Isthmian League Football
The Isthmian Football League is an English league of Non-league football covering the areas of London and the South-eastern of England. The league gathers 3 championships: the the First Division classified on level 7 of the pyramidal system English and the Division One North and One South both classified on level 8.
HistoryThe league, which initially was a championship, was founded in 1905 with for objective answering waitings of the Football amateur. The champions did not receive any trophy, the policy of the time was that only the honor was enough. The clubs with few financial means revolved around the league while trying to enter there, while those which had money and ambition preferred to move towards the Southern League. Although Isthmian League succeeds in being affirmed as being one of the most raised leagues amateurs, providing regularly winners of F Amateur Cup, she was always regarded as being of a lower level compared to Southern League and Northern First League, which was then the best regional leagues of football semi-professional.
The league accepted professionalism during the Années 1970 but refused to take part in the creation of the Alliance First League in 1979. 2 clubs, Enfield and Dagenham, made defection and left for Alliance League First in 1981. In 1985, the committee of the National league System granted a ticket of rise to the champion of Isthmian League for the Football Conference. Since 1985, and the installation of the automatic system of promotion, no club preserved its title two consecutive years, whereas that it had passed to 22 recoveries before. Canvey Island disputed the eliminatory series 3 seasons of sharpened, of 2000 to 2003, before gaining the championship in 2004.
Bursting of the championshipThe championship increases with the passing of years, passing from 6 clubs at its first season, with 14 clubs lasting the season 1921-22. The 50 following years were remembered by a relative opposition to progress, only some clubs were admitted, mainly to mitigate departures. The one second division of 16 clubs was created in 1973, and a third in 1977. The 3 championships took for name: the First Division, First Division and the Second Division. The majority of the new clubs arrived of Athenian League, which was it also a football league amateur.
Athenian League disappeared in 1984 when the the Second Division was divided into two, giving rise to the the Second Division North and the Second Division South. The league was composed then of 4 divisions: the First Division , First Division , the Second Division North and the Second Division South . After reorganization, the the Second Division North and South left their place to the the Second Division and Third Division in 1991.
In 2002, the First Division and the Second Division were replaced by the Division One North and Division One South, the Third Division was famous the Second Division. The leagues classified with a level equivalent of the the Second Division (Combined Counties League, Essex Senior League and Spartan South the Midlands League) were then authorized to send their champions directly in First Division North or First Division South without passing by the the Second Division .
In 2004, the English federation of football redraws the top of table of the National League System and creates regional divisions Conference North and South. The the Second Division is removed and Isthmian League sees its geographical borders reorganized in order to avoid any overlapping with the Southern Football League. In 2006, the First Division North and First Division South are replaced by the Division One North and Division One South while the the Second Division is removed.
AnecdoteThe Clapton Football Club remained more than one hundred years within Isthmian League, of 1905 until 2006, it currently plays in Essex Senior League.
- Isthmian League Football the First Division
- Isthmian Football League Division One North
- Isthmian Football League Division One South
External bondOfficial site
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