Since the Coventry League has three divisions and all teams except one are from the four main clubs, it's pretty much impossible for this not to occur; the most extreme case I've know is a division of eight teams which included four from one club and two each from two others.
John Upham wrote:I don't see a problem with this as long as:
1. Local derbies are scheduled as the first matches of the season
2. Each team in the same division has a different captain
3. Players cannot play for more than one team in the same division
I've known things function perfectly well despite none of those conditions being met. Generally some matches between teams from the same club take place near to the start of the season, but with so many of them to schedule it's impossible for all of them to do so. Usually teams will have different captains, but occasionally a club can't find enough players willing to be captain, so one captain has to take on two or three teams; similarly, as far as possible each player will stay with the same team, but if one team is a player short on a particular night and another has a player spare, there's bound to be some swapping (there's a rule in place to prevent players on higher boards swapping between teams too often, but on lower boards there's almost complete freedom). In particular, if the two teams in a division only possess one car between them, the driver will usually find himself playing for whichever one has an away match! Of course this leaves open the possibility that a club will try to arrange results in order to benefit the team which has a chance of winning something - we just trust that no-one will, and thus far trusting each other has worked.