English football league system
There are more than 140 individual leagues, containing more than 480 divisions. As there are no definitions of any level below 11, any references to the structure at level 12. The pyramid for womens football in England runs separately to nine tiers, the Football League was created in 1888 by Aston Villa director William McGregor. It was dominated by clubs who had supported professionalism. The twelve founding members consisted of six from Lancashire and six from the Midlands, no sides from the South including London initially participated. The system consists of a pyramid of leagues, bound together by the principle of promotion and relegation. A certain number of the most successful clubs in each league can rise to a higher league, in addition to sporting performance, promotion is usually contingent on meeting criteria set by the higher league, especially concerning appropriate facilities and finances. In theory it is possible for a local amateur club to rise to the pinnacle of the English game and become champions of the Premier League. While this may be unlikely in practice, there certainly is significant movement within the pyramid, the top five levels contain one division each and are nationwide in scope. Below this, the levels have progressively more leagues, with each covering progressively smaller geographic areas. Many leagues have more than one division, at the lower levels the existence of leagues becomes intermittent, although in some of the more densely populated areas there are leagues more than twenty layers below the Premier League. Clubs from these leagues may, if they feel they meet the standard of play and have suitable facilities. The seven levels immediately below the Premier League and English Football League are known as the National League System, in May 2014 The Football Association announced provisional plans for a new division between the English Football League and the National League which would include B teams of higher level clubs. The English football league system does not include the version of the game often called Sunday league football. These leagues are independent entities with no promotion or relegation involving the football pyramid, however, some Sunday League clubs have been known to join pyramid leagues if they desire to progress higher. There are also some Saturday leagues such as the Lincolnshire League which are not officially part of the pyramid, at the top is the single division of the Premier League, containing 20 clubs, all of which, up to the 2010–11 season, were based in England. Below the Premier League is the English Football League, which is divided into three divisions of 24 clubs each, The Championship, League One and League Two, the 92 clubs in the Premier League and English Football League are all full-time professional clubs. They are often referred to as League clubs because, before the establishment of the Premier League in 1992, clubs outside this group are referred to as non-League clubs, although they too play most of their football in league-type competitions
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
Promotion and relegation
In sports leagues, promotion and relegation is a process where teams are transferred between two divisions based on their performance for the completed season. In some leagues, playoffs or qualifying rounds are used to determine rankings. This process can continue through several levels of divisions, with teams being exchanged between levels 1 and 2, levels 2 and 3, levels 3 and 4, the number of teams exchanged between the divisions is almost always identical. Such variations will almost inevitably cause an effect through the lower divisions. Even in the absence of such circumstances, the pyramid-like nature of most European football league systems can still create knock-on effects at the regional level. The system is said to be the characteristic of the European form of professional sports league organization. Promotion and relegation have the effect of allowing the maintenance of a hierarchy of leagues and divisions and they also maintain the importance of games played by many low-ranked teams near the end of the season, which may be at risk of relegation. In contrast, a low-ranked US or Canadian teams final games serve little purpose, although not intrinsic to the system, problems can occur due to the differing monetary payouts and revenue-generating potential that different divisions provide to their clubs. For example, financial hardship has sometimes occurred in leagues where clubs do not reduce their wage bill once relegated, some leagues offer parachute payments to its relegated teams for the following year. The payouts are higher than the money received by some non-relegated teams and are designed to soften the financial hit that clubs take whilst dropping out of the Premier League. However, in many cases these parachute payments just serve to inflate the costs of competing for promotion among the lower division clubs as newly relegated teams retain a financial advantage. If these are not satisfied, a team may be promoted in their place. While the primary purpose of the system is to maintain competitive balance. On several occasions, the Italian Football Federation has relegated clubs found to have involved in match-fixing. This occurred most recently in 2006, when the initial champions Juventus were relegated to Serie B. An exception is the proposed UEFA Nations League, which will feature promotion and relegation across four levels, in tennis, the Davis Cup has promotion and relegation where each group uses a knockout tournament format in which first-round losers play off to avoid relegation. In the United States, Canada, and Australia, teams are not promoted or relegated. The USL set up two leagues, now known as the United Soccer League and the Premier Development League, although the system is now in place, it is not compulsory and is rarely used
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
Gloucestershire County Football League
The Gloucestershire County Football League is a football league in England, founded in 1968. The league is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA and it sits at step 7 of the National League System and is a feeder to the Hellenic League Division One West and Wessex League. Clubs to move from the GCL to the Hellenic League in recent seasons are Brimscombe & Thrupp, Longlevens, the league has always consisted of a single division of clubs. In the 2015–16 season,17 teams competed in the league, the Bristol & Suburban League, Bristol Premier Combination, and the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League feed the Gloucestershire County League. The League has a size of 20 member clubs, who have to be affiliated to the Gloucestershire Football Association. The clubs ground or headquarters have to be located within the County of Gloucestershire or in parts of the City of Bristol that were within the 1908 city boundaries. The league is part of the National League system and clubs may apply for promotion to or from the League, the Committee is drawn from the Western Football League, Gloucestershire County League, Somerset County League, South West Peninsula League and the Wiltshire League. The league was formed in 1968. Its first Chairman was F. Dowling, who was assisted by the Hon. Secretary. Les James has the Leagues Cup Competition named after him in recognition of his service to football, Chairman, Mr F. Dowling, presented the championship trophy to Stonehouse FC, who were the first winners of the County League. Stonehouse Town were original member of the County League and competed in the competition for 20 years until 1988, from 1947 until 1960 the club played in the Western Football League
Somerset County League
The Somerset County League is a football competition based in England. It sits at step 7 of the National League System, the league has a total of five divisions – a Premier Division, two regional Division Ones, and two regional Division Twos. It is affiliated to the Somerset County FA which was formed in 1885, the Somerset County League, also known as the Somerset Senior League, was founded in 1890. Westland-Yeovil eventually folded after leaving the County League for the Western League but they reformed as Westland Sports
Wiltshire Football League
The Wiltshire Football League is a football league based in England. It has one division and was set up to consist of no more than 56 clubs, all clubs are affiliated to an affiliated County Football Association. The area covered by the competition is within the County of Wiltshire or within 15 miles of the Wiltshire County boundary, the League extended its boundaries this season and changed its name to The Wiltshire Football League. This season saw the League enter into a Pyramid of Football Agreement with the Western, a new logo was introduced, changing the design for the first time since the League was formed. With the introduction of new Senior Status standards by the Wiltshire County Football Association, an Intermediate Status was introduced, Division 1 became the Premier Division, Division 2 the Intermediate Division, Division 3 became Junior Division 1 and Division 4 became Junior Division 2. The Intermediate Division was sponsored by Plaister Auto Services, there were an insufficient number of Clubs at Intermediate Status this season, so the League reverted to two Junior Divisions. The League had new sponsors this season in Plaister Auto Services, there were an insufficient number of Clubs at Intermediate Status this season, so the League closed the Junior Division
South West Peninsula League
The South West Peninsula League is a football competition in England, which was formed in 2007 from the merger of the Devon County League and the South Western League. The league is restricted to clubs based in Cornwall and Devon, the league consists of a Premier Division of up to 20 clubs, which is ranked at Step 6 in the National League System, and two divisions at Step 7 being Division One West and Division One East. One club from each of the Division One leagues can be promoted, One club from the Premier Division can be promoted to the Western League Premier Division each season, with Buckland Athletic promoted after applying and finishing runner-up in 2012. The bottom two clubs from each Division One division can be relegated each season to the nearest feeder league, the feeder leagues for Division One West are the Cornwall Combination, East Cornwall and Plymouth & West Devon Combination. Feeders for Division One East are the South Devon, the Devon & Exeter, the leagues principal sponsor is Carlsberg. The League Cup competition is sponsored by Walter C Parson Funeral Directors and is called The Walter C Parson Cup
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
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
South West England
South West England is one of nine official regions of England. It is the largest in area, covering 9,200 square miles, five million people live in South West England. The region includes the West Country and much of the ancient kingdom of Wessex, other major urban centres include Plymouth, Swindon, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Exeter, Bath, Torbay, and the South East Dorset conurbation. There are eight cities, Salisbury, Bath, Wells, Bristol, Gloucester, Exeter, Plymouth and it includes two entire national parks, Dartmoor and Exmoor, and four World Heritage Sites, including Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast. The northern part of Gloucestershire, near Chipping Campden, is as close to the Scottish border as it is to the tip of Cornwall, the region has by far the longest coastline in England and many seaside fishing towns. The region is at the first-level of NUTS for Eurostat purposes, key data and facts about the region are produced by the South West Observatory. Following the abolition of the South West Regional Assembly and Government Office, the region is known for its rich folklore, including the legend of King Arthur and Glastonbury Tor, as well as its traditions and customs. Cornwall has its own language, Cornish, and some regard it as a Celtic nation, the South West of England is known for Cheddar cheese, which originated in the Somerset village of Cheddar, Devon cream teas, crabs, Cornish pasties, and cider. It is also home to the Eden Project, Aardman Animations, the Glastonbury Festival, most of the region is located on the South West Peninsula, between the English Channel and Bristol Channel. It has the longest coastline of all the English regions, totalling over 700 miles, much of the coast is now protected from further substantial development because of its environmental importance, which contributes to the region’s attractiveness to tourists and residents. Geologically the region is divided into the largely igneous and metamorphic west and sedimentary east, Cornwall and West Devons landscape is of rocky coastline and high moorland, notably at Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor. These are due to the granite and slate that underlie the area, the highest point of the region is High Willhays, at 2,038 feet, on Dartmoor. In North Devon the slates of the west and limestones of the east meet at Exmoor National Park, the variety of rocks of similar ages seen here have led to the countys name being lent to that of the Devonian period. The east of the region is characterised by wide, flat clay vales and chalk, the vales, with good irrigation, are home to the regions dairy agriculture. The Blackmore Vale was Thomas Hardys Vale of the Little Dairies, another and these downs are the principal area of arable agriculture in the region. Limestone is also found in the region, at the Cotswolds, Quantock Hills and Mendip Hills, all of the principal rock types can be seen on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset and East Devon, where they document the entire Mesozoic era from west to east. The climate of South West England is classed as oceanic according to the Köppen climate classification, the oceanic climate typically experiences cool winters with warmer summers and precipitation all year round, with more experienced in winter. Annual rainfall is about 1,000 millimetres and up to 2,000 millimetres on higher ground, summer maxima averages range from 18 °C to 22 °C and winter minimum averages range from 1 °C to 4 °C across the south-west
Bristol is a city and county in South West England with a population of 449,300 in 2016. The district has the 10th largest population in England, while the Bristol metropolitan area is the 12th largest in the United Kingdom, the city borders North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with the cities of Bath and Gloucester to the south-east and north-east, respectively. Iron Age hill forts and Roman villas were built near the confluence of the rivers Frome and Avon, Bristol received a royal charter in 1155 and was historically divided between Gloucestershire and Somerset until 1373, when it became a county of itself. From the 13th to the 18th century, Bristol was among the top three English cities after London in tax receipts, Bristol was surpassed by the rapid rise of Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham in the Industrial Revolution. Bristol was a place for early voyages of exploration to the New World. On a ship out of Bristol in 1497 John Cabot, a Venetian, in 1499 William Weston, a Bristol merchant, was the first Englishman to lead an exploration to North America. At the height of the Bristol slave trade, from 1700 to 1807, the Port of Bristol has since moved from Bristol Harbour in the city centre to the Severn Estuary at Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Dock. Bristols modern economy is built on the media, electronics and aerospace industries. The city has the largest circulating community currency in the U. K. - the Bristol pound, which is pegged to the Pound sterling. It is connected to London and other major UK cities by road, rail, sea and air by the M5 and M4, Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway mainline rail stations, and Bristol Airport. The Sunday Times named it as the best city in Britain in which to live in 2014 and 2017, the most ancient recorded name for Bristol is the archaic Welsh Caer Odor, which is consistent with modern understanding that early Bristol developed between the River Frome and Avon Gorge. It is most commonly stated that the Saxon name Bricstow was a calque of the existing Celtic name, with Bric a literal translation of Odor. Alternative etymologies are supported with the numerous variations in Medieval documents with Samuel Seyer enumerating 47 alternative forms. The Old English form Brycgstow is commonly used to derive the meaning place at the bridge, utilizing another form, Brastuile, Rev. Dr. Shaw derived the name from the Celtic words bras, or braos and tuile. The poet Thomas Chatterton popularised a derivation from Brictricstow linking the town to Brictric and it appears that the form Bricstow prevailed until 1204, and the Bristolian L is what eventually changed the name to Bristol. Iron Age hill forts near the city are at Leigh Woods and Clifton Down, on the side of the Avon Gorge, a Roman settlement, Abona, existed at what is now Sea Mills, another was at the present-day Inns Court. Isolated Roman villas and small forts and settlements were scattered throughout the area. Bristol was founded by 1000, by about 1020, it was a centre with a mint producing silver pennies bearing its name
Cornwall is a ceremonial county and unitary authority area of England within the United Kingdom. It is bordered to the north and west by the Celtic Sea, to the south by the English Channel, Cornwall has a population of 551,700 and covers an area of 3,563 km2. Cornwall forms the westernmost part of the south-west peninsula of the island of Great Britain, and this area was first inhabited in the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods. It continued to be occupied by Neolithic and then Bronze Age peoples, there is little evidence that Roman rule was effective west of Exeter and few Roman remains have been found. In the mid-19th century, however, the tin and copper mines entered a period of decline, subsequently, china clay extraction became more important and metal mining had virtually ended by the 1990s. Traditionally, fishing and agriculture were the important sectors of the economy. Railways led to a growth of tourism in the 20th century, however, the area is noted for its wild moorland landscapes, its long and varied coastline, its attractive villages, its many place-names derived from the Cornish language, and its very mild climate. Extensive stretches of Cornwalls coastline, and Bodmin Moor, are protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cornwall is the homeland of the Cornish people and is recognised as one of the Celtic nations, retaining a distinct cultural identity that reflects its history. Some people question the present constitutional status of Cornwall, and a nationalist movement seeks greater autonomy within the United Kingdom in the form of a devolved legislative Cornish Assembly. On 24 April 2014 it was announced that Cornish people will be granted minority status under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. The modern English name Cornwall derives from the concatenation of two ancient demonyms from different linguistic traditions, Corn- records the native Brythonic tribe, the Cornovii. The Celtic word kernou is cognate with the English word horn. -wall derives from the Old English exonym walh, the Ravenna Cosmography first mentions a city named Purocoronavis in the locality. This is thought to be a rendering of Duro-cornov-ium, meaning fort of the Cornovii. The exact location of Durocornovium is disputed, with Tintagel and Carn Brea suggested as possible sites, in later times, Cornwall was known to the Anglo-Saxons as West Wales to distinguish it from North Wales. The name appears in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 891 as On Corn walum, in the Domesday Book it was referred to as Cornualia and in c.1198 as Cornwal. Other names for the county include a latinisation of the name as Cornubia, the present human history of Cornwall begins with the reoccupation of Britain after the last Ice Age. The area now known as Cornwall was first inhabited in the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods and it continued to be occupied by Neolithic and then Bronze Age people. The Common Brittonic spoken at the time developed into several distinct tongues
Devon, also known as Devonshire, which was formerly its common and official name, is a county of England, reaching from the Bristol Channel in the north to the English Channel in the south. It is part of South West England, bounded by Cornwall to the west, Somerset to the northeast, combined as a ceremonial county, Devons area is 6,707 km2 and its population is about 1.1 million. Devon derives its name from Dumnonia, which, during the British Iron Age, Roman Britain, the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain resulted in the partial assimilation of Dumnonia into the Kingdom of Wessex during the eighth and ninth centuries. The western boundary with Cornwall was set at the River Tamar by King Æthelstan in 936, Devon was constituted as a shire of the Kingdom of England thereafter. The north and south coasts of Devon each have both cliffs and sandy shores, and the bays contain seaside resorts, fishing towns. The inland terrain is rural, generally hilly, and has a low density in comparison to many other parts of England. Dartmoor is the largest open space in southern England at 954 km2, to the north of Dartmoor are the Culm Measures and Exmoor. In the valleys and lowlands of south and east Devon the soil is fertile, drained by rivers including the Exe, the Culm, the Teign, the Dart. As well as agriculture, much of the economy of Devon is linked with tourism, in the Brittonic, Devon is known as Welsh, Dyfnaint, Breton, Devnent and Cornish, Dewnens, each meaning deep valleys. One erroneous theory is that the suffix is due to a mistake in the making of the original letters patent for the Duke of Devonshire. However, there are references to Defenascire in Anglo-Saxon texts from before 1000 AD, the term Devonshire may have originated around the 8th century, when it changed from Dumnonia to Defenascir. Kents Cavern in Torquay had produced human remains from 30–40,000 years ago, Dartmoor is thought to have been occupied by Mesolithic hunter-gatherer peoples from about 6000 BC. The Romans held the area under occupation for around 350 years. Devon became a frontier between Brittonic and Anglo-Saxon Wessex, and it was absorbed into Wessex by the mid 9th century. This suggests the Anglo-Saxon migration into Devon was limited rather than a movement of people. The border with Cornwall was set by King Æthelstan on the east bank of the River Tamar in 936 AD, the arrival of William of Orange to launch the Glorious Revolution of 1688 took place at Brixham. Devon has produced tin, copper and other metals from ancient times, Devons tin miners enjoyed a substantial degree of independence through Devons Stannary Parliament, which dates back to the 12th century. The last recorded sitting was in 1748, agriculture has been an important industry in Devon since the 19th century
Somerset is a county in South West England which borders Gloucestershire and Bristol to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south-east and Devon to the south-west. It is bounded to the north and west by the Severn Estuary and its traditional border with Gloucestershire is the River Avon. Somerset is a county of rolling hills such as the Blackdown Hills, Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park. There is evidence of occupation from Paleolithic times, and of subsequent settlement in the Roman. The county played a significant part in the consolidation of power and rise of King Alfred the Great, and later in the English Civil War, the city of Bath is famous for its substantial Georgian architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Somersets name derives from Old English Sumorsǣte, short for Sumortūnsǣte, an alternative suggestion is the name derives from Seo-mere-saetan meaning settlers by the sea lakes. The Old English name is used in the motto of the county, Sumorsǣte ealle, adopted as the motto in 1911, the phrase is taken from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Somerset settlement names are mostly Anglo-Saxon in origin, but some hill names include Brittonic Celtic elements, for example, an Anglo-Saxon charter of 682 refers to Creechborough Hill as the hill the British call Cructan and we call Crychbeorh. Some modern names are Brythonic in origin, such as Tarnock, the caves of the Mendip Hills were settled during the Palaeolithic period, and contain extensive archaeological sites such as those at Cheddar Gorge. Bones from Goughs Cave have been dated to 12,000 BC, examples of cave art have been found in Avelines Hole. Some caves continued to be occupied until modern times, including Wookey Hole, the Somerset Levels—specifically dry points at Glastonbury and Brent Knoll— also have a long history of settlement, and are known to have been settled by Mesolithic hunters. Travel in the area was facilitated by the construction of one of the worlds oldest known engineered roadways, the Sweet Track, the exact age of the henge monument at Stanton Drew stone circles is unknown, but it is believed to be Neolithic. There are numerous Iron Age hill forts, some of which, like Cadbury Castle, on the authority of the future emperor Vespasian, as part of the ongoing expansion of the Roman presence in Britain, the Second Legion Augusta invaded Somerset from the south-east in AD47. The county remained part of the Roman Empire until around AD409, a variety of Roman remains have been found, including Pagans Hill Roman temple in Chew Stoke, Low Ham Roman Villa and the Roman Baths that gave their name to the city of Bath. After the Romans left, Britain was invaded by Anglo-Saxon peoples, by AD600 they had established control over much of what is now England, but Somerset was still in native British hands. The Saxon royal palace in Cheddar was used several times in the 10th century to host the Witenagemot. After the Norman Conquest, the county was divided into 700 fiefs, Somerset contains HM Prison Shepton Mallet, which was Englands oldest prison still in use prior to its closure in 2013, having opened in 1610. In the English Civil War Somerset was largely Parliamentarian, with key engagements being the Sieges of Taunton, in 1685 the Monmouth Rebellion was played out in Somerset and neighbouring Dorset
Dorset /ˈdɔːrsᵻt/ is a county in South West England on the English Channel coast. The ceremonial county comprises the county, which is governed by Dorset County Council. Covering an area of 2,653 square kilometres, Dorset borders Devon to the west, Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east, the county town is Dorchester which is in the south. After the reorganisation of government in 1974 the countys border was extended eastward to incorporate the Hampshire towns of Bournemouth. Around half of the lives in the South East Dorset conurbation. The county has a history of human settlement stretching back to the Neolithic era. The Romans conquered Dorsets indigenous Celtic tribe, and during the early Middle Ages, the first recorded Viking raid on the British Isles occurred in Dorset during the eighth century, and the Black Death entered England at Melcombe Regis in 1348. During the Second World War, Dorset was heavily involved in the preparations for the invasion of Normandy, the former was the sailing venue in the 2012 Summer Olympics, and both have clubs or hire venues for sailing, Cornish pilot gig rowing, sea kayaking and powerboating. Dorset has a varied landscape featuring broad elevated chalk downs, steep limestone ridges, over half the county is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Three-quarters of its coastline is part of the Jurassic Coast Natural World Heritage Site due to its geological and it features notable landforms such as Lulworth Cove, the Isle of Portland, Chesil Beach and Durdle Door. Agriculture was traditionally the major industry of Dorset but is now in decline, there are no motorways in Dorset but a network of A roads cross the county and two railway main lines connect to London. Dorset has ports at Poole, Weymouth and Portland, and an international airport, the county has a variety of museums, theatres and festivals, and is host to one of Europes largest outdoor shows. It is the birthplace of Thomas Hardy, who used the county as the setting of his novels. Dorset derives its name from the county town of Dorchester, the Romans established the settlement in the 1st century and named it Durnovaria which was a Latinised version of a Common Brittonic word possibly meaning place with fist-sized pebbles. It is first mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in AD845 and in the 10th century the countys archaic name, the first human visitors to Dorset were Mesolithic hunters, from around 8000 BC. The first permanent Neolithic settlers appeared around 3000 BC and were responsible for the creation of the Dorset Cursus, from 2800 BC onwards Bronze Age farmers cleared Dorsets woodlands for agricultural use and Dorsets high chalk hills provided a location for numerous round barrows. During the Iron Age, the British tribe known as the Durotriges established a series of forts across the county—most notably Maiden Castle which is one of the largest in Europe. The Romans arrived in Dorset during their conquest of Britain in AD43, Maiden Castle was captured by a Roman legion under the command of Vespasian, and the Roman settlement of Durnovaria was established nearby
Gloucestershire is a county in South West England. The county comprises part of the Cotswold Hills, part of the fertile valley of the River Severn. The county town is the city of Gloucester, and other towns include Cheltenham, Cirencester, Stroud. Gloucestershire is a historic county mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in the 10th century, though the areas of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire originally included Bristol, then a small town. The local rural community moved to the city, and Bristols population growth accelerated during the industrial revolution. Bristol became a county in its own right, separate from Gloucestershire and it later became part of the administrative County of Avon from 1974 to 1996. Upon the abolition of Avon in 1996, the north of Bristol became a unitary authority area of South Gloucestershire and is now part of the ceremonial county of Gloucestershire. The official former postal county abbreviation was Glos, rather than the frequently used but erroneous Gloucs. or Glouc. In July 2007, Gloucestershire suffered the worst flooding in recorded British history, the RAF conducted the largest peace time domestic operation in its history to rescue over 120 residents from flood affected areas. The damage was estimated at over £2 billion, the county recovered rapidly from the disaster, investing in attracting tourists to visit the many sites and diverse range of shops in the area. This is a chart of trend of gross value added of Gloucestershire at current basic prices published by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling. Gloucestershire has mainly comprehensive schools with seven schools, two are in Stroud, one in Cheltenham and four in Gloucester. There are 42 state secondary schools, not including sixth form colleges, all but about two schools in each district have a sixth form, but the Forest of Dean only has two schools with sixth forms. All schools in South Gloucestershire have sixth forms, each has campuses at multiple locations throughout the county. Most of the old market towns have parish churches, at Deerhurst near Tewkesbury, and Bishops Cleeve near Cheltenham, there are churches of special interest on account of the pre-Norman work they retain. These are, however, adjudged to be of English workmanship, other notable buildings include Calcot Barn in Calcot, a relic of Kingswood Abbey. Thornbury Castle is a Tudor country house, the pretensions of which evoked the jealousy of Cardinal Wolsey against its builder, Edward Stafford, duke of Buckingham, near Cheltenham is the 15th-century mansion of Southam de la Bere, of timber and stone. Memorials of the de la Bere family appear in the church at Cleeve, the mansion contains a tiled floor from Hailes Abbey
Wiltshire is a county in South West England with an area of 3,485 km2. It is landlocked and borders the counties of Dorset, Somerset, the county town was originally Wilton, after which the county is named, but Wiltshire Council is now based in the new county town of Trowbridge. Wiltshire is characterised by its high downland and wide valleys, Salisbury Plain is noted for being the location of the Stonehenge and Avebury stone circles and other ancient landmarks, and as a training area for the British Army. The city of Salisbury is notable for its mediaeval cathedral, important country houses open to the public include Longleat, near Warminster, and the National Trusts Stourhead, near Mere. The county, in the 9th century written as Wiltunscir, later Wiltonshire, is named after the county town of Wilton. Wiltshire is notable for its pre-Roman archaeology, the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age people that occupied southern Britain built settlements on the hills and downland that cover Wiltshire. Stonehenge and Avebury are perhaps the most famous Neolithic sites in the UK, in the 6th and 7th centuries Wiltshire was at the western edge of Saxon Britain, as Cranborne Chase and the Somerset Levels prevented the advance to the west. The Battle of Bedwyn was fought in 675 between Escuin, a West Saxon nobleman who had seized the throne of Queen Saxburga, in 878 the Danes invaded the county. Following the Norman Conquest, large areas of the country came into the possession of the crown, at the time of the Domesday Survey the industry of Wiltshire was largely agricultural,390 mills are mentioned, and vineyards at Tollard and Lacock. In the 17th century English Civil War Wiltshire was largely Parliamentarian, the Battle of Roundway Down, a Royalist victory, was fought near Devizes. The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry currently lives on as Y Squadron, based in Swindon, around 1800 the Kennet and Avon Canal was built through Wiltshire, providing a route for transporting cargoes from Bristol to London until the development of the Great Western Railway. Information on the 261 civil parishes of Wiltshire is available on the Wiltshire Community History website, run by the Libraries and this site includes maps, demographic data, historic and modern pictures and short histories. The local nickname for Wiltshire natives is moonrakers and this originated from a story of smugglers who managed to foil the local Excise men by hiding their alcohol, possibly French brandy in barrels or kegs, in a village pond. The officials took them for simple yokels or mad and left them alone, many villages claim the tale for their own village pond, but the story is most commonly linked with The Crammer in Devizes. Two-thirds of Wiltshire, a rural county, lies on chalk. This chalk is part of a system of chalk downlands throughout eastern and southern England formed by the rocks of the Chalk Group, the largest area of chalk in Wiltshire is Salisbury Plain, which is used mainly for arable agriculture and by the British Army as training ranges. The highest point in the county is the Tan Hill–Milk Hill ridge in the Pewsey Vale, just to the north of Salisbury Plain, the chalk uplands run northeast into West Berkshire in the Marlborough Downs ridge, and southwest into Dorset as Cranborne Chase. Cranborne Chase, which straddles the border, has, like Salisbury Plain, yielded much Stone Age, the Marlborough Downs are part of the North Wessex Downs AONB, a 1,730 km2 conservation area
Toolstation Ltd is a large UK and EU direct sale and online supplier of trade tools, accessories and hardware products. The companys head office and main centre is in Bridgwater. This is supplemented by 240+ branches across the UK and large warehouses in Redditch, Daventry. There is also an operation in the Netherlands with direct-mail facilities and 8 branches, Toolstation was formed in 2003 by Mark Goddard-Watts four years after the Goddard-Watts family had sold Screwfix in 1999 to the Kingfisher plc group. On Monday 7 April 2008, it was announced that Travis Perkins plc had bought a 30% share in Toolstation, Travis Perkins invested in Toolstation and supported an accelerated roll-out of new branches. The Toolstation property portfolio grew from 12 to 123 stores by the end of 2012, on Tuesday 3 January 2012, Mark Goddard-Watts and his family sold their remaining 70% stake in the business to Travis Perkins plc, making Toolstation a wholly owned subsidiary of Travis Perkins plc. The company currently sponsors the Western Football League, the Northern Counties East Football League, magazine online shops survey | Overall - 6th= | DIY category - 1st 2014 Which. Magazine online shops survey | Overall - 5th= | DIY category - 1st 2015 Which, magazine online shops survey | Overall - 3rd | DIY category - 1st 2016 Which. Awards - Retailer of the Year 2016 Which, magazine online shops survey | Overall - 3rd= | DIY category - 1st Company website List of Toolstation trade counters Western Football League official website
National League System
The National League System comprises the seven levels of the English football league system immediately below the level of the Premier League and the English Football League. It contains 84 league competitions and more than 1,600 clubs and it comes under the jurisdiction of The Football Association. The National League System has a format with promotion and relegation between leagues at different levels. For details of leagues above and below the National League System, the system underwent a rearrangement from 2004 to 2008. Phase one went into operation in 2004–05, at the start of the 2006–07 season, phase two was introduced, and a further phase three started from 2007–08 with the starting of a second Step 4 league in the north of England. At the top of the National League System pyramid is the National League and its top division, also called the National League, is the only division in the System which is organised on a national rather than regional basis. Although the National League is the top level of the non-league pyramid, below the National League, the layers have progressively more leagues and cover ever smaller geographical areas. Some leagues have more than one division, at the lower levels the existence of leagues becomes intermittent, although in some areas there are as many as twenty layers. All the leagues are bound together by the principle of promotion and relegation, clubs that are successful in their league can rise higher in the pyramid, whilst those that finish at the bottom can find themselves sinking further down. In theory it is possible for a local amateur club to rise to the pinnacle of the English game and become champions of the Premier League. While this may be unlikely in practice, there certainly is significant movement within the pyramid, in particular, clubs that hope to be promoted from Step 5 leagues to Step 4 must apply in advance to be assessed for whether they meet the grading requirements. The teams must then also finish in the top 3 in their league to be considered for promotion, which is not automatic. For instance, in the 2005–06 season 100 clubs applied to be considered for promotion, of which 51 met the grading requirements, under the direction of The Football Association, the National League System evolved over many years. Todays pyramid can be said to be twenty years old. Leagues have formed and dissolved over the years and reorganisations have taken every few years as a result. The Conference North and South have since renamed the National League North and South. This table includes the seven steps of the National League System, above the NLS are the Premier League and the English Football League. Two teams from the National League can be promoted to EFL League Two at the end of each season and this structure was the result of changes made after the 2005–06 season
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
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
Bridgwater Town F.C.
Bridgwater Town Football Club is a football club based in Bridgwater, Somerset, England. Affiliated to the Somerset County FA, they are members of the Southern League Division One South & West. Bridgwater Association Football Club were established at a meeting in the Cross Rifle pub on 28 January 1898 and they joined the Somerset Senior League later in the year, and in their first full season they won the Somerset Senior Cup, beating Yeovil Casuals 1–0 in a replay. However, the club disbanded after four seasons in the league, in 1903 a new Bridgwater A. F. C. was formed. They subsequently joined the Clevedon & District League for the 1905–06 season and they won Division Two of the Weston & District League in 1908–09, but finished bottom of Division One the following season and were relegated back to Division Two. This was repeated when they won Division Two again in 1911–12, the club subsequently folded during the 2013–14 season. In 1921, Highbridge League club Wills Athletic, the team of the Wills Engineering company. The level of interest in the led to the club being transformed into Bridgwater Town during the 1921–22 season. After being rejected by the Somerset Senior League in 1923, they joined both the Mid-Somerset and West Somerset leagues, following World War II Crown Dynamos were formed in 1946 and joined the Bridgwater & District League. They moved up to Somerset Senior League in 1947, and after finishing third in their first season, the first season under the new name saw the club finish as runners-up, resulting in a successful application to join Division Two of the Western League. They finished as runners-up in Division Two in 1951–52, earning promotion to Division One, the 1957–58 season saw them finish second in Division One, as well as winning the League Cup. They repeated the feat the following season, beating Weston-super-Mare 1–0 in a first round replay, in 1963–64 another first round appearance resulted in a 3–0 defeat at home to Third Division Luton Town, they were beaten in the same round by Reading in 1971–72. The club went on to win the league in 1980–81, after winning the League Cup the following season, they moved up to the Midland Division of the Southern League. However, after two seasons the club resigned from the league and folded due to problems caused by the additional travelling, falling attendances. A new Bridgwater Town was established, taking over from the clubs reserves in Division One of the Somerset Senior League. They went on to win three successive Premier Division titles in 1989–90, 1990–91 and 1991–92, and after finishing as runners-up in 1993–94, were promoted to Division One of the Western League, in 1995–96 they won Division One and were promoted to the Premier Division. After finishing as Premier Division runners-up in 2006–07, Bridgwater were promoted to Division One South & West of the Southern League, a third-place finish in 2009–10 saw them qualify for the promotion play-offs. Although the club defeated VTFC 3–0 in the semi-finals, they lost 4–3 to Cirencester Town in the final, the original Bridwater club played at field that later became the British Cellophane factory
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
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
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
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
Clevedon Town F.C.
Clevedon Town Football Club are an English semi-professional football club based in the village of Kenn outside of Clevedon, Somerset. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County Football Association and is an FA chartered Standard club They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division, Clevedon FC was formed in 1880, making the club one of the oldest clubs in the West Country. They were founder members of the Western League in 1892 although their stay only lasted three seasons, after dropping back into local football they re-joined the Western League in the 1910–11 season. They initially played at Dial Hill, still the home of the cricket club, but they moved to a new site at Old Street in 1895. After the War the club returned to the Western League. However the club became known for their runs in the FA Amateur Cup. This cup success, however, was not matched in the league and Clevedon spent several years in Division 2 before resigning, for financial reasons, the clubs name was later changed to Clevedon Town to reflect their new status. Clevedon joined the ranks in 1974 when Ray Mabbutt, father of future Spurs star Gary Mabbutt became their first paid player. The 1980s also saw the club pick up their first Somerset Premier Cup in the 1986–87 season, the protest was upheld and the tie ordered to be replayed. In their first season at their new home in 1992–93, the gained promotion to the Southern League for the first time. Promotion to the Premier Division followed in 1998 and, although Town were relegated again in 2000–01, in 2006 they reached the first round proper of the FA Cup but went down 4–1 to Football League opposition Chester City. The club at the end of the 2009–10 season suffered relegation, Clevedon Town have a fierce rivalry with neighbours Weston-super-Mare, who are situated in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. However, the rivalry has been put on the back-burner as of late since Weston-super-Mare was promoted to the Southern League Premier Division in 2002–03 after winning promotion at Clevedon Town 1–0, the two have not played in the same league since. Clevedon Town play their games at The Hand Stadium, Davis Lane, the Hand Stadium took its name from the Hand family, successive generations of which were involved in running the club for nearly 100 years. The facility includes a pitch, training facilities, a 300-seater stand, tiered terracing around the whole ground. The complex also includes function/conference facilities as well as Vibe, Clevedons only nightclub, the record attendance of the Hand Stadium is 2,261, when the club played Chester City in a First Round FA Cup tie on 11 November 2006. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Players that have achieved success in other sports
Cribbs Football Club is an English football club founded in 1958 and based at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, England. They are currently members of Western League Premier Division and are affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA, Cribbs Football Club was founded in London in 1958 as Sun Life Assurance. The Bristol team was established in 1976 when Sun Life first relocated to Bristol, initially, two teams were run, participating in the Bristol and Avon League, playing at Dundridge Farm. In the summer of 2011, the changed from AXA to its new name of Cribbs Friends Life FC ready for the 2011–12 season. As well as winning the double, the club earned promotion to the Western League Division One for the 2012–13 season as a result of being crowned champions. The season turned out to be a one for the club in general as the Reserve. In 2013, Cribbs Friends Life F. C. changed their name to Cribbs F. C. after losing the backing of their sponsors, Cribbs play their home matches at The Lawns, Station Road, Henbury, Bristol, BS10 7TB. The grounds consist of 4 full size football pitches,2 tennis courts. The 1st team pitch and surrounding area is fully compliant with FA ground grading requirements for the Western League, hard standing surrounds the pitch in addition to a perimeter barrier. A50 seater stand with room for an additional 100 standing was built in 2013, the club are currently in the process of building an additional stand which will hold 100 seats. The Lawns is the current training base for Bristol Rovers
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
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
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
Plymouth Parkway F.C.
Plymouth Parkway Football Club is a football club based in Plymouth, Devon, England. They are currently members of the South West Peninsula League Premier Division, the club was originally formed in 1988 when a group of players left the youth team Plymouth Kolts and joined the Plymouth & District League in Division 4. In that same year the club secured sponsorship from Exeter Airport and they were the first club in Plymouth to be sponsored from outside the city limits. The club colours of yellow and blue are from the colours of the airport logo, in their first season the club gained promotion and then moved the Parkway Sports Club. The club carried on to be promoted in successive seasons until it reached Division one and was waiting to join the Premier Division when the Devon League was formed in 1992. The club decided to apply to members of the Devon League instead as the Parkway Sports Club had sufficient facilities to join the league. The club was accepted into the league but the club had to change its name so they become known as EAF Plymouth FC. Before the 1993–94 season the Sports Club offered a number of facilities and help to the club. Five seasons later in 1998 the club left the Devon league to join the South Western League, on the eve of the 2000–01 season the club became homeless with the loss of the Parkway Sports Club due to a disagreement over the terms of the lease and subsequent maintenance costs. As a result, and with permission from the league. During their build up to the 2001/02 season the announced they would be developing an area of Manadon as their new ground. In the 2006–07 season the club entered the FA Vase for the first time, a season later the club became founding members of the South West Peninsula League, when the South Western Football League and the Devon County Football League merged. The club has remained in the division of the South West Peninsula League ever since. The ground has floodlights, a capacity of 3500 standing and covered area for around 50 people. 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 league or any foreign equivalent to this level
Roman Glass St George F.C.
Roman Glass St George Football Club is a football club based in the Bristol suburb of St George, Bristol, England. Founded in 1872, they are the oldest club in Bristol and they are currently members of the Western League Division One and play at Oaklands Park. The club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA, during that period, the team also played in the Birmingham & District League and won the Gloucestershire FA Senior Challenge Cup on two occasions 1894 and 1895. After dropping back to football, they did not re-appear in the Western League until 1928, for a seven-season period in Division Two. After finishing bottom in 1934–35, they again left the Western League for the Bristol. They won the first division in 1949/50 and became members of the Bristol Premier Combination in 1957. During the 1960s, the club playing in the Bristol Premier Combination, won the Division One title five seasons in a row from 1963–68. In 1968, the Gloucestershire County League was formed, with St George among the founder members and they were runners-up in the first season, winning the title in 1969–70 and finished as runners-up again in 1972–73. Despite staying in the league for a further fourteen seasons, they did not finish in the top two again until being expelled from the league in 1987 due to sub standard facilities. However, despite winning the Premier Division the club was not promoted, the club enjoyed moderate success gradually climbing the leagues and in 1980 changed its name to Roman Glass. The club began to decline until in 1990 Roger Hudd took over as manager and won the Division 4 title, the amalgamation enjoyed instant success with the club achieving promotion back to the Premier Division in the 1995–96 season. They then joined the Gloucestershire County League in 1999, and within three seasons had won that league as well. Another County League triumph in 2006–07 earned them a promotion to the Western League Division One for 2007–08, where in their first season. They have remained in Division one ever since, Roman Glass St George play their home games at Oaklands Park, Gloucester Road, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4AG. Vase best performance, Third round 1975–76, 1979–80 Managers/Coaches that have played/managed in the league or any foreign equivalent to this level
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
Shortwood United F.C.
Shortwood United Football Club is a football club based in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, England. The club are members of Division One South & West of the Southern League. Established in 1900, in Shortwood, Nailsworth, the club was promoted from the Stroud and District League to the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League in the early 1970s, before joining the Gloucestershire County League in 1975. After finishing as runners-up in 1979–80 and 1980–81, the won the league in 1981–82 and were promoted to the Premier Division of the Hellenic League. After finishing second bottom of the division in their first season in the league, however, they returned to the Premier Division at the first attempt after finishing as Division One runners-up in the 1983–84 season. The club went on to win the Premier Division in their first season back in the division, the club finished as runners-up the following season and again in 1989–90 before winning their second Premier Division title in 1991–92. Another second-place finish was achieved in 1993–94, but the club underwent several seasons of decline, finishing in the half of the division every season. However, finishing second in 2008–09, 2009–10 and 2011–12, the club were promoted to the Southern League in 2012, the 2013–14 season saw the club reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history. After beating Football Conference club Aldershot Town away from home in the qualifying round. The 4–0 home defeat saw a new attendance of 1,247 set
Wellington Association Football Club are a football club based in Wellington, Somerset, England. They are currently members of the Western League Division One and play at the Playing Field, founded in 1896, they have played at Wellington Playing Fields in North Street since 1954. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA, Wellington joined the Western League in 1978, and have remained in Division One of that league ever since, except for a three-season spell in the Premier Division from 1981–84. They escaped Division One again in 2008 after winning the title, the club entered the FA Cup for four seasons in the early 1980s, twice winning a preliminary round tie, but never progressing past the first qualifying round. Their best FA Vase run dates to 1990–91, when reached the third round. Although officially named simply Wellington A. F. C, the county in which they play is often appended to their name to differentiate them from Wellington F. C. based in Herefordshire. They are also sometimes listed as Wellington Town. In September 2010 the club launched a team called Wellington Town Ladies. Wellington play their games at The Playing Field, North Street, Wellington
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
Ashton & Backwell United F.C.
They are currently members of the Western League Division One and play at Backwell Recreation Ground. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA, the club was established in 1911 as Backwell United and played in various local leagues, although activities were suspended during both World Wars. At this time played in the Bristol Church of England League, progressing to the Bristol. This was denied, however, owing to the local authoritys refusal to grant planning permission for floodlights to be erected, the club went to appeal, which they won, and floodlights were in place for the 1993–94 season, allowing the club to progress to Premier Division football. Performance has been steady over the years and the first team reached the 5th round of the FA Vase in the 2004–05 season. For the 2005–06 season a change of manager and an exodus of experienced players resulted in a last-place finish and they first entered the FA Cup in the 1994–95 season. Ashton & Backwell United play their games at The Lancer Scott Stadium, West Town Road, Backwell, Somerset. Bristol City -3 July 2013, The Lancer Scott Stadium Note, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Official Site Backwell United at the Football Club History Database
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
Calne Town F.C.
Calne Town F. C. is a football club based in Calne, Wiltshire, England. They are currently members of the Western League Division One and play at Bremhill View, Calne Town FC was established in 1886 and joined the Western Football League Division One in 1986. They earned promotion to the Premier Division as runners-up in 1992–93, under the management of Kelvin Highmore they were promoted to the Western Football League Premier Division in 2005 and also became the first First Division team to reach the Les Phillips Cup final. They reached the Les Phillips Cup Final again in 2009 but lost 2–1 to a goal against Oldland Abbotonians. They reached the Third Round Qualifying of the FA Cup in season 1997–98, calnes main local rivals are Devizes Town, Corsham Town, Chippenham Park and Melksham Town, all within 11 miles of their Bremhill View ground. Calne Town play their games at Bremhill View, Calne. Their Bremhill View ground was featured in David Bauckhams book Dugouts, with attention drawn to its unusual tall
Chard Town F.C.
Chard Town Football Club is a football club based in Chard, Somerset, England. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA and they are currently members of the Western League Division One and play at Dening Sports Fields. The club was founded in 1920, and played football until joining the Western League when it re-established a second division in 1976. They have been regular entrants in national cup competitions in recent years, never reaching the First Round proper of the FA Cup, the club also fields two teams in the Perry Street and District League. Chard Town play their games at Denning Sports Field, Zembard Lane, Chard, players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level. Phil Roberts Adrian Foster Dave Linney Dick Plumb Mike Thresher Ken Wookey Sports Photographer Peter OSheas Website Team web site Old team Web site Chard Town at the Football Club History Database
Cheddar Association Football Club is an English football club based in Cheddar, near Wells in Somerset. The club are members of the Western League Division One. The club was established in 1892 and they became members of the Cheddar Valley League in the early 1900s. They won the league in 1911 and after fifteen years joined the Weston, Cheddar rejoined the Cheddar Valley League after the Second World War and won every competition they entered in 1948. Cheddar later joined the Somerset County League, in 1988–89 they finished third in Division Two and were promoted to Division One. However, they were relegated back to Division Two at the end of the 1992–93 season and they returned to Division One after another third-place finish in 1997–98, and after winning Division One in 2003–04, were promoted to the Premier Division. In 2011–12 they finished second in the Premier Division, and were promoted to the Western League, the 2016–17 season saw the club enter the FA Cup for the first time in their history when they entered the competition in the preliminary qualification round. Cheddar play their games at Bowdens Park, Draycott Road, Cheddar
Chippenham Park F.C.
Chippenham Park Football Club is an English football club based in Chippenham, Wiltshire. They are currently members of the Western League Division One and play at Hardenhuish and they were formed in 2012 by Chippenham Town FC. The 2012–13 season saw them start in the Wiltshire Football League Premier Division and they had a very solid first season, spending several weeks top of the league but ultimately finished third place. Because they finished in the top five they were able to apply for elevation into the Western League, on Friday 24 May 2013 news came through that the application had been approved and they were to play in the Western League Division One. In the 2013–14 season, the played in the FA Vase for the first time. Also formed in 2012 was Chippenham Park Reserves who play their football in the Wiltshire Football League Division One and they are now known as FC Chippenham Youth. The club play in the colours as Chippenham Town which is royal blue shirts, shorts. Chippenham Park play their games at Hardenhuish Park, Bristol Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire. Official website Official Twitter Page Former Youtube Channel BBC Wiltshire – News reports from BBC Wiltshire
Corsham Town F.C.
Corsham Town Football Club is a football club based in Corsham, Wiltshire, England. The Western League Division One and play at Southbank, Corsham Town was founded in 1884 and affiliated to the Football Association in 1893. The club had to wait just over sixty years before it had won anything, winning the Wilts Junior Cup in the 1946–47 season. Four seasons later the club entered the FA Cup for the first time making it to the first qualifying round in its first attempt, in the 1960–61 season the club won its second honour winning the Wiltshire League Division two, fourteen years after their first honour. In 1976 they became founding members of the Wiltshire Football League, during their first Season in the new county league the club won the Wiltshire Senior Cup and were promoted to the top division in the league. His was a short tenure, and Lock was followed by Peter Tripp who led the club to becoming champions for the first time in 1997–98, in an impressive first season, Gingells young charges finished fifth in the league, despite a lengthy touchline ban for the new manager. The club then remained in the Premier Division until the 2011–12 season where upon finishing 18th they were relegated back to Division One under new manager Trevor Rawlings. Rawlings led the club to a finish in their first season back in the First Division. Corsham Town play their games at Southbank Ground, Lacock Road, Corsham, SN13 9HS. A Cup best Performance, Second qualifying round 2004–05. Vase best performance, Third round 2006–07 Official Site Corsham Town at the Football Club History Database