North West Counties League
The North West Counties League is a three-division league at Steps 5 (1 division) and 6 (2 divisions, North and South) in the National League system, feeding the Northern Premier League.
The league was formed in 1982 as a merger of the Cheshire County League and the Lancashire Combination. The league originally had three divisions but by 1987 this had reduced to two, which is the format that continues to this day. The Divisions were named "Premier Division" and "Division One" in 2009.
The league has a number of feeder leagues at "Step 7" - the Liverpool County Premier League, the Manchester League, the Mid-Cheshire League, the Staffordshire County Senior League, the West Cheshire League and the West Lancashire League
As of 2010, a number of current members (Alsager Town, Atherton LR, Congleton Town, Flixton and Winsford United) have previous NPL experience, while in recent years, Curzon Ashton, FC United of Manchester, Nantwich Town, Trafford and AFC Fylde have moved up from the North West Counties to the Northern Premier League.
The league has a website, full of current league information and an extensive archive section at http://www.nwcfl.com
|Season||Division One||Division Two||Division Three|
|1982-83||Burscough||Radcliffe Borough||Colne Dynamoes|
|1983-84||Stalybridge Celtic||Fleetwood Town||Clitheroe|
|1984-85||Radcliffe Borough||Clitheroe||Kirkby Town|
|1985-86||Clitheroe||Kirkby Town||Blackpool Mechanics|
|1986-87||Stalybridge Celtic||Droylsden||Atherton Collieries|
In 1987, Division Three was dropped
|Season||Division One||Division Two|
|1987-88||Colne Dynamoes||Ashton United|
|1988-89||Rossendale United||Vauxhall GM|
|1989-90||Warrington Town||Maine Road|
|1990-91||Knowsley United||Great Harwood Town|
|1991-92||Ashton United||Bamber Bridge|
|1992-93||Atherton Laburnum Rovers||Maghull|
|1993-94||Atherton Laburnum Rovers||Haslingden|
|1994-95||Bradford Park Avenue||Flixton|
|1997-98||Kidsgrove Athletic||Oldham Town|
|2000-01||Rossendale United||Warrington Town|
|2001-02||Kidsgrove Athletic||Stand Athletic|
|2002-03||Prescot Cables||Bacup Borough|
|2004-05||Fleetwood Town||Cammell Laird|
|2005-06||Cammell Laird||FC United of Manchester|
|2006-07||FC United of Manchester||Winsford United|
The divisions were renamed in 2008.
|Season||Premier Division||Division One|
|2008-09||A F C Fylde||Bootle|
|2009-10||Newcastle Town||Stone Dominoes|
|2010-11||New Mills||AFC Blackpool|
|2011-12||Ramsbottom United||Wigan Robin Park|
|2014-15||Glossop North End||Atherton Collieries|
In 2018, Division One was split North/South.
|Season||Premier Division||Division One North||Division One South|
|2018-19||City of Liverpool||Longridge Town||Rylands|
The F.C.H.D. has the complete final table information for this league. Tables for 1982-1985 were originally taken from an A.F.S. "Tables of..." publication of March 1986, and later checked against BNLF and Non-League Directories. Tables since 1985 were originally compiled from contemporary sources. A full set of tables was most recently published in the book "Non-League Tables 2006" published by Soccer Books Limited
Please acknowledge the F.C.H.D. when using this information elsewhere