the 1946–47 season. The club came to attention as giant-killers during the 1948–49 FA Cup, in which they defeated Sunderland 2–1 in the fourth round. They were defeated 8–0 in the round by Manchester United. Between 1955 and 1973 they were champions of the Southern Football League three times, and runners-up twice, during this period, Yeovil Town applied for election to the Football League on a number of occasions, coming within a few votes of being elected in 1976. In 1979 the Glovers were founder members of the new national non-league division, in 1985, they were relegated to the Isthmian League. Yeovil won that championship in 1988 and returned to the Conference, there was success in the Bob Lord Challenge Trophy in 1990 and three years later Yeovil finished fourth in the Conference, their best finish ever. In January 1995, former Weymouth and Spurs player Graham Roberts was appointed manager, Yeovil secured promotion back into the Conference in 1997 after winning the Isthmian League with a record number of points –101. Colin Lippiatt became manager for the 1998–99 season and brought Terry Skiverton to the club as a player and their team included many top players, some of whom went on to play Premier League football. Notable players include Gavin Williams who moved to West Ham United, Lee Johnson, Chris Weale, Darren Way, Yeovils first game in the Football League was a 3–1 away win over Rochdale. The Glovers finished their first season in position, and reached the third round of the FA Cup before losing 2–0 at home to Liverpool. The following season Yeovil finished as champions of League Two with 83 points, partway through the season the club was sold by Jon Goddard-Watts to David Webb, who took over the role of chief executive from chairman John Fry