Central Warwickshire Youth Football League





A brief history of the Central Warwickshire League

THE FIRST SIX YEARS.... (from 1975/76 Handbook)


Since the birth of the League back in 1969, the Central Warwickshire set-up has become more efficient in very detail.  This is in complete contrast to the early days when the meeting room, peopled by local football managers, was a symbol of parochial worthiness, and a centre for exchange of opinions, reactionary and otherwise, towards the formation of a Boy's league.


To a few, any breach in the conventions was unwelcome, despite occasional and sporadic expressions of belief in the necessity for keeping up with the times.


The introduction of better teams into the 'Friendly' Warwickshire league forced officials to become more efficient.  Affiliation with the Birmingham County Football Association and the enlistment of Mr. Rich Jones in 1971 to join the original league committee of Ken Brownhill, Wally Hedgley and Paul Hyde meant that with the aforementioned individual acting as custodian of the hotherto experimental Nursery League, a much closer unison between members became more evident as rules were formed and enforced.


Efficiency became a priority as the league became stronger.  Resentment simmered below the surface when rural teams struggled to match the skills of more 'polished' outsiders.  But the newcomers provided the spur to urge the 'Sunday get-together teams' into an eventual motivated opposition.


Widney Athletic and Bearley United were recruited to the ranks and standards improved.  Shirley Saturn were another powerful side, but the meteoric rise of Astwood Bank and Elmdon Colts in recent years was not predictable.  The conjunction of men and players with undeniable talent was far from fortuitous.  The precendents established by these teams challenged complacency and by stimulating envy, encouraged a revision of attitudes elsewhere.  Hence a general improvement of standards throughout the C.W.Y. & B.L. as clubs sought to beat the 'unbeatables'.


Last term saw the introduction of the Minor League.  Mr. Brian Holtom made an excellent secretary of this division and the clubs concerned co-operated one hundred per-cent to provide a smoothly run and incident free season.  Woodbank boys proved wrothy champions & set a very high standard.


Mr. Colin Moscrop was another new face on the committee in 1974 in charge of referees for Nursery and Minor matches, and the experience gained paved the way for his new post as Match and Referees Secretary for all three sections this campaign.


The Senior representative record is indeed enviable.  Only one game lost of the seasons, and that set-back was in the 1969-70 season.  Full credit for this must go to Ken Brownhill for refusing to be swayed from his selection of players, and thereby providing followers of the league with an era of big match, workmanlike soccer produced with collective zeal and determination and numerous glimpses of individual talent of a high order.  Success in the Senior Rep. side has generally been echoed at Nursery level.


Divisional cup competitions have been introduced as well as Supplementary Medals competitions to ensure interest throughout seasons and the annual 'Solihull News' Cup Final, played at Damson Lane, Elmdon, (through the generosity of Birmingham City F.C.) always attracts big crowds.


More people are now aware of the Central Warwickshire League than at any time.  Seniors constantly attract publicity but paradoxically the numbers watching afternoon games are few in contracts to the morning Nursery and Minor League matches where spectators can be found, at times in abundance.


Big things have happened since the country kick-around games six years ago.  How many youngsters just kicking off at Minor level will still be with the league in another six years time?  One thing is certain, with one unified pattern reflecting the way of the league, an indelible loyalty, the assets of this organistation are countless.