Secretaries Report – Matters Arising
I mentioned at last month’s meeting that with fixtures running out if teams wanted extra games I would organise another competition rather than teams playing friendlies and having to go through County FA for permission. However only two teams expressed an interest (Marton Rovers & The Oxbridge) therefore as there was a lack of interest no further competitions will be organised by the League. If you do organise a friendly you must advise your County FA otherwise your insurance becomes void.
Charter Standard Health Check can now be completed, 6 footballs on offer once completed, still a number of teams not completed: Billingham The White House, Fairfield Sports & Social Club, Hardwick Social Club, Jolly Farmers, St Marys College, Doctor McGonicles, The George Pub & Grill, Thornaby Roundel, Thornaby Village. Need to see all these teams at end of meeting as well as Marton Rovers & Riverside.
Just to advise that the FA Community Awards are now open, so if you have anyone you wish to nominate then now is the time to do it, go to the Durham County Football Association or North Riding County Football Association websites for more details and to submit an application.
Durham County Football Association is holding a meeting with Senior Leagues in the County on Monday 13 March which I will be attending, now changed to 22 March same as our meeting night, will see if our meeting can be moved back a week.
You will notice that the fixture list this month is looking a bit thin this is due to the good weather we have had whereby some Clubs have completed or nearly completed all fixtures. There are a couple of teams who are behind and some clubs are queuing up to play these teams and also the majority of teams have asked for a free week on the 19 March 2017.
I have tried to fit the cup games in where possible but still a couple to sort out.
As mentioned at a meeting last year there will be no presentation night this year due to a lack of interest even from teams who win awards. Therefore any presentations we do have will be made at the Annual General Meeting in June.
This is a bit of advance notice re next season in that if you are not continuing or unsure what is happening next season then a letter of resignation needs to be submitted by 31 March 2017.
The last day for signing players is 31 March as is the last day for Transfers.
Where a team has finished its fixtures players will not be allowed to transfer to other teams.
All trophies need to be returned either at the March meeting or no later than 31 March 2017.
Certain teams are getting lax again with match return, two teams failed to submit by 6pm last night.
Any Other Business
Hardwick Social Club are in the semi-final of the Durham Sunday Cup on 5 March at Stockton Town F.C and on the 12 March they are in the semi-final of the All England Sunday Cup which is to played at Guisley F.C kick off 1400 hours.
Cameron Jackson (Portrack) asked if it was ok to arrange friendlies due to lack of fixtures, League Secretary advised that this was not a problem as long as County FA advised.