Midland Football League

The Midland Football League is an English football league that was founded in 2014 by the merger of the former Midland Alliance and Midland Combination.[1] The league has four divisions that sit at levels 9–12 of the football pyramid.

Midland Football League
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Founded2014
CountryEngland
Number of teams70
19 (Premier Division)
19 (Division One)
15 (Division Two)
16 (Division Three)
Level on pyramidLevels 9 to 12
Promotion toLevel 8
Northern Premier League Division One Midlands
Southern League Division One Central
Relegation toFrom Premier Division
to Level 10
From Division One
to Level 11
Domestic cup(s)National
FA Cup
FA Vase
League
League Cup
Current championsIlkeston Town (Premier Division)
Heather St John's (Division One)
Northfield Town (Division Two)
Alcester Town (Division Three)
WebsiteOfficial site
Current: 2021–22

HistoryEdit

The league was formed in 2014 following the merger of the Midland Alliance and Midland Combination.

Successful Premier Division clubs can win promotion to the 8th level of the English football league system, while the competition also has a number of feeder leagues at level 11, which provide new member clubs each year. Entry can also be gained by applying from non-pyramid leagues such as the Birmingham & District Football League.

Clubs are also liable to be transferred to other leagues if the FA deems it geographically suitable to do so.

Current clubs (2021–22)Edit

Premier DivisionEdit

Club Location Home ground
AFC Wulfrunians Wolverhampton Castlecroft Stadium
Bewdley Town Bewdley Ribbesford Meadows
Boldmere St Michaels Boldmere Trevor Brown Memorial Ground
Hanley Town Hanley Abbey Lane
Haughmond Shrewsbury Sundorne Sports Village
Highgate United Shirley The Coppice
Lichfield City Lichfield City Ground
Lye Town Lye The Sports Ground
Racing Club Warwick Warwick Townsend Meadow
Romulus Castle Vale Castle Vale Stadium
Shifnal Town Shifnal Acoustafoam Stadium
Stone Old Alleynians Stone Yarnfield Lane
Stourport Swifts Stourport-on-Severn Walshes Meadow
Tividale Tividale The Beeches
Uttoxeter Town Uttoxeter Oldfields Sports Ground
Walsall Wood Walsall Wood The Boston Bailey Ground
Whitchurch Alport Whitchurch Yockings Park
Wolverhampton Casuals Featherstone Brinsford Lane
Worcester City Worcester Claines Lane

Division OneEdit

Club Location Home ground
AFC Bridgnorth Bridgnorth Crown Meadow
Ashby Ivanhoe Ashby-de-la-Zouch NFU Sports Ground
Atherstone Town Atherstone Sheepy Road
Bilston Town Bilston Queen Street
Black Country Rangers Brierley Hill Hillcrest Avenue
Chelmsley Town Chelmsley Wood Pack Meadow
Coventry Copsewood Coventry Allard Way
Cradley Town Cradley Beeches View
Darlaston Town (1874) Walsall Bentley Sports Pavilion
Dudley Sports Brierley Hill Hillcrest Avenue[a]
Dudley Town Willenhall Aspray 24 Arena[b]
Heath Hayes Heath Hayes Coppice Colliery Ground
Hinckley Barwell Welfare Park
Nuneaton Griff Nuneaton The Pingles Stadium
Paget Rangers Sutton Coldfield Central Ground
Shawbury United Ludlow Ludlow Football Stadium
Smethwick Khalsa Football Federation Tividale The Beeches[c]
Stapenhill Stapenhill Edge Hill
Wednesfield Wednesfield Cottage Ground

Division TwoEdit

Club Location Home ground
Alcester Town Alcester Stratford Road
Barnt Green Spartak Earlswood The Pavilions
Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons Boldmere Boldmere Sports & Social Club
Bolehall Swifts Tamworth Rene Road Ground
Cadbury Athletic Bournville Triplex Sports Ground
Coton Green Fazeley New Mill Lane
Coventry Alvis Coventry Alvis Sports & Social Club
Earlswood Town Earlswood The Pavilions
Fairfield Villa Fairfield Fairfield Recreation Ground
Hampton Solihull Field Lane
Inkberrow Inkberrow Sands Road
Kenilworth Sporting Kenilworth Gypsy Road
Knowle Knowle The Robins' Nest
Lane Head Walsall Stowe Street
Redditch Borough Redditch The Mettis & Sports Social Club

Division ThreeEdit

Club Location Home ground
AFC Birmingham Halesowen Illey Lane
AFC Coventry Rangers Coventry Technical Rugby Club
AFC Solihull Solihull Tudor Grange Leisure Centre
Bartley Reds Northfield Field Avenue
Birmingham Tigers Smethwick Hadley Stadium
Castle Vale Town Castle Vale Castle Vale Stadium
Central Ajax Warwick Hampton Road
Continental Star Perry Barr The Hub
Coventrians Coventry Holbrooks Park
Coventry Plumbing Kenilworth Gypsy Lane
DSC United Shirley The Coppice[d]
Enville Athletic Stourbridge Hall Drive
Leamington Hibernian Warwick Hampton Lane
Shipston Excelsior Shipston-on-Stour London Road
Sutton United Sutton Coldfield Hollyfield Road
Upton Town Upton-upon-Severn Milestone Road
WLV Sport Walsall University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus

HonoursEdit

ChampionsEdit

Season Premier Division Division One Division Two Division Three
2014–15 Basford United Highgate United Coventry United Austrey Rangers
2015–16 Hereford Coventry United Alvis Sporting Club Leamington Hibernian
2016–17 Alvechurch Bromsgrove Sporting Paget Rangers NKF Burbage
2017–18 Bromsgrove Sporting Walsall Wood NKF Burbage GNP Sports
2018–19 Ilkeston Town Heather St Johns Northfield Town Alcester Town
2019–20 No champions; season abandoned (coronavirus disease pandemic)
2020–21 No champions; season curtailed (COVID-19 lockdowns)

Edit

Season Club Position Promoted to
2014–15 Basford United 1st Northern Premier League Division One South
2015–16 Hereford 1st Southern League Division One South & West
2016–17 Alvechurch 1st Northern Premier League Division One South
2017–18 Bromsgrove Sporting 1st Southern League East Division
Coleshill Town 2nd
2018–19 Ilkeston Town 1st Northern Premier League Division One South East
2019–20 None promoted
2020–21 Sporting Khalsa 1st Northern Premier League Division One Midlands

League CupEdit

FinalsEdit

Source[2]

Season Result Venue Attendance
2014–15 Long Eaton United 2–0 Rocester Bescot Stadium 227[3]
2015–16 Hereford 3–1 Walsall Wood Damson Park 849[4]
2016–17 Alvechurch 2–1 Hinckley AFC Bescot Stadium 628[5]
2017–18 Walsall Wood 2–1 Coleshill Town n/a
2018–19 Romulus 2–1 NKF Burbage 349
2019–20 Final not contested
2020–21 Cup cancelled

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Groundshare with Black Country Rangers
  2. ^ Groundshare with Sporting Khalsa
  3. ^ Groundshare with Tividale
  4. ^ Groundshare with Highgate United

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Midlands 'Super League' Set For Next Season". The Non League Football Paper. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  2. ^ "League Cup History". Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Midland Football League Cup Final". Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  4. ^ Bulls News [@BullsNewsBlog] (10 May 2016). "ATTENDANCE 849" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "Hinckley AFC Official League Cup Final report". Retrieved 19 May 2017.

External linksEdit