St. Edmundsbury Football League
|Founded||1907 (as the Bury & District Football League)|
|Number of teams||17
7 (Division One)
10 (Division Two)
|Levels on pyramid||Level 18–19|
|Feeder to||Suffolk and Ipswich Football League|
|Promotion to||Suffolk and Ipswich Football League
Division decided by SIFL Committee
|League cup(s)||Mick McNeil Cup
Bill Utting Cup
Division 1 KO Cup
Division 2 KO Cup
St Edmunds Fair Play Cup
|Current champions||Home Guard (Division One)
RF Saints (Division Two)
The St. Edmundsbury Football League is a football competition based around the town of Bury St Edmunds in England. It has two divisions: One and Two. Its top division sits at level 18 of the English football league system. It is a feeder to the Suffolk and Ipswich Football League and is currently sponsored by Glasswells World of Furniture.
The league is affiliated to the Suffolk County FA.
The league was founded in 1907 and for most of its history has been known as the Bury & District Football League. In its early years the league had a much higher status and served a good standard of football in the West Suffolk area. However in the last 25 years those clubs with better facilities have left the league for higher standard competitions with Bacton Utd 89, Bartons, Cockfield Utd, Elmswell, Sporting 87, Stanton, St.Edmunds 65 (now returned), Thurston, Walsham-le-Willows moving to the Suffolk and Ipswich Football League and Barton Mills, Exning Athletic, Lakenheath, Tuddenham Rovers and West Row Gunners moving to the Cambridgeshire League. A consequence has been a reduction in the number of divisions from three in the 1990s to two over the last decade (with the exception of 2006–07). At the same time the number of teams participating in the league has halved from around 40 teams in the 1990s to 20 teams in the 2011/12 season.
In 2007 the Bury & District Football League celebrated its centenary and in the same year made the decision to rename the league as the St. Edmundsbury Football League.
Among the clubs that at one time played in the Bury & District Football League and now compete at a higher level are:
- Cambridge City (known as Cambridge Town)
- Cornard United
- Mildenhall Town
- Newmarket Town
- Sudbury Town
Current clubs in the St. Edmundsbury Football League have very basic facilities and in recent years the champion club has not taken advantage of seeking promotion to the Suffolk and Ipswich League competition. This trend has been broken by Bartons, the 2011-12 champions, who will compete in Division 3 of the Suffolk and Ipswich League for the 2012-13 season. Bartons have shown the way for the rest of the clubs in the St. Edmundsbury Football League by gaining promotion from Division 3 to the Suffolk and Ipswich League Division 2 in there first season.
Member clubs 2013–14
Recent divisional champions
|Season||Division One||Division Two||Division Three|
|2004–05||Fornham St Martin||Barons|
|2005–06||Black Eagles||Westbury Utd|
|2006–07||Black Eagles||Priors Inn||Elephant & Castle|
|2007–08||Ixworth Pykkerell||Elveden Phoenix|
|2008–09||Priors||Haughley Utd Res|
|2009–10||Ixworth Pykkerell||Elephant & Castle|
|2010–11||St Edmunds 1965||Garboldisham|
|2012–13||Home Guard||RF Saints|
- "Cambridge City – Club History Playing Record". Retrieved 2012-03-21.