We are sorry to have to announce the sad passing of AFA Life Vice President, Del Saunders.
Del was a stalwart in AFA football, serving on the London Banks FA and the Southern Amateur League committees for many years.
In addition, Del had been chairman of the Disciplinary Committee at the AFA for almost 20 years. He played his football in the lower sides of Nat West Bank FC and was secretary of the club in the days when they ran up to 23 sides.
He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.
Steve Lucas, ex secretary and chairman of the SAL, said: “Del was great company whenever and wherever you met him, home or away from Norbury or Lower Sydenham, Private Banks at Catford or at so many representative matches, no matter who was playing.
“He was a great committee man who always provided a balanced view just at the right moment to convince others of the way forward whilst always being fair to all parties involved.”
We send our condolences to his son Ben and all of his many friends.
The funeral will take place on Tuesday, March 28 at West Herts Crematorium North Chapel, High Elms Lane, Garston, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD25 0JS at 2pm.
The wake will be held at The Partridge, St George's Drive, Carpenders Park, Watford, WD19 5TP
The Spring Cup run jointly by the SAL & AFC is now finalised. Listed below are the general rules to help manage the cups but remember this is a friendly tournament and any player or team or indeed club, giving issues will simply be removed. The competition will follow the same rules/discipline as all other competitions overseen by the AFA. The Spring Cups must not become an administrative burden for either league or our clubs.
You can view fixtures and group tables on the Spring Cup page.
1. Teams play each other once so 2 or 3 group games per team.
2. Games are played home or away as directed (with no maximum number of home or away games so all could be at home or all away). They can be reversed if teams agree but you must notify Ian Andrews (AFC clubs) and or Eric Owen (SAL clubs).
3. Games can also be played midweek if mutually agreed and notified in good time to Eric & Ian.
4. In league matches score at 90 mins is the result (so a draw is permissible).
4a. Any teams not completing their matches by Saturday 15th April will be deemed to have drawn the game 0-0 and each team awarded 1 pt . No game can be arranged after 15th April unless that match has no bearing on the group winner.
5. The top team in each group will qualify for a knock out semi-final with the winners playing in the final.
5a. If team withdraws from a group stage fixture after the preceding Thursday the game will be awarded to the opponents as a 0-0 win.
5b. Referees will be appointed where possible but clubs should make every effort to secure club referees when required.
6. Knock out games will be played on either ground of competing teams, on either 22nd or 29th April with the final the following week or midweek if mutually agreed. Preferably all games will be completed by end of April.
7. Semi-final and final will have extra time of 30 minutes and then penalty shoot-outs (as per normal cup rules) to determine a winner as required. NO REPLAYS.
8. Referees will be allocated by either SAL or AFC depending on availability. Costs are the same as all other competitions.
9. League and all other cup games take precedence over Spring Cup fixtures.
10. The respective leagues reserve the right to withdraw a team at any time if they are not conforming to the spirit of the competition.
11. It has taken huge effort to arrange this competition and so we do expect clubs to honour their commitment to making the tournament a success for both leagues.