Summary of League restructure for 2019 2020
Step 7 leagues take eight but now 14 new teams keep the numbers up
It has been a summer of major disruption for the League but below are the highlights of what is changing.
Seven of last seasons Premier teams have been accepted into the new Step 7 Devon League so the D & E League has promoted 6 Division One teams to take their place. They are Bampton, Chagford, Hatherleigh Town, Kentisbeare, Lapford and the University Res. They have also elevated Division Two champions Whipton & Pinhoe following their outstanding season, which will keep a 16 membership Premier.
14 new teams have applied to join the League. 5 First teams Exmouth Rovers, Farway United, AFC Exe, City Raiders, and Countess Wear Rovers. Exmouth have been granted a Division 5 slot as they are mostly former Exmouth Amateurs players. Farway an established team from the Perry Street League have also been slotted into Division 5. Just for the record Farway were members of the D & E some 43 years ago moving to the PSL in 1976.
9 Reserve teams have applied and if all accepted will bring the total league nos to 122 teams in the nine divisions the same number that completed the 2018 2019 season.
We have lost 4 teams which is rather sad, but hopefully there will be no further losses. Budleigh Salterton Res have disbanded which means an end to the robins 115 years league membership. Priory 1sts, Pinhoe Res and Honiton 3rds have also withdrawn.
There has been a few name changes. The Royal Oak have accepted a change to become Exwick Villa Res, but there is still a Royal Oak as Cowick Barton have re-titled. Bishops Blaize have renamed after operating last season as The Village Inn, and we welcome back Cullompton Rangers Res who have taken the Willand XI under their wings.
Finally Bradninch have changed Town and Villa to First and Reserves, making our administration a little simpler.
Tuesday 18th June 2019