If the records of the District League were examined it would be seen that the first season for the Division II title was the 1937/38 season – but actually the first mention of a second division was in June 1914.
The subject of having an extra division was acrimoniously discussed at the AGM but no decision could be agreed on, so the decision was put off until the August meeting.
At that meeting, it was resolved that there would be two divisions of nine teams in each division and so the season began.
But despite the pros and cons of that decision, circumstances outside their control took charge.
At the December meeting, it was reported that only four teams in Division One and three teams in Division II could raise a team for their Saturday games. It was decided that the League would be suspended.
The obvious reason for the shortage of players was that so many of the young players of that time volunteered for action in the Great War.
The League did not restart until the August of 1919 and due to the many lives lost and the economic and social aftermath of the War, a Second Division was not started for another eighteen years.
The current members of the League met last Monday for their December meeting, exactly one hundred years since the League was suspended and a short silence was observed to honour all the players who sacrificed their lives in that 1914-18 War.
On the field of play last week, only three Division I games went ahead and all resulted in single goal wins.
Heywood Irish continued their resurgence with a 4-3 win at Shepley and move out of the bottom three – they are replaced by Berry Brow who went down 2-1 at Holmbridge.
Brow are now only three points above a relegation place which is a big drop in form compared to last season when they finished second top. Holmbridge move into second but they eight points adrift of Newsome.
In Division II third placed Aimbry’s promotion hopes took a dent as they lost 3-2 at home to Honley.
Honley have entered a team in the County Amateur League this season and the Second Division fixtures have been taken over by what was their Reserve team last season.
Entry in to the West Riding County Amateur League has attracted some new players, so a few of last year’s first team are still playing in Division II, but there are still six or seven lads who were in Reserve Division I last season.
Last week Honley led by the odd goal at half-time from a move started by the keeper was worked down the right and crossed for Josh Rowbottom to volley home.
Two similar goals then gave Aimbry the lead. Crosses from set pieces were headed in by Ryan Buckley and Michael Calvert.
Then Rikki Howe who has been in goal all season but played up front in this match equalised.
Throughout the match both sides had chances which could have won the game but it was Honley who took all three points.
Phil Rigby remained calm in the crowded box and clipped the ball in with the help of the inside of the upright.
KKS Spartans proved this column’s last week’s prediction correct.
It was suggested that a win for KKS won’t be far away and within hours of that prediction, they beat fourth placed Cumberworth by 3-1 – they are still bottom but now only four away from safety.
In Division Three, strugglers Paddock Rangers completed the double over Hade Edge in the space of 14 days and for the second time, they had two goals to spare.
This leaves Grange Moor rooted at the bottom and Paddock are two points behind third bottom Wooldale Wanderers.
The Wanderers gained a surprise point in a 5-5 draw with promotion chasers Upperthong.
It certainly was a surprise based on League standings but the Wanderers have a topsy-turvey season – some poor performances followed by some much better.
They have taken four points from six against fourth placed Flockton and only lost 2-0 to AFC Lindley – more consistent performances should see them clear the relegation zone.
Returning to the history books, three clubs which are Lancashire based have had their names engraved on one or more of the League trophies.
These are Uppermill who have been in the League for many years and who have won many different divisions; Diggle whose greatest moment was winning the Barlow Cup in 2012 and Heyside (who originally joined under the name of Weavers Arms)
But in recent seasons there has been more Lancashire based teams joining the League. There are now five clubs with a total of twelve teams competing in the League and many of those teams are pressing for a title.
The one team most likely is 3D Dynamos Reserves.
They were formed in conjunction with the 3Ds Junior club and the 3Ds stand for Dobcross, Delph and Diggle.
The Reserves have an unblemished League record with 12 wins from 12 games and they have an eight point lead at the top of Reserve Division III.
Another of these to head their table is Moorside of Division IV.
Their record is not as impressive and their lead is just four points over Almondbury Woolpack.
However, their biggest danger may come in the form of Salendine Nook who are ten points behind but have five games in hand.
But Heyside are the club who are attacking the trophies on three sides.
The first team have a tough nut to crack in Skelmanthorpe for the second division title but Heyside have two games in hand and are just five points behind.
Reserve Division II has a similar look to Division II as Heyside Reserves have also to face a challenge from Skelmanthorpe but in this instance, Heyside will have to rely on Skelmanthorpe dropping more than the two they have dropped so far this season.
Heyside A are in their first season in Reserve Division IV and they are in a similar situation to their first team – they can go top if they win up.
Summarising, there could be as many as four League titles crossing the border come end of the season.