The league began in 2002 when local man Gary Miller decided to provide organised football for players in and around the district. Initially the league played host to seven teams and the competitions were contested for in a competitive but sporting manner. Gary continued to run the league until he announced his resignation in January 2003. Gary sadly passed away and the league now acknowledges his efforts with the Gary Miller Memorial Trophy which is played for every year as a curtain-raiser between the newly crowned League Champions and League Cup winners.
As the number of clubs grew, the committee realised that the league should seek affiliation to the SFA. This was accomplished in February 2006, and the Greenock & District Welfare League was born.
The league currently plays host to 7 teams and over 150 players who compete annually for the GDWL Championship, the Community Cup and the League Cup and we thank our cup sponsors – Alistair McShane Builders and Ridge Doc Roofing & Building – for their continued support.