The Plymouth & West Devon Combination Football League was formed in 2004, but its roots go back much further to the early part of the 20th Century.
In 2004, the two senior weekend 11-a-side Leagues, the Plymouth & District Combination League on Saturdays and the Plymouth & West Devon Sunday League on Sundays, joined forces to create the Plymouth & West Devon Combination League. This new League was formed as a result of dwindling numbers of member clubs, both on Saturdays and Sundays, and that erosion in numbers had been ongoing since the 1980’s.
The Plymouth & District Combination League was formed following the amalgamation of the Plymouth & District League and the Plymouth Combination League in 1996, both Leagues having their origins dating back to the 1900’s. In their heyday, each respective League had in excess of 90 member clubs, and clubs from South Devon, North Devon and Cornwall were prominent members of those Leagues in the 50’s and 60’s. In addition, both Leagues welcomed teams from the Professional clubs and the Armed Forces as members.
The Plymouth & West Devon Sunday League was formed in 2000 following the amalgamation of the Plymouth Sunday League and the West Devon Sunday League. Although the advent of Sunday football did not happen until the late 1960’s, its popularity was soon evident, and by the mid 1970’s there were around 100 clubs in membership of the two Leagues.