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West Lancashire Football League

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Country  England
Date founded  1904
Number of teams  42
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Current champions  Charnock Richard (Premier Division) Fulwood Amateurs (Division One) Haslingden St Mary's (Division Two) (2014–15)
Divisions  Premier Division; Division One; Division Two
Level on pyramid  English football league system
Feeder to  North West Counties League Division One
Domestic cup(s)  Richardson Cup; Presidents Cup; Challenge Cup

The West Lancashire Football League is a football competition based in northern England, consisting of five divisions – three for first teams (Premier, One and Two), and two for reserve teams. The league is currently sponsored by Lancaster-based radio station The Bay. The top division, the Premier Division, sits at step seven of the National League System and is a feeder league for the North West Counties Football League, although promotion and relegation is based upon application to the National League System Panel.

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History

The league was formed in 1904, although 1905–06 was the first season. It was originally known as the Preston & District Combination, with member clubs having to be within ten miles of Preston. It became the West Lancashire League in 1908, and over the years the qualification area was gradually extended. At first it was a competition for minor non-league football clubs, but from the 1920s the membership changed with the league including several Football League club's 'A' teams. This continued through to the early 1950s. However, the creation of the Lancashire League meant that some of the Football League clubs changed their allegiance. The West Lancashire League struggled along for a few years, until 1954 when it was closed down.

The league was re-established in 1959, with a small membership of clubs from the Blackpool area. Steadily the league grew, and in 1964–65 it expanded to two divisions. The league had a rapidly changing membership, but continued to prosper, with a third senior division being formed for the 1998–99 season. The league now covers the whole of modern Lancashire, plus areas of Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, and even West Yorkshire.

In past seasons the league has included former Football League club Nelson and the forerunners of current Football League side Morecambe.

Premier Division 2016-17

  • Blackpool Wren Rovers
  • Coppull United
  • Crooklands Casuals
  • Eagley
  • Euxton Villa
  • Fulwood Amateurs
  • Garstang
  • Hesketh Bank
  • Longridge Town
  • Lostock St. Gerards
  • Slyne-with-Hest
  • Southport Hesketh
  • Tempest United
  • Thornton Cleveleys
  • Turton
  • Vickerstown
  • Whitehaven
  • Division One 2016-17

  • Askam United
  • Burscough Richmond
  • Chew Moor Brook
  • Dalton United
  • GSK Ulverston Rangers
  • Haslingden St. Mary's
  • Hawcoat Park
  • Hurst Green
  • Ladybridge
  • Lytham Town
  • Mill Hill St. Peters
  • Milnthorpe Corinthians
  • Poulton
  • Stoneclough
  • Wyre Villa
  • Division Two 2016-17

  • Blackpool Wren Rovers Reserves
  • Burscough Richmond Reserves
  • Croston Sports
  • Coppull United Reserves
  • Euxton Villa Reserves
  • Furness Cavaliers
  • Fulwood Amateurs Reserves
  • Furness Rovers
  • Garstang Reserves
  • Hurst Green Reserves
  • Kendal County
  • Leyland United
  • Millom
  • Swarthmoor Social
  • Thornton Cleveleys Reserves
  • Walney Island
  • References

    West Lancashire Football League Wikipedia


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