Manchester Football League

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Manchester Football League
ManchesterLeague.jpg
Founded 1893
Divisions Premier Division (Level 11 in the system)
Division One (Level 12 in the system)
Division Two (for reserve teams)
Division Three (for reserve teams)
Division Four (for A & B teams)
Number of teams 28 (for the purposes of the league system)
Level on pyramid Level 11–12
Feeder to North West Counties League
Promotion to North West Counties League
First Division
Relegation to Altrincham and District Amateur Football League
Lancashire & Cheshire Amateur League
Lancashire Amateur League
Rochdale Alliance
Wigan & District League
Domestic cup(s) Gilcryst Cup
Murray Shield
Current champions Stockport Georgians (Premier Division)
Old Altrinchamians (Division One)
(2014–15)
Website Official website

The Manchester Football League, currently known under terms of sponsorship as FBT Football League, is a football league in England, covering a 30-mile radius from Manchester Town Hall.[1] It was formed in 1893, although play ceased between 1912 and 1920. Currently it consists of five divisions, only two of which are part of the English football league system

The 2014–15 top division champions are Stockport Georgians. They will be defending their trophy this season after choosing not to progress to the North West Counties League Division One.

Structure[edit]

The league consists of five divisions: Premier Division, Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, and Division 4. The Premier Division and Division One can incorporate both first and reserve teams, while Divisions Two and Three consist entirely of reserve teams, and Division Four is exclusively for lower than reserve teams of clubs in the top two divisions of the Manchester League. A team from the "reserve divisions" can be promoted to the top Manchester League divisions only if its first team participates in a higher than the Manchester League competition tier (Level 10 and above). There is no promotion/relegation between Division Three and Division Four, hence lower than reserve teams of football clubs (A & B teams) are bound to Division Four.

The Premier Division has a promotion/relegation arrangement with the North West Counties Football League, placing it at level 11 of the English football league system. However, the NWCFL's ground requirements are considerably higher than those of the Manchester League, so meeting them usually requires expensive improvements, and consequently few teams take up the opportunity of promotion. Ashton Athletic took the step up in 2006, despite only finishing 4th in Division One. Teams such as Salford City, Maine Road and Northern Nomads have all played in the league at some point.

Teams from the Premier Division are relegated to Division One making Division One the twelfth level of the English football league system. However, first teams from Division One are relegated to their respective areal leagues at Level 13 (Altrincham and District Amateur Football League, Lancashire & Cheshire Amateur League, Lancashire Amateur League, Rochdale Alliance, or Wigan & District League) since divisions Two and Three are only for reserve teams of the clubs in divisions Premier and One.

Thus, only the Premier Division and Division One of the Manchester League are part of the English football league system at levels eleven and twelve.

For the 2014–15 season there are 28 clubs competing in Level 11 and Level 12 of the system.

Member clubs for 2014–15 season[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

  • AFC Monton
  • Atherton Town
  • AVRO
  • Chapel Town
  • Dukinfield Town
  • East Manchester
  • Elton Vale
  • Hindsford
  • Manchester Gregorians
  • Prestwich Heys
  • Rochdale Sacred Heart
  • Royton Town
  • Springhead
  • Stockport Georgians
  • Walshaw Sports
  • Wythenshawe Amateurs

Division One[edit]

  • Beechfield United
  • Boothstown
  • Breightmet United
  • Chadderton Reserves
  • Heywood St. James
  • Hollinwood
  • Irlam Steel
  • Leigh Athletic
  • Old Altrinchamians
  • Pennington
  • Uppermill
  • Wilmslow Albion

Recent champions of Premier Division and Division One[edit]

Season Premier Division Division One
1982–83 Maine Road Mount Pleasant
1983–84 Maine Road Shell (Carington)
1984–85 Maine Road Coldhurst United
1985–86 Maine Road Adswood Amateurs
1986–87 Adswood Amateurs Castleton Gabriels
1987–88 Stockport Georgians Prestwich Heys
1988–89 Abbey Hey Avro
1989–90 Wythenshawe Amateurs Greater Manchester Police
1990–91 Abbey Hey Ramsbottom United
1991–92 East Manchester Woodley Sports
1992–93 Wythenshawe Amateurs Atherton Town
1993–94 Abbey Hey Winton United
1994–95 Abbey Hey Highfield United
1995–96 Little Hulton United Stand Athletic
1996–97 Highfield United Prestwich Heys
1997–98 Springhead Urmston
1998–99 Stand Athletic Willows
1999–2000 Stand Athletic Sacred Heart
2000–01 Stand Athletic Leigh Athletic
2001–02 Stockport Georgians Royton Town
2002–03 Wythenshawe Amateurs Breightmet United
2003–04 Royton Town Avro
2004–05 Prestwich Heys AFC Blackley
2005–06 Prestwich Heys Whitworth Valley
2006–07 Prestwich Heys Walshaw Sports
2007–08 Wigan Robin Park Chapel Town
2008–09 Gregorians Dukinfield Town
2009–10 AVRO Bury Amateurs
2010–11 Manchester Gregorians AVRO
2011–12 Hindsford Wythenshawe Town
2012–13 Hindsford Rochdale Sacred Heart
2013–14 Hindsford Chapel Town
2014–15 Stockport Georgians Old Altrinchamians

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". Manchester League. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 

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