Rhondda & District League

The Rhondda & District League is a football league covering the Rhondda and surrounding areas in South Wales. The leagues are at the eighth and ninth levels of the Welsh football league system.

Rhondda & District League
Founded1907
Country Wales
Number of teams19
Level on pyramid89
Promotion toSouth Wales Alliance League
WebsiteRhondda & District League

History

The Rhondda & District Football League was formed on 7 June 1907.[1] The league was originally called The Rhondda Junior League.

The original clubs selected to the league were:[2]

  • First Division: Ton-Pentre Thistles, Maindy Crescents, Pentre Blue and Whites, Mill Vue, Porth United and Hafod Juniors
  • Second Division: - Ton-Pentre Juniors, Cwmparc Crescents, Ynyshir Albion, Tylorstown Crescents, Porth Reserves and Cymmer United.

In 1927 they were called The Rhondda Valley (Amateur) Football League. At the time some clubs in the league were made up entirely of unemployed men. This resulted in the North Rhondda League being created because clubs were unable to afford travelling expenses. In 1929 the North Rhondda League was affiliated and in 1933 they were renamed The Upper Rhondda League. The Leagues remained separated until the 1962–63 season when they reformed back into one league.

In 1931 a third League was formed called the Rhondda Fach League, this dissolved after the 1937–38 season.

Throughout the Second World War The Rhondda League was one of the very few Leagues to continue playing football - because of the thousands of coalminers working in the collieries in the Rhondda.

Divisions

The league is composed of two divisions.

Member clubs 2019–20

Premier Division

  • Cwm Rhondda
  • New Inn
  • Penygraig United
  • Penyrenglyn
  • Porth Harlequins
  • Stanleytown
  • The Baglan
  • Treherbert BGC
  • Treorchy BGC Seniors
  • Ystrad Rugby

Championship

  • Ely Valley
  • Ferndale BGC
  • Llwynypia BC
  • Pentre Rovers
  • Penygraig BGC
  • Tonypandy Albion
  • Tonyrefail Welfare
  • Treorchy & Cwmparc BG
  • Ynyscynon

Promotion and relegation

Promotion from the Premier Division is possible to the South Wales Alliance League, with the champion of the league playing the other Tier 8 champions from the South Wales regional leagues via play-off games to determine promotion.

Champions of the Top division

1930s

  • 1936–37: – Rhondda Transport[3]

1950s

  • 1950–51: –
  • 1951–52: –
  • 1952–53: –
  • 1953–54: –
  • 1954–55: – Dinas Corries
  • 1955–56: – Ystrad Athletic
  • 1956–57: – Trebanog
  • 1957–58: – Pentre BC
  • 1958-59: – Pentre BC
  • 1959–60: – Pentre BC

1960s

  • 1960–61: – Blaencwm
  • 1961–62: – Beatus
  • 1962–63: – Llwynypia BC
  • 1963–64: – Beatus
  • 1964–65: – Dare Inglis
  • 1965–66: – Dare Inglis
  • 1966–67: – Dare Inglis
  • 1967–68: – Rest Assured
  • 1968-69: – Ton & Gelli BC
  • 1969–70: – Cambrian United

1970s

  • 1970–71: – Cambrian United
  • 1971–72: – Cambrian United
  • 1972–73: – Wattstown United
  • 1973–74: – Gilfach United
  • 1974–75: – Cambrian United
  • 1975–76: – Gilfach United
  • 1976–77: – Ferndale 'A'
  • 1977–78: – Gilfach United
  • 1978-79: – Ystrad BC
  • 1979–80: – Penrhiwfer

1980s

  • 1980–81: – Ystrad BC
  • 1981–82: – Ystrad BC
  • 1982–83: – Blaencwm
  • 1983–84: – Treorchy BC
  • 1984–85: – Ferndale BC
  • 1985–86: – Kensington
  • 1986–87: – Ferndale BC
  • 1987–88: – Ferndale BC
  • 1988-89: – Kensington
  • 1989–90: – Blaencwm

1990s

  • 1990–91: – Ynyshir/ Wattstown BGC
  • 1991–92: – Stanleytown
  • 1992–93: – Naval
  • 1993–94: – Trebanog Workingmens
  • 1994–95: – Penrhiwfer
  • 1995–96: – Llwynypia WMC
  • 1996–97: – Ynyshir Albions
  • 1997–98: – Penrhys Athletic
  • 1998-99: – Penrhys United
  • 1999–2000: – Tonypandy Albion

2000s

  • 2000–01: – Tonyrefail BC
  • 2001–02: – Penrhys United
  • 2002–03: – Ferndale BC
  • 2003–04: – Trebanog Rangers
  • 2004–05: – Turberville Arms
  • 2005–06: – Cambrian/ Clydach BGC
  • 2006–07: – Tonypandy Albion
  • 2007–08: – Wyndham
  • 2008-09: – Ynyshir/ Wattstown BGC
  • 2009–10: – Llwynypia BGC

2010s

  • 2010–11: – Max United
  • 2011–12: – Sporting Marvels
  • 2012–13: – Sporting Marvels
  • 2013–14: – Penygraig United[4]
  • 2014–15: – Gelli Hibs[5]
  • 2015–16: – Trebanog[6]
  • 2016–17: – Blaenrhondda[7]
  • 2017–18: – AFC Wattstown[8]
  • 2018–19: – Penygraig United
  • 2019–20: –

References

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