Spartan League

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Spartan League
Country  England
Founded 1907
First season 1907–08
Folded 1997
Divisions 1–4
Promotion to Isthmian League
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup, FA Amateur Cup, FA Vase

The Spartan League was a football league in England covering London and adjacent counties. Established in 1907, it merged with the South Midlands League in 1997 to form the Spartan South Midlands League.

History[edit]

The league was established in 1907 with six clubs; Bromley, Dulwich Hamlet, Leytonstone, Nunhead, Shepherd's Bush and West Norwood.[1] It gained five clubs for its second season, and split into two divisions, Eastern and Western.[1] In 1909–10 the split was changed to Section A and B, before the league reverted back to a single division in 1910–11.[1]

The league added a second division in 1920, and in 1925 it added another division, with Division Two divided into 2A and 2B.[1] This structure lasted until 1928 when the league gained another division, with both Division One and Two divided into East and West divisions.[1] The following season the league was reorganised, with a Premier Division created above Division One and Division Two still divided into East and West sections.[1] This structure remained unchanged until World War II.[2] The league restarted in 1945 and was divided into three divisions; Central, Eastern and Western.[2] The following season it reverted to a single division.[1]

In 1975 the league merged with the Metropolitan–London League, forming the London Spartan League, which ran with two divisions; Division One and Division Two.[3] In 1977 they were renamed, becoming the Premier Division and Senior Division.[3] The league readopted the name Spartan League in 1987,[4] A third division, the Intermediate Division, was added for the 1987–88 season; by 1992 it had been renamed Division Two.[4]

In 1997 it merged with the South Midlands League to form the Spartan South Midlands League. The new league initially ran with two Premier Divisions (north and south), a Senior Division and two Division Ones (north and south).[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Spartan League 1907-1934 Non-League Matters
  2. ^ a b Spartan League 1934-1955 Non-League Matters
  3. ^ a b Spartan League 1955-1983 Non-League Matters
  4. ^ a b Spartan League 1983-1997 Non-League Matters
  5. ^ Spartan South Midlands League 1997-2004 Non-League Matters