Manchester Football League

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Manchester Football League
DivisionsPremier Division
Division One
Division Two
Division Three (for reserve teams)
Division Four (for reserve teams)
Number of teams38 (for the purposes of the league system)
Level on pyramidLevel 11 (Premier Division)
Feeder toNorth West Counties League
Promotion toNorth West Counties League
First Division
Domestic cup(s)Gilgryst Cup
Murray Trophy
Open Trophy
Manchester League Cup
Current championsHindsford (Premier Division)
Heywood St James (Division One)
Middleton Colts (Division Two)
WebsiteOfficial Website
Official Twitter Page
Official Facebook Page

The Manchester Football League is a football league in England, affiliated with Lancashire FA, covering a 30-mile radius from Manchester Town Hall. It was formed in 1893, although play ceased between 1912 and 1920. Currently it consists of five divisions, with the Premier division being at level 11 of the English football league system.


The League consists of five divisions, from Premier Division to Division Four; the Premier Division, Division One and Division Two can incorporate both first teams, and reserve teams of clubs who are playing at a higher level, while Divisions Three, Four and Five usually consist entirely of reserve or lower teams.

However, for the 2018–19 season only, the constitution was amended to allow a small number of reserve teams into the bottom division of the first teams (Division Two) to even up the numbers; this was put in place in the hope to keep all teams playing regularly as opposed to the old structure which meant teams could go without a fixture for a few weeks at a time.

The Premier Division has a promotion and relegation arrangement with the North West Counties Football League, placing it at level 11 of the English football league system. However, the NWCFL's ground requirements are considerably higher than those of the Manchester League, so meeting them usually requires expensive improvements, and consequently few teams take up the opportunity of promotion. Ashton Athletic took the step up in 2006, despite only finishing 4th in Division One. Teams such as Salford City, Maine Road and Northern Nomads have all played in the league at some point; the latest team to make the step up was Prestwich Heys after the 2015–16 season.

Teams from the Premier Division are relegated to Division One, making Division One the twelfth level of the English league system. However, first teams from Division One could be relegated to Division Two after the realignment of the league structure at the start of the 2017–18 season.

For the 2018–19 season there were 39 clubs competing at Level 11, 12 and 13 of the system.

Member clubs for 2018–19 season[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

  • Beechfield United
  • Bolton County
  • Chadderton Reserves
  • Dukinfield Town
  • East Manchester
  • Heyside
  • Hindsford
  • Manchester Central
  • Manchester Gregorians
  • Old Altrinchamians
  • Rochdale Sacred Heart
  • Royton Town
  • Springhead
  • Stockport Georgians
  • Walshaw Sports

Division One[edit]

Division Two[edit]

  • Astley & Tyldesley
  • Atherton Town Reserves
  • Avro Reserves
  • Breightmet United
  • Hindley Juniors
  • Hindsford Reserves
  • Hollinwood
  • Irlam Steel
  • Manchester Gregorians
  • Middleton Colts
  • Moorside Rangers
  • Rochdale Sacred Heart Reserves
  • Walshaw Sports Reserves
  • Wythenshawe Amateurs Reserves

Recent champions of Premier Division, Division One & Division Two (First Teams)[edit]

Season Premier Division Division One Division Two
1982–83 Maine Road Mount Pleasant
1983–84 Maine Road Shell (Carington)
1984–85 Maine Road Coldhurst United
1985–86 Maine Road Adswood Amateurs
1986–87 Adswood Amateurs Castleton Gabriels
1987–88 Stockport Georgians Prestwich Heys
1988–89 Abbey Hey Avro
1989–90 Wythenshawe Amateurs Greater Manchester Police
1990–91 Abbey Hey Ramsbottom United
1991–92 East Manchester Woodley Sports
1992–93 Wythenshawe Amateurs Atherton Town
1993–94 Abbey Hey Winton United
1994–95 Abbey Hey Highfield United
1995–96 Little Hulton United Stand Athletic
1996–97 Highfield United Prestwich Heys
1997–98 Springhead Urmston
1998–99 Stand Athletic Willows
1999–00 Stand Athletic Sacred Heart
2000–01 Stand Athletic Leigh Athletic
2001–02 Stockport Georgians Royton Town
2002–03 Wythenshawe Amateurs Breightmet United
2003–04 Royton Town Avro
2004–05 Prestwich Heys AFC Blackley
2005–06 Prestwich Heys Whitworth Valley
2006–07 Prestwich Heys Walshaw Sports
2007–08 Wigan Robin Park Chapel Town
2008–09 Gregorians Dukinfield Town
2009–10 Avro Bury Amateurs
2010–11 Manchester Gregorians Avro
2011–12 Hindsford Wythenshawe Town
2012–13 Hindsford Rochdale Sacred Heart
2013–14 Hindsford Chapel Town
2014–15 Stockport Georgians Old Altrinchamians
2015–16 Prestwich Heys East Manchester
2016–17 Rochdale Sacred Heart Prestwich Heys Reserves
2017–18 Avro Chadderton Reserves Altrincham Hale
2018-19 Hindsford Heywood St James Middleton Colts

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