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Jun 2, 2011, 10:24 AM
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Reading League, East Berkshire League and a North Berkshire League ??
I was talking about Cornwall/Devon/Somerset/Dorset/Wiltshire/Gloucestershire/Hampshire/Oxfordshire. All have just one Step 7 division. Berkshire is an anomoly and the three you mention are probably among the worst Step 7 divisions in the country - so I believe they should merge too.
The East Berks for a number of years fed the Reading League. the champions and runners-up could apply to go into the top Division of the Reading League, clubs could transfer but would end up in a division lower in Reading if they did. I can only think of Holyport who have gone straight from the East Berks to the Hellenic. Ascot certainly went via the Reading League. The Reading League has clubs from not only Berks but also Bucks, Hants and Oxon.
The same has happened in Bucks the top two in the Aylesbury League could apply to go to the North Bucks and then to the SML, a few years ago the SML started accepting anyone into it's lower division.
The North Berks is 90% in Oxfordshire these days, only Lambourn is not in Oxon and a number of OFA clubs play in the league.
The OSL tends only to cover the Oxford area and the north and west of the county and has teams from other counties in it, at one stage quite a few Bucks clubs were in it, though there is a drift back to the Aylesbury League, which now includes a number of OFA clubs. South Northants clubs have always played in the OSL.
You could certainly have two step 7 leagues, a combined OSL / NBL for the West of the two counties - only Lambourn would be out on a limb, and a Thames Valley League for the east of the two plus south Bucks - ie Wycombe / Marlow
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