Suffolk and Ipswich Football League

The Suffolk and Ipswich Football League is a football competition based in Suffolk, England. The league has a total of eight divisions; the Senior Division and Divisions 1–3 for first teams, three divisions (Leagues A, B and C) for reserve teams, and Division 4, which is for open to both first teams and reserves and is subordinate to both Division 3 and League C. The Senior Division is at step 7 (or level 11) of the National League System. The league was founded in 1896 as the Ipswich & District League changing its name in 1978.[1]

Suffolk and Ipswich Football League
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First season1896–97
Level on pyramidLevels 11 (Senior Division)
Feeder toEastern Counties League
Promotion toEastern Counties League
Division One
Domestic cup(s)Suffolk Senior Cup
Current championsCrane Sports (Senior Division)

The Senior Division champions may apply for promotion to the Eastern Counties League Division One. Clubs from the league to progress up the pyramid include Whitton United, Sudbury Town, Hadleigh United, Woodbridge Town, Needham Market, Walsham-le-Willows, and Debenham LC.

The league is affiliated to the Suffolk County Football Association.


The league was established in 1896 at the initiative of F C H Gibbons. Gibbons placed an advert in the East Anglian Daily Times stating that he intended to launch a Football League for Ipswich and the surrounding area.[2] A meeting on 10 September 1896 was attended by officials from 18 clubs:

The league started in October that year, but without Ipswich Town.[2] The top division was known as Division One until 1950, when it became the Premier Division. It was re–named Senior Division in 1978.

List of championsEdit

Senior DivisionEdit

2017–18 membersEdit

The constitution for season 2017–18 was confirmed at the league's AGM on 29 June 2017.[3]

Senior DivisionEdit

Achilles | Bildeston Rangers | Benhall St. Mary | Bramford United | Capel Plough | Coplestonians | Crane Sports F.C.| East Bergholt United | Bourne Vale United | Old Newton United | Haughley United | Henley Athletic | Leiston St. Margaret's | Trimley Red Devil's | Claydon | Westerfield United

Division OneEdit

AFC Kesgrave | Bacton United 89 | Barham Athletic | Bildeston Rangers | Claydon | Ipswich Athletic | Mendlesham | Old Newton United | Sporting 87 | Stanton | Stowupland Falcons | Trimley Athletic | Trimley Red Devils | Wickham Market

Division TwoEdit

Adastral Park | Bartons Willows | Bramford Road Old Boys | Cedars Park | Cockfield United | Coddenham Athletic | Halesworth Town | Ipswich Valley Rangers | Saxmundham Sports | Shotley | Somersham | Stonham Aspal | Tacket Street Boys Brigade Old Boys | Witnesham Wasps

Division ThreeEdit

AFC YourShirts | Chantry Grasshoppers | Elmswell | Felixstowe Rangers | Kesgrave Kestrels | Needham Market Phoenix | Salvation Army | Sproughton Sports | Sproughton United | Sutton Heath Saxons | Tattingstone United | Thurston | Ufford Sports | Woolverstone United

League AEdit

(for non-first teams)
Achilles Reserves | AFC Hoxne Reserves | Bramford United Reserves | Coplestonians Reserves | Crane Sports Reserves | East Bergholt United Reserves | Framlingham Town Reserves | Henley Athletic Reserves | Ipswich Athletic Reserves | Mendlesham Reserves | Old Newton United Reserves | Sporting 87 Reserves | Wenhaston United Reserves | Westerfield United Reserves

League BEdit

(for non-first teams)
Bacton United 89 Reserves | Benhall St. Mary Reserves | Cedars Park Reserves | Claydon Reserves | Cockfield United Reserves | Coplestonians 'A' | East Bergholt United 'A' | Haughley United Reserves | Stonham Aspal Reserves | Stowupland Falcons Reserves | Trimley Athletic Reserves | Trimley Red Devils Reserves | Wickham Market Reserves

League CEdit

(for non-first teams)
AFC Kesgrave Reserves | Barnham Athletic Reserves | Caple Plough Reserves | Halesworth Town Reserves | Kesgrave Kestrels Reserves | Leiston St. Margarets Reserves | Ransomes Sports Reserves | Somersham Reserves | Sporting 87 'A' | Sproughton Sports Reserves | Stonham Aspal 'A' | Stowupland Falcons 'A' | Ufford Sports Reserves

Division FourEdit

(for first and non-first teams) – teams promoted to Division 3 or League C
AFC Orwell | Bacton United 'A' | Bardwell Sports | Bramford Road Old Boys Reserves | Chantry Grasshoppers Reserves | Coplestones 'B' | Elmswell Reserves | Framlingham Town 'A' | Hope Church | Saxmundham Sports Reserves | Sutton Heath Saxons Reserves | Trimley SSC | Whitton United 'A' | Wortham

League CupEdit

The league also runs a league cup, known as the Bob Coleman Cup. It has previously been known as the Omnico Cup and the McNeil League Knock–Out Cup/[2]

List of winnersEdit


  1. ^ KP Wood (1996). Five Score - The SIL Football Book Of The Century, p. 184. ISBN 978-0-9526272-0-3.
  2. ^ a b c League History Suffolk & Ipswich League
  3. ^ "2017/18 Constitution Agreed". Suffolk & Ipswich Football League. 29 June 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.

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