We are saddened to report the passing of former League president Norman Bunton, aged 89. It has been a difficult couple of days for the AFA family with the news coming soon after that of Ian Charles' passing, yesterday.
"Bunny" was born in 1928 and joined Old Westminster Citizens in 1946 playing as goalkeeper in the 1st and 2nd XIs for many years. He joined the SAL Management Committee in 1972 and served as president from 2007-2010 overseeing the historic victory in the FA Inter-League Cup in 2008.
Norman Bunton was every bit the model clubman and league officer, dedicating the majority of his life to the running and promotion of amateur football. He will be sadly missed by all in the AFA family. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.
UPDATE 11/10/2017: The Funeral will take place at 12.45 on Wednesday 25th. October, at:
Elmers End Road
Beckenham BR3 4TD
Afterwards, there will be a gathering at:
Bromley Court Hotel
Bromley BR1 4JD.
The family have decided on no flowers (other than family), but if anyone wants to make a donation, it should be made to the RAF Benevolent Fund, online, or by cheque at the crematorium or by post to RAF Benevolent Fund, Hyde Park Corner, Green Park, London, SW1X 7LY.
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.
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.