After a torrid pre-season wrangling with Full-Time and the Whole Game System, Match Secretary Eric Owen is finally ready to start issuing fixtures. The job of Match Secretary has grown steadily harder in recent seasons due to the late entry and withdrawal of teams which has become standard in our football. Eric has also had to battle with the new systems in place as he can no longer simply add and remove teams to Full-Time, but most go via the Football Association. Thankfully, he has committed to sleep when he is dead and, working with a month-long supply of matches to keep his eyes open, is about to start creating the opening fixtures for the new season which begins on 8 September.
We are sad to announce the passing of Vice-President and former Ibis member John Brumwell on Saturday 28 April, at the age of 83. John joined the committee of Ibis FC in 1972 as Match Secretary, and position he would hold for over two decades. In 1978 he joined the League Management Committee, becoming Treasurer in 1988. He held that role for seventeen years, standing down in 2005, at which point he became a Vice-President. John was very much an officer in the traditional mould, reliable and consistent and the backbone of his club and the League for many years.
We are very grateful to John for his efforts down the years, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
We await details of John's funeral, which will be released on this page in due course.
We are sad to announce the passing of League Vice-President and Old Parkonian Roy Bellman on Wednesday. Roy was an outstanding centre half for the Old Parkonians 1st XI playing over 600 games. In later years he gave stalwart service to the club and the League Management Committee. Roy bridged the gap between the generations and was as comfortable with his own peers as he was with people twenty or thirty years younger. In all, his involvement in our football extended to six decades.
Roy served as Match Secretary for Old Parkonians from 1968 until 1982, joining the League Management Committee in 1978. He took on the role of Results Secretary in 1978, continuing for 21 years, executing the role with efficiency and respect. During the 1980s he also filled the roles of Assistant Secretary and Referees Secretary. Upon stepping down as Results Secretary in 1999, he was made a Vice-President.
Roy will be greatly missed by the SAL family and the Old Parkonians in particular. A great servant to our football and a wonderful person to know, he is in every way a giant of our game. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
Funeral details will be posted once known.
Following advice from the Football Association's Welfare & Encouragement Division, the SAL is to consider a wholesale restructure of divisions and teams for season 2018/19. Instead of the current merit-based, hierarchical set-up, divisions will be organised on a local basis and named after colours. These divisions will be played before Christmas, with the teams re-organised after Christmas so that they are matched with teams of similar ability. In order to inspire players the post-Christmas leagues will be named after fearless animals, such as lions, tigers and bears.
It is appreciated that the last restructure took place only last season, but we hope that participants will understand that in the modern world it is of paramount importance that the League be ready and willing to act at short notice wherever an opportunity to improve the football experience presents itself.
Full details will be released in advance of the League AGM in June.
HAPPY 1 APRIL EVERYBODY!!!
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.