Southern Counties East Football League

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Southern Counties East Football League
SCE League logo.png
Country England
Founded 1966
Divisions 1
Number of teams 17
Level on pyramid 9
Feeder to Isthmian League
Relegation to Kent Invicta Football League
Domestic cup(s) Kent League Cup
Current champions Whyteleafe
Website Official website
2014–15 season

The Southern Counties East Football League is an English football league for teams based in Kent and south east London, which was established in 1966. Until 2013 it was known as the Kent League, which was also the name of a similar league which existed from 1894 until 1959.


The first Kent League was formed in 1894 and folded in 1959. Despite many of the same clubs having spells in membership, there is no direct connection between the two competitions.

The current incarnation of the league was formed in 1966 as the Kent Premier League (changing to Kent Football League in 1968), and in its early years many of its members were reserve sides of Southern League teams. Gradually, the reserve sides were all shifted down into the lower divisions.

In 2013 the league changed its name to the Southern Counties East League, to reflect the fact that many of its member clubs no longer played within the county of Kent.[1]


For the 2012–13 season, the league was sponsored by Hürlimann Sternbräu lager, brewed by Kentish brewers, Shepherd Neame and was therefore billed as the Kent Hurlimann Football League[2]

Current structure[edit]

The league has only one division. In the past it included additional divisions for reserve teams. The league is now at Step 5 of the National League System (which equates to Level 9 of the overall English football league system), with clubs able to move upwards to the Step 4 divisions of the Isthmian League. Prior to the 2011–12 season, clubs could get relegated to the Kent County League, although in practice this rarely happened. The formation of the new Kent Invicta Football League for the 2011–12 season now means there is a Step 6 league allowing for more frequent promotion/relegation between the Southern Counties East League and the Kent Invicta League.

List of champions[edit]

The area covered by the Southern Counties East Football League is coloured in maroon.
Cray Wanderers celebrate winning the title in 1981
Maidstone United celebrate winning the title in 2006
Year Champions
1966–67 Margate Reserves
1967–68 Margate Reserves
1968–69 Brett Sports
1969–70 Faversham Town
1970–71 Faversham Town
1971–72 Chatham
1972–73 Sheppey United
1973–74 Chatham
1974–75 Sheppey United
1975–76 Sittingbourne
1976–77 Medway
1977–78 Faversham Town
1978–79 Sheppey United
1979–80 Chatham Town
1980–81 Cray Wanderers
1981–82 Erith & Belvedere
1982–83 Crockenhill
1983–84 Sittingbourne
1984–85 Tunbridge Wells
1985–86 Alma Swanley
1986–87 Greenwich Borough
1987–88 Greenwich Borough
1988–89 Hythe Town
1989–90 Faversham Town
Year Champions
1990–91 Sittingbourne
1991–92 Herne Bay
1992–93 Tonbridge
1993–94 Herne Bay
1994–95 Sheppey United
1995–96 Furness
1996–97 Herne Bay
1997–98 Herne Bay
1998–99 Ramsgate
1999–2000 Deal Town
2000–01 Chatham Town
2001–02 Maidstone United
2002–03 Cray Wanderers
2003–04 Cray Wanderers
2004–05 Ramsgate
2005–06 Maidstone United
2006–07 Whitstable Town
2007–08 Thamesmead Town
2008–09 VCD Athletic
2009–10 Faversham Town
2010–11 Hythe Town
2011–12 Herne Bay
2012–13 Erith & Belvedere
2013–14 Whyteleafe


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