It is with a heavy heart that we report the resignation of Old Westminster Citizens from the SAL with immediate effect. all of OWC's results will be expunged from the divisions they were competing in (Senior Division 3, Intermediate Division 3, Minor Division 3 South and Minor Division 4 South). For those clubs with ISEH Cup matches against OWC, they will be awarded a walkover to the next round.
"Citz" joined the SAL in 1935 from the Old Boys League and have remained loyal members ever since. During their time they lifted the League championship in 1957-58. In 2012 long-serving committee member Jock Henderson became the repeat substitute in the SAL. They finished on a high last season with the 5th XI lifting the SAL Intermediate Novets Cup.
Unfortunately the loss of their Tamworth Lane ground in the summer has decimated the club, and despite best efforts, playing membership numbers have dwindled without a permanent home ground near their spiritual home in Mitcham.
The club will continue to run a Vets side so we hope in time they will be able to resurrect the Saturday arm of the club and perhaps one day we can see them gracing the SAL once again.
It is truly a sad day for Old Westminster Citizens and SAL football but we wish them well and all the best for the future.
As you may be aware one of our member clubs, Old Salesians, were evicted from their home ground of many years recently by a company wishing to build on the four grass pitches at their long-standing ground at Old Schools Lane, Ewell.
The original planning application was defeated but, like all these things, it has raised its ugly head again and I am appealing to all AFA clubs to assist Salesians in this matter by objecting to the new application online.
If you would like to support Salesians please follow these instructions but bear in mind it has to be done by THURSDAY 8 OCTOBER at the latest:
1. Please enter a comment on the E&EBC planning applications site at:
http://eplanning.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/online-applications (case number 15/00845/FUL).
The jist of the comment should be along the lines of "I oppose the application on the grounds that the area is a registered strategic open space and the proposals reduce the current number of 4 grass pitches to just one".
2. Sign the petition which can be accessed at: http://www.save-ewell-playing-fields.org.
It is far from certain that the re-application will be rejected, as initially happened in September 2014, so calling upon a broad supporter base will be vital to the cause.
We need to get as many clubs and individuals getting involved as possible.
Many thanks in advance on behalf of Old Salesians Football Club.