Whether you're a brand new club looking for regular matches on a Sunday morning, or an existing team seeking opportunities to join a new competition for a fresh challenge, have you considered joining the Chippenham & District Sunday Football League (CDSFL) ?
If the answer is YES to any of the above questions, please take the time to read a brief history of the CDSFL and if you are still interested and would like further details about the League or would like to enter a team in the League for the 2019/20 season please make contact with League Secretary Peter Wallis on firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on either 01249 819066 or 07403 044512.
The Year 1966 was a great one for football. England won the World Cup and closer to home the CDSFL was founded by a group of dedicated people who wanted to provide the people of North Wiltshire and the surrounding area with the chance to play competitive football on a Sunday Morning.
The idea to form the CDSFL came as a result of a number of teams playing ‘Friendlies’ at Sutton Benger against a Buxted Team on Sunday mornings. The people playing these games were mostly lads who worked on a Saturday, which was a common occurrence in 1965.
It was one day at the local Pub and after one of those Sunday morning matches that it was agreed to call a meeting in ‘The Railway Inn’, Chippenham, (no longer in existence) with a view to forming a League of Sunday teams.
Now in its 53rd year, the League at its peak did boast five divisions of 13 teams in each division, however, recent years has seen a decline in men’s 11 aside football and the league has reduced to 3 divisions with currently 31 teams involved, made up of teams from Chippenham, Melksham, Calne, Westbury, Trowbridge, Devizes, Bradford-on-Avon and many surrounding villages.
The modern Chippenham & District Sunday Football League is still a strong league with the future in safe hands with Commercial Sponsorship which began at the start of the 1997/98 season when they were first sponsored by Chippenham based Shoestrings. Shoestrings returned as the League's main sponsor at the start of the 2015/16 season and are again sponsoring the league for the 2019/20 campaign.
The League also operates two cup competitions, The Knockout Cup - sponsored by AM Print & Copy, WG Parr Trophy - sponsored by Westernsport Trophies and when the weather permits it to, the League will run a Subsidiary Cup, which this season was sponsored by Gooding Accounts.
Local newspaper The Gazette & Herald sponsors the Player of the Season, Golden Boot and Secretary of the Year awards.
The League present annual awards for Fair Play, Best Club Assistant Referee or Linesman (as many people still refer to them as), Best Senior & Junior Referee and The Gordon Blatchford Shield which is presented for service to the League.
To find out more about the League which was formed in 1996 take a look at the Full Time website http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/Index.do?league=5028019