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Athenian League

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For the 5th century league of Greek city-states, see Delian League.

The Athenian League was an English amateur football league in and around London.

The league was formed in 1912 with nine clubs, but had to close down in 1914 due to the onset of World War I. When it reformed in 1920, only three of the previous teams rejoined. Clubs left and joined the league at a rate of about one a year, with a number leaving to join the Isthmian League, the strongest amateur league in the London area. Total membership remained fairly stable at between 12 and 16 clubs until 1963, when it absorbed most of the clubs from two rival leagues: the Corinthian League (which became the Athenian League First Division) and the Delphian League (which became the Athenian League Second Division). The existing division was renamed the Premier Division.

Over the following years, it lost many clubs to stronger leagues, particularly the Isthmian League and Southern League, and successive waves of Isthmian League expansion in 1973, 1977 and 1984 finally forced the league to disband.

Clubs progressing to stronger leagues

The following teams left the Athenian League to join the Isthmian League:

Year Teams
1921 Wimbledon
1929 Kingstonian
1945 Walthamstow Avenue, Romford
1952 Bromley, Barking
1956 Tooting & Mitcham United
1959 Maidstone United
1963 Enfield, Sutton United, Hitchin Town, Hendon
1964 Wealdstone
1971 Walton & Hersham, Hayes, Bishop's Stortford
1972 Leatherhead
1973 From the Premier Division: Slough Town, Dagenham, Tilbury, Harlow Town, Harwich & Parkeston, Aveley, Maidenhead United, Southall

From the First Division: Horsham, Staines Town, Wokingham Town, Carshalton Athletic, Chesham United, Finchley
From the Second Division: Hampton

1974 Boreham Wood, Croydon
1975 Wembley, Hornchurch, Ware, Harrow Borough
1977 From the First Division: Letchworth Garden City, Lewes, Cheshunt, Epping Town, Rainham Town, Egham Town, Epsom & Ewell, Worthing

From the Second Division: Farnborough Town, Tring Town, Molesey, Hemel Hempstead, Feltham, Eastbourne United, Camberley Town, Willesden

1979 Billericay Town
1980 Dorking Town
1981 Windsor & Eton, Basildon United
1982 Uxbridge
1983 Newbury Town, Grays Athletic
1984 Chalfont St Peter, Whyteleafe, Flackwell Heath, Harefield United, Banstead Athletic, Marlow, Ruislip Manor, Kingsbury Town, Wolverton Town, Chertsey Town, Berkhamsted Town, Haringey Borough, Camberley Town

The following teams left the Athenian League to join the Southern League:

Year Teams
1958 Cambridge City
1965 Barnet
1976 Aylesbury United
1977 Addlestone, Hounslow
1981 Welling United
1982 Woodford Town

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