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Combined Counties Football League
Feeder To
Isthmian League, Southern League
Number of Teams
Levels on Pyramid
Level 9-10
Premier Challenge Cup
Division 1 Challenge Cup
Reserve Challenge Cup
Grant McLellan Youth Cup

Current Champions (2008-09)
Bedfont Green
The Combined Counties Football League is a regional English football league currently comprising teams from Berkshire, Greater Londonmarker, Hampshire, and Surreymarker. Its top division sits at Step 5 of the National League System (or level 9 of the overall English football league system).


The League's history can be traced back to 1978 when the Surrey Senior League underwent a metamorphosis in order to try to attract clubs from outside the county. The new league was initially called the Home Counties League, but there were objections to the proposed title, so in 1979 it adopted the current title.

For one season only, 1981-82, the league had too many clubs to operate a standard league season, so the clubs were split into two equal sections, Eastern and Western, with Ash United from the Western Section beating the Eastern Champions Malden Town 3-0 in a two-legged play-off.

The league was adopted as a feeder to the Isthmian League but, since the F.A. restructuring of the National League System, clubs can be promoted to either the Southern League or the Isthmian League, depending on geographical considerations. From 1982, a similar arrangement below the Combined Counties League existed with the Surrey County Senior League (formerly the Surrey Premier League) but in 2003 the two leagues merged and the former Surrey County Senior League members formed a new Combined Counties Division One, with the previous members forming a Premier Division.League rules allow up to three teams to be promoted and relegated between the two divisions but this is dependant on the clubs finishing in the top three of Division One having the correct ground-grading.Division One is "fed" by the Leagues at Step 7 of the National League System, the Crawley and District Football League, East Berkshire Football League, the Middlesex County League and the Reading Football League. The Surrey Elite Intermediate League, although not currently recognised as a Step 7 league, also has a promotion/relegation link with the Combined Counties League.

Attendances at league games in the Premier Division average approximately sixty-five. The league saw an exception to this for two seasons from 2002 when AFC Wimbledon were members with attendances at their games regularly over 1000.

The League organises four cups. The Premier Challenge Cup is competed for by the teams in the Premier and First divisions. The current holders are Camberley Town. There is also a competition for Division One sides only which is held by Staines Lammasmarker and a cup for the teams in the Reserve Division which is held by Bookham Reserves. The League does not have a youth section but does organise a cup for member clubs who have teams playing in the under 18 age group. The current holders are Cobham U-18's.


The League has had a succession of title sponsors. Currently Cherry Red Records are the main sponsors. Their El Records and Lemon Recordings offshoots are the sponsors of the Premier Challenge Cup and Division One Cup respectively.

List of champions

For the 1978-79 season the league was known as the Home Counties League.
Season Champions
1978-79 British Aerospace
1979-80 Guildford & Worplesdon
1980-81 Malden Town

For the 1981-82 season the league expanded to two divisions.
Season Western Division Eastern Division Championship Playoff
1981-82 Ash United Malden Town Ash won 3-0

For the 1982-83 season the league reverted to a single division.
Season Champions
1982-83 Hartley Wintney
1983-84 Godalming Town
1984-85 Malden Vale
1985-86 British Aerospace
1986-87 Ash United
1987-88 British Aerospace
1988-89 British Aerospace
1989-90 Chipstead
1990-91 Farnham Townmarker
1991-92 Farnham Townmarker
1992-93 Peppard
1993-94 Peppard
1994-95 Ashford Town
1995-96 Ashford Town
1996-97 Ashford Town
1997-98 Ashford Town
1998-99 Ash United
1999-00 Ashford Town
2000-01 Cove
2001-02 AFC Wallingfordmarker
2002-03 Withdean 2000

For the 2003-04 season Division One was added formed mainly of clubs from the Surrey County Senior League.
Season Premier Division Division One
2003-04 AFC Wimbledon AFC Guildford
2004-05 Walton Casuals Coney Hall
2005-06 Godalming Town Warlinghammarker
2006-07 Chipstead Farnham Townmarker
2007-08 Merstham Staines Lammasmarker
2008-09 Bedfont Green Staines Lammasmarker


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