Spartan League

The Spartan League was a football league in England covering London and adjacent counties. Established in 1907, it merged with the South Midlands League in 1997 to form the Spartan South Midlands League.

Spartan League
First season1907–08
Country England
Promotion toIsthmian League
Domestic cup(s)FA Cup, FA Amateur Cup, FA Vase


The league was established in 1907 with six clubs; Bromley, Dulwich Hamlet, Leytonstone, Nunhead, Shepherd's Bush and West Norwood.[1] It gained five clubs for its second season, and split into two divisions, Eastern and Western.[1] In 1909–10 the split was changed to Section A and B, before the league reverted to a single division in 1910–11.[1]

The league added a second division in 1920, and in 1925 it added another division, with Division Two divided into 2A and 2B.[1] This structure lasted until 1928 when the league gained another division, with both Division One and Two divided into East and West divisions.[1] The following season the league was reorganised, with a Premier Division created above Division One and Division Two still divided into East and West sections.[1] This structure remained unchanged until World War II.[2] The league restarted in 1945 and was divided into three divisions; Central, Eastern and Western.[2] The following season it reverted to a single division.[1]

In 1975 the league merged with the Metropolitan–London League, forming the London Spartan League, which ran with two divisions; Division One and Division Two.[3] In 1977 they were renamed, becoming the Premier Division and Senior Division.[3] The league readopted the name Spartan League in 1987,[4] A third division, the Intermediate Division, was added for the 1987–88 season; by 1992 it had been renamed Division Two.[4]

In 1997 it merged with the South Midlands League to form the Spartan South Midlands League. The new league initially ran with two Premier Divisions (north and south), a Senior Division and two Division Ones (north and south).[5]


In the 1945-46 season the league has three divisions.

Season Eastern Division Central Division Western Division
1945-46 Cambridge Town Metropolitan Police Hounslow
Season Champions
1946–47 Metropolitan Police
1947–48 Cambridge Town
1948–49 Cambridge Town
1949–50 Briggs Sports
1950–51 Yiewsley
1951–52 Briggs Sports
1952–53 Ware
1953–54 Metropolitan Police
1954–55 Metropolitan Police
1955–56 Briggs Sports
1956–57 Briggs Sports
1957–58 Briggs Sports
1958–59 Briggs Sports
1959–60 Staines Town
1960–61 Vauxhall Motors
1961–62 Petters Sports
1962–63 Cheshunt
1963–64 Croydon Amateurs
1964–65 Hampton
1965–66 Hampton
1966–67 Hampton
1967–68 Tring Town
1968–69 Vauxhall Motors
1969–70 Hampton
1970–71 Hoddesdon Town
1971–72 Egham Town
1972–73 Farnborough Town
1973–74 Farnborough Town
1974–75 Farnborough Town


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Spartan League 1907-1934 Non-League Matters
  2. ^ a b Spartan League 1934-1955 Non-League Matters
  3. ^ a b Spartan League 1955-1983 Non-League Matters
  4. ^ a b Spartan League 1983-1997 Non-League Matters
  5. ^ Spartan South Midlands League 1997-2004 Non-League Matters