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
Is a football club based in Bideford, Devon, England. They are currently members of the Southern League Division One South & West, the club are nicknamed The Robins due to their all-red strip. Bideford Town was established in late 1890s and spent most of their playing in the North Devon League. In 1947 the club was reformed as Bideford A. F. C. although they finished bottom of the division, they remained in Section A for the 1948–49 season, which saw them finish sixth. At the end of the season they joined Division Three of the Western League, in 1951–52 they won Division Two, and were promoted to Division One. The league was reduced to a division in 1960, and after finishing as runners-up in 1962–63. In 1964–65 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time and they drew 3–3 with Third Division Colchester United at Layer Road before losing the replay 2–1. They went on to win championships in 1970–71 and 1971–72, also winning the League Cup during 1971–72. In 1973–74 they reached the first round of the FA Cup again following four replays with Falmouth Town in the qualifying round. Drawn at home to Third Division Bristol Rovers, they lost 2–0, after three seasons in the Southern League they dropped back down to the Western League. When the Western League gained a second division in 1976 Bideford were placed in the Premier Division and they finished as runners-up twice in a row in 1977–78 and 1978–79, also reaching the FA Cup first round in 1977–78, losing 3–1 at Portsmouth. They won the Western League again in 1981–82, as well as reaching the first round of the FA Cup, the following season saw them retain the league title, and they won the League Cup for a second time in 1984–85. Bideford dominated the Western League in the 2000s, winning the Premier Division in 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06 and 2009–10, as well as the League Cup in 2001–02, after finishing second-from-bottom of the division in 2015–16 they were relegated back to Division One South & West. Bideford reserves were founder members of the South Western League in 1951 and they joined the North Devon League in 2008. In 2015 they started playing under the name Bideford Community, the club also had an A team, which played in the North Devon League from 1996 until 2002. The Academy team was founded in 2014 and joined the North Devon League and they were renamed Bideford Community reserves in 2015. The clubs under 11s, under 13s and under 15s also compete in the North Devon League, Bideford play their games at the Sports Ground on Kingsley Road. It has a capacity of 6,000, of which 375 is seated and 1,000 covered. F. C
Willand Rovers F.C.
Willand Rovers Football Club is a football club based in Willand, near Exeter, in Devon. They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at the Stan Robinson Stadium, the club is affiliated to the Devon County Football Association Willand Rovers Football Club was formed in 1946, after the financial collapse of Willand Wanderers FC, during the Second World War. The club moved to their present home of The Stan Robinson Stadium, in the 1950s and were playing in the Devon and Exeter Football League. The club in 1990 was relegated to the Senior Division of the Devon, however, the club went back to the premier division for the 1991–92 season. For the start of the 1992–93 season they were among the members of the Devon League. They went on to win the winning that league twice before gaining promotion to the Western League Division One in 2001. Willand Rovers made it to the Les Phillips Cup Final in 2006, losing to Corsham Town and they reached the Fifth Round of the FA Vase in 2009–10. Willand Rovers play their games at The Stan Robinson Stadium, Silver Street, Willand, Cullompton. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, richard Pears Headley Steele Official Club website
Paulton Rovers F.C.
Paulton Rovers Football Club are an English football club based at the Athletic Field on Winterfield Road in the growing village of Paulton near Bristol. They were established in 1881 and currently play in the Southern Football League Premier Division, the club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA. Paulton Rovers their first played football in the Western Football League. After World War II, Rovers were placed in the top division of what was now a two-division league but were relegated to Division Two in 1953. In 1960 Division Two was scrapped and for the fourteen years the team played in the Somerset County Football League. When the league expanded back to two divisions in 1976 they were placed in the Premier Division but were relegated in 1981, only to bounce back three years later. A series of finishes in the late 1990s and early 2000s eventually saw them promoted to the Southern League in 2004 in the Division One South. Paulton Rovers had reached the Division One South and West play-off semi-finals in 2006–07 losing 1–4 at home to Taunton Town, the official match attendance was 2,070. Harrington took over a manager in June 2011 with Milsom as his assistant, when Milsom resigned due to personal reasons on 8 December 2011 former Rovers centre half Nick Bunyard replaced him. At the beginning of the 2012–13 season Harrington stepped down with Bunyard taking over the reins, Paulton Rovers play their home games at The Athletic Ground, Winterfield Road, Paulton, Bristol, BS39 7RF where they have played for over 50 years. Previous grounds include Chapel Field, the Cricket Ground, and the Recreation Ground, the ground as it is now began to take shape in 1967, when the club bought an old RAF hut and re-erected it on the ground. Plans were drawn up to obtain a mortgage to fund the building of bigger premises, to achieve this necessitated rotating the pitch through 90 degrees to its present position and relocating the clubhouse. A new changing room block was built in 1972 and the clubhouse has been extended several times to two large function rooms as well as a substantial bar area. In 2004 a second stand was and terracing covered on two sides, along with training facilities include a floodlit court and two mini soccer pitches for youth football. Mike Trought Jason Drysdale Andy Bell Dick Sheppard Andy Sandell Ben Cleverley Steve Phillips Ashley Barnes Michael Meaker Paulton Rovers at the Football Club History Database Club website
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
Dawlish Town A.F.C.
Dawlish Town A. F. C. was a football club based in Dawlish, Devon, England. In October 2003 Chris Myers took over as manager, after relegation at the end of that season, Dawlish Town rebuilt. A 4th-place finish the season was again something to build on and in the season 05/06. The 06/07 season saw Dawlish Town consolidate in the Premier League of the Toolstation Western League with a 10th-place finish, Season 07/08 was a season to remember for Dawlish Town and their supporters. A runners-up spot behind League Winners Truro City and two cup wins in the Les Phillips Cup and the Devon St Lukes Cup finished off a great season for the club. On June 8, manager Chris Myers resigned to move to the North west of England, Dawlish Town Association Football Club was formed in 1889. The original name was Dawlish Argyle but the Argyle was dropped many years ago, the name ‘Town’ was added in recent years in order to distinguish the club from other local teams. In the early years the club played at two different locations before moving to its site, now known as Sandy Lane, midway through the 20th century. Originally, there was one team, but the club added another side around the same time as they moved to Sandy Lane. By 1950, Dawlish introduced a team into Junior Football. The success of the side was not far away, with the team winning their Junior 3B League in season 1953–54 with a 100% record. One of the earliest recorded honours occurred in season 1931–32 when the lifted the East Devon Senior Cup. In 1960, Dawlish played a Torquay based side for what transpired to be for the title of East Devon Champions, Dawlish won the game 3 –0 and were duly recognised as East Devon Champions. Dawlish Town’s best ever season was in 1972–73, there were only two sides at this time but both sides won every competition they entered – a total of 7 trophies in all. The 1st team won the following, Exeter & District Premier League, Devon Premier Cup, East Devon Senior Cup, Sellick Memorial Cup, the 2nd team won the following, Exeter & District Senior League, Geary Cup. After such success, the club decided that the 1st team should join the Western League in season 1973–74 with the 2nd team moving up to the Devon & Exeter Premier Division. At this time, the town of Dawlish had two other senior Saturday sides playing under the banner of AL Dawlish. An agreement was made that AL Dawlish would join Dawlish Town, in the 1970s Dawlish ran a Youth team with their first honours being the Bevin Trophy at Under 15 level in season 1973–74 and the Devon Youth Cup at Under 18 level in season 1975–76
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
Bitton A. F. C. is a football club based in the South Gloucestershire suburb of Bitton, in England. Western League Premier Division they play at the Recreation Ground in Bath Road, the club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA. They also have a team, Bitton Ladies, who play in the South West Womens League after completing the league. Although founded in 1892, little is known of the history before the Second World War. From 1945 until the late 1980s, the Bitton played in the Bristol, however, the club were promoted to the Bristol Premier Combination in 1990 and quickly moved to that leagues top division with 4 European campagins along the way. Western League Premier Division, Winners, 2008–09 Runners Up, 2010–11, 2011–12 Official site