Central Midlands Football League

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Central Midlands Football League
Country England
Founded 1971
  • North Division
  • South Division
  • +2 Reserve divisions
Number of teams 31
16 (North Division)
15 (South Division)
Level on pyramid 11th (North and South Divisions)
Feeder to
Promotion to Northern Counties East League
Relegation to
Current champions 2015–16:
Glapwell (North Division)
Selston (South Division)

The Central Midlands Football League is an English football league covering the northeast-central part of England. Formed in 1971 as the South Derbyshire League, changing name initially to the Derbyshire League before taking on its current name in 1983, it covers Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. The league's current sponsor is Windsor Foodservice.

The number of divisions has varied over time as follows

  • 1983–84 – three divisions: Supreme, Premier First and Premier
  • 1984–85 – three divisions: Central, Premier First and Premier
  • 1985–86 – two divisions: Central and Premier
  • 1986–87 – three divisions: Supreme, Premier and First
  • 1987–88 to 1989–90 – two divisions: Supreme and Premier
  • 1990–91 – three divisions: Supreme, Premier and First
  • 1991–92 – three divisions: Supreme, Premier North and Premier South
  • 1992–93 to 2010–11 – two divisions: Supreme and Premier
  • 2011–12 to present – two divisions: North and South

Within the English football league system, the Central Midlands League's two divisions, called the North Division and South Division, are considered part of the National League System (at Step 7), while the two reserve divisions are not. Four clubs from the previously-named Premier Division had the distinction of being the lowest-ranked clubs, and only ones outside the NLS, accepted for the 2006–07 FA Vase. For the 2008–09 season, eight of the leading sides left the Central Midlands League to join forces with eight clubs from the Leicestershire Senior League to form a new league, the East Midlands Counties League, at Step 6 of the National League System. For the 2015-16 season reserve teams of clubs who play higher up the pyramid were allowed to participate in the league for the first time.

Champions of the North Division are eligible (if they meet ground standards) for promotion to the Northern Counties East League Division One and champions of the South Division are eligible for promotion to the East Midlands Counties League, and some clubs have progressed from the CML to the National League North and Northern Premier League. A representative side from the league takes part in the FA Inter-League Cup.

Local leagues below the Central Midlands League on the pyramid are the Doncaster and District Senior League and the Midlands Regional Alliance. In most cases these have multiple divisions or feeder leagues of their own.

Member clubs 2016–17[edit]

League champions[edit]

Hucknall Town (badge pictured) have won the CMFL twice.
1983–84 Ashbourne
1984–85 Graham St Prims reserves
1985–86 Huthwaite
1986–87 Hinckley Town
1987–88 Harworth Colliery Institute
1988–89 Boston
1989–90 Hucknall Town
1990–91 Hucknall Town
1991–92 Lincoln United
1992–93 Arnold Town
1993–94 Glapwell
1994–95 Heanor Town
1995–96 Oakham United
1996–97 Heanor Town
1997–98 Gedling Town
1998–99 Mickleover Sports
1999–00 Lincoln Moorlands
2000–01 Shirebrook Town
2001–02 Shirebrook Town
2002–03 Carlton Town
2003–04 Retford United
2004–05 Dunkirk
2005–06 Barton Town Old Boys
2006–07 Bottesford Town
2007–08 Askern Welfare
2008–09 Radcliffe Olympic
2009–10 Louth Town
2010–11 Sheffield Parramore
Season North Division South Division
2011–12 Westella & Willerby Basford United
2012–13 Dronfield Town Sutton Town
2013–14 AFC Mansfield Clifton All Whites
2014–15 Bilsthorpe Mickleover Royals
2015–16 Glapwell Selston

League Challenge Cup[edit]

The league also runs the Central Midlands League Challenge Cup, which is contested by every club in the league.


Season Winner Result Runner-up Venue
2000–01 Shirebrook Town 1 – 0 Collingham North Street
2001–02 Retford United 1 – 0 Thorne Colliery North Street
2002–03 Dinnington Town 2 – 0 Dunkirk North Street
2003–04 Retford United 1 – 0 Dinnington Town North Street
2004–05 Sandiacre Town 1 – 0 Dunkirk North Street
2005–06 Dinnington Town 2 – 1 Askern Welfare North Street
2006–07 Heanor Town 5 – 3 Ollerton Town North Street
2007–08 Dunkirk 1 – 0 Blidworth Welfare North Street
2008–09 Sutton Town 2 – 0 Westella & Willerby North Street
2009–10 Newark Town 4 – 4(p) Louth Town North Street
2010–11 Yorkshire Main 2 – 2(p) Kirkby Town North Street
2011–12 Dronfield Town 5 – 2 Clifton All Whites North Street
2012–13 AFC Mansfield 2 – 1 Thorne Colliery North Street
2013–14 Clifton All Whites 1 – 0 AFC Mansfield North Street
2014–15 Hucknall Town 3 – 0 Clifton All Whites North Street
2015–16 Hucknall Rolls Leisure 2 – 1 Blidworth Welfare North Street

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