5 Teams To Watch In The Leeds & District League

Leeds is home to one of England’s most famous football clubs, and it could even be argued that it is Yorkshire’s greatest club. Leeds United’s dominance in the 1970s, alongside Nigel Clough’s 44-day reign, and its Champions League campaigns in the early 2000s demonstrated the heights the team could reach, and it put the city of Leeds on the footballing map. The team now plays Premier League football once again.

The Leeds & District FA manages grassroots leagues across West Yorkshire. Its main competition, the Senior Challenge Cup, consists of 16 teams. These are the five teams that will give you a broad idea of what to expect, and some are accepting new members.

Leeds Medics and Dentists

Leeds Medics and Dentists FC has four mens’ teams and one womens’ team. It also has one team that represents the University of Leeds, and it has formed a rugby union team and a cricket team.

The team is a mix of students and qualified doctors, and it has been running for over 45 years. It plays in the annual National Association of Medical Schools tournament to compete against universities across the country. Practices are held every Monday, training is on Wednesdays, and social events are arranged on the weekends to destress the players. This helps the students to balance studying, practicing and socializing.

Those interested in joining can contact the club via email: leedsmedicsfc@gmail.com

Beechwood Santos

Beechwood Santos is a team from Wakefield that usually plays in the Wakefield and District F.A. League, but it also competes in the Senior Challenge Cup every season.

The team has four of its opening seven games and has 12 points. It is fifth in the league table.

East End Park

East End Park has a long history of football excellence in West Yorkshire that dates back 90 years. It has been successful in leagues based in Leeds and the West Riding across its variety of teams, ranging from Saturday League to a Sunday team.

As a club that strives to improve constantly, East End Park has made plans to change the fan experience at its games. Refurbishments have been made to Skelton Road Stadium to install new seats, goalposts, concession areas and dressing rooms. Dug-outs have also been made.

Headingley AFC

Headingley is one of Leeds’ most well-known areas. It has a large student population, a selection of pubs and restaurants, and it is home to the Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Cricket County Club. It is also the location of Headingley AFC.

Headingley AFC was formed in 2001 and has gained national recognition since then. It won the Charter Standard Club of the Year in 2006 and 2008. It also won the WRCFA Grassroots Club of the Year in 2020.

Co-managers Tom Monkhouse and Matt Fryer are in charge of the first team. Monkhouse is a banker by trade, and Fryer works as an internal sales advisor. Both combine their leadership and organization skills into their management in the hope of building a strong, structured team.

Headingley works with Gambling With Lives, a charity that provides support and awareness to the dangers of gambling. The charity sponsors the club’s jerseys to honour former committee member Lewis Keogh, who took his own life due to an addiction to gambling.

Old Centralians

This club is based around the city of Leeds and is easily accessible for those who want to be involved. It has teams in Hyde Park, Headingley, Weetwood, Meanwood and Horsforth. There are three mens’ teams and one womens’ team.

Pupils from Leeds Central High School formed Old Centralians in 1925. Leeds Central High School and Thoresby High School merged in 1972, becoming City of Leeds School. The team joined the Yorkshire Old Boys League and still places teams in this league today.

New members are always welcomed. Contact oldcentralians@gmail.com if you are living in the Leeds area and would like to be involved.