Last updated : Monday, 27 November 2023
Pope & Smith's Sunday Football League
The Pope & Smith's Sunday Football League is an amateur football league based in Chelmsford, Essex, England. It was founded in 1962 and currently consists of 5 divisions with 50 teams. The league is affiliated to the Essex County Football Association.
The Pope & Smith's Sunday Football League was founded in 1962 by two local businessmen, Ron Pope and Bill Smith. The league started with just 8 teams, but it has grown steadily over the years and now has over 50 teams. The league has been affiliated to the Essex County Football Association since 1963.
The Pope & Smith's Sunday Football League consists of 5 divisions: Premier Division, John Pitts Senior Division, Division One, Division Two, and Division Three. The top 2 teams from each division are promoted at the end of the season, while the bottom 2 teams are relegated.
The league also has a number of cup competitions, including the Coward Cup, Gillott Trophy, Prem. League Cup, Div.1 League Cup, Div.2 League Cup, Div.3 League Cup, Div.4 League Cup, Div.5 League Cup, Inter-League Plate, Premier Cup, County Cup, County Trophy, FA Cup, and David Marshall.
The current season of the Pope & Smith's Sunday Football League is the 2022/23 season. The Premier Division is currently being led by The Athletico, while the John Pitts Senior Division is being led by The Gardeners Arms.
The league cup competitions are also well underway, with the Coward Cup being currently being contested by The Athletico and The Gardeners Arms, and the Gillott Trophy being currently being contested by The Stag and The Gardeners Arms.