Last updated : Thursday, 30 November 2023

Darlington Sunday Invitation League

The Darlington Sunday Invitation League is an amateur football league based in Darlington, County Durham, England. It was founded in 1920 and currently has 14 teams competing in a single division.


The Darlington Sunday Invitation League was founded in 1920 by a group of local football enthusiasts. The league initially had just 6 teams, but it has grown steadily over the years and now has 14 teams.

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The league has been won by a number of different teams over the years, but the most successful team is Darlington Railway Athletic, who have won the title 12 times.


The Darlington Sunday Invitation League is a single division league. Each team plays each other team twice, once at home and once away. The top team at the end of the season is the champion.

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The league also has a cup competition, the Alan Rusk Shield. The cup competition is open to all teams in the league.

Recent seasons

  • In the 2021-22 season, the Darlington Sunday Invitation League was won by Darlington Railway Athletic.
  • In the 2020-21 season, the league was won by Darlington Spraire Lads & Lasses.
  • In the 2019-20 season, the league was won by Darlington Rolling Mills.


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