Birmingham & District League

In 1889 a number of local established clubs who were not in the already established Football League agreed to form the Birmingham & District League. The clubs were Aston Victoria, Great Bridge Unity, Hendesford Town, Ironbridge, Kidderminster Harriers, Kidderminster Olympic, Langley Green, Victoria, Oldbury Town, Smethwick Carriage Works, Unity Gas Department, Wellington St. George and Willenhall Pickwick, The League was clearly won by Kidderminster Olympic but the league was declared void because all the fixtures had not been completed. This again happened in the following seasons until Wolves ‘Reserves’ took the title in 1893. Aston Villa ‘Reserves’  hold the record of the most consecutive championship’s with eight between 1902 and 1910. Two other clubs, Alvechurch (1973-1977) and Halesowen Town (1982-1986) have won the League in four consecutive seasons. Wolves ‘Reserves’ first entered the League in 1892 and there first fixture a 3-0 win came at Smethwick Carriage Works on 3 September. The last fixture as a reserve team came a 4-0 defeat came at Kidderminster Harriers on 30 April 1921. There biggest win was on the opening day fixture of the 1895/96 season, Black with four, and Miller and Green with hat-trick where amongst the scorers in a 14-0 success over Shrewsbury Town. The biggest defeat 10-1, came at Willenhall Swifts on 17 April 1920. In 1947 The clubs Juniors entered the League and there first fixture was a 6-0 defeat at Kidderminster Harriers. The last game, another defeat, came at Banbury United on 30 April 1960. The Juniors biggest win came at Halesowen on 13 February 1954, Joe Bonson netted a double hat-trick as they won 11-0. The League became the West Midland (Regional) League in 1962.

Reserves

Please see Reserves Record.

Juniors
1947/48 6 26 14 1 11 52 53 29
1948/49 12 34 10 7 17 59 62 27
1949/50 4 36 20 8 8 66 53 48
1950/51 18 36 9 6 21 75 86 24
1951/52 7 34 14 8 12 75 67 36
1952/53 11 36 13 6 17 69 73 32
1953/54 1 46 33 5 8 158 57 71
Northern Division
1954/55 2 38 24 2 12 106 65 50
Division One
1955/56 9 38 17 5 16 70 60 39
1956/57 11 38 16 6 16 84 79 38
1957/58 1 38 24 6 8 116 64 54
1958/59 1 34 26 7 1 91 40 59
1959/60 3 34 20 4 10 75 39 44
1957/58 1 38 24 6 8 116 64 54
1958/59 1 34 26 7 1 91 40 59
1959/60 3 34 20 4 10 75 39 44

Reserves Championship Squads

1892/93
Appearances: Allcock 5, Baker 1, Barrs 1, Bradley 14, Butcher 4, Davies 7, Devey 2, Dunn 2, Edwards 1, Farmer 1, Fletcher 4, Griffiths.H 18, Griffiths.J 7, Griffin 10, Hassall 14, Jackson 2, Johnston 6, Kinsey 2, Kirby 4, Lawrence 13, Malpass 3, Mason 15, Owen 14, Richards 1, Rose 2, Salter 7, Swatman, Swinnerton 1, Taylor 1, Wilson 16, Wooodhall 1, Wykes 3.
Scorers: 2 Dunn, J.Griffiths 1, Lawrence 1, Owen 1, Wilson 1, Other Unknown.

1897/98
Appearances: Barrett 2, Callow 15, Chadburn 23, Edge 9, Greatwich 17, Harper 28, Harris 19, Kelsey 1, Lewis 12, McMain 16, Malpass 17, Matthias 18, Nurse 26, Pheasant 27, Price 3, Smith.W 4, Tennants 11, Tuft 30, Worton 27, Wright 24.
Scorers: 20 Harper, McMain, 11 Worton, 10 Chadburn, 7 Callow, 6 Lewis, 5 Greatwich, Pheasant, 3 Edge, 2 Own-goals, 1 Barrett, Malpass, Matthias, Nurse.

1898/99
Appearances: Annis 26, Bryan 8, Callow 12, Chadburn 28, Daft 1, Davies.H 6, Davies.R 14, Hampton 2, Harper 29, Harris 28, Jones 34, Lewis.T 4, Lewis.T.M 8, McMain 9, Malpass 13, Matthias 4, Nurse 32, Pheasant 8, Platt 22, Smith.J 4, Smith.W 10, Stringer 1, Tuft 28, Warren 1, Worton 19, Wright 24,
Scorers: 23 Jones, 20 Harper, 14 Chadburn, 9 Nurse, Platt, 8 Bryan, Davies.R, 6 McMain, Smith.W, Worton, 2 Annis, Lewis.T, 1 Malpass, Own-goal.

1900/01
Appearances: Annis 4, Aston 4, Bonner 1, Bowen 1, Butler 29, Colley 17, Davies 12, Day 2, Dickinson 8, Evans 1, Guilliam 31, Harper 2, Hartshorne 2, Howells 23, Jones.J.W 28, Jones.T 8, Matthias 30, Nurse 29, Pope 32, Poppitt 11, Stringer 34, Swift 3, Tandy 1, Turley 1, Walker 3, Whitehouse 34, Wooldridge 16, Worton 6.
Scorers: 24 Pope, 23 Wooldridge, 16 Jones.J.W, 13 Guilliam, 5 Colley, Nurse, 3 Whitehouse, Worton, 2 Aston, Lockett, Poppitt, Swift, 1 Annis, Dickinson, Jones.T, Own-goal, Pope.

Clubs faced in the league

The first eleven’s of Atherstone Town, Banbury United, Bedworth Town, Berwick Rangers, Bilston Town, Birch Coppice Colliery, Bloxwich Strollers, Boldmere St. Michael, Brierley Hill Alliance, Bristol Rovers, Bristol St. George, Bromsgrove Rovers, Brush Sports, Burton Albion, Coventry City, Cradley Heath, Darlaston, Dudley Town, Gresley Rovers, Halesowen Town, Hendesford Town, Hereford Thistle, Hereford Town, Hinckley Athletic, Ironbridge, Kettering Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Leek Town, Lockhead Leamington, Lye Town, Nuneaton, Nuneaton Borough, Oldbury Town, Old Hill Wanderers, Oswestery Town, Port Vale, Redditch Town, Redditch United, Ruabin Druids, Rugby Town, Shrewsbury Town, Smethwick Carriage Works, Stafford Rangers, Stoke City, Stourbridge, Tamworth, Walsall, Wednesbury Old Athletic, Wellington Town, Whitwick Colliery, Willenhall Swifts, Worcester City, Worcester Rovers, Wrexham, The reserves of Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Gloucester City, Hereford United, Kidderminster Harriers, Leicester City, Shrewsbury Town, Stoke City, Walsall, Wellington Town, West Bromwich Albion, Worcester City and the ’A’teams of Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Stoke City, Walsall.