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Great Yarmouth and District Football League

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Great Yarmouth and District
Football League
Number of teams8
League cup(s)Wiltshire Cup
Great Yarmouth & District League Cup
Burgess Cup
Current championsCobholm
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Great Yarmouth and District Football League is a football competition based around Great Yarmouth in England. It was founded in 1907 and has just one division at present. The league is not part of the English football league system as it is not a feeder league within the football pyramid, but generally feeds into the bottom division of the Anglian Combination.

The league is affiliated to the Norfolk County Football Association.


The League was established in 1907 and has competed without a break, with the exception of the two World Wars. The heyday of the League was in the late 60's and early 70's when the League capitalised on the success of the World Cup winning England national side with five divisions and fifty teams. In contrast there are now 2 divisions with 19 teams.

You have to go back to 1907 when the first ever League competition under the auspices of the Great Yarmouth & District Football League kicked off. Before 1907 Junior Football in Great Yarmouth was catered for by the Aldred League which was formed in 1895. It comprised ten clubs who competed for a trophy given by Mr D. Aldred. First move towards expanding the league began in July 1907, when it was proposed to form a Yarmouth and Gorleston Junior League as a second division to the Aldred League. A month later, however, it was decided to rename the Aldred League, the Yarmouth and District League. It was the grandfather of a former MP for Yarmouth Mr Anthony Fell, who donated a cup for the champions of Division One. The cup donated by Mr Aldred was given to the second division winners.[1]

The teams who took part in the very first season in Division One were: YMCA, IOGT, 2nd BNR, Tramways, Royal Naval Hospital, Teachers, Gorleston, and Yarmouth United. Division Two: Trumpeters, Albion, Empire, South Yarmouth, Pioneers, Southtown, Gorleston St. Andrews, and Post Office.[1]

The first champions of Division One were Gorleston with a 100% record and a goal average of 78–6. The following season they joined the Norfolk & Suffolk League. The Gorleston Reserve side playing as Gorleston St. Andrews won the second division title. The military and local company connections with the League are mirrored in some of the early winners – Royal Naval Hospital, Royal Artillery, Royal Garrison Athletic and the likes of Wenns, Yare Barrell Factory, Jewsons and Grouts. The new League made steady progress until the 1911/12 season, when support waned. Division One had only five teams and Division Two had eight. Efforts in 1912 however to revive interest in the game began to pay dividends and the first division membership rose to eight with nine in the second division. The First World War caused a temporary suspension of the league but it was partially revived in 1917 by the Comrades League.[1]

The league has been dominated during the course of its history by a few clubs, with first Jewsons winning three consecutive titles in the 1920s, followed by Caledonians with six titles in the 1930s. Freethorpe won the first title after the Second World War and after Caister's one and only title in 1947/48, Freethorpe won the next five championships. Gorleston United then equalled Freethorpe five successive titles in the 1950s and won their ninth and final to date in 1963/64 having won their first title in 1927/28. Reedham were the team of the 1970s with again five successive titles, but the dominant team from 1983/84 to date has been Cobholm. They had only won two successive titles but on three occasions including season 1999/2000 record-breaking tenth title achieved with a 100% record emulating Gorleston's first ever title in 1907/08. However, Cobholm made it four in a row and twelve in total when they again won the title, but this was their last success as the team has folded in the close season. With a few new signings, Mk Utd went forward and became the 2002/03 champions and retained the title for the following 2003/04 season, however the 2004/05 season saw the return of Freethorpe to the top of the table after having a 50+year absence, but the time at the top for them was only for the 1 season when the 04/05 season saw the promotion of Catfield as runners up, in the 2005/06 season there was a swing of power in the league's 1st division as Catfield started their rein with most consecutive title wins with 7 titles in a row and did so without losing a league fixture for seven seasons starting in the 2005/06 season, Catfield lost control of the league in 2012 when haven bridge had a brief spell at the top. This looked to be a Barron year for Catfield, losing out in the Wiltshire and league cup; however, with all focus now being put on to the ultimate goal of the Norfolk junior cup Catfield became the first side from the league to win it in 40 years since town hall in 1972. Not stopping there, the following season Catfield went one step further, winning the league the Wiltshire cup the league cup and the Norfolk junior cup all without dropping a single point matching Gorleston's 100% record from 1907. Catfield then went on to win the league a following 3 times up to date, making them in the eyes of some one of the most successful sides to date.

Member clubs 2020–21[edit]

  • Belton Reserves
  • Caister Development
  • Cobholm
  • Gorleston 'A'
  • Great Yarmouth Town Development
  • Hopton
  • Prostar Windows
  • Shrublands Reserves

Divisional champions[edit]

Season Division One Champions Division Two Champions Division Three Champions Division Four Champions
1907–08 Gorleston Gorleston St. Andrew
1908–09 Royal Naval Hospital Empire United
1909–10 Royal Naval Hospital Lichfield United
1910–11 Gorleston Reserves Yare Barrel Factory
1911–12 Royal Artillery St James
1912–13 Yare Barrel Factory St. Peters
1913–14 Yare Barrel Factory St. Georges
1914–19 No competition due to World War I
1919–20 Wenns
1920–21 Great Eastern Railway North End United
1921–22 Royal Garrison Artillery Southtown United
1922–23 Yarmouth Athletic St. Pauls
1923–24 St. Georges Great Yarmouth Town 'A'
1924–25 Jewsons Gorleston 'A'
1925–26 Jewsons Grouts
1926–27 Jewsons Jewsons Reserves
1927–28 Gorleston United Wenns
1928–29 Falcons Grouts Athletic
1929–30 Caledonians Bradwell
1930–31 Caledonians 4th Norfolks
1931–32 Caledonians Grouts
1932–33 Gorleston Reserves Gorleston Juniors
1933–34 Gorleston United Burgh Castle
1934–35 Caledonians Millers Norton Athletic
1935–36 Caledonians Great Yarmouth Town 'A' Miller Reserves
1936–37 Caledonians St. Georges Freethorpe Reserves
1937–38 Millers Halvergate Shipping Company
1938–39 Millers Electricity Belton
1939–46 No competition due to World War II
1946–47 Freethorpe Greenacre Old Boys Halvergate Reserves
1947–48 Caister Potter Heigham Rollesby
1948–49 Freethorpe Ravens Fleggburgh Old Priorians
1949–50 Freethorpe Wanderers Upton Shrublands
1950–51 Freethorpe Upton Belton Erie Resistor
1951–52 Freethorpe Rollesby Cobholm Hopton
1952–53 Freethorpe Gorleston 'A' Martham Matthes
1953–54 Ravens Gorleston United Acle Reserves South Walsham
1954–55 Gorleston United Falcons Catfield Burgh Castle
1955–56 Gorleston United Burgh Castle Belton
1956–57 Gorleston United Belton
1957–58 Gorleston United Hopton
1958–59 Gorleston United Town Hall Greenacre Old Boys
1959–60 Acle Ormesby Erie Resistor
1960–61 Acle Beighton United
1961–62 Gorleston United Gorleston Rangers Bradwell United
1962–63 Acle Birds Eye Southtown United
1963–64 Gorleston United Norton Upton
1964–65 Greenacre Old Boys Freethorpe Hopton
1965–66 Greenacre Old Boys Bradwell Academicals
1966–67 Gorleston Rangers Martham Gorleston Rangers Reserves
1967–68 Potter Heigham Gorleston Rangers Reserves Jucar Youth Wanderers
1968–69 Potter Heigham Burgh Castle Yarmouth Wanderers Burgh Castle Reserves
1969–70 Town Hall Yarmouth Wanderers Hemsby Jucar Reserves
1970–71 Reedham Ormesby Catfield Beighton
1971–72 Town Hall Halvergate Beighton Gorleston 'A'
1972–73 Yarmouth Wanderers Burgh Castle THOSA Youth Power Station
1973–74 Burgh Castle Power Station Great Yarmouth Youth & Adult Centre
1974–75 Burgh Castle Hemsby Great Yarmouth Youth & Adult Centre Whitbreads
1975–76 Reedham Jucar Whitbreads Shrublands Youth & Adult Centre
1976–77 Reedham Whitbreads AFC Red Star Catfield Reserves
1977–78 Reedham Hemsby Gorleston Grammar School Hermits
1978–79 Reedham Norfolk Colts Beighton United
1979–80 Reedham AFC Red Star Beighton United Potter Heigham Reserves
1980–81 AFC Red Star Beighton Potter Heigham Reserves Cobholm
1981–82 Power Station Development Cobholm Earl Beaconsfield
1982–83 Birds Eye Cobholm Wanderers Parkside
1983–84 Cobholm Rollesby Parkside SM Rangers
1984–85 Cobholm Parkside ABFC Freethorpe Reserves
1985–86 Parkside ABFC Magnum Owls MK United
1986–87 Cobholm THOSA Scripts '84 Fleggburgh
1987–88 Cobholm Scripts '84 Mautby Kennels Frans Maas
1988–89 THOSA Bradwell Frans Maas Caister North End Reserves
1989–90 THOSA Gallon Pot Salisbury Arms Cyprus
1990–91 THOSA Southtown Wanderers Anson Tigers Great Yarmouth Cargo Handling
1991–92 Cobholm Caister Athletic Hickling Gorleston 'A'
1992–93 Halvergate United Martham GC Tigers Reserves Two Bears
1993–94 Cobholm GC Tigers Frans Maas '92
1994–95 Cobholm Ormesby First & Last Two Bears Cobholm Reserves
1995–96 THOSA Frans Maas '92 Shrublands Ormesby Grange
1996–97 Cobholm Cobholm Reserves Crown Yarmouth Wanderers
1997–98 Ormesby Crown Veterans Yarmouth Wanderers Caister United 'B'
1998–99 Cobholm Yarmouth Wanderers Catfield Fastolfe Arms
1999–2000 Cobholm California Tavern Fastolfe Arms Schlumberger
2000–01 Cobholm Sports United Town Hall Grampian Freight
2001–02 Cobholm Camden Tavern Prince
2002–03 MK United Prince Arches
2003–04 MK United Arches Gorleston Albion Rovers
2004–05 Freethorpe Bohemians Gorleston Rangers
2005–06 Catfield MK United Reserves Archers
2006–07 Catfield North Albert Tavern

South MK United Reserves

2007–08 Catfield Great Yarmouth International
2008–09 Catfield Albion (Great Yarmouth)
2009–10 Catfield Bohemians
2010–11 Catfield Belton
2011–12 Catfield Haven Bridge United
2012–13 Haven Bridge United Wanderers
2013–14 Catfield Prostar Windows
2014–15 Catfield
2015–16 Catfield
2016–17 Great Yarmouth Town Hall
2017–18 Belton Reserves
2018–19 Cobholm
2019–20 season abandoned



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