Ernest salute to Centenary

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THE Central League went back to its roots to celebrate its Centenary this week.

The League, which featured at one time the reserve teams of all League clubs across the North, began in June, 1911 following a breakaway by clubs in Lancashire.

That first meeting was in Manchester and the League celebrated its Centenary close by that original venue, the Mosley Hotel.

Sheffield Wednesday vice-president Ernest Barron, the President of the Central League, later the Pontins League and now the League, commented: “Whilst there have been many changes in the structure and focus of reserve team football in the recent past, the Central League strives to support and provide a meaningful competitive structure for all professional clubs in the northern half of the country.”

Liverpool have won the most titles, 16, with 14 of those coming in a 17 season spell between 1969 and 1985.

Wednesday - who won’t field a reserve team next season - won it four times and Sheffield United three. Doncaster won it once.