We are sorry to report the passing of League Vice-President and former referee Peter Tadman, on 2 February. Peter joined the League Management Committee as Match & Referees Secretary for the 5th Team Section. He held this position for the 5th Team Section and other sections up until 1991 when he was elected to the position of Vice-President. Peter later served on numerous sub-committees and continued as a Vice-President for the remaining 27 years of his life.
We are grateful to Peter for all his good work and support over many years, and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.
Funeral details are as follows:
Wednesday 7th March at 3.00pm
Elmers End Road
Beckenham BR3 4TD
Peter's family are requesting donations to Metropolitan Police Benevolent Fund in lieu of flowers, c/o Co-operative Funeralcare, 169 Shirley Road, Croydon CR0 8SS.
It is with great sadness that we report the peaceful passing in hospital of R. I. “Dickie” Rundle during the afternoon of Saturday 17 February. Dickie celebrated his 90th birthday last October but since then his health had gradually deteriorated.
Dickie was the Honorary Secretary of Old Stationers FC from 1956 to 1960. In 1960 he joined the League Management Committee. From 1965 to 1967 he was one of the SAL Representatives to the AFA. For twenty seasons from 1967 to 1986 he held the office of Vice-Chairman of the SAL Committee. In 1987 Dickie was elected a Vice-President of the SAL. He is a recipient of the F.A. Commemorative Medallion Award recognising 50 years’ service to the game.
Dickie was also much loved and highly regarded playing member of Alexandra Park Cricket Club. He particularly enjoyed the Club’s annual tour to Kent each August, both as player and in later years as, along with his wife Barbara, an enthusiastic supporter. Dickie was elected a Vice-President of The AP Club in 1967 and an Honorary Life Member in 2002 in recognition of his outstanding service.
Dickie’s funeral service will take place at 1.20 p.m. on Tuesday 6 March at Worthing Crematorium.
Many thanks to Chris Wilson for the above words
We are now four months into the Sin Bin Pilot and across all 31 participating leagues the statistics have shown a decrease in dissent by 34%. Whilst this is a really positive indicator on the success of the pilot, it is also important to consider the impact of sin bins on the enjoyment of the game.
In addition to the statistical analysis, it is our intention to see the feedback from those participating in the Leagues on the impact of the Sin Bins. The FA are therefore asking all Leagues to circulate the link below to a survey that will enable us to consider the individual perceptions.
With this in mind, please could all League and club officers, players and referees in the SAL take a moment to complete the survey. Please make sure your voice is heard!
The SAL Representative Team took itself to the brink of triumph with a second win out of two in the Argonaut Trophy this evening (Wed 29 Nov). Against last season's champions, the Arthurian League, the Reds took the lead through Polytechnic's Lee Raji after 28 minutes before an equaliser on 50. The SAL regained the lead ten minutes from the end with a cracking volley from Graham Harrison - taking his tournament tally to four in two games - and held on to secure a second tournament victory with just one game remaining.
The SAL had a resounding 5-1 victory over the Amateur Football Combination last night (Wed 15 Nov) at Uxbridge F.C. thanks in large part to a hat-trick, scored by Polytechnic's Graham Harrison.
The team went 4-0 up before half-time with three headers from Harrison, all laid on by Dan Barber (Nottsborough) a,nd one more from James Cree, also of Polytechnic. The SAL went further ahead in the second period through Jordan Greaves (Alleyn Old Boys) before the AFC scored a consolation goal twenty minutes from the end.
Manager Bob Leeds described it as, "a great team performance, I couldn't ask for more". The team will be looking to continue this form into their next fixture on 29th November against the Arthurian League at Corinthian-Casuals F.C.,KO 7.45pm.
Bob and the players are grateful to LMC members Mark Freedman, Ronnie Robinson and Mike Brown for their support.
AFC Oldsmiths joined the SAL in 2012 looking for a better standard of football and organisation. According to Chairman and 1st Team Manager Luis Mackness, they found what they were looking for and they are now determined to put something back. To that end the club has teamed up with the award-winning charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) with whom they have developed the CALM Football Collective (CFC) and they are keen to spread the word.
CALM is dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. In 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male and, dealing as SAL clubs do with exactly this demographic, the League and its members are uniquely positions to help. It may also help reinvent the SAL social tradition for the 21st century.
One of my big aims since becoming Chairman of the club was to also work with a men’s mental health charity. This has now come to fruition in the shape of CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably). My proposal to them was that Oldsmiths could be a ready-made tool to help with their message. On the surface we do something ‘manly’ or ‘laddy’, week in week out competing on a patch of grass in London but we’re trying to be a bit more. I’ve found that players have been open in discussing issues. This could be regarding friendships, relationships, work life, how much they think they drink and many more. So by associating ourselves to institutions that recognise that ‘men’ need to be more open and not be afraid of discussing things, the hope is that players (current and new) know they don’t have to be afraid of talking about things.
Our code of conduct will reflect all the commitments the FA’s COC stipulates but I’m asking our players to be socially conscious too. We support FBB on our kits, I wear a captain’s armband that is a pride flag to support the homosexual community in football and soon we’ll be the founding team of CALM’s CALM Football Collective. These are simply badges, metaphorical and literal, that show people that we play football and that basically, we’re not idiots. It is in no way compulsory for any of our boys to partake in any effort we make with these charities but we will give them the chance to.
The CFC is a scheme we have devised with the CEO of CALM that will comprise of some apparel emblazoned with a specific mission statement that teams can apply for. The mission statement will succinctly state that the wearer is aware of the struggle men can have with mental health and that it doesn’t have to be hidden or ignored. If it helps one person come to terms with something they are struggling with or prevents someone sliding down a difficult path, then it’s worked. But this definitely affects many people. There is no other commitment. People that agree with the notion just have to buy whatever they want from the range and wear it when they want. At first we are going to start with some training t-shirts, bibs and hopefully a badge we can stitch on to kits if clubs wish to join.
One of my responsibilities is to get in touch with clubs to see if this would be of any interest. I have discussed it with one or two that I know well but it occurred to me that this is something the league may want to be a part of. It would be great if the SAL family could embrace a project like this, to help set the SAL apart from other types of football.
We are sad to report the passing of David ‘Taffy’ Evans of Old Finchleians. Taffy passed peacefully away on the morning of 26 October. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
Taffy was twice President of the Old Finchleians Main Club, Chairman of the football committee and Secretary, former player and joint founder of mega-vets football along with a host of other active roles in AFC & amateur football for many decades he will be greatly missed by all at Southover but most fondly remembered.
Old Finchleians ask that for their next home games on 28 October and away, where host their hosts agree, games a minute's silence will be observed in honour of Taffy.
UPDATE 7 NOVEMBER 2017:
Taffy's family have released the following details for his funeral, which will take place on Friday 17 November 2017:
13:15 St Johns Church, Friern Barnet Road, London N11 3EQ
Afterwards from 15:00 Old Finchleians’ Club
Donations in lieu of flowers to North London Hospice who cared for David “Taffy” so compassionately. Please remember to gift aid.
We are sad to report the passing of Trevor Syms, past president of the Amateur Football Combination, Amateur Football Alliance vice-president and stalwart of Latymer Old Boys F.C. on19th October 2017, after suffering a long battle against illness. Our thoughts are with Trevor's wife and family at this time.
Trevor's funeral will take place on Wednesday 8th November 2017 at 11.30am at Enfield Crematorium, Great Cambridge Road, Enfield EN1 4DS and following the service all are welcome back to Botany Bay Cricket Club, East Lodge Lane, Enfield EN2 8AS. Anyone wishing to send a message of sympathy please address to Vivien Syms 18 Myddleton Gardens, Winchmore Hill N21.