Montgomeryshire Football League

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Montgomeryshire Football League
CountryFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
Number of teams8
Level on pyramid 5
Feeder to Mid Wales Football League
Promotion toMid Wales Football League
Current championsGuilsfield Reserves
Most championships Llanfair United/ Llanfair Caereinion
(10 titles)

The Montgomeryshire Football League (currently the JT Hughes Football League) is a football league in Mid Wales, sitting at the fifth level of the Welsh football league system.


The league hosts several cup competitions. These include: The Emrys Morgan Cup, Montgomeryshire Cup, Village Cup, Tanners Town Cup, League Cup and Consolation Cup.

Teams promoted from Division One may enter the Mid Wales League if standards and facilities fall into line with the regulations and criteria of the FAW and Mid Wales Football League (Tier 4 of the Welsh Football Pyramid).


The league was founded in 1904 as the Montgomeryshire & District League, and the first ten seasons before the First World War saw the league dominated by Aberystwyth Town, who won the inaugural title and two other championships, and Llanidloes who won five titles.

After the war, the league was reformed for a single season with Newtown picking up their only title (to date_, before the league went into abeyance with the creation of the Welsh National League setup. The league returned in the 1930s as the Montgomery Junior League [1] and ran until the outbreak of the Second World War, when football was again suspended.

The 1950's was notable for five successive titles for Rodney Rovers, a club from Four Crosses, who played behind the Golden Lion public house.

The 1967–68 saw the league expand to two divisions, a format that continued until the 2021–22 season.

It has also be known as the Montgomeryshire Amateur League.

Member clubs for 2021–22 season

Division One


Two division structure

SeasonDivision OneDivision Two
2020-11Season cancelled - Covid-19 pandemicSeason cancelled - Covid-19 pandemic
2018-19 Guilsfield reserves Llanrhaeadr reserves [2]
2017-18 Bishop's Castle Town Forden United
2016-17 Waterloo Rovers Bishop's Castle Town
2015-16 Llanfair United reserves [3] Forden United
2014-15Bettws (Cedewain) Morda United
2013-14 Llanfair United reserves [4] [3] Bettws (Cedewain)
2012-13 Caersws reservesLlandrinio
2011-12 Caersws Llanfair United reserves [3]
2010-11 Llanidloes Town reserves Welshpool Town reserves
2009-10 Llanidloes Town Trefonen
2008-09 Llansantffraid Village Welshpool Town reserves
2007-08 Dyffryn Banw Llansantffraid Village
2006-07 Bishop's Castle Town The New Saints Colts
2005-06 Total Network Solutions reserves Waterloo Rovers reserves
2004-05 Four Crosses Llanfyllin Town reserves
2003-04 Welshpool Town reserves Four Crosses
2002-03Llangedwyn Welshpool Town reserves
2001-02Bettws (Cedewain) Forden United
2000-01 Llanfyllin Town Berriew
1999-00Llangedwyn Kerry Reserves
1998-99 Waterloo Rovers Llanwddyn
1997-98Meifod Forden United
1996-97 Waterloo Rovers Welshpool Town reserves
1995-96 Kerry [5] Llanrhaeadr
1994-95 Guilsfield Llanfyllin Town
1993-94MochdreNewtown Rangers
1992-93 Llansantffraid reservesMochdre
1991-92 Llansantffraid reservesMeifod
1990-91 Berriew Llanymynech Rovers
1989-90 Llanfair Caereinion [3] Waterloo Rovers
1988-89 Llanfair Caereinion [3] Llanfechain
1987-88 Berriew [6] Guilsfield
1986-87 Llansantffraid [7] Llangedwyn
1985-86 Llanfair Caereinion [3] Carno [8]
1984-85 Llanfair Caereinion [3] Llanrhaeadr
1983-84Bettws (Cedewain) Forden United
1982-83 Llansantffraid [7] R & Q Sports
1981-82Welshpool Rangers Berriew
1980-81 Llanfyllin Town Llansantffraid
1979-80Llanfechain Carno [8]
1978–79 Llanfyllin Town Llanfair United reserves [3]
1977-78 Caersws reserves Carno
1976–77 Llanfyllin Town Caersws reserves
1975-76 Montgomery Town [9] Carno [8]
1974–75 Llanfair United [3] Newtown Amateurs
1973–74 Llanfyllin Town Montgomery Town
1972–73 Llanfair United [3] Llanfyllin Town
1971-72Llanwddyn Abermule
1970–71 Llansantffraid [7] Welshpool Amateur reserves
1969–70 Llansantffraid [7] Llanwddyn

One division structure

Those years empty are not known.

  • 1968–69: – Llansantffraid [7]
  • 1967–68: –
  • 1966–67: – Carno [8]
  • 1965–66: – Llanrhaeadr
  • 1964–65: – Forden United [10]
  • 1963–64: – Newtown Amateurs
  • 1962–63: – Forden United
  • 1961–62: – Trewern United
  • 1960–61: – Berriew
  • 1959–60: – Montgomery Town [9]
  • 1958–59: – Montgomery Town [9]
  • 1957–58: – Rodney Rovers [11]
  • 1956–57: – Rodney Rovers [11]
  • 1955–56: – Rodney Rovers [11]
  • 1954–55: – Rodney Rovers [11]
  • 1953–54: – Rodney Rovers [11]
  • 1952–53: – Montgomery Town [9]
  • 1951–52: – Llanfechain
  • 1950–51: – Llanfechain
  • 1949–50: – Llandrinio
  • 1948–49: – Llandrinio
  • 1947–48: – Llanfair United [3]
  • 1946–47: – Llanfair United [3]
  • 1945–46: – Football suspended - World War Two
  • 1944–45: – Football suspended - World War Two
  • 1943–44: – Football suspended - World War Two
  • 1942–43: – Football suspended - World War Two
  • 1941–42: – Football suspended - World War Two
  • 1940–41: – Football suspended - World War Two
  • 1939–40: – Football suspended - World War Two
  • 1938–39: – Caersws [12]
  • 1937–38: – Caersws [12]
  • 1936–37: – Guilsfield
  • 1935–36: –
  • 1934–35: – Newtown C C
  • 1920–21: – League went into abeyance with the creation of the Welsh National League setup (started again in 1930s, but unclear which season)
  • 1919–20: – Newtown
  • 1918–19: – Football suspended - World War One
  • 1917–18: – Football suspended - World War One
  • 1916–17: – Football suspended - World War One
  • 1915–16: – Football suspended - World War One
  • 1914–15: – Football suspended - World War One
  • 1913–14: – Llanidloes
  • 1912–13: – Llanidloes
  • 1911–12: – Llanidloes
  • 1910–11: – Llanfyllin
  • 1909–10: – Llanidloes [13]
  • 1908–09: – Llanidloes [14]
  • 1907–08: – Aberystwyth Town [15]
  • 1906–07: – Aberystwyth Town
  • 1905–06: – Newtown North End [16]
  • 1904–05: – Aberystwyth Town

Titles by team

See also

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