Origins Of The League

The Wakefield & District Sunday League was formed in 1970 by a group of local lads who were unable to play on Saturdays for a number of reasons.

Together, they formed the initial 12 teams and began playing each other on a midweek basis until eventually it was decided to play on Sunday mornings. Among those pioneers of Sunday football were Redoubt, Little Bull, The Union and The Graziers. Redoubt and the Little Bull are still with us now, of course, playing their football in the top division and with their fair share of honours.

Initially the league was a 'real' pub league, and the criteria for joining was to be based at a Tetley ale house. So, the Tetley League was born. As the league progressed, the Landlord's of these Tetley houses clubbed together to purchase the 'Landlord's Trophy' which is still in use today. It is fitting that in the league's fortieth season, one of the founder clubs - Redoubt - won the trophy.

It is a testament to those founder members and all subsequent volunteers who have helped run and administer the league, that we can now boast 50 teams over 5 divisions.

We also include in our number, several F.A. Charter Standard clubs and have had many players and referees progress to higher levels of the game.

This demonstrates how the league has evolved over it's 40-year history and continues to go from strength to strength.

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