COMBINED COUNTIES LEAGUE


BRIEF HISTORY

The Combined Counties League can trace its existence back to 1922 when the Surrey Senior League was formed. The present title was not adopted until 1979. The first champions in 1922-23 were Egham, with Carshalton Athletic as runners-up.

Farnham United Breweries were champions twice and runners-up twice to Epsom Town between 1923-27. Camberley & Yorktown were the first club to record a hat-trick of championship wins between 1930-33. The Second World War brought the Surrey Senior League to a close between 1939-46. After the war newcomers to league in 1946-47 included Chertsey Town, Devas Institute, Lagonda Sports, who after several name changes becam Petters Sports, Leatherhead and Worcester Park. Leatherhead took the league by storm winning the championship four times between 1946-50.

After finishing second in 1949-50 Banstead Athletic took over the role as most consistent club. They were champions the next four seasons and never finished lower than second between 1949-59.

In the 1960's a number of sides switched to the Spartan League they included Molesey, Chertsey Town, Addlestone, Hampton, Banstead Athletic and Feltham. Most of these clubs had previously won the Surrey Senior League championship at least once. In 1968-69 a second division was formed which was known as Division One, with the original league becoming the Premier Division. As the majority of clubs forming Division One were junior sides there was no automatic promotion and relegation between the divisions. After three seasons Division One was disbanded and the league continued as before.

Early in the 1970's Farnham Town and Farnborough Town joined the Spartan League. In an attempt to attract clubs from outside the county, the Surrey Senior League was renamed the Home Counties League in 1978-79. However there were objections to the new title and the current title, Combined Counties League was adopted for the 1979-80 season.

In 1981-82 the league was split into East and West sections, with Ash United beating Malden Town in the play-off. Since 1982 the league has reverted back to one division. The Combined Counties league reached an agreement to become a feeder league for the Isthmian League, whilst at the bottom end of the league, arrangements had been made to accept clubs from the Surrey Premier at the expense of the bottom club.

The 1990's saw the Combined Counties league get stronger with the acceptance of a number of sides from Isthmian and Spartan leagues. Clubs have also been accepted from the old Chiltonian League which no longer exists. The new millennium has seen the league spreading it's net further and further with clubs from Oxon and Sussex joining the ranks. The Combined Counties is certainly living up to it's name.

For the 2002/03 season AFC Wimbledon joined the league. The new club, having only being formed a month or two earlier put fresh life into the league with an enthusiasm never seen before. Wherever they played they set new club attendance records bringing much needed finances to every club.

Season 2003/04 saw yet another development to the league with the amalgamation of the Surrey Premier league. This made the Combined Counties a much stronger force with a total of 42 member clubs and now with two senior divisions.

Season 2006/07 saw a major restructuring of the league with a number of new clubs from the now defunt Ryman's second division being accepted and a number of clubs being relegated from the league.

2011/12 saw the first non-mainland side join the league, when Guernsey were elected to the 1st Division.


     PREVIOUS COMBINED COUNTIES CHAMPIONS & RUNNERS-UP

Season League Winners Runners-up ~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ 1979/80 Guildford & Worplesdon Ash United 1980/81 Malden Town Hartley Wintney 1981/82 Ash United Malden Town 1982/83 Hartley Wintney Ash United 1983/84 Godalming Town Malden Town 1984/85 Malden Vale Southwick 1985/86 BAe(Weybridge) Chertsey Town 1986/87 Ash United Farnham Town 1987/88 BAe (Weybridge) Merstham 1988/89 BAe (Weybridge) Malden Vale 1989/90 Chipstead Merstham 1990/91 Farnham Town Chipstead 1991/92 Farnham Town Malden Town 1992/93 Peppard Chipstead 1993/94 Peppard Ashford Town(Middx) 1994/95 Ashford Town(Middx) Viking Sports 1995/96 Ashford Town(Middx) Chipstead 1996/97 Ashford Town(Middx) Corinthian Casuals 1997/98 Ashford Town(Middx) Reading Town 1998/99 Ash United Cobham 1999/00 Ashford Town(Middx) Ash United 2000/01 Cove AFC Wallingford 2001/02 AFC Wallingford Ash United 2002/03 Withdean 2000 AFC Wallingford 2003/04 AFC Wimbledon AFC Wallingford 2004/05 Walton Casuals North Greenford United 2005/06 Godalming Town Merstham 2006/07 Chipstead Merstham 2007/08 Merstham Guildford City 2008/09 Bedfont Green North Greenford United 2009/10 North Greenford United Chertsey Town 2010/11 Guildford City Chertsey Town 2011/12 Guildford City Windsor 2012/13 Egham Town Guernsey 2013/14 South Park Camberley Town 2015/16 Molesey Camberley Town 2015/16 Hartley Wintney Ashford Town(Middx) 2016/17 Hartley Wintney Westfield 2017/18 Westfield Bedfont Sports

MOST NUMBER OF SEASONS IN THE COMBINED COUNTIES LEAGUE

1979/80-2017/2018

Seasons Club ~~~~~~~ ~~~~ 39 Ash United 39 Cobham 38 Westfield 36 Farnham Town


NATIONAL LEAGUE SYSTEM 2014-2015 Football Association Premier League | Football League | Football Conference (Step 1) | Football Conference Division 1 South (Step 2) |--------------------------------------| Southern League Isthmian League Premier Division (Step 3) Premier Division (Step 3) |--------------------------------------| Southern League Division Southern League Division Isthmian League Division One South & West (Step 4) One Central (Step 4) One South (Step 4) |___________________________|___________________________| | | Cherry Red Records Other Step 5 Combined Counties League Leagues | |-----------------------|--------------|--------------|---------------| Surrey Elite Middlesex Hampshire Reading East Berks Intermediate League County League Premier League League League
CLUBS TO HAVE PROGRESSED TO STEP 4 Season Left the Combined Counties League 2017-2018 Westfield 2016-2017 Hartley Wintney 2015-2016 Ashford Town(Middx) 2014-2015 Molesey 2013-2014 South Park 2012-2013 Egham Town 2012-2013 Guernsey - (First Channel Island club in the NLS) 2011-2012 Guildford City (Returned in 2014-2015) 2010-2011 Chertsey Town (Returned in 2014-2015) 2009-2010 North Greenford United 2008-2009 Bedfont Green 2007-2008 Merstham 2006-2007 Chipstead 2005-2006 Godalming Town 2004-2005 Walton Casuals 2003-2004 AFC Wimbledon - (First CCFL club in the Football League) 1999-2000 Ashford Town (Middx) (Returned in 2014-2015) 1996-1997 Corinthian Casuals 1991-1992 Farnham Town (Returned in 1993-1994) 1989-1990 Cove (Returned in 1995-1996) 1988-1989 Raynes Park Vale (Returned in 1994-1995) 1985-1986 Chertsey Town (Returned in 2006-2007) 1984-1985 Southwick

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