Les Phillips Cup

The League Cup

History of the League Cup

Our league cup is named after a former Chairman of the league, Les Phillips. He is noted for bringing sponsorship to the league. In 1973, Les was elected Chairman. Many have said that this was a 'milestone' in the league's history. With a broad smile and a booming voice, Les assured everyone that he would do everything in his power to help the league make further progress. And progress it did. A sponsorship deal with Rothmans followed worth £10,000 per season. And so the 1974/75 season kicked off as The Rothmans Western Football League.

Do you remember the Great Mills Western League? That was Les Phillips too. The deal was announced at Ashton Court on Tuesday 27th April 1982 by Peter Bastin of Great Mills and Lawrie McMenemy. The sponsorship deal was worth £100,000 over five years and introduced a 'pounds-for-goals' bonus system.

In 1988, Les Phillips passed away. This was a great shock. The man who had given so much to the league was gone. It was therefore decided to re-name the Challenge Cup after Les and the first winners in the 1988/89 season were Exmouth Town.

Having a cup named after you may not be much reward for a man who had given so much to Western League Football, but his name will always be remembered and live on in the Les Phillips Cup.

The trophy itself started life in the 1954/55 season as The Western Football League Professional Challenge Cup. This new cup which cost £45-9s-0d was only open to professional clubs. In those days there was a distinction between professional and amateur clubs in the league. Poole were the first team to win the cup having beaten Frome.

In 1961/62 The Professional Challenge Cup was renamed 'The Challenge Cup' and the first winners were Bristol City Reserves.

For the 2012/13 season the cup was sponsored for the first time by Termination Technology of St. George, Bristol. This enabled payments to be made to the winners in each round of the cup.

Source. 'A View From The Terraces - 100 Years of The Western Football League 1892-1992 by Sandie & Doug Webb

Cup Draw

Preliminary Round
Bitton40Welton Rovers
Bridport52Keynsham Town
Cadbury Heath50Bishop Sutton
Calne Town24Bradford Town
Chippenham Park21Longwell Green Sports
Clevedon Town21Wincanton Town
Hallen32Radstock Town
Hengrove Athletic23Almondsbury
Malmesbury Victoria24Bishops Lydeard
Roman Glass St George02Chard Town
First Round
Ashton and Backwell Utd13Shepton Mallet
Bishops Lydeard52Portishead Town
Bridgwater Town40Chipping Sodbury Town
Bridport21Willand Rovers
Brislington41Sherborne Town
Bristol Telephones13Devizes Town
Buckland Athletic20Corsham Town
Cadbury Heath00Chard Town
After Extra Time 03
Cribbs21Clevedon Town
Hallen12Wells City
Odd Down (Bath)02Melksham Town
Oldland Abbotonians02Chippenham Park
Street22Bradford Town
After Extra Time 32
Warminster Town21Cheddar
Wellington40Westbury United
Second Round
Bitton30Bishops Lydeard
Bridgwater Town53Wellington
Brislington21Melksham Town
Chard Town01Bridport
Shepton Mallet20Devizes Town
Street10Chippenham Park
Warminster Town01Buckland Athletic
Wells City05Cribbs
Quarter Final
Bridgwater Town40Bitton
Buckland Athletic11Brislington
After Extra Time 41
Shepton Mallet22Bridport
After Extra Time 22
Penalties 31
Shepton Mallet11Buckland Athletic
After Extra Time 22
Penalties 24