1882: Association Football or Soccer appears to have arrived in Bristol on the 2nd December when a report of a match between St George and Warmley was published in the Western Daily Press. This first fixture ended with St George winning 2-1.
1886: At a meeting in the Full Moon Hotel, Stokes Croft, Bristol on the 7th September, the Gloucestershire Football Association was formed to be administered by a Management Committee. Gloucestershire’s first President was the famous cricketer Dr W.G. Grace who was also an active Referee.
1889-90: 33 Clubs had affiliated to the County, which enabled a delegate to be sent to the Football Association.
1892: The Association was running two Cup Competitions and playing five or six County matches a season with the first League commencing operations
1894: The first Youth Football League, which was actually a Schools League, was formed.
1898: The Association's Management Committee became the Council with representatives from 15 Clubs and a representative from each League affiliated to the Association.
1913: Referees gained representation on the Council.
1919-20: A major change in the structure of the Council occurred when Northern Council was formed from areas north of Thornbury. However all decisions still had to be sanctioned by the full Council