Worcestershire Combination

Midland Football Combination

Midland Football Combination
Founded
1927
Nation
Feeder To
Midland Football Alliance
Divisions
4 (not including Reserve Division)
Number of Teams
64 (not including Reserve Division)
Levels on Pyramid
Levels 10-13
Cups
President's Cup
Challenge Vase
Challenge Urn
Challenge Trophy
Jack Mould Trophy
Challenge Bowl
Current Champions (2007/08)
Coleshill Town
Website
Official
The Midland Football Combination is an English football league covering parts of the West Midlands. It is comprised of five divisions, a Premier Division, Divisions One, Two and Three, and a Reserve Division (although Divisions Two and Three also include a number of reserve teams). The league is one of two official feeder leagues to the Midland Football Alliance.

Prior to 2006, the Premier Division was defined as step 7 in the National League System, even though it fed into the step 5 Midland Alliance. In 2006 it was re-graded as step 6, making teams in the top two divisions eligible to take part in the FA Vase and teams in the top division eligible to enter the FA Cup. The league does not currently have a title sponsor.

History

The league was founded in 1927 as the Worcestershire Combination. The ten founder members were Oldbury Town, Stourbridge Reserves, Kidderminster Harriers Reserves, Bewdley, Blackheath Town, Halesowen Labour, Highley Colliers, Old Carolians, Stewart & Lloyds (Bilston) and Cookley St Peters. By the 1929–30 season four of the founding clubs had dropped out and the league had been reduced to just six teams, with the result that it held two separate competitions within the one season to bulk out the fixture list, but it then gained eight new teams and has continued to expand.

The league changed its name to the Midland Combination in 1968 to reflect the drawing of clubs from a wider area.

In the 2007–08 season, the league's representative team, drawn from clubs in Division One, reached the final of the FA National League System Cup.

League champions

Worcestershire Combination

Midland Combination

2008–09 members

The teams competing in the Combination's first team divisions in the 2008-09 season are as follows:

Premier Division

Bartley Green | Bolehall Swifts | Brocton | Cadbury Athletic | Castle Vale | Continental Star | Coton Green | Coventry Copsewood | G.S.A. Sports | Heath Hayes | Heather Saint Johns | Knowle | Loughborough University | Massey Ferguson | Meir KA | Nuneaton Griff | Oldbury Athletic | Pershore Town | Pilkington XXX | Southam United | Walsall Wood

Division One

Alveston | Archdale '73 | Brereton Social | Burntwood Town | Castle Vale JKS | Dosthill Colts | Droitwich Spa | Earslwood Town | Fairfield Villa | Littleton | Mile Oak Rovers | Newhall United | Northfield Town | Stockingford Allotments Association | Thimblemill Recreation | West Midlands Police

Division Two

AFC Internazionale | Cadbury Athletic Reserves | Castle Vale Reserves | Chelmsley Town | Continental Star Reserves | Droitwich Spa Reserves | Enville Athletic | Feckenham | Greenhill | Leamington Hibernian | Perrywood | Racing Club Warwick Reserves | Shirley Town | Worcester City Academy

Division Three

Chelmsley Town Reserves | Clements 83 | Coton Green Reserves | Coventry Amateurs | Dosthill Colts Reserves | Evesham United 'A' | Hampton | Henley Forest | Kenilworth Town K H | Knowle Reserves | Lichfield City | Littleton Reserves | Shipston Excelsior

Cup competitions

Each division other than the Premier has its own knockout competition, Division One competing for the President's Cup, Division Two for the Challenge Vase, Division Three for the Challenge Urn, and the Reserve Division for the Challenge Trophy. There are also other cup competitions run by the Midland Football Combination for its members including the Jack Mould Trophy and the Challenge Bowl.

References

External links

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