Gloucestershire County Football League

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Gloucestershire County Football League
GCL logo.jpg
Country England
Founded 1968
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid Level 11
Feeder to Western League
Promotion to Hellenic League Division One West
Relegation to Bristol & Suburban League
Bristol Premier Combination
Gloucestershire Northern Senior League
Current champions Longlevens
(2013–14)
Website Official website

The Gloucestershire County Football League is a football league in England, founded in 1968. The league is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA.

It sits at step 7 (or level 11) of the National League System and is a feeder to the Hellenic League Division One West. Clubs to move from the GCL to the Hellenic League in recent seasons are Brimscombe & Thrupp, Longlevens and Tuffley Rovers. The league has always consisted of a single division of clubs. In the 2014–15 season, 18 teams are competing in the league.

The Bristol & Suburban League, Bristol Premier Combination, and the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League feed the Gloucestershire County League.

Administration[edit]

The League has a maximum size of 20 member clubs, who have to be affiliated to the Gloucestershire Football Association.

The club's ground or headquarters have to be located within the County of Gloucestershire or in those parts of the City of Bristol that was within the 1908 city boundaries.

The league is part of the National League system and clubs may apply for promotion to or from the League.

The Joint Liaison Committee, at the end of each season, confirms promotion and relegation of clubs between the leagues and is responsible for the boundary adjustments between the leagues where appropriate. The Committee is drawn from the Western Football League, Gloucestershire County League, Somerset County League, South West Peninsula League and the Wiltshire League.[1]

History[edit]

The league was originally formed in 1968. Its first Chairman was F.Dowling, who was ably assisted by the Hon. Secretary, L.V. James. Les James has the Leagues' Cup Competition named after him in recognition of his service to football and the league within Gloucestershire. Chairman, Mr F. Dowling, presented the championship trophy to Stonehouse FC, who were the first winners of the County League.[2]

Among the clubs that have left the Gloucestershire County League and now compete at a higher level are:

Two current members of the Gloucestershire County League have played at a higher level:

Other former members of the County League have dropped back into local football. Notable clubs include:

Member clubs for 2014–15 season[edit]

  • AEK Boco
  • Berkeley Town
  • Bishop's Cleeve Reserves
  • Bristol Telephones
  • Cheltenham Civil Service
  • Chipping Sodbury Town
  • Ellwood
  • Frampton United
  • Gala Wilton
  • Hanham Athletic
  • Henbury
  • Kings Stanley
  • Kingswood
  • Patchway Town
  • Rockleaze Rangers
  • Southmead Athletic
  • Thornbury Town
  • Yate Town Reserves

List of champions[edit]

External links[edit]

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