Sussex County Football League

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Sussex County Football League
Sussex County Football League logo.png
Country England
Founded 1920
Divisions 3 – first teams
3 – reserve teams
Number of teams 48 (plus reserve teams)
Levels on pyramid Levels 9–11
Feeder to Isthmian League
or Southern League
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
FA Vase
League cup(s) John O'Hara League Cup
Division Two Challenge Cup
Division Three Challenge Cup
Current champions East Preston
(2013-14)
Website Official
2014–15 Sussex County Football League

The Sussex County Football League is a football league broadly covering the counties of East Sussex, West Sussex and southeastern Surrey, England.

Formed in 1920,[1] the league now has six divisions – three for first teams and three for reserve sides. The first team divisions – One, Two and Three, sit at Levels 9, 10 and 11 of the English football league system, below the regional divisions of the Isthmian League and the Southern League. The reserve divisions are not part of the league system.

The 2012–13 Division One Champions were Peacehaven & Telscombe.

Champions[edit]

1920–39[edit]

The league originally consisted of a single section of 12 clubs, and had reached a stable membership of 14 clubs when it was abandoned on the outbreak of World War II.

The area covered by the Sussex County League is coloured in dark blue.
Season Champions
1920–21 Worthing
1921–22 Worthing
1922–23 Vernon Athletic
1923–24 Corps of Signals
1924–25 Corps of Signals
1925–26 Southwick
1926–27 Worthing
1927–28 Southwick
1928–29 Worthing
1929–30 Southwick
1930–31 Worthing
1931–32 Horsham
1932–33 Horsham
1933–34 Worthing
1934–35 Horsham
1935–36 Horsham
1936–37 Horsham
1937–38 Horsham
1938–39 Worthing

1945–46[edit]

For the first post-War season, the league operated two regional divisions, East and West.

Season Eastern Western
1945–46 Haywards Heath Worthing

1946–52[edit]

After a single split format, the league reverted to a single division for the next six seasons.

Season Champions
1946–47 Horsham
1947–48 Southwick
1948–49 Bognor Regis
1949–50 Haywards Heath
1950–51 Haywards Heath
1951–52 Shoreham

1952–83[edit]

A second division was instituted in 1952. A two-division format continued for over 30 years, the only deviation being in the 1962–63 season when the terrible winter made the league impossible to finish. The normal league competitions were abandoned and a set of emergency competitions were played for in the second half of the season.

Season Division One Division Two
1952–53 Shoreham Wigmore Athletic
1953–54 Newhaven Hove White Rovers
1954–55 Eastbourne United Three Bridges United
1955–56 Eastbourne United Rye United
1956–57 Bexhill Town Athletic A P V Athletic
1957–58 Arundel Lancing
1958–59 Arundel Sidley United
1959–60 Chichester City Old Varndeanians
1960–61 Chichester City Hastings Rangers
1961–62 Whitehawk Shoreham
1962–63 Normal competitions abandoned
1963–64 Whitehawk Selsey
1964–65 Lewes Sidley United
1965–66 Bexhill Town Athletic Horsham Y M C A
1966–67 Bexhill Town Athletic Wadhurst
1967–68 Chichester City Whitehawk
1968–69 Southwick Ringmer
1969–70 Haywards Heath Lancing
1970–71 Ringmer Bognor Regis Town
1971–72 Bognor Regis Town Newhaven
1972–73 Chichester City Portfield
1973–74 Newhaven Wigmore Athletic
1974–75 Southwick Burgess Hill Town
1975–76 Burgess Hill Town Selsey
1976–77 Eastbourne Town Shoreham
1977–78 Shoreham Steyning
1978–79 Peacehaven & Telscombe Pagham
1979–80 Chichester City Hastings Town
1980–81 Pagham Whitehawk
1981–82 Peacehaven & Telscombe Wick
1982–83 Peacehaven & Telscombe Horsham Y M C A

1983–Present[edit]

After a two division format had proved sufficient for over 30 years, a third division was added in 1983. While the top two divisions were for clubs holding senior status with the Sussex FA, the new Division Three was (and still is) for clubs of intermediate status.

Season Division One Division Two Division Three
1983–84 Whitehawk Portfield East Preston
1984–85 Steyning Town Shoreham Oakwood
1985–86 Steyning Town Wick Seaford Town
1986–87 Arundel Pagham Langney Sports
1987–88 Pagham Langney Sports Midway
1988–89 Pagham Seaford Town Saltdean United
1989–90 Wick Bexhill Town Worthing United
1990–91 Littlehampton Town Newhaven Ifield
1991–92 Peacehaven & Telscombe Portfield Hassocks
1992–93 Peacehaven & Telscombe Crowborough Athletic Withdean
1993–94 Wick Shoreham Bosham
1994–95 Peacehaven & Telscombe Mile Oak Midhurst & Easebourne
1995–96 Peacehaven & Telscombe Saltdean United Ifield
1996–97 Burgess Hill Town Littlehampton Town Sidlesham
1997–98 Burgess Hill Town East Preston Lingfield
1998–99 Burgess Hill Town Sidley United Oving Social Club
1999–2000 Langney Sports Sidlesham Bosham
2000–01 Sidley United Southwick Rye United
2001–02 Burgess Hill Town Rye & Iden United Pease Pottage Village
2002–03 Burgess Hill Town Rye & Iden United Midhurst & Easebourne
2003–04 Chichester City United Littlehampton Town Crowborough Athletic
2004–05 Horsham Y M C A Crowborough Athletic Storrington
2005–06 Horsham Y M C A Oakwood Peacehaven & Telscombe
2006–07 Eastbourne Town Pagham Rustington
2007–08 Crowborough Athletic East Grinstead Town Loxwood
2008–09 Eastbourne United Association Peacehaven & Telscombe Clymping
2009–10 Whitehawk Rye United Bosham
2010–11 Crawley Down A.F.C. Uckfield Dorking Wanderers
2011–12 Three Bridges East Preston Newhaven
2012–13 Peacehaven & Telscombe Littlehampton Town Sidlesham

Most wins[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Sussex County Football League". Sussex County Football League. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 

External links[edit]