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.
In a statement to full council this evening the Redbridge council Leader, Jas Athwal, has revealed that the Inspector's pre-advice on the local plan is that "we will be able to achieve our housing targets without the need to use the proposed site at Oakfield".
REARRANGED FOR WEDNESDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2017
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.