Wessex Football League

The Wessex Football League, known as the Velocity Wessex Football League for sponsorship reasons, is an English regional men's football league in southern England. Its members are primarily from Hampshire and Dorset, but clubs from adjoining counties such as Wiltshire, Berkshire, and the Isle of Wight are also eligible. The Premier Division is one of the sixteen recognised leagues to form the ninth level of the English football league system (known as Step 5 of the National League System), and Division One is one of seventeen recognised leagues at level 10 (Step 6).

Wessex Football League
DivisionsPremier Division
Division One
Number of teams41
20 (Premier Division)
21 (Division One)
Level on pyramidLevels 9–10
Feeder to
Promotion toLevel 8
Southern League Division One South
Isthmian League Division One South Central
Relegation toHampshire Premier League
Dorset Premier Football League
Wiltshire Football League
Domestic cup(s)Wessex League Cup
Current championsHorndean (Premier Division)
Andover New Street (Division One)
WebsiteWessex League
Current: 2023–24 Wessex Football League

Champions of the Wessex League who meet the relevant ground and financial requirements are eligible for promotion to the Southern League Division One South or Isthmian League Division One South Central.

History edit

In the summer of 1986 the formation of a Wessex League was discussed. It was proposed to draw clubs from the Hampshire, Dorset, Berks and Bucks, Sussex and Wiltshire FAs. After long discussions the full Football Association approved the league, with the 1986-87 season featuring 17 teams in the league.[1]

Bashley were first champions of the new league, with Brockenhurst finishing last. The 1987–88 season saw the number of teams increase from 17 to 19. Four teams joined the league, but two of the founding teams, Road-Sea Southampton and Portals Athletic, left in unfortunate circumstances.

In its third year of existence, the league was gaining in prestige and this was reflected by the fact that 17 of the 19 clubs remained in the league. 1990–91 saw the league reach previously untouched heights as 20 clubs participated.

In 2004, it absorbed most of the clubs from its feeder league, the Hampshire League, which formed a new Division Two and Division Three. In 2006 the divisions were renamed as the Premier Division and Divisions One and Two. At the end of the 2006–07 season, Division Two was disbanded, and most of the clubs formed a new Hampshire Premier League.[2]

Current members edit

Premier Division edit

AFC Portchester
AFC Stoneham
Andover New Street
Baffins Milton Rovers
Blackfield & Langley
Cowes Sports
Fareham Town
Hamble Club
Hythe & Dibden
Laverstock & Ford
Lymington Town
Petersfield Town
Portland United
Sherborne Town
United Services Portsmouth
Map showing the location of teams in Wessex Football League, Premier Division in 2023–24
Club Home ground
AFC Portchester The On-Site Group Stadium
AFC Stoneham Stoneham Football Complex
Andover New Street The DH Property Services Stadium
Baffins Milton Rovers PMC Stadium
Blackfield & Langley Gang Warily
Bournemouth Victoria Park
Brockenhurst Meadens Skoda Arena
Christchurch Hurn Bridge
Cowes Sports Westwood Park
Fareham Town Cams Alders
Hamble Club Hamble Community Facility
Hythe & Dibden Hythe Garage Stadium
Laverstock & Ford Church Road
Lymington Town The Sports Ground
Moneyfields The John Jenkins Stadium
Petersfield Town The Southdowns Builders Stadium
Portland United Camp & Satherley Stadium
Shaftesbury Cockrams
Sherborne Town The GMS Windows Arena
United Services Portsmouth HMS Temeraire
The area covered by the Wessex League is coloured in yellow.

Division One edit

Club Home ground
AFC Aldermaston Waterside Park
Alresford Town Alrebury Park
Andover Town Portway Stadium
Ash United Shawfield Stadium
Clanfield Westleigh Park
Cove Oak Farm
Downton Brian Whitehead Sports Ground
East Cowes Victoria Athletic Beatrice Avenue
Fawley Waterside Sports & Social Club
Fleetlands Powder Monkey Park
Folland Sports The Arrow Arena
Frimley Green The KBO Stadium
Hamworthy Recreation The BJM Stadium
Millbrook Test Park
New Milton Town The DMW Stadium
Newport (IOW) Beatrice Avenue
Ringwood Town Long Lane
Romsey Town AEC Protection Ground
Totton & Eling Miller Park
Verwood Town Potterne Park
Whitchurch United Longmeadow

Past winners edit

Season Champions
1986–87 Bashley
1987–88 Bashley
1988–89 Bashley
1989–90 Romsey Town
1990–91 Havant Town
1991–92 Wimborne Town
1992–93 AFC Lymington
1993–94 Wimborne Town
1994–95 Fleet Town
1995–96 Thatcham Town
1996–97 AFC Lymington
1997–98 AFC Lymington
1998–99 Lymington & New Milton
1999–2000 Wimborne Town
2000–01 Andover
2001–02 Andover
2002–03 Eastleigh
2003–04 Winchester City

In 2004, the league expanded to three divisions.

Season Division One Division Two Division Three
2004–05 Lymington & New Milton Lymington Town Colden Common
2005–06 Winchester City Locks Heath Paulsgrove

In 2006, the divisions were renumbered, with the top division being renamed the Premier Division.

Season Premier Division Division One Division Two
2006–07 Gosport Borough Hayling United Fleetlands

After the 2006-07 season, Division Two was discontinued.

Season Premier Division Division One
2007–08 A.F.C. Totton Tadley Calleva
2008–09 Poole Town Totton & Eling
2009–10 Poole Town Hamble A.S.S.C.
2010–11 Poole Town Downton
2011–12 Winchester City Verwood Town
2012–13 Blackfield & Langley Brockenhurst
2013–14 Sholing Petersfield Town
2014–15 Petersfield Town Team Solent
2015–16 Salisbury Portland United
2016–17 Portland United Hamble Club
2017–18 Blackfield & Langley Christchurch
2018–19 Sholing AFC Stoneham
2019–20 Season abandoned (coronavirus pandemic)
2020–21 Season abandoned (lockdown restrictions)
2021–22 Hamworthy United Bemerton Heath Harlequins
2022–23 Horndean Andover New Street
2023–24 Moneyfields Hamworthy Recreation

Wessex League Cup edit

The Wessex League Cup, or Velocity Wessex League Cup for sponsor purposes, is a domestic cup which all the Wessex League teams participate in.

Wessex League Cup winners edit


References edit

  1. ^ "HISTORY". wessexleague.co.uk. Retrieved 26 April 2023.
  2. ^ "HISTORY". hpfl.co.uk. Retrieved 26 April 2023.
  3. ^ "Velocity Wessex League Cup". www.wessexleague.co.uk. Retrieved 2 October 2023.

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