Federation Professional League

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Federation Professional League
Founded 1969
Folded 1990
Country South Africa
Most championships Cape Town Spurs (7 titles)

The Federation Professional League (FPL) was a South African football (soccer) league founded in 1969. It was established to allow coloureds and Indian South Africans to participate in a competitive league.

It was established in the wake of the SASL's disbandment in 1967 and was considered a rival to the National Football League which was only available to white South Africans.

Previous winners[edit]

Year Winner[1] Runner-up Third-place
FPL League
1969
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Verulam Suburbs  
1970
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Cape Town Spurs F.C.  
Mainstay League
1971
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Cape Town Spurs F.C.  
1972
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Glenville  
1973
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Cape Town Spurs F.C.  
1974
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Cape Town Spurs F.C.  
1975
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Berea F.C.  
1976
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Cape Town Spurs F.C.  
1977
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Swaraj United  
FPL Castle League
1978
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Durban City  
Seven Seas League
1979
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Cape Town Spurs F.C.  
1980
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Glenville  
1981
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Cape Town Spurs F.C.  
1982
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Glendene  
1983
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Lightbody's Santos  
1984
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Lightbody's Santos  
Quindrink League
1985
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Swaraj United  
La Mercy Beach League
1986
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Lightbody's Santos  
1987
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Lightbody's Santos  
1988
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Lightbody's Santos  
1989
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Battswood F.C.  
1990
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Lightbody's Santos Battswood F.C. Port Elizabeth Blackpool

When the league folded in December 1990, six teams continued for the next season, at the highest level of South African football, known as NSL Castle League. Those six highest ranked teams were: Real Taj, Tongaat Crusaders United, Bosmont Chelsea, Santos, Manning Rangers, Dangerous Darkies.[2]

Team Titles Years
Cape Town Spurs F.C.
7
1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1981
Lightbody's Santos
6
1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990
Glenville
2
1972, 1980
Swaraj United
2
1977, 1985
Verulam Suburbs F.C.
1
1969
Berea F.C.
1
1975
Durban City
1
1978
Glendene
1
1982
Battswood F.C.
1
1989

Player awards[edit]

Player of the year[edit]

Year Player Club
1973 Danny Abrahams Cape Town Spurs
1974 Daya Maistry Berea
1975 Virgil Padayachee Swaraj
1976 Michael Moodley Manning Rangers
1977 Bernie Van Niekerk Cape Town Spurs
1978 Deena Nai- doo Manning Rangers
1979 Paul Bishop Avalon Athletic
1980 Boebie Solomons Cape Town Spurs
1981 Edwin Fredericks Berea
1982 Noel Goodall Chelsea
1983 Farouk Abrahams Maritzburg United
1984 Ravi Pillay Maritzburg United
1985 Der- eck Naidoo Manning Rangers
1986 Dorrington Webster Real Taj

Top Goalscorers[edit]

Year Player Club
1970 Bernard Hartze Cape Town Spurs
1971 Benard Hartze Cape Town Spurs
1972 Patrick "Bomber" Chamane Maritzburg City
1973 James George Cape Town Spurs
1974 Neville Londt Cape Town Spurs
Scampy Bissessor Berea
1976 Vincent Julius Sundowns
1977 Jimmy Joubert Swaraj
1978 Ian Gillies Maritzburg City
1979 Kader Sulia- man Cape Town Spurs
1980 Elvis Singh Leeds
1981 Kader Sulaiman Cape Town Spurs
1982 Duncan Crowie Glendene
1983 Duncan Crowie Glendene
1984 Derrick Eastwood Swaraj
1985 Michael Mtshali Real Taj
1986 Harry de la Cruz Maritzburg United

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Africa Cup History". rsssf.com. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "South Africa 1996". rsssf.com. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  3. ^ City Press Soccer Annual '88. South Africa: City Press.