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Re: Opposition Next Season

Post  Merthyr Imp on Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:37 am

Latest news is that Evesham have won their appeal against being moved into the Northern Premier League and will stay in the South & West.

Stamford have not been reprieved from relegation and Corby will not be moved across to the Southern Premier, so we won't be playing them next season after all.

Cinderford are not being allowed to refuse promotion so we'll be playing them - if they can survive, as they must now be up against it financially by all accounts.

http://www.eveshamunitedfc.com/robins-win-appeal-at-football-association/
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Post  cliffyboy on Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:33 am

Correct decision, apparently a few of the Cinderford players have signed for Mangos. Whether there will be a u turn from some of them we will have to wait and see.

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Post  Merthyr Imp on Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:57 am

Reports are that Cinderford are to have a meeting this afternoon to decide on their actions.

Possibilities seem to be either that they carry on and make the best of it - if they can, considering their financial situation - or that they may resign from the Southern League. That may mean 23 clubs in our division next season, or it may not, depending on how the vacancy is dealt with.
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Re: Opposition Next Season

Post  timshorts on Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:41 am

Every sympathy offered to both Evesham (which appears to be south of Corby on the map) and Cinderford.

Unfortunately, the FA Leagues committee don't give a f k about financial sustainability when it comes to their interfering with regional structures. Hence, when it comes to appealing these decisions, the former requirement that they had to consider the financial impact that a club being moved suffers as a result has been deliberately removed from the FA handbook.

Having represented a side in one of these appeals, the completely blasé attitude of the FA representative was quite shocking.

"If a club doesn't want to be promoted then it shouldn't be in the league structure in the first place". Righto, lets just see how long it takes for those clubs that "accidentally" get promoted into a league that they can't play in for financial reasons takes to go bankrupt then. Alternatively, if they look as if they might go up when they don't want to - put out a team of 16 year-olds for the last 6 games to make sure they don't go up.

My lot were successful in their appeal, but by the time that had happened, we had lost over half our players to rival clubs that weren't threatened with a move and knew that we'd probably get moved anyway later on - if the FA could get their act together and follow their proposals reasonably and correctly - so we folded, rather than going into insolvency. There was no future under the present system for a club on the border of two leagues that was expected to move the wrong way, and play half our matches in London having had to drive past a whole stack of our former league adversaries grounds/towns on the way along.

Given that Cinderford helped us out a couple of years ago, I hope we are all able to offer them some support - even if it is only in word rather than deed.

Some club, somewhere needs to take this lot to task in a courtroom not overseen by FA officials*. Although they deny it, I believe the FA owes a duty of care to clubs that they have under their auspices, and it is a rather obvious breach of that duty to put clubs in a position where they are forced to fold, or inevitably bankrupt themselves because they are forced to play in a league that they can't afford to play in.

* That said, the board that heard our application were very good and a credit to the FA. Pity about the Ryman League guy on the FA Leagues committee though. He should be ashamed of himself.

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Post  cliffyboy on Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:11 pm

Post on Cinderford forum this evening "There will be a positive statement released by the club tomorrow morning at 10.00. Watch this space"

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Post  cliffyboy on Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:27 am

Cinderford have released a statement this morning to say they will be taking up their position in the Southern League Premier League this coming season.

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