Leicestershire Senior League

The current Leicestershire Senior League started in the 1903/04 season and was the third attempt to establish a county league in Leicestershire. The previous two years without senior league football in the county had seen a steady growth in the number of Junior Leagues in the area.

The league was initially formed with a single division of 9 teams, Leicester Fosse Reserves from the Midland Counties League, Barrow Rising Star & Loughborough Corinthians from the Loughborough & District League, Leicester Imperial & South Wigston Albion from the Leicester & District League, Coalville Town & Coalville United from the Coalville & District League, plus the reserve teams of Midland Counties League Hinckley Town & Whitwick White Cross.

What do we know about this league ?

Information about this league is complete in terms of final league tables, though some do have mistakes in the goals for/against totals. I’m also missing some information about where teams came from or moved to.

WinnersRunners Up
1903/04Loughborough CorinthiansLeicester Fosse Reserves
1904/05Leicester Fosse ReservesLeicester Imperial
1905/06Leicester Fosse ReservesSouth Wigston Albion
1906/07Leicester Fosse ReservesCoalville Town
1907/08Coalville TownHinckley United
1908/09Hinckley UnitedMarket Harborough Town
1909/10Hinckley UnitedHugglescote United
1910/11Shepshed AlbionCoalville Town
1911/12Holwell WorksGresley Rovers
1912/13Loughborough CorinthiansHinckley United
1913/14Hinckley UnitedWhitwick Imperial
1914/15Whitwick ImperialCoalville Town
1915/16Coalville SwiftsGresley Rovers

The outbreak of the First World War caused the league to be suspended for two seasons.

WinnersRunnners Up
1918/19Coalville SwiftsLoughborough YMCA
1919/20Whitwick ImperialCoalville Swifts
1920/21Shepshed AlbionMoira United
1921/22Whitwick ImperialShepshed Albion
1922/23Whitwick ImperialAshby Town
1923/24Ashby TownWhitwick Imperial
1924/25Whitwick ImperialBarwell United
1925/26Barwell UnitedBurton Town Reserves
1926/27Mountsorrel TownBarwell United
1927/28Burton Town ReservesLoughborough Corinthians Reserves
1928/29Burton Town ReservesGresley Rovers Reserves
1929/30Burton Town ReservesGresley Rovers Reserves

A steady decline in numbers during the late 1920s saw the league stop in 1930 for four seasons. It started back up in 1934 with 12 teams taken from junior leagues from Northern Leicestershire and South Derbyshire.

WinnersRunners Up
1934/35New Lount CollieryOverseal Institute
1935/36HR Mansfields SportsWhitwick White Cross
1936/37Loughborough BrushWhitwick White Cross
1937/38HR Mansfields SportsGresley Rovers
1938/39DonisthorpeGresley Rovers

For the 1939/40 season the league reverted back to it’s old title of the Leicestershire Senior League.

The league continued during the Second World War, often made up with teams from the armed forces and works teams.

WinnersRunners Up
1939/40Loughborough CollegesQuorn Methodists
1940/41Brush SportsLeicester City Colts
1941/42Leicester City ColtsGresley Rovers
1942/43Leicester City ColtsCentral Ordnance Depot Old Dalby
1943/44Central Ordnance Depot Old DalbyLeicester City Colts
1944/45Pegson’sRAF Melton Mowbray
1945/46Coalville TownLeicester City Colts

After the war the league expanded to run two equal divisions based on geography.

WinnersRunners Up
1946/47Central – Gresley Rovers
Western – Moira United
Central – Anstey Methodists
Western – Measham Imperial
1947/48Central – Gresley Rovers
Western – Moira United
Central – Nuneaton Borough Reserves
Western – Barlestone United

With the number of teams growing further and travel becoming easier after the war the league ran First and Second divisions.

Division OneDivision Two
1948/49Coalville TownMeasham Imperial
1949/50Nuneaton Borough ReservesQuorn Methodists
1950/51Quorn MethodistsIbstock Penistone Rovers
1951/52Anstey NomadsOadby Town
1952/53Measham ImperialBentley Engineering
1953/54Anstey NomadsShepshed Albion
1954/55Leicester City ‘A’Midland Woodworkers
1955/56Whitwick Colliery ReservesBurton Albion Reserves
1956/57Leicester City ‘A’Enderby Town
1957/58Leicester City ‘A’Donisthorpe Colliery Miners Welfare
1958/59StapenhillMorris Sports
1959/60StapenhillWigston Fields
1960/61Whitwick CollierySyston St. Peter’s
1961/62Syston St. Peter’sLoughborough United Reserves
1962/63Enderby TownMelton Old Grammarians
1963/64Oadby TownBentley Engineering
1964/65Enderby TownSt. Margaret’s Works
1965/66Newfoundpool WMCShepshed Albion
1966/67Enderby TownNorthfield United
1967/68Oadby TownIbstock Penistone Rovers
1968/69Oadby TownEarl Shilton Albion
1969/70Newfoundpool WMCFriar Lane Old Boys
1970/71Friar Lane Old BoysEnderby Town Reserves
1971/72Friar Lane Old BoysThringstone
1972/73Oadby TownHinckley Town
1973/74Friar Lane Old BoysAnstey Nomads
1974/75Friar Lane Old BoysGreat Bowden Imperial
1975/76Friar Lane Old BoysMelton Town
1976/77Friar Lane Old BoysBirstall United
1977/78Friar Lane Old BoysShepshed Charterhouse
1978/79Shepshed CharterhouseIbstock Penistone Rovers
1979/80Shepshed CharterhouseEarl Shilton Albion
1980/81Shepshed CharterhouseLutterworth Town
1981/82Anstey NomadsNarborough & Littlethorpe
1982/83Anstey NomadsNewfoundpool WMC

For the 1983/84 season the divisions were renamed the Premier Division and Division One.

Premier DivisionDivision One
1983/84Melton TownHarborough Town Imperial
1984/85ThringstoneHolwell Works
1985/86ThringstoneSyston St. Peter’s
1986/87StapenhillRolls Royce Mountsorrel
1987/88Holwell WorksQuorn
1988/89StapenhillEarl Shilton Albion
1989/90St. AndrewsBarlestone St. Giles
1990/91Lutterworth TownHoughton Rangers
1991/92Holwell SportsBurbage Old Boys
1992/93Holwell SportsBarrow Town
1993/94St. AndrewsAsfordby Amateurs
1994/95Oadby TownKirby Muxloe
1995/96St. AndrewsQuorn
1996/97Oadby TownLeicestershire Constabulary
1997/98Oadby TownThurnby Rangers
1998/99Oadby TownThurmaston Town
1999/00Highfield RangersLeicester YMCA
2000/01QuornThurnby Rangers
2001/02Coalville TownLoughborough Dynamo
2002/03Coalville TownEpworth
2003/04Loughborough DynamoRothley Imperial
2004/05Thurnby RangersAnstey Town
2005/06Friar Lane & EpworthAnstey Town
2006/07StapenhillAnstey Town
2007/08Kirby MuxloeAsfordby Amateurs

During the 2007/08 season proposals were put forward to combine the best teams in the Leicestershire Senior League and the Notts/Derby based Central Midlands League to form a new step 7 league. This came to light in the 2008/09 season with the formation of the East Midlands Counties League which resulted in eight teams leaving the Leicestershire Senior League at the end of the 2007/08 season.

Since 1998 the Leicestershire Senior League had been one of three leagues feeding into the Midland Football Alliance, with a number of teams progressing up the pyramid using this path. Now the Leicestershire Senior league would drop down a step and feed initially into the East Midlands Counties League, but later also to the lower divisions of the United Counties League and the Midland Football League.

Premier DivisionDivision One
2008/09Anstey NomadsSileby Town
2009/10Thurmaston TownFC Dynamo
2010/11Ashby IvanhoeDesford
2011/12Rothley ImperialCaterpillar
2012/13Rothley ImperialAllexton & New Parks
2013/14Allexton & New ParksBlaby & Whetstone Athletic Reserves
2014/15Sileby TownLutterworth Athletic Reserves

In 2015 the divisions were renamed the Premiership and the Championship. This lasted for three seasons.

2015/16Birstall UnitedShelthope Dynamo
2016/17Lutterworth TownHathern
2017/18InglesRugby Borough

In 2018 the Leicestershire Senior League absorbed the Leicestershire Combination (set up to be the reserve league for Senior League clubs). Both leagues were administered by the same body so it’s a bit unclear when the merger happened as from 2015/16 both Senior League and Combination tables appeared on the same FA Full Time page.

Premier DivisionDivision OneDivision Two
2018/19Rugby BoroughFC WymeswoldNorth Kilworth Sports
2021/22Rugby BoroughAsfordbyAFC North Kilworth
2022/23AsfordbyAshby Ivanhoe KnightsHinckley LRFC Reserves
2023/24Allexton & New ParksAnstey TownLoughborough Students Development