Western Football League

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Western Football League
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Founded1892; 129 years ago (1892)
CountryEngland
Other club(s) fromWales
DivisionsPremier Division
Division One
Number of teams40
19 (Premier Division)
21 (Division One)
Level on pyramidLevels 9–10
Feeder toSouthern League Division One South
Relegation toDorset Premier League
Gloucestershire County League
Somerset County League
Wiltshire League
South West Peninsula League

Only relegated from &
 promoted to Premier Division
Domestic cup(s)Les Phillips Cup
Current championsWilland Rovers (Premier Division)
Keynsham Town (Division One)
(2018–19)
WebsiteOfficial
Current: 2021–22 season

The Western Football League is a football league in South West England, covering Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, western Dorset, parts of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. The league's current main sponsor is Toolstation, so it is also known as the Toolstation League.

Recent restructuring of the English football league system has placed the two divisions, known as the Premier Division and Division One (each a maximum of twenty-two clubs) at the ninth and tenth tiers overall, known as Step 5 and Step 6 of the National League System.

The champion club may apply for promotion to a Step 4 league, which in practice will almost certainly be the Southern League Division One South and West. Below the Western League are four local leagues covering smaller areas, the Gloucestershire County League, the Somerset County League, the Dorset Premier League and the Wiltshire League.[1] The South West Peninsula League Premier Divisions East and West are also feeders to the Western League but due to having Step 6 status (the same level as the Western League Division One), they feed directly into the Western League Premier Division.

List of 2021–22 member clubs[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

Western Football League is located in Southwest England
Ashton & Backwell United
Ashton & Backwell United
Bitton
Bitton
Bridgwater Town
Bridgwater Town
Bridport
Bridport
Brislington
Brislington
Buckland Athletic
Buckland Athletic
Cadbury Heath
Cadbury Heath
Clevedon Town
Clevedon Town
Exmouth Town
Exmouth Town
Helston Athletic
Helston Athletic
Ilfracombe Town
Ilfracombe Town
Keynsham Town
Keynsham Town
Millbrook
Millbrook
Mousehole
Mousehole
Saltash United
Saltash United
Shepton Mallet
Shepton Mallet
Street
Street
Tavistock
Tavistock
Wellington
Wellington
Map showing the location of teams in Western Football League, Premier Division in 2021–22
Club Home ground
Ashton & Backwell United Recreation Ground
Bitton Recreation Ground
Bridgwater Town Fairfax Park
Bridport St Mary's Field
Brislington Brislington Stadium
Buckland Athletic Homers Heath
Clevedon Town Hand Stadium
Exmouth Town Southern Road
Helston Athletic Kellaway Park
Ilfracombe Town Marlborough Park
Keynsham Town Crown Field
Millbrook Jenkins Park
Mousehole Trungle Parc
Saltash United Kimberley Stadium
Shepton Mallet The Playing Fields
Street The Tannery
Tavistock Langsford Park
Wellington The Playing Field

Division One[edit]

Club Home ground
AEK Boco Greenbank Road Playing Fields
Almondsbury The Field
Bishops Lydeard Darby Way
Bishop Sutton Lakeview
Bristol Telephones Stockwood Lane
Cheddar Bowdens Park
Devizes Town Nursteed Road
Gillingham Town Woodwater Lane
Hengrove Athletic Norton Lane
Lebeq United Oaklands Park
Longwell Green Sports Longwell Green Community Stadium
Odd Down Lew Hill Memorial Ground
Oldland Abbotonians Aitchison Playing Field
Portishead Town Bristol Road
Radstock Town The Southfields Recreation Ground
Sherborne Town Raleigh Grove
Tytherington Rocks Hardwicke Playing Field
Warminster Town Weymouth Street
Welton Rovers West Clewes
Wells City The Athletic Ground
Wincanton Town Wincanton Sports Ground

History[edit]

The league was formed in 1892 as the Bristol & District League, and became the Western League in 1895. Another Bristol & District League was later formed, which remains active at a much lower level than the Western League. In the years before World War II, many teams played in both the Southern and Western Leagues; the Western League was considered as secondary to the Southern League.

On four occasions, member clubs have lifted the FA Vase, Tiverton Town twice, Taunton Town once and most recently Truro City, who beat A.F.C. Totton in 2007 at the first final to be held at the new Wembley Stadium before a competition record crowd of 27,754. Truro City were the only one of the three to win the FA Vase while in Division One, while none are current members of the Western League, as all three have since progressed to the Southern League.

Founder members[edit]

List of champions[edit]

Teams promoted to Southern League (since 1946)[edit]

The area covered by the Western League is coloured in dark green.
Year Team Position
1949 Weymouth 3rd
1957 Poole Town 1st
1958 Trowbridge Town 5th
1968 Salisbury 2nd
1971 Andover 2nd
1972 Bideford 1st
1972 Minehead 2nd
1972 Dorchester Town 7th
1977 Taunton Town 9th
1982 Bridgwater Town 3rd
1992 Weston-super-Mare 1st
1993 Clevedon Town 1st
1999 Tiverton Town 2nd
2000 Mangotsfield United 2nd
2001 Chippenham Town 2nd
2002 Taunton Town 2nd
2003 Team Bath 1st
2004 Paulton Rovers 2nd
2007 Bridgwater Town 2nd
2008 Truro City 1st
2009 Frome Town 2nd
2010 Bideford 1st
2012 Merthyr Town 1st
2014 Larkhall Athletic 1st
2015 Slimbridge 3rd
2016 Barnstaple Town 2nd
2017 Bristol Manor Farm 1st
2018 Street 1st
2018 Melksham Town 2nd
2019 Willand Rovers 1st
2021 Plymouth Parkway 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FOOTBALL: Chippenham Park to join Toolstation League". Gazette and Herald. Wiltshire. 24 May 2013. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013.

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