Western Football League

The Western Football League is a football league in South West England, covering Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, western Dorset, parts of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. The league's current main sponsor is Toolstation, so it is also known as the Toolstation League.

Western Football League
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Founded1892; 129 years ago (1892)
CountryEngland
Other club(s) fromWales
DivisionsPremier Division
Division One
Number of teams40
20 (Premier Division)
20 (Division One)
Level on pyramidLevels 9–10
Feeder toSouthern League Division One South
Relegation toDorset Premier League
Gloucestershire County League
Somerset County League
Wiltshire League
South West Peninsula League

Only relegated from &
 promoted to Premier Division
Domestic cup(s)Les Phillips Cup
Current championsWilland Rovers (Premier Division)
Keynsham Town (Division One)
(2018–19)
WebsiteOfficial
Current: 2020–21 season

Recent restructuring of the English football league system has placed the two divisions, known as the Premier Division and Division One (each a maximum of twenty-two clubs) at the ninth and tenth tiers overall, known as Step 5 and Step 6 of the National League System.

The champion club may apply for promotion to a Step 4 league, which in practice will almost certainly be the Southern League Division One South and West. Below the Western League are four local leagues covering smaller areas, the Gloucestershire County League, the Somerset County League, the Dorset Premier League and the Wiltshire League.[1] The South West Peninsula League Premier Division is also a feeder to the Western League but due to having Step 6 status (the same level as the Western League Division One), it feeds directly into the Western League Premier Division.

List of 2019–20 member clubsEdit

Premier DivisionEdit

 
 
Bitton
 
Bradford Town
 
Bridgwater Town
 
Bridport
 
Brislington
 
Buckland Athletic
 
Cadbury Heath
 
Chipping Sodbury Town
 
Clevedon Town
 
Cribbs
 
Exmouth Town
 
Hallen
 
Keynsham Town
 
Odd Down (Bath)
 
Plymouth Parkway
 
Roman Glass St George
 
Shepton Mallet
 
Street
 
Tavistock
 
Wellington
 
Westbury United
Map showing the location of teams in Western Football League, Premier Division in 2019–20
Club Home ground
Bitton Recreation Ground
Bradford Town Trowbridge Road
Bridgwater Town Fairfax Park
Bridport St Mary's Field
Brislington Brislington Stadium
Buckland Athletic Homers Heath
Cadbury Heath Springfield
Chipping Sodbury Town The Ridings
Clevedon Town Hand Stadium
Cribbs The Lawns
Exmouth Town Southern Road
Hallen The Hallen Centre
Keynsham Town Crown Field
Odd Down Lew Hill Memorial Ground
Plymouth Parkway Bolitho Park
Roman Glass St. George Oaklands Park
Shepton Mallet The Playing Fields
Street The Tannery
Tavistock Langsford Park
Wellington The Playing Field
Westbury United Meadow Lane

Division OneEdit

Club Home ground
Almondsbury The Field
Ashton & Backwell United Recreation Ground
Bishops Lydeard Darby Way
Bishop Sutton Lakeview
Bristol Telephones Stockwood Lane
Calne Town Bremhill View
Cheddar Bowdens Park
Corsham Town Southbank
Devizes Town Nursteed Road
Hengrove Athletic Norton Lane
Lebeq United Oaklands Park
Longwell Green Sports Longwell Green Community Stadium
Oldland Abbotonians Aitchison Playing Field
Portishead Town Bristol Road
Radstock Town The Southfields Recreation Ground
Sherborne Town Raleigh Grove
Warminster Town Weymouth Street
Welton Rovers West Clewes
Wells City The Athletic Ground
Wincanton Town Wincanton Sports Ground

HistoryEdit

The league was formed in 1892 as the Bristol & District League, and became the Western League in 1895. Another Bristol & District League was later formed, which remains active at a much lower level than the Western League. In the years before World War II, many teams played in both the Southern and Western Leagues; the Western League was considered as secondary to the Southern League.

On four occasions, member clubs have lifted the FA Vase, Tiverton Town twice, Taunton Town once and most recently Truro City, who beat A.F.C. Totton in 2007 at the first final to be held at the new Wembley Stadium before a competition record crowd of 27,754. Truro City were the only one of the three to win the FA Vase while in Division One, while none are current members of the Western League, as all three have since progressed to the Southern League.

Founder membersEdit

List of championsEdit

Teams promoted to Southern League (since 1946)Edit

 
The area covered by the Western League is coloured in dark green.
Year Team Position
1949 Weymouth 3rd
1957 Poole Town 1st
1958 Trowbridge Town 5th
1968 Salisbury 2nd
1971 Andover 2nd
1972 Bideford 1st
1972 Minehead 2nd
1972 Dorchester Town 7th
1977 Taunton Town 9th
1982 Bridgwater Town 3rd
1992 Weston-super-Mare 1st
1993 Clevedon Town 1st
1999 Tiverton Town 2nd
2000 Mangotsfield United 2nd
2001 Chippenham Town 2nd
2002 Taunton Town 2nd
2003 Team Bath 1st
2004 Paulton Rovers 2nd
2007 Bridgwater Town 2nd
2008 Truro City 1st
2009 Frome Town 2nd
2010 Bideford 1st
2012 Merthyr Town 1st
2014 Larkhall Athletic 1st
2015 Slimbridge 3rd
2016 Barnstaple Town 2nd
2017 Bristol Manor Farm 1st
2018 Street 1st
2018 Melksham Town 2nd
2019 Willand Rovers 1st

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FOOTBALL: Chippenham Park to join Toolstation League". Gazette and Herald. Wiltshire. 24 May 2013. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013.

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