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
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies making it the worlds most popular sport, the game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, the team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, the Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, the first written reference to the inflated ball used in the game was in the mid-14th century, Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe. The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word soccer was split off in 1863, according to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford -er abbreviation of the word association. Within the English-speaking world, association football is now usually called football in the United Kingdom and mainly soccer in Canada and the United States. People in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand use either or both terms, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now primarily use football for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is scientific evidence, cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net. It was remarkably similar to football, though similarities to rugby occurred. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established, phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup, athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda, episkyros and harpastum were played involving hands and violence and they all appear to have resembled rugby football, wrestling and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified mob football, the antecedent of all football codes. Non-competitive games included kemari in Japan, chuk-guk in Korea and woggabaliri in Australia, Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other games played around the world FIFA have recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe. The modern rules of football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played in the public schools of England
Melksham Town F.C.
Melksham Town Football Club are a football club based in Melksham, Wiltshire, England. They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at the The Oakfield Stadium, the club is affiliated to the Wiltshire Football Association The club was formed as Melksham F. C. in 1876 and in 1894 became founding members of the Wilts League. They entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1946, in 1951 the club changed their name to their current one. They joined the Western Football League in 1974, Melksham won Division One in 1979–80, gaining promotion to the Premier Division. They stayed in the division until they were relegated in 1988, the club left the Western League in 1993, when they were relegated to the Wiltshire County League after finishing in bottom position. However they returned to the Western league in just one season when under manager Mel Gingell, the club three seasons later in the 1996–97 campaign under manager Darren Perrin, were promoted to the Premier Division One, as champions. The club then spent the next thirteen seasons in the top division of the Western league before being relegated to Division One again at the end of the 2009–10 campaign. At the end of the 2011–12 season the club gained prmotion back to the Premier Division when they finished as runners-up in Division one. In the 2014–15 season Melksham won the Western Football League Premier Division, until 2017, Melksham Town played their games at The Conigre, Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES. The club had played at the Conigre ground since 1926. C. in the FA Vase, andy Sandell Murray Fishlock David Seal club website
Slimbridge Association Football Club are an English football club representing the village of Slimbridge, near Dursley, Gloucestershire, currently playing in the Southern League. The club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA, in 1951 the club moved to their current ground at Wisloe Road after Evi Thornhill, a former player bequeathed the land to the club in his will. From then until the 1990s the club competed in the Stroud and District League. They won the league at the first attempt, and were promoted to the Gloucestershire County League where the club maintained back to back promotions by winning back to the Hellenic League. In 2013 they transferred to the Western League Premier Division, after securing a 3rd-place finish in the Western League Premier Division at the end of the 2014-15 season, it was confirmed that the club had earned promotion to the Southern League. The record attendance at Wisloe Road is 525 for a game against Shortwood United in 2003, slimbridges second highest ever attendance was in a pre season friendly with Forest Green Rovers in August 2011. It is situated not in Slimbridge but just over the A38 in nearby Cambridge, the ground also plays host to the home games of the ladies team at Forest Green Rovers. On 26 July 2016 the grounds name was changed to Thornhill Park, the change in name was to honour former chairman Evi Thornhill who gave the land to the club in 1960
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
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
Larkhall Athletic F.C.
Larkhall Athletic Football Club are a football club based in Larkhall, in Bath, Somerset, England. From 2014–15 they have playing in the Southern Football League Division One South & West. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA, the club was founded in 1914, and played local football until joining the Western League when it expanded to two divisions in 1976. They won promotion to the Western Football League Premier Division from the First Division for the first time in 2008–09 as champions and they had previously won the Division One title in the 1988–89 season but remained in Division One. In 2010–11, in only their second season at Premier level. They remained in the Premier Division for the 2011–12 season however, in 2014 they won the Western League double and progressed to the Southern League for the first time in club history. The Larks best FA Vase runs before the 2008–09 saw them reach the Second Round on three occasions, in the 2011–12 season, the surpassed their 2008–09 season by reaching the Fifth Round, but lost to Herne Bay. They equalled this feat in 2012–13, losing in the round to the eventual finalists Tunbridge Wells, and in 2013–14. Larkhall Athletic play their games at Plain Ham, Charlcombe Lane, Larkhall, Bath. The Larks also run a side, who play in the Somerset County League
Hengrove Athletic F.C.
Hengrove Athletic Football Club are a football club which is based in the Bristol suburb of Hengrove. They are currently members of the Western League Division One and play at Norton Lane, the club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA. The club was founded in 1948 by ex-members of Christchurch Hengrove Boys Club playing at school pitches until moving to their current base at Norton Lane in 1964, the club played in the Bristol & Suburban League before the first team progressed to the Somerset County League in 1974. Their reserves play in the Somerset County League and their team plays in the Bristol & Suburban League. During the 1980s, the played in the FA Vase for seven seasons. The 2012–13 season saw the club promotion to the Premier division of the Western league when they finished as runners up behind Sherborne Town in Division One. They were relegated back to Division One at the end of the 2013-14 season, Hengrove Athletic play their home games at Norton Lane, Whitchurch, Bristol, BS14 0BT
Radstock Town F.C.
Radstock Town Football Club is a football club based in Radstock, Somerset, England. They are currently members of the Western League Division One and play at the Southfields Recreation Ground, the club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA. They again rejoined the League after the First World War and the 1920s were to see a number of top six finishes, indeed, 1923–24 was the clubs most successful season, finishing as runners up to Lovells Athletic by six points. The original move to Southfield took place in 1927, when as a First World War memorial the miners purchased the field through an issue of £5 shares. Radstock- along with Frome Town and Clandown – chose to compete in the Wiltshire League, in the 1970s Radstock switched to the Somerset County League, which they won in 1976–77 and again in 1978–79. Radstock rejoined the Western League for the 1979–80 season and they spent the next few years either in Division One or at the foot of the Premier Division. At the end of the 1993–94 season Radstock were relegated to the Somerset County League, the following season, third place in Division One was sufficient to ensure another promotion and the club is now established back in the Premier Division of the Western League. With thirteen victories to its name the club has won the Somerset Senior Cup on more occasions than any other side in the county, the first time was in the competitions inaugural year of 1895–96 when they defeated Wells City 4–0 in a replayed final at Midsomer Norton. Other victories came in 1905–06, 1927–28, 1929–30, 1931–32, 1936–37, 1938–39, 1959–60, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1973–74, 1982–83, Radstock Town play their home games at Southfields Recreation Ground, Southfields, Radstock, BA3 3NZ
Ilfracombe Town F.C.
Ilfracombe Town Football Club is a football club based in Ilfracombe, Devon, England. They are currently members of the North Devon League Premier Division and play at Marlborough Park, the club was founded in 1902 as Ilfracombe F. C. and became a founder member of the North Devon League in 1904. In 1920, the Town suffix was added to the clubs title, in 1922, the club switched to the East Devon League. The club in 1923 then acquired its present ground of Marlborough Park, the 1949–50 season also saw the club make its debut in the FA Cup. After only two seasons, they were relegated and after four seasons in Division Two, left the Western League in 1959. With relegation the club stopped playing in the FA Cup having to wait until 1989 before entering it again. After a quarter of a back in local football in the North Devon League, they re-joined the Western League in 1984 as members of Division One. The club gained promotion in 2007 to the Western Football League Premier Division, in 2014 the club withdrew from the Western League and returned to the more local North Devon League. In 2016 the clubs record goal scorer Toby Reed transferred to local rivals Combe Martin FC, Ilfracombe Town play their games at Marlborough Park, Ilfracombe EX34 8PD. The ground has 1500 seats in two covered stands, the clubhouse has a fully licensed bar with catering and function rooms, available to hire. The ground has six pylons to enable evening games to be played
Bradford Town F.C.
Bradford Town Football Club are a football club based in Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire, England. They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at the Bradford on Avon Sports, Bradford Town FC was formed by Les Stevens and his wife Pat in 1992. In the 1993-94 season they gained promotion to the Wilts County Premier League and they then started to ground share with Trowbridge Town at the old Frome Road ground in Trowbridge until moving to their present ground in Bradford on Avon in 1996. In their first season they finished 10th but slipped to 17th & 13th in the two years. 2008-09 also saw the installation of the Clubs floodlights officially switched on by Steve Phillips of Bristol Rovers and we then had our best season to date finishing 3rd in the league after challenging for promotion. Season 2009-10 saw the installation of another stand complete with seating for 100, the team reached the second round proper of the FA Vase losing out to Wellington in a very close game. After a blip in mid season following the result of losing prolific goal scorer Matt Minis to Frome Town, 2010-11 Season saw the team finish 6th and 2011-12 Season finishing 5th in the league. Season 2012-13 saw Paul Shanley added Ali Belcher to his management team and this season saw the management team guide the team to 3rd, where with fewer injuries and silly loses may have seen us in with a shout of promotion, which just eluded us. Early exits from both the FA Cup and the FA Vase were a disappointment and Paul hoped that we could improve on this for the season 2013-2014, the 2013-2014 Season saw the club focus on the first team, following the disbandment of the Reserve Team. Manager Paul Shanley also picked up the Div.1 Manager of the Year award, the team were runners up in the Wilts Senior Cup losing out to Melksham Town on penalties after an exciting final at Chippenham Towns ground in front of a 500+ crowd. The FA Cup was disappointing as we went out in the first game, 2014-2015, our first season in the Premiership was a very good one for the most part. We progressed to the 3rd round of the stages of the FA Cup. We were even more successful in the FA Vase where we got through 6 rounds before missing out on the finals having been beaten by Highworth Town 2-1. We made it to the finals of the Les Phillips Cup. Most of the season saw us in contention with the top three but we fell away badly at the end of the season, injuries, suspensions and poor play saw us finish the season in 8th place. 2015-2016 saw us finish in 8th place once again in the league. We progressed to the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup getting knocked out by Chippenham Town in front of a crowd of nearly 400 & reaching the 4th round of the FA Vase losing out to Hartley Wintney. After 8 years at the helm Paul Shanley decided to step down as manager, 2016-2017 starts with a new management team of Danny Greaves former assistant manager of Bristol Manor Farm, assisted by former fans favourite Aaron Wilson
Shepton Mallet F.C.
Shepton Mallet Football Club are a football club based in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England. They are currently members of Western League Premier Division and play at the Playing Fields and they were established in 1986 after the liquidation of Shepton Mallet Town. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA, the old Shepton Mallet Town had spent 10 years in the Western League, six of which in the Premier Division. When that club went bust, the new Shepton Mallet F. C. took the place of the old clubs reserves in the Somerset Senior League Division Two, playing at the old clubs West Shepton ground. They currently enter both the FA Cup and FA Vase, but do not have a good record in either competition — only winning one tie in seven FA Cup seasons. Peter The Shepton Showman Applegate, who captained the side on several occasions, Shepton Mallet play their home games at Playing Fields, Old Wells Road, West Shepton, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5XN. Somerset Senior League Premier Division, Winners,2001 Somerset Senior CupWinners, 1997-98 Official website Shepton Mallet at the Football Club History Database
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
Buckland Athletic F.C.
Buckland Athletic Football Club is a football club based in Newton Abbot, Devon, England. Buckland Athletic is a FA chartered Standard Club, the club are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at Homers Heath. Established in 1977, and started playing in the Torbay Pioneer League at Sandringham Park, the club then moved to Senior Division Three of the Devon and Exeter Football League for the 1987-88 season, and moved to Coach Road. The club immediately gained promotion as champions of Division Three, the club then moved grounds again to Decoy Park for the 1990-91 season, but two seasons later moved to Homers Lane in Kingsteignton, which later was renamed Homers Heath. The move to the new ground proved successful as the club gained promotion to the division of the Devon. The club under the management of Nigel Holmes and Roger Madge, the club then went on to win the title again under manager Shaun Bartlett in the 1990-2000 season, which allowed the club to gain promotion to the Devon County League. They maintained membership of the Devon County League, with a best position of second in their debut season, the club after finishing third in the 2008-09 season, and went on to win the title twice in a row in the following two seasons. During their first championship winning season the club made their debut in the FA Cup. After finishing as Runners-up the club managed to gain promotion to the Western Football League for the 2012–13 season. Buckland Athletic play at Homers Heath, Kingskerswell Road, Newton Abbot, the ground has won twice the South West Peninsula football League award for best Premier Division ground in 2008 and 2009. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level. Shaun Hadley Ellis Laight Alex Jeanin Official club website
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
Odd Down A.F.C.
Odd Down Football Club are a football club based in Bath, England. They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at the Lew Hill Memorial Ground, the club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA. As far as can be traced the club was founded in 1901 by Fred Weaver and brothers Walt, Odd Down, then a self-contained village on the outskirts of Bath in Somerset, played in the Bath and District Football League. In 1920 Odd Down won the Bath City Knockout Cup, Odd Down FC spent their formative years on pitches at Stirtingale Farm and at the Quarr Ground, before moving to Combe Hay Lane in the 1930s. Re-grouping after the war, Odd Down started off again in the Somerset Senior League and they also won the Mid-Somerset Football League that season, a league formed to make up for the shortage of Somerset Senior League fixtures at that time. Following a bad report into the facilities at Odd Down the club were expelled from the Somerset Senior League, a few years later the Wiltshire League voiced disapproval of Somerset-based teams competing in their league and Odd Down found themselves re-admitted to the Somerset Senior League. From 1967 to 1972 the club formed a committee which worked hard to provide a social club. The hard work paid off as Odd Down gained admittance to the Western Football League for the start of the 1977–78 season. In their centenary year of 2001 Odd Down reached the final of the Somerset Premier Cup for the first time, the feat was repeated in 2004, this time going down 5–0 to Yeovil Town at the club’s Huish Park home. They remained in the Premier Division until relegation to Division One in 2008, but were promoted back to the Premier Division in 2010, where they remain to this day. Odd Down play their games at Lew Hill Memorial Ground, Combe Hay Lane, Odd Down, Bath, Somerset
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
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
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
Sherborne Town F.C.
Sherborne Town Football Club are a football club based in the town of Sherborne, Dorset, England. They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at Raleigh Grove, the club is affiliated to the Dorset County Football Association and is a FA chartered Standard club. The club was founded in 1894 and played their matches at Marston Road, just before the Second World War the club moved to the Terrace playing fields. The club then moved again in 1985 to their present home of Raleigh Grove. In 1962, they joined the Dorset Combination, in the season 2003-4 the club had improved its facilities off the pitch, with floodlights and a 150-seater stand being installed. They also finished fourth in the league season and won the Dorset Senior County Cup. An application was made to join the Western League but the Dorset Premier League refused to grant consent, the 2005–06 campaign saw the club able to re-enter the FA Vase again. At the end of the season finished second in the Dorset Premier Football League. After finishing 4th in 2006–07, they finished runners-up in 2007–08 – gaining promotion to the Western League Premier Division. That season also saw the club make its debut in the FA Cup, the club remained in the Premier Division until the end of the 2011–12 season, when they finished second from bottom, forcing them to be relegated back to Division one. The club bounced back up to the Premier Division at the first attempt when they finished as Champions of Division one, Sherborne Town play their home games at Raleigh Grove, Terrace Playing Fields, Sherborne, DT9 5NS. The Raleigh Grove site was built on a field with a pond in the far right corner of the ground. The pitch also had four drains laid to aid the playing surface, the record attendance at the ground is 1,000 versus Eastliegh, in the Andy Shephard Memorial match on 27 July 2003. Four Football League clubs have played at Raleigh Grove, Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United, Swindon Town, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level. Chris Giles Official Website Sherborne Town at the Football Club History Database
Cadbury Heath F.C.
Cadbury Heath Football Club are a football club based in Cadbury Heath, South Gloucestershire, England. They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at Springfield and they were among the founding members of the Gloucestershire County League in 1968 and have won the title seven times and runners-up on four occasions. The club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA, Cadbury Heath Football Club was formed in 1894. The club joined the Gloucestershire County League in 1968 as founder members, between 1970 and 1974 the club won the league on four successive occasions. After finishing runners-up in 1974–75, the joined the Midland Combination Division One, reached the Quarter Finals of the FA Vase. During the same season the club entered the FA Cup for the first time and reached the Second Qualifying Round
Street Football Club are a football club based in Street, near Glastonbury, in Somerset, England. They are currently members Western League Premier Division and play at the Tannery, the club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA. Founded in 1880, the club won five titles in the Somerset Senior League before joining the Western Football League in 1911, Street left the Western League in 1922, but rejoined in 1930. The 1930s marked a period in the clubs history, with the club twice finishing runners up in the Western League Second Division. Upon the resumption of football following World War II, Street achieved a second-placed finish in the Western League First Division in 1952–53. This marked their highest ever position in the English football league system, however, two relegations in six seasons resulted in Street rejoining the Somerset League in 1960. Winning the title in 1996 enabled the team to return to the Western League, Street play their home games at The Tannery Ground, Middlebrooks, Street, Somerset, BA16 0TA
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
Gillingham Town F.C.
Gillingham Town Football Club is a football club based in Gillingham, Dorset, England. The club is affiliated to the Dorset County Football Association and is a FA chartered Standard club and they are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at Hardings Lane. Founded on 14 November 1879, the club is the oldest in Dorset, the league was later renamed the Dorset Premier, and Gillingham finished runners-up in 2002–03. They repeated this in 2007–08 and gained promotion to the Western Football League Division One and they won the Dorset Senior Cup in 2009–10, beating Wimborne Town 2–1 after extra time in the final, on 13 April 2010. The club was promoted to the Premier Division in 2011–12 after finishing third
Hallen Athletic Football Club is a non league football club based in Hallen, near Bristol, England. They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at the Hallen Centre, the club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA. The club was established in 1949 as Lawrence Weston Athletic, playing their early years in the Bristol and District League, in 1979, they moved to Hallen, changing their name to Lawrence Weston Hallen. The facilities available at their new base enabled them to move up to the Gloucestershire County League in 1987, three years later, they changed their name again, to simply Hallen. After three seasons in the Hellenic League Premier, they were granted permission to switch to the Western League and they were champions of that division in 2003–04, meaning they took their place in the Western League Premier Division, where they remain to this day. They have been entering the FA Vase since 1983 – their best run coming in 2000–01 when they reached the Fifth Round. Their FA Cup history only dates back to 2002–03, but in 2004–05 they came close to making the competition proper, season 2009–10 they were winners of the Western League Les Phillips League Cup defeating Bishop Sutton 1–0 in the final. In 2014 they won the Gloucestershire Challenge Trophy for the third time, in the summer of 2015 the club fought a well publicised battle with the Parish Council who own the land on which the ground sits and who wanted the club to leave. 2015-2016 has seen Steve Winter in charge of the 1st team, Hellenic League Division One, Winners 1996–97 Western League Division One, Winners 2003–04 Western League Cup, Winners 2009–2010 Gloucestershire County League, Winners 1988–89, 1992–93. Runners-up 1987–88 Gloucestershire Challenge Trophy, Winners 1989–90, 1992–93, 2013-2014 Runners-up 2004–05 Gloucestershire Junior Cup, Winners 1968–69 Club website
Winterbourne United F.C.
Winterbourne United Football Club are a football club based in Winterbourne, near Bristol, England. They were established in 1911 and joined the Gloucestershire County League in 1992, the club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA. Winterbourne United Football Club, formerly known as Winterbourne Wasps until the outbreak of the First World War, was formed in 1911, the Club entered the Bristol and Suburban League and enjoyed one of the most successful periods in their history. In the home final against Dockland Settlement over 2000 paid to watch the game. During the Second World War, the local Home Guard kept football going in the village until peacetime, in 1950–51, the Club joined the Bristol & District League and were relegated in their first season. This success brought promotion to the Bristol Premier Combination and three years later, 1970–71, the Club won the Second Division Championship and the Cossham Hospital Premier Cup, as a result the Club gained promotion to the Gloucestershire County League for the first time. A poor season in 1995–96 saw the Club relegated from the Gloucestershire County League back to the Bristol Premier Combination despite reaching the G. F. A, challenge Trophy semi-finals for the first time. The slump did not last long as just one year later the Club marched back into the County League by winning the double, after beating Highridge United 2–1 in the final to win the G. F. A. Senior Amateur Cup, they clinched promotion by winning the Premier Combination championship by 7 clear points from their nearest rivals Hambrook. In season 2005–06 saw the clubs most successful season when they won the Hellenic League Div1 West losing just 5 out of their 34 games and scoring 98 goals. Winterbourne also has a successful A team in Division 3 of the Bristol, in more recent years the club has benefited from its successful youth policy. In November 2009, Nick Tanner was appointed manager, eventually Grobbelaar did not play the game although he attended at the clubs Parkside Avenue ground. Grobbelaar took part in a penalty shootout competition. Winterbourne lost the game to Patchway 1–0, in August 2011, Tanner resigned from his position as manager of the club. For the 2012–13 season the club was transferred to the Western Football League Premier Division, Hellenic Football League Division One WestChampions 2005–06, 2007–08 Gloucestershire County League Champions 2000–01 FA VaseSecond Round 2011–12 Official website
Bishop Sutton A.F.C.
Bishop Sutton Association Football Club are a football club based in Bishop Sutton, Somerset, near Bristol, England. They are currently members of the Western League Division One and play at Lakeview and they were officially established in 1977, although it is actually a reformed version of a club that dated from the early 1900s. Bishop Sutton joined the Western Football League in 1991 after playing in the Somerset County League and prior to that the Bristol, a title in the 1997–98 season in Division One earned the club a promotion to the Premier Division, where they have played ever since. They reached the 3rd round of the FA Vase in the 1995–96 season, the club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA. The club became champions of the Western League Premier Division for the first time in its winning the league by a six-point margin. The 2012–13 season saw the club become champions of the Western Football League, however, they were not promoted to the Southern Football League, as they never applied to be promoted. Bishop Sutton play their games at Lakeview, Wick Road, Bishop Sutton