For the attention of all clubs and match officials, especially those participating this Saturday:
Please note that until further notice match officials' fees in the Southern Amateur League will remain the same as for 2014-15 at £32 for referees and £25 for assistants. This decision was taken by the League Management Committee towards the end of 2014-15 in view of the continuing reduction in playing numbers experienced both by our League and across amateur football in general with one reason for falling participation being the increased cost to participants.
However, following the decision by the AFA and other competitions to raise fees to £34 and £27 respectively, the SAL is now considering the option of adopting a unified approach to avoid confusion for players and officials. The issue will be discussed at the next League Management Committee on Tuesday 15 September with a final decision being notified to all participants following the meeting.
For the time being, please note that fees remain as indicated in the handbook (£32/£25) until further notice from the Southern Amateur League Management Commmittee.
Hot on the heels of the Ibis Eagles merger Lloyds AFC have announced that with immediate effect they have merged with local club The Warren under the name Lloyds Warren AFC.
The new club will be based at the Metropolitan Police Sports Ground in Hayes, Kent with some matches being played at neighbouring grounds St. Dunstan's and Club Langley in Beckenham.
The new club will use Lloyds' existing colours and crest for the time being but plan to release a new crest soon and will ultimately switch to blue and black stripes.
The club is hopeful that The Warren's links with youth football will help them to build on last season's Senior Division 3 championship in which they scored a record breaking 65 points and to increase the number of teams fielded.
We wish them the very best of luck in their new venture.
Ibis Eagles Football Club becomes the latest name on the list of SAL clubs following a pre-season merger between Ibis and BB Eagles. The new club will play at the BB Eagles grounds at the Riverside Drive Sports Club and GSK Sports Ground in Hounslow.
Both clubs have a long history with the league dating back to the 1920s and share a financial heritage. Ibis was originally the sports club of the Prudential Insurance company while BB Eagles was formerly the Barclays Bank Sport Club.
Both have faced an uphill task to keep playing following the split with their respective parent companies but the new club is hopefully that a joint effort will bring them success in their quest to grow the club locally, not to mention bring home silverware.
We with them all the very best for the future.
The annual Stuart Hyde Trophy match will take place on Wednesday 3 September when League champions Winchmore Hill host the Rest of the League at Potters Bar Town F.C. The match will kick-off at 7.30pm and admission is free for all who wish to see the champions in action.
The match will be a good warm-up for the representative team who open their FA Inter-League Cup campaign just over two weeks later.
Team selection and full details will be posted in the Representative Team section.