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
Romsey Town F.C.
Romsey Town Football Club is a football club based in Romsey, Hampshire, England. The club competes in the Wessex League Division One which is the tier of English football. They were among the members of the Wessex League in 1986. The club plays at the Bypass Ground which they moved to in 1956, the club was formed in 1886 when a meeting took place at the Town Hall to consider the desirability of forming a football club in the town. In 1930, Romsey moved to Priestlands, which is now Romsey School, here the club were better prepared as they went on to produce some of their best attacking sides, featuring well in both league and cup competitions. In 1956, they were relegated and moved to their current home, Romsey continued in Division 3 but the early 1960s saw a further decline in fortune, eventually resulting in relegation from the league in 1964. By the 1970s, the club started to re-surface out of the doldrums of lower league football, Romsey regained their Hampshire League status in 1975 where they promptly won the Division 4 title at the first attempt. The 1980s saw Romsey consolidate in Division 1 before becoming members of the Wessex League in 1986. A change of personnel saw Romsey fall into decline, and after a season in 1993 they were relegated back to Division 1 of the Hampshire League. Despite these setbacks, Romsey bounced back and within two years they had won the Southampton Senior Cup and promotion back to the Wessex League, however, they struggled in what had become a much harder competition. In 1998, Romsey were again relegated back to the Hampshire League, in 2003, the club hit an all-time low when they bottom but the club were re-elected, and since then they have enjoyed a remarkable upturn in fortunes. In the 2007–08 season with manager Glenn Burnett at the helm Romseys team spirit was at an all-time high, the team were performing well on the pitch as well with two consecutive mid-table finishes really consolidating Romseys position in the Wessex Premier League. At the end of the 2009–10 season, Glenn Burnett decided to step down blaming his decision to leave on how much he had to do at the club. Assistant manager Lee Harrison soon followed suit, as well as a percentage of the squad that Glenn had been crafting over the last few seasons. In the 2010–11 season, backed by the new management duo of Wayne Mew and Stuart Long, in the end Romsey finished in 16th position in the league despite a lack of players. Wayne Mew continued at the helm for the 2011–12 and managed to hold of striker Simon Death despite interest from numerous other clubs. Francis Benali also resigned from the post as team boss. On Thursday 31 May, Romsey appointed Danny Barker as manager taking over from former boss Wayne Mew
Newport (IOW) F.C.
Newport Football Club are a football club based in Newport on the Isle of Wight, England. The club competes in the Wessex League Premier Division and is affiliated to the Isle of Wight Football Association, the club was formed in 1888, and in 1898 became founder members of the Isle of Wight League. The club went on to win the championship four times before joining the Hampshire League in 1927. The club remained in the Hampshire league until 1986 when they joined the Wessex League on its formation, a second-place finish in 1990 saw them promoted to the Southern League, initially in the Southern Division. In 2001 they were promoted to the Premier Division after winning the Southern League east division but were relegated back again. The club started to struggle financially and in December of the 2003–04 season the club was placed in administration, for the 2004–05 season the club was moved into the Isthmian League Division One. The following season finished in a relegation position but were spared the drop due to Banstead Athletics resignation from the league. Due to another reorganisation of the National League System, they were moved back to the Southern League, playing in Division One South, in 2008 ownership of the club was fully transferred to the supporters trust. The club was relegated back to the Wessex league at the end of the 2007–08 season after finishing bottom of Division One South, the club has since remained in the Wessex League Premier Division. Newport play their games at St Georges Park, St Georges Way. The ground has one seated stand and shelters at each end, capacity for the ground is 3,200. The record attendance for a game involving Newport F. C. is 3,112. Richie Reynolds Roy Shiner Guy Whittingham List of Fan Owned Teams Official website Up the Port – Newport FC Fans Forum
New Milton Town F.C.
New Milton Town Football Club is a football club based in New Milton, Hampshire, England. They were formed in 1998 by a merger between AFC Lymington and New Milton Town and they were champions of the Wessex League in 1998–99 and 2004–05. They resigned from the Southern Football League in 2007 and played in the Wessex League Premier Division from the 2007–08 season until the end of the 2012-13 season, the team now plays in the Wessex League Division One. At the beginning of the 2013-14 season, Callum Brooks was appointed to manage the club with the aim of returning to the Premier Division, after a difficult first season in charge, fraught with injuries and budget concerns, Brooks guided the club to 11th place. Jordan Hiscocks took over halfway through the 2015-16 season saving the club from relegagation, the club is known as The Linnets by local supporters. Specifically it would have been impossible to have enclosed the football pitch and installed the turnstiling. No New Milton Town players were included in the first team, Lymington & New Milton FC won the Wessex League at the first attempt, and also had an excellent run in the FA Vase, reaching the last eight before losing at Taunton Town. The following season the club gained a higher points total and lost fewer games than in their inaugural season. The club also did well in the FA Cup, reaching the Fourth Qualifying Round before losing to Aldershot Town, in 2004–05 the Wessex League title returned to Fawcetts Field with a final day victory over Gosport Borough clinching matters. Another good run in the FA Cup saw another 4th Qualifying Round exit, in the summer of 2006 they were switched into the Southern League as part of a larger reorganisation of the National League System. In 2007 the club changed its name back to New Milton Town in preparation for the 2007–08 season in the Southern League, then in early June 2007 a walkout of the chairman, manager and assistant manager had the new committee reviewing the clubs finances and future. The club tendered their resignation from the Southern League on 8 June 2007, at the beginning of the 2013-14 season, Callum Brooks was appointed to manage the club with the aim of returning to the Premier Division. After a difficult first season in charge, fraught with injuries and budget concerns, with Brooks leaving for Poole Town early in the 2015-16 season the job was given to Connor Natella but the club was hovering above the relegation zone with a huge threat of going down. The club is now being redeveloped in the 2016-17 season with 5 new teams playing for the club including reserves, thirds, ladies, veterans, New Milton Town FC play their home games at Fawcetts Fields, Christchurch Road, New Milton BH25 6QB. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Cowes Sports F.C.
Cowes Sports Football Club is a football club based in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England. They play in the Wessex League Premier Division, in 1896 they became founder members of the Hampshire League becoming its first ever champions and completing the double by winning the Hampshire Senior Cup. The club joined the Southern Football League Division Two in 1898, however, they finished as runners-up in the overall Division two play-off to Thames Ironworks. However, they were promoted to Division One after a test match against Royal Artillery Portsmouth F. C. the club was reformed in 1903, and joined the Hampshire League Division One. The club entered the FA Cup many times during its time in the Hampshire League, reaching the Fourth Qualifying Round in 1957–58, Cowes were relegated to Division Two in 1967, and won the league in 1975. The club was still a Division Two side by the 1980s when the merged with Whites Sports to form Cowes Sports. The club was promoted to Division One in 1988–89 after finishing third, the club reached the Fifth Round of the FA Vase in 1999–2000. They were placed in the Wessex League Division One upon reorganisation in 2005, Cowes Sports were relegated to Division One in 2010. In the 2014–15 season Cowes Sports gained promotion back to the Premier Division by finishing in place behind winners Team Solent. Cowes Sports play their games at Westwood Park, Reynolds Close, Cowes, the club moved to the ground in September 1912 after their old ground Brooklyn was sold for housing. The club purchased the ground in 1945 for a amount of £665.5 seconds, beating the previous record set by Ricardo Oliveira. A list of other former Players who meet the following criteria Players that have played/managed in the league or any foreign equivalent to this level. Managers/Coaches that have played/managed in the league or any foreign equivalent to this level. Jack Gregory Albie Roles Cowes Sports FC official website
Ringwood Town F.C.
Ringwood Town F. C. is a football club based in Ringwood, Hampshire, England. The club is affiliated to the Hampshire Football Association, and is a FA Charter Standard Community Club They are members of the Wessex League Division One, the Ringwood Almanac says that the Ringwood Town Football Club was formed in 1879. The club is first mentioned in county records in 1886 when it used the title of Ringwood Hornets, the team was disbanded during the 1914–1918 war and was re-established in 1918 as Ringwood Comrades, consisting mainly of servicemen returning from the battlefields. In 1936 the club reverted to the name of Ringwood Town Football Club but was disbanded again during the Second World War. In 1946 the club was listed as Ringwood & Welworthy Football Club, successive committees have continued to improve the facilities at the ground such that the club was able to join the Wessex League in 2004. Ringwood Town have won the Bournemouth Senior Cup on four occasions, in 1980 the club recorded its most memorable achievement when Southern League opponents were defeated to win the Russell Cotes Cup. Since then the club was promoted to Hampshire League Division One only to be relegated the following season, the club has had success in the Bournemouth Leagues and in the Bournemouth F. A. During 2003–04 season the 1st team reached the final of the Hampshire League Floodlit Cup whilst the team won the Hampshire League Combination 2 Division. The following season saw them make their debut in national competition, the reserves later folded before the 2015-2016 season. At the end of the 2015-2016 season, the Wyvern winning side got together to take part to the St Marys Stadium football tournament. Ringwood Town play their games at the Canotec Stadium, Long Lane, Ringwood, Hampshire
Pewsey Vale F.C.
Pewsey Vale F. C. are a football club based in the village of Pewsey, Wiltshire, England. They play in the Wessex League Division One, the club was formed in 1945 as Pewsey Y M but changed its name to Pewsey Vale FC in 1948. There is also evidence that there was a six a side group that played under the name of Pewsey Boys as early as 1921, the Club immediately won promotion to the Premier League after finishing runners up to Hook Norton, before being relegated back to Division One West. The 2009/10 season resulted in the winning of the Wiltshire Premier League Cup, the next season Pewsey Vale successfully applied to join the Wessex League structure and in the 2010-11 season started playing in the Wessex League Division One. As Pewsey Y M, the club were able to enter the FA Cup for a few seasons just after World War II, but never progressed past the First Qualifying Round. In recent years, the team has been eligible for the FA Vase, the Club play their home games at the Recreation Ground, Kings Corner, Ball Road, Pewsey, SN9 5BS. The ground was improved with the help of FA grants in the close season of 2002 to meet Hellenic Premier League standards. This included floodlighting, undercover seating for 50 people and hardstanding all round the perimeter of the playing area
Petersfield Town F.C.
Petersfield Town Football Club are an English football club based in Petersfield, Hampshire, England. The club is affiliated to the Hampshire Football Association, and is a FA Charter Standard Community Club and they are currently members of the Southern League Division One Central. They play at the Love Lane Stadium, the club was founded BY Peter De-Sisto in 1993 after the demise of Petersfield United. The previous club folded after being denied permission to switch from the Isthmian League to the Wessex League, the newly formed club took their place in the first Division of the Wessex League, under the management of former England player Gary Stevens. For the first four seasons the club the club stayed in the Wessex league before being relegated to one of the Hampshire League. The club stayed in the division of the Hampshire league until the start of the 2004–05 season, when the Wessex league expanded. The club remained in division, which was now called Division one. There are two teams that represent Petersfield Town, these being the first team and the reserves, the club have play their home games at Love Lane Stadium, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4BP. Love lane has hosted Petersfield Town and previously Petersfield United since 1948, the stadium has a capacity of 3,000, of which 250 is seated, with one all-seating stand down one side of the field of play. The stadium is situated opposite Churchers College, in August 2007 the town council expressed concern at the dilapidated state of the ground, describing it as a magnet for teenage vandals. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Dorset Premier Football League
The Dorset Premier Football League is a football league based in Dorset, England, which sits at Step 7 of the National League System, or level 11 of the overall English football league system. The league was formed in 1957 under the name Dorset Football Combination League when a number of clubs within the county became disillusioned at being dictated to by junior and minor clubs. The objective of the league on its formation was to increase the standard of football and competition throughout Dorset and neighbouring counties, the inaugural season saw 12 clubs in membership with Swanage Town lifting the Championship and the 15th Training Battalion R. A. S. C. The following season the top two places were reversed, in the first 5 seasons, Swanage Town won the Championship four times and finished in runners up spot on one other occasion. On one occasion they won the Combination League 5 times in a row from 1962 to 1966, the league has now been placed at Step 7 of the National League System, standing parallel to the Hampshire Premier League. Clubs promoting from the DPL usually join the 2nd level of the Wessex League, however, the conclusion of the 2005–06 season saw Sherborne Town move to the Western League Division One. Bridport, who maintain a team in the DPL, also play in the Western League. The bottom club may be relegated to the Dorset Senior League, the 2002–03 season saw the League change its name to the Dorset Premier Football League. It was felt that more reflected the Leagues status. In 2010 the League was awarded the FA Charter Standard status, only the third league in the FA’s jurisdiction to be so awarded
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
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