At The Beginning

1979 - 1981

Before becoming an Over-30 League

6 teams by the end of 1981

Season

Seniority Rank

Club Name

Status

Club Name Previous Season or Other Origin

Colours Shirts/Shorts

Field

Years in the League

1979

1

Alfie's Angels

Original Members

 

Red/White

Joel School, Clinton

1

1980

1

Alfie's Angels

 

 

Red/White

Joel School, Clinton

2

Spring 1981

1

Clinton SC

Name Change

Alfie's Angels

Red/White

Joel School, Clinton

2.5

2

Guilford SC

New Team

 

Dark Green

Cox Field, Guilford

0.5

2

North Branford Kickers

New Team

North Branford

 

North Branford High School

0.5

2

North Branford Strikers

New Team

North Branford

 

North Branford High School

0.5

Fall 1981

1

Clinton SC

 

 

Red/White

Joel School, Clinton

3

2

Guilford Old Pharts

Name Change

Guilford SC

Dark Green

Cox Field, Guilford

1

2

North Branford

Merger

North Branford Kickers & Strikers

Yellow/Black

North Branford High School

1

3

Cheshire SC

New Team

 

Red/Red

La Sallete, Cheshire

0.5

4

Guilford United

New Team & Final Season

 

Yellow/Blue

Calvin Leetes School, Guilford

0.5

5

Wallingford

New Team

 

Blue/White

Woodhouse Avenue, Wallingford

0.5

Alfie Campbell, formerly of Glasgow, Scotland, was the Founder of both Clinton Soccer Club and the Shoreline Adult Soccer League. He ran both all on his own from 1979 until 1st November, 1987. His title was League Commissioner.

Clinton player Garry Archer formerly of Derbyshire, England helped him to do some of the paperwork, so perhaps he was technically the League's first Secretary, albeit not an official position at the time.

There was no age-limit in the early days. Adult was interpreted as virtually anyone out of High School.

Teams obtained their own local referee's, sometimes with considerable effort owing to the lack of available quality and qualified referees at the time. Referee fees were $25.00.

In the Fall, the two North Branford teams merged.

A new team, Guilford United, was made up of mostly college-aged players. Their youth, aggression, speed and skill was far too much for the other teams. Alfie Campbell decided that beginning with the Spring 1992 season, the League would become strictly 30 years of age and over for all new players and teams. Players currently under that age at the time would be Grandfathered, that is, they would be allowed to continue to play as long as they remained in the League. If they left, they could not return until they were 30 years old. Alfie was trying to maintain a strictly recreational league and frowned on over-competitiveness. Guilford United were not invited to return for 1982.

The over-30 rule, however, did not officially take effect until the Fall 1985 season when the first edition of official, printed League rules were distributed.