The Bristol Downs Association Football League

The Bristol Downs League

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The Bristol Downs Association Football League is an English football league based in the city of Bristol. It is a completely standalone league system which does not feed into the English football league pyramid. The Downs League is unusual in that all matches are played on one site, namely the large open spaces known as Clifton Down and Durdham Down (“The Downs”).

The Downs League was formed in 1905 with 30 founder members, all of them teams who were already playing in the city and on the Downs’ many pitches. Two of the founder member clubs, St Andrews and Sneyd Park, remain in the league to this day, with Clifton St Vincents joining the league in its second season and also clocking up 100 years of membership.

Today the league boasts 48 teams in four divisions. There are also two knockout cup competitions – the Norman Hardy Cup (for teams from Divisions One and Two) and the All Saints Cup (for teams from Divisions Three and Four).

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