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Welcome to the website of the Bristol Churches Association Football League.

Hopefully you will find everything you need to know about us here. If you would like more information, see our Contact page for details of how you can get in touch with us.

Latest News

 

The Road to Almonsbury - 21/03/2016

We have our Cup and Shield Finalists.

On 13/04/2016, Hope WSM and Resound FC will compete for the BCAFL Shield. Then on 20/04/2016, Woodlands FC and Clevedon Family Church will meet in the final of the BCAFL Cup.

Both matches will kick off at 7.30pm at Oaklands Park, Almondsbury, the home of the GFA.

More info closer to the time.

Solomon Trophy - 03/03/2016

 

The latest Solomon Trophy averages are now available here.

The winners of the Solomon Match Ball sponsored by Doug Hillard Sports are Thornbury Baptist and Hope WSM. Well done to both clubs. Your match balls will be presented soon.

Don't forget, club discounts are available at Doug Hillard Sports for all you club kit and equipment, just go in and talk to Gary and his staff.

Finally, the league has been in the news lately, with coverage on Radio Bristol, who did a feature on the role the Solomon Trophy plays within the league. Click here to listen in and go to 1:24:55 and 2:21:25

 

 

Solomon Trophy - 16/1/2016

 

The latest Solomon Trophy averages are now available here.

The winners of the Solomon Match Ball sponsored by Doug Hillard Sports are Woodlands FC and Rock Crusaders. Well done to both clubs. Your match balls will be presented soon.

Don't forget, club discounts are available at Doug Hillard Sports for all you club kit and equipment, just go in and talk to Gary and his staff.

 

Solomon Trophy - 7/11/2015

The latest averages for Sep/Oct are now on the Solomon Trophy page.

We are continuing the bi-monthly Solomon Match Ball Award and this season we are very pleased to announce that Doug Hillard Sports have agreed to sponsor the award. Doug Hillard Sports will be donating the match balls and also in addition they will be offering all clubs a 20% discount on kit and equipment.

Doug Hillard Sports come well recommended for supplying all your football equipment needs. Gary Hillard and his staff are always ready to help. In agreeing this association, Gary has said that he is pleased and looking forward to working in partnership with the Bristol Churches League.

We too hope that this is a long and fruitful venture, please take time to look around their website and pay Gary and his staff a visit.

Congratulations to Thornbury Baptist and Hope WSM, winners for September/October. While division 1 was tied between Thornbury Baptist and Woodlands FC, Thornbury Baptist achieved the average over more matches.

Next League Meeting - 7/11/2015

The next league meeting is on 30th November 2015, 7.30pm at Mangotsfield and Castle Green URC, Cossham Street, Mangotsfield, Bristol, BS16 9EP. Here's a map. The agenda will follow soon via email

News Round up - 7/11/2015

Hopefully everyone is enjoying the season so far.

The first two months of the season have gone well with fixtures running fairly smoothly. Meanwhile in the GFA County Cups we have seen mixed fortunes with all division 2 sides out of the Primary Cup, but all division 1 sides still in the Minor Cup. Also Woodlands are continuining to hold their own in the Intermediate Cup.

As GFA Cup and BCL Cup and Shield dates do not appear on Full Time, there is a useful spreadsheet here on the Fixtures page.

 

Solomon Trophy 2014/15 - 1/5/2015

This season we have brought greater emphasis to the Solomon Trophy by publishing bi-monthly averages and league tables. We hope that this has brought the Solomon scores, which you all receive from your opposition each week, into more focus and that this has helped all clubs to monitor and manage their conduct and attitude, to ensure that the spirit and ethos of the league is upheld by all clubs.

Congratulations to Hope FC, winners of the Solomon Trophy for the 2014/15 season with an astonishing average of 9.56! That is incredible guys and the trophy will be presented to you on 8/5/15 at the Annual League Presentation Evening at the Memorial Stadium. The players of Hope FC will also receive individual medals on the night.

Also congratulations to Woodlands Rangers for winning the March/April Solomon Match Ball for the 1st Division and Hope FC for winning the Solomon Match Ball for the same period for the 2nd Division.

Full tables for the complete season and the March/April Solomon Match Ball can be found here.

 

Castle Green edge out Woodies - 30/4/2015

Castle Green 2-1 Woodlands Rangers

In a thrilling BCFA Cup final at GFA Headquarters, Oaklands Park, Castle Green edged the win and added to their trophy cabinet after their Reserve Team won the BCFA Shield last week. The first time a club has won both Cup and Shield in the same season.

The game started at a frantic pace that hardly let up over the whole 90 mins. Perran Mitchell broke the deadlock for Woodies early in the first half, the ball falling to him in the Castle Green box, where he showed great composure to steady himself and slot home.

A cross from Iain Scandrett into the Woodies box rebounded and fell nicely for George Malyckyj to slam home to superb volley to level.

Not long before half time, Castle Green switched play out to the left where Mike Alvis showed great trickery to beat the fullback and send in a pin point cross, which Neil Davies thundered into the net on the volley.

The second half saw Woodies showing their class and why they are league champions, with wave after wave of pressure. Castle Green defended valiantly and the contest between these two sides was captivating. On the final whistle, two teams showed great respect for each other and for an epic encounter.

Castle Green Reserves win the BCFA Shield - 23/4/2015

Yesterday evening saw a well contested and entertaining Shield final between Castle Green Reserves and Clevedon Family Church at GFA Headquarters, Almondsbury. CGR's Kaman Miller struck first in the second half but Clevedon came back with a great solo effort from Nathan Douglas. CGR then went ahead again, Luke Gibbons finishing a cool one on one. Deep into the match though, CGR gave away a penalty which Clevedon's Michael Helps dispatched in style.

Extra time followed and in the second period a Ryan Peacock freekick was bundled in by Ben Tucker to seal the trophy.

Well done to everyone who either took part in such a thrilling contest or came out to watch and support what turned out to be a great evening. Here's the presentation

Widcombe take the Division 2 title - 11/4/2015

Congratulations to Widcombe Wanderers for winning the Division 2 title and securing 1st division football next season, after winning this morning at the Port of Bristol ground against Hope FC this morning.

Well done lads. Here's the presentation.

GFA Minor Cup Final - 7/4/2015

Staple Hill Orient 0-1 Woodlands Rangers

This was a tight and thrilling cup final, well contested by both sides. Woodies went one up in the first half from a Ieuan Pearse strike. Second half, Staple Hill came back strongly and Woodies had to defend well to keep them out. Relief all round on the final whistle!

Well done Woodies!

 

Woodies take League Title - 1/4/2015

Woodlands Rangers have retained the league title. Presentation is can be seen here

 

BI Monthly Solomon Scores - 9/3/2015

The latest Solomon Trophy scores and averages are out for the months of January and February. Also published is the current tables per division for the season so far.

Congratulations to Thornbury Baptist and Hope FC for winning Soloman Match Balls for the months of January and February, you will both be receiving a visit soon for a presentation.

See here for averages and tables.

 

BCFA Cup and Shield Finals - 5/3/2015

This season, we are pleased and thrilled to announced that the BCFA Cup and Shield finals will be staged at GFA Headquarters, Almondsbury.

We are very grateful that the GFA have allowed us to use this excellent venue, which will elevate the profile of the Cup and Shield finals and also the BCFA in general.

Weds 22nd April - BCFA Shield Final, 7.30pm kick off. This will be between Castle Green Reserves/City Church v Clevedon Family Church/VCF Santos

Thurs 30th April - BCFA Cup Final, 7.30pm kick off. Castle Green v Woodlands Rangers

Please put these dates in your diary, we would like to see a big turn out of support on both nights from the BCFA community, not to mention the clubs and Churches who will be involved.

Happy New Year - 1/1/2015

A Happy New Year to all clubs. Sadly in December we lost Rock Crusaders first team. Life in division 1 had proved tough and coupled with the big step of attempting to expand to 2 teams this season, it all proved to be too much for our friends at Rock. After much work behind the scenes being undertaken by Rock to find a way to make it work and discussion with the committee over a few months, the decision was taken to fold. Rock will now concentrate on their second division side and we wish them well as they regroup and get back to enjoying their football and fellowship together.

We have seen some good football so far this season and some of the new teams who have come in are doing well, not just from a footballing point of view, but also integrating into the whole fellowship of the league.

The bi-monthly Solomon Trophy averages have been published for Nov/Dec and also included on the page is the table for overall averages so far. Congratulations to Woodlands Rangers and Hope Church FC for winning the Solomon Match Balls for Nov/Dec. This is just a pilot for this season and we will discuss the idea of continuing the idea at the AGM in May. Certainly there seems to be a positive response so far.

Best wishes for 2015.

The Solomon Trophy - 24/11/2014

This season, we are piloting a couple of initiatives to raise further the profile and importance of the Solomon Trophy.

The averages will be produced on a bi-monthly basis so that all clubs can monitor their progress. In addition, the averages will be published through the season. Finally, the Solomon Match Ball will be awarded to the club from each division that comes out top of each 2 month period.

The progress of each club can be followed here.

The 2014/14 season is nearly here - 11/8/2014

Hopefully you've all had a good summer so far, but it's that time of year when we all look forward to Day 1 of the new season.

A few things for all managers. The Clubs directory has been updated, so please let us have any corrections as soon as possible. If there is anything you think should be added generally to the content of this site, particularly anything that would be of practical assistance to the running of your club, please let us have your ideas.

Now is the time to be checking your email for communications from your league committee, as there will important mail outs containing important information.

Finally, don't forget, the first League meeting is on Monday 8th September at 7.30pm, we will confirm the venue soon. All clubs must send a representative.

BCFA Cup Final - SAS United 1-0 VCF Santos - 26/4/14

Congratulations to SAS United for winning the BCFA Cup. Here's the presentations

 

BCFA Shield Final - Hillfields Park Baptist 1-3 FC Sporting Emmanuel - 26/4/14

Well done to FC Sporting Emmanuel for winning the BCFA Shield today. Here's the presentations

 

Woodies are Champions! - 22/4/14

In what has possibly been one of the closest Division 1 title races for a few years, Woodlands Rangers took on Hillfields Park Baptist in a winner takes all, last game of the season showdown. Woodies came out on top. Here's some footage.

 

Nailsea back in the top flight - 12/4/14

Nailsea have won the Division Two title after a close fought contest in the division all season. Nailsea will be joined in Division 1 by The Sanctuary next season

Well done lads!

Thornbury Baptist win GFA Minor Cup final - 8/4/14

Last night, Thornbury Baptist beat Downs League side Easton Cowboys 2-1 in a thrilling encounter at GFA headquarters, Almondsbury. It was a noisy night with both clubs bringing healthy followings. Both sides had decent chances, but Ash Tuck sealed Thornbury's first GFA silverware with 2 great finishes.

Manager Chris Beddoes was quick to thank all the traveling support saying "what sets the BCFA apart from other Leagues is the 'community' that we have and friendship between clubs, it was great to see and hear of lots of BCFA clubs represented at the game last night". Well said Chris and well done all of the lads at Thornbury Baptist Church FC for such a fantastic achievement!

The Bristol Post report can be downloaded here

 

Castle Green Reserves take the D3 title - 5/4/14

The first title for a division has been won this weekend with Castle Green Reserves sealing the D3 title taking all 3 points in a 4-0 win over Grace Church. In their first season, Castle Green Reserves have secured promotion to D2 next season. Well done all!

 

IFAB AGM 1/3/2014 - 17/3/14

The International Football Association Board held it's annual general meeting on 1/1/2014 and one item on the agenda was the repeat substitutions pilot.

Here's an extract. "On the agenda point relating to rolling subs for amateur/recreational football, which was submitted by The Football Association (FA) and The Scottish Football Association (SFA), The IFAB decided that the pilots initiated by The FA and the SFA shall continue and that the results will be submitted to the two new advisory panels for further discussion."

So it looks like the pilot is to continue with no permanent change yet to the laws of the game, while further results are looked at by the advisory panels. Here's the report.

 

Thornbury Baptist into the GFA Minor Cup Final - 23/2/14

Yesterday, Thornbury Baptist secured a place in the final of the GFA Minor Cup, beating Downs League side Helios 1-0. In the final, Thornbury will face Easton Cowboys Reserves also from the Downs League.

The final will be on Monday 7th April at GFA Headquarters, Almondsbury. More details to follow.

 

FA Repeat Substitutions - 23/2/14

It appear that the FA will be making a case for repeat substitutions to be considered at the IFAB AGM on 1/3/14. Here is the agenda.

 

Postponements - Sun 23/2/14

Can all managers please make a point of bringing their fixtures up to date and emailing the Fixture Secretary with your new dates. Thanks.

 

FA Repeat Substitutions Pilot

Repeat Substitutions Pilot – Feedback

Thanks to all managers for their recent comments. These will now be passed on to the GFA.

The original vote by members of the BCFA, at the May 2012 AGM, showed mixed support and the majority vote to take part in the pilot was far from an overwhelming one. Doubts were expressed about the potential for clubs to upset the flow of the game with excessive substitutions while other observers felt that the tactical side of team selection and the decision making of when to make substitutions to influence the game would be lost. Never the less, the BCFA membership voted in favour of taking part in the pilot and elected 5 substitutes to be named and all 5 to be used, in line with the GFA County Cup competitions. Of course, for the 2013/14 season, the County Cups have changed to 3 substitutes named and all 3 to be used.

With the 2 year pilot scheme ending this season, the BCFA has canvassed opinion from the managers of all clubs. The BCFA consists of 20 clubs with a total of 25 teams. Of the 20 clubs, 13 have responded with feedback on their experience of the pilot.

We need to remember that any decision to retain repeat substitutions is not one for the GFA or even the FA, it is the decision of IFAB (International Football Association Board). The IFAB gave consent to the FA to run this pilot and roll it out to the County Associations.

A summary of your coments

The original FA statement

 

Postponed matches

Can all clubs please remember that, once you have contacted your assigned referee, please keep in touch with the referee where the weather is causing your game to be in doubt. Make sure the referee is notified as soon as a game is called off.

BCFA Managers Forum

Please remember that the Forum is on Monday 27th January at Mangotsfield and Castle Green URC. This will start at 7.30pm although the building will be open from 7pm for tea and coffee.

The idea is to discuss your needs for management of your clubs and this is open to anyone in your club in an administration role or anyone in your club interested in training to take on such a role in the future.

Useful Resources

Please see the Resources page which now contains more useful documents and links for running your club