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.
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.
The Old Owens annual 6-a-side tournament will take place on Sunday 30 August this year. All comers welcome but entry will be on a first come, first served basis so don't delay - register now to avoid disappointment!
The entry fee is £50.00 per team. Email John Sullivan or Graeme Wilson to register or for more information.
Old Wilsonians invite all SAL (and other) clubs to their annual 5-a-side competition which takes place on Sunday 16 August from 9.00am till 4.00pm.
The annual 5 a side tournament is a fantastic day, where the club welcomes up to 40 teams to pit their wits against each other on the hallowed Hayes turf. This is a great day out for the family with music, a barbeque, an open bar, and hopefully a hot day. Get your team together before you miss out on a place. For more information visit the Old Wilsonians website.
To enter a team please contact Richard Smart at Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Treble winners Old Wilsonians defeat to reigning champions Old Owens yesterday (25/04/15) handed the league championship to Winchmore Hill with one game to spare.
In a near repeat of last season's climax when Winchmore's defeat of Wilsonians in the season's final match handed Owens their third SAL title, the visitors, with SAL secretary Graeme Wilson in goal for his final club appearance, upset the form book to end Wilsonians' bid for an historic quadruple.
The championship is Winchmore Hill's 8th - leaving them second only to West Wickham, with 10, in the list of SAL title winners - but the first since 1984. Despite numerous close calls and several cup victories the championship has eluded Winchmore in recent seasons and this year's win will be a huge occasions for the club and manager Andy Russell.