South Midlands League
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The league was formed in 1922 as the Bedfordshire County League, changed its name to the Bedfordshire & District County League in 1924 before adopting the South Midlands League title in 1929. The league merged with the Spartan League to form the Spartan South Midlands League in 1997.
For the majority of the league's existence, it comprised two divisions, but for a period after World War II, and for the final four seasons, there were three divisions, with the peak membership of 48 clubs competing in 1995–96.
Although clubs from the league played in the qualifying rounds of the FA Cup from the late 1920s onwards, none ever made the first round proper. The best performance came from Barton Rovers in 1976–77 when they reached the fourth qualifying round. South Midlands League clubs had more success in the FA Vase – Barton Rovers reached the final in 1977–78, while Arlesey Town went one better in 1994–95 to become the first and only South Midlands League club to win the competition.
South Midlands League Divisional Champions (partial list)
|1983–84||Shefford Town||New Bradwell St Peter|
|1984–85||Eaton Bray United||Milton Keynes Borough|
|1987–88||Shillington||Pitstone & Ivinghoe|
|1988–89||Langford||Welwyn Garden United|
|1989–90||Pitstone & Ivinghoe||Harpenden Town|
|1990–91||Thame United||Buckingham Athletic|
|1992–93||Oxford City||Bedford Town|
A third division was re-introduced in 1993. The divisions were named Premier, Senior and Division One. Promotion and relegation between the divisions was not automatic, but also based on facilities.
|1993–94||Bedford Town||Toddington Rovers||Stony Stratford Town|
|1994–95||Arlesey Town||London Colney||Houghton Town|
|1995–96||Arlesey Town||Holmer Green||Mercedes-Benz|
|1996–97||Potters Bar Town||Leverstock Green||Biggleswade United|