The Aetolian League
was a short lived football
league in the south east of England
. It was established in 1959 after the demise of the Kent League
left a number of clubs without a home. In 1964 after only five seasons of existence, it merged with the London League to form the Greater London League
Fourteen clubs became founder members of the new league. Seven clubs - Deal Town
, Faversham Town
, Chatham Town
, Snowdown Colliery Welfare
, Herne Bay
, Sheppey United
and Whitstable Town
had competed in the Kent League
the previous season while four clubs,
, Cray Wanderers
joined from the London League
. A new club Ford United
joined, being a merger of Briggs Motor Bodies and Ford Sports, both of whom had competed in the London League. Crockenhill
joined from the Kent Amateur League
, with Charlton Athletic
"A" completing the numbers in the first division. A second division consisted mainly of reserve sides of clubs in the First Division but also contained Medway Corinthians. The proliferation of reserve sides meant that there was no promotion or relegation between the two divisions throughout the league’s history.
Ford United were the first champions finishing narrowly ahead of Deal Town. Suffering financial difficulties as a result of traveling to more distant London clubs, the bottom club Whitstable Town resigned from the league at the end of season and dropped down to the Kent Amateur League.
Snowdown CW won the second season comfortably beating the reigning champions Ford United who finished second and managed to win the League Cup. Faversham Town Reserves won the second division.
joined the league from the London league, restoring the top division to 14 clubs. The title race saw a battle between the top two clubs from the previous season with Ford United finishing ahead of Snowdown CW to take a second title At the end of the season Charlton Athletic "A" left to join the Metropolitan League, with Cheshunt joining the Spartan League
East Ham United joined the league from the London League. The title was closely fought with Cray Wanderers emerging as champions. At the end of the season Deal left to join the Southern League
with Willesden also leaving the league.
Whitstable Town rejoined the league. Another close title race was won by the previous season's runners-up Chatham Town. This proved to be the last season of the Aetolian League with most members joining the newly formed Greater London League, although the champions Chatham joined the Metropolitan League.