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West Midlands (Regional) League

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The Birmingham & District League was one of the pioneering football leagues that were formed shortly after the Football League in the late 19th Century.

In each of the first three seasons, the league fixtures were not completed by the end of the season, but from 1892 onwards the league gradually became the strongest league in the West Midlands area, including a mixture of smaller professional and semi-professional clubs and the reserve sides of Football League outfits.

The league started to decline in status after World War II, and the expansion of the Southern League in the late 1950s hit the Birmingham & District League hard. Since then, a succession of leagues and divisions have been formed at a higher level, and despite a change of name to the West Midlands (Regional) League, the league nowadays attracts clubs of a far lower stature than had been the case in it's heyday.

After operating a number of different divisional systems over the years, the league currently has a Premier Division at Step 6 of the National League System, fed by Divisions One (Step 7) and Two (outside scope of NLS) below.

In the early days of the league, Birmingham & District League clubs regularly made the competition proper of the FA Cup, led by Crewe Alexandra in both 1905-06 and 1906-07. At this time, the First Round was the last 64 of the competition. Crewe went one better in 1910-11 when they made the last 32. Since the re-organisation of the FA Cup in 1925, two clubs from Burton - Town (1931-32) and Albion (1955-56) made the Third Round (last 64) and after the re-naming of the league, Alvechurch achieved the same feat in 1973-74. In recent years, appearances of clubs from the league in the competition proper have become rarer, with the last such appearance being that of Tamworth in 1987-88.

The best runs from a WMRL club in the FA Trophy came from Bromsgrove Rovers (in 1968-69) and Kidderminster Harriers in the following season. After the various re-structures of the Non-League pyramid, no club from the league have competed in the Trophy since 1987. Clubs from the West Midlands (Regional) League had a fine spell of success in the FA Vase in the 1980s, highligted by the 1982-83 competition when V S Rugby beat Halesowen Town in an all-WMRL final. Halesowen went on to win the competition in both 1985 and 1986, while Willenhall Town and Gresley Rovers were both losing finalists.

 

Divisional Champions

 
Season Champions
1889-90 League Incomplete
1890-91 League Incomplete
1891-92 League Incomplete
1892-93 Wolverhampton Wanderers reserves
1893-94 Old Hill Wanderers
1894-95 Aston Villa reserves
1895-96 Aston Villa reserves
1896-97 Hereford Thistle
1897-98 Wolverhampton Wanderers reserves
1898-99 Wolverhampton Wanderers reserves
1899-00 Aston Villa reserves
1900-01 Wolverhampton Wanderers reserves
1901-02 West Bromwich Albion reserves
1902-03 Aston Villa reserves
1903-04 Aston Villa reserves
1904-05 Aston Villa reserves
1905-06 Aston Villa reserves
1906-07 Aston Villa reserves
1907-08 Aston Villa reserves
1908-09 Aston Villa reserves
1909-10 Aston Villa reserves
1910-11 Stoke
1911-12 Aston Villa reserves
1912-13 West Bromwich Albion reserves
1913-14 Worcester City
1914-15 Birmingham reserves
1915-19 Suspended during World War I
1919-20 West Bromwich Albion reserves
1920-21 Wellington Town
1921-22 Willenhall
1922-23 Shrewsbury Town
1923-24 Stourbridge
1924-25 Worcester City
1925-26 Cradley Heath
1926-27 Stafford Rangers
1927-28 Burton Town
1928-29 Worcester City
1929-30 Worcester City
1930-31 Cradley Heath
1931-32 Cradley Heath
1932-33 Wrexham reserves
1933-34 Wrexham reserves
1934-35 Wellington Town
1935-36 Wellington Town
1936-37 Bristol Rovers reserves
1937-38 Kidderminster Harriers
 

In 1938, to generate additional fixtures, the season was split into two halves, named the "Keys Cup" and the "League Cup"

Season Keys Cup League Cup
1938-39 Kidderminster Harriers Kidderminster Harriers
 

The league returned to a simple format in 1939

Season Champions
1939-40 Wellington Town
1940-41 Hednesford
1941-42 Aston Villa
1942-46 Suspended during World War II
1946-47 Halesowen Town
1947-48 Kettering Town
1948-49 Worcester City reserves
1949-50 Hereford United reserves
1950-51 Brierley Hill Alliance
1951-52 Brierley Hill Alliance
1952-53 Oswestry Town
1953-54 Wolverhampton Wanderers "A"
 

The league was split North/South in 1954.

Season North South
1954-55 Nuneaton Town Redditch
 

In 1955, the North/South Divisions became Divisions One and Two.

Season One Two
1955-56 Nuneaton Borough Tamworth
1956-57 Walsall reserves Bilston
1957-58 Wolverhampton Wanderers "A" Oswestry Town
1958-59 Wolverhampton Wanderers "A" Birmingham City "A"
1959-60 Bromsgrove Rovers Aston Villa "A"
 

The league contracted to a single section in 1960.

Season Champions
1960-61 Bilston
1961-62 Lockheed Leamington
 

In 1962, the league changed name to the West Midlands (Regional) League

Season Champions
1962-63 Lockheed Leamington
1963-64 Tamworth
1964-65 Kidderminster Harriers
 

The league again split to two divisions in 1965.

Season Premier One
1965-66 Tamworth Wrockwardine Wood
1966-67 Boston United Tamworth reserves
1967-68 Boston United Warley
1968-69 Kidderminster Harriers Wrockwardine Wood
1969-70 Kidderminster Harriers Warley County Borough
1970-71 Kidderminster Harriers Brereton Social
1971-72 Tamworth Warley County Borough
1972-73 Bilston Tividale
1973-74 Alvechurch Armitage
1974-75 Alvechurch Staffordshire Police
1975-76 Alvechurch Willenhall Town
 

Division One was split into two parallel divisions, named A and B.

Season Premier One A One B
1976-77 Alvechurch Wednesfield Social Wolverhampton United
 

After a transitional season, the league adopted a three-tier system in 1977.

Season Premier One Two
1977-78 Hednesford Town Chasetown Worcester City reserves
1978-79 Willenhall Town Shifnal Town Ludlow Town
1979-80 Sutton Coldfield Town Rushall Olympic Brewood
1980-81 Shifnal Town Oldswinford Bromsgrove Rovers reserves
1981-82 Shifnal Town Atherstone United GKN Sankeys (Wellington)
1982-83 Halesowen Town Brewood Great Wyrley
1983-84 Halesowen Town Tipton Town Halesowen Town reserves
1984-85 Halesowen Town Harrisons Halesowen Harriers
1985-86 Halesowen Town Halesowen Harriers Springvale-Tranco
1986-87 Atherstone United Westfields Donnington Wood
1987-88 Tamworth Rocester Hinton
1988-89 Blakenall Newport Town Broseley Athletic
1989-90 Hinckley Town Darlaston Hill Top Rangers
1990-91 Gresley Rovers Cradley Town Clancey Dudley
1991-92 Gresley Rovers Ilkeston Town K Chell
1992-93 Oldbury United Knypersley Victoria Rushall Olympic reserves
 

In 1993, Division Two was dropped.

Season Premier One
1993-94 Ilkeston Town Stafford Town
1994-95 Pelsall Villa Wolverhampton Casuals
1995-96 Wednesfield Goodyear
 

Division One was split North/South in 1996.

Season Premier One North One South
1996-97 Wednesfield Great Wyrley Kington Town
1997-98 Lye Town Bandon Smethwick Rangers
1998-99 Kington Town Heath Hayes Wellington
1999-00 Stafford Town Shawbury United Bromyard Town
2000-01 Ludlow Town Wolverhampton United Ledbury Town
2001-02 Causeway United Ounsdale Sedgeley White Lions
2002-03 Westfields Newport Bewdley Town
2003-04 Malvern Town Goodrich Gornal Athletic
 

In 2004, the league re-adopted a three-tier hierarchical structure.

Season Premier One Two
2004-05 Tipton Town Great Wyrley Parkfield Leisure
2005-06 Market Drayton Town Ellesmere Rangers AFC Wulfrunians
2006-07 Shifnal Town Darlaston Town Heath Town Rangers
2007-08 Bridgnorth Town Birchills United Wellington Amateurs
2008-09 AFC Wulfrunians Wellington Amateurs Hanwood United
2009-10 Ellesmere Rangers Wellington Amateurs Black Country Rangers
2010-11 Tividale Black Country Rangers Malvern Rangers
2011-12 Gornal Athletic Wellington Amateurs Haughmond
2012-13 A F C Wulfrunians A F C Smethwick Gornal Athletic reserves
2013-14 Lye Town A F C Bridgnorth A F C Ludlow
2014-15 Sporting Khalsa Bromyard Town Kington Town
2015-16 Shawbury United Shifnal Town Newport Town
2016-17      
 

The F.C.H.D. has the complete final table information for this league. Tables since about 1985 were compiled from contemporary sources, those from before that date were originally sourced from the League's centenary book. Only two of the tables (1948-49 and 1978-79 Division One) do not balance properly.


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