The South Midlands League
was an English football
league covering Bedfordshire
and some adjoining counties.
The league was formed in 1922 as the Bedfordshire County League
, changed its name to the Bedfordshire & District County League
in 1924 before adopting the South Midlands League
title in 1929. The league merged with the Spartan League to form the Spartan South Midlands League
For the majority of the league's existence, it comprised two divisions, but for a period after World War II
, and for the final four seasons, there were three divisions, with the peak membership of 48 clubs competing in 1995-96.
After the evolution of the National League System
, the league became a feeder to the Isthmian League
, with clubs such as Leighton Town
, Oxford City
and Bedford Town
Although clubs from the league played in the qualifying rounds of the FA Cup
from the late 1920s onwards, none ever made the first round proper. The best performance came from Barton Rovers
in 1976-77 when they reached the fourth qualifying round. South Midlands League clubs had more success in the FA Vase
- Barton Rovers
reached the final in 1977-78, while Arlesey Town
went one better in 1994-95 to become the first and only South Midlands League club to win the competition.
South Midlands League Divisional Champions (partial list)
A third division was re-introduced in 1993. The divisions were named Premier, Senior and Division One. Promotion and relegation... Read More