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History

From The Beginning


The Kettering Area Sunday Football League was formed for the 1964/65 and is only one year short of its 50th birthday, the first league champions were Keystone Boys Club and the following season Broughton OB's joined the league a league they still compete in, making them the oldest surving club in the KASFL, they were joined the year after by David Green United who were to become Burton Grange in later years. The league flourished and continued to grow in 1967 a second division was added, a third in 1968 and a fourth in 1973. As more teams were formed the leagues success story continued and in 1977 Division 5 was introduced and a sixth two years later. The league peaked in 1984 with 64 teams competing in six divisions and it was one of the fastest growing leagues in the country. Many well known players have appeared in the KASFL over the years either before or after stints as semi professional or professional players, one of the best examples was Corby Town legend Elwyn Roberts, who played for Kingfisher during their successful years in the competition. Teams participated in the league over the years from Kettering, Corby, Market Harborough and surrounding areas and the KASFL benefitted from having some of the best known names in grassroots football helping to run it, the names of Fred Deeley and Ken Burton will be recognised by many in the local area. Secretary for a number of years was the much loved Secretary of Rushden & Diamonds, the late Dave Joyce. During its time the league has seen the best teams in the area compete not only for the league titles but also the numerous cup competitions introduced over the seasons.

Sadly over the last decade the league has seen the number of member clubs and divisions decrease, there are many reasons for this and it is mirrored across the country at our level of grassroots football.

The league committee has recognised that the KASFL needs to attract more clubs, whether they are new or former clubs returning to ensure its survival. The league is facing a difficult time in its illustrious history but the committee remain focussed and are confident they can attract more teams in time for Season 2013/2014


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