Somerset County Football Association

The Somerset County Football Association, also known as the Somerset FA, is the governing body of football in the county of Somerset. The association was formed in 1885.[1]

Somerset Football Association
Somerset County FA logo
Formation1885
PurposeFootball association
HeadquartersCharles Lewin House
Unit 5 and 10 Landmark House
Wirral Business Park
Location
Coordinates51.289216°N 2.480311°W / 51.289216; -2.480311
Jon Pike
Websitewww.somersetfa.com

History

The Somerset County Football Association was formed in 1885. There was a very small number of clubs at that time and no mandatory requirement to be affiliated. It is very different from today where there are in excess of 800 clubs which equates to probably more than 2,000 teams.[2]

The first Secretary was a Mr H J Ker Thompson of Burnham-on-Sea who resigned in 1896. At the time there was no appointed Chairman, one would be co-opted on the night of Council Meetings. Regular meeting venues were the Hare & Hounds – Shepton Mallet, The Swan Hotel – Wells, The Commercial Hotel – Midsomer Norton, Waldegrave Arms – Radstock, Star Hotel – Wells and Wells Town Hall. An average attendance was fifteen with the bulk of clubs coming from the old mining area of North Somerset. In 1904 the then Secretary/Treasurer became the first paid official with a salary of £25.00 per annum.[3]

Charles J Lewin, who joined Council in July 1896 was appointed the Association's first Chairman in June 1904. He was a Radstock Headmaster and was also elected Somerset’s first ever member to the full Council of the English FA and retained both positions over the period of two world-wars. As a result of age and infirmity he resigned on 6 June 1945 ending a remarkable record of service to Somerset football, covering 49 years and was awarded a gold medal in recognition of his service.[4]

A list of the County FA's key officials is provided below:

Affiliated Leagues

Affiliated Member Clubs

Among the notable clubs that are affiliated to the Somerset County FA are:

County Cup Winners

Season Premier Cup Senior Cup Junior Cup Intermediate Cup
2008–09 Frome Town Bridgwater Town Reserves Purnell Sports Weston St Johns Sportsbar
2009–10 Welton Rovers Westland Sports South Petherton Barwick & Stoford
2010–11 Weston-super-Mare Watchet Town Freshford United Sampford Blues

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References

  1. "Somerset County FA: History". Somerset Football Association. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
  2. "Somerset County FA – History". Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  3. "Somerset County FA – History". Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  4. "Somerset County FA – History". Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  5. "Somerset County FA – History". Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  6. "Somerset County FA – History". Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  7. "Somerset County FA – History". Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  8. "Somerset County FA – Fixtures & Results – Local Leagues". Somerset County FA. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  9. "Somerset County FA – Fixtures & Results". Retrieved 23 May 2011.
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