Leicestershire Senior League

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Leicestershire Senior League
Founded 1896
Country England
Divisions Premier Division
Division One
Number of teams 34
Level on pyramid Levels 11-12
Feeder to East Midlands Counties League
United Counties League
Promotion to East Midlands Counties League
United Counties League Division One
Domestic cup(s) FA Vase
Current champions Lutterworth Town
(2016–17)
Website FA Full-Time

The Leicestershire Senior League (currently sponsored by Everards Brewery) is a football competition based in Leicestershire, England.

History[edit]

The league was formed in 1896,[1] had a two-year hiatus between 1901 and 1903, and has run continuously since 1903 apart from during the two world wars and a four-year spell in the 1930s.[2] A second division was added in 1948.[1]

The longest serving team in the league was Holwell Sports, who completed 76 seasons in the league, 60 of them in the top division[3] but left in 2008 to join the new East Midlands Counties Football League.

Current structure[edit]

The league currently has two divisions, the Premier Division and Division One, and is a feeder to the East Midlands Counties Football League. The Football Association classifies the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division as Step 7, due to the quality of football played and the standard of the grounds on which teams play. The First Division is therefore not part of the NLS, meaning that clubs in that division are not eligible to take part in the FA Vase. An application to re-grade the Premier Division to Step 6 was turned down by the FA in 2006.

For the 2008–09 season, eight of the leading sides left the league to join forces with eight clubs from the Central Midlands League to form a new league, the East Midlands Counties Football League, at Step 6 of the National League System.

Champions[edit]

The champions of the league's top division since its creation have been as follows:[4]

2017–18 Members[edit]

The constitution for season 2017–18 was ratified at the league's AGM, and is as follows:

Premier Division[edit]

  • Allexton & New Parks
  • Ashby Ivanhoe Reserves
  • Bardon Hill
  • Barlestone St. Giles
  • Coalville Town Development
  • Cottesmore Amateurs
  • Ellistown
  • FC GNG
  • FC Khalsa GAD
  • Friar Lane & Epworth
  • Hathern
  • Ibstock United
  • Ingles
  • Kirby Muxloe Reserves
  • Saffron Dynamo
  • Sileby Town

Division One[edit]

  • Anstey Nomads Reserves
  • Anstey Town
  • Asfordby FC
  • Aylestone Park Reserves
  • Barrow Town Reserves
  • Birstall United Reserves
  • Caterpillar
  • County Hall
  • Desford
  • Earl Shilton Albion
  • Highfield Rangers
  • Holwell Sports Development
  • Loughborough
  • Lutterworth Town Reserves
  • Melton Town Development
  • Rugby Borough
  • St Andrews Reserves
  • Thurnby Rangers

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