The SAL reached the semi-finals of the FA Inter-League Cup for the third time in five attempts today with a convincing 4-0 win against the Herts Senior County League at Colney Heath.
The hosts were runners-up in the previous tournament so this was expected to be a tough test but the SAL proved to be more than a match for Herts. Sutcliffe and Classen formed a brick wall in the centre of defence while veteran striker Alex Ewin, who scored in the final when the SAL were victorious in 2008, along with Barber, Sinclair and Taylor, caused the Herts defence problems from the start.
The SAL pressed in the opening exchanges but didn't manage to break through, allowing Herts to fight back. However, on 31 minutes Ewin showed that he hasn't lost that special touch to put the SAL in the lead. The margin was doubled before the break with Alan Taylor converted from close range to give the SAL a buffer just before the break.
In the second half the SAL were playing up the slope but as the game wore on they looked more and more assured and Taylor got his second to extend the lead in 69th minute with a right foot shot after an SAL breakaway. The game was sealed in the 76th minute when Chris Sinclair turned the ball home.
Manager Bob Leeds was delighted with the performance and has good reason to look forward to the semi-final draw which will be announced after 6 February when the last quarter-final takes place. In today's other tie the West Yorkshire League progressed through a 1-0 win against the Cambridgeshire County League. The semi-final must be played by 5 March.
The dates and venues for five of the seven ISEH Challenge Cup finals have been confirmed with the first ever Senior Cup final due to take place on 7 May at HSBC.
For those who haven't been to a final before, each will have its own matchday programme complete with team line-ups and the winners of each cup will have their photo included in the end of season SAL Standard magazine, produced for the Awards Evening so make sure you get your photos taken!
The full list of venues and dates is as follows:
The SAL representative team face a short trip to Hertfordshire for the quarter-final of the FA Inter-League Cup in 2016. The team, who defeated Guernsey in the last 16 thanks to Dan Barber's extra time winner, take on the Herts Senior County League in a tie that must be completed by 6 February. The SAL won the competition at the first attempt in 2008 but Herts have good recent pedigree, having reached the final in 2014 only to lose out to the Isle of Man League who won the competition for the second time. Alongside the Isle of Man, Herts and the SAL, the Cambridgeshire County League make up a quartet of former finalists still in the competition.
The date and venue of the tie will be confirmed on this site as and when they are known.
The full draw is as follows:
We are delighted to report that the draw for the FA Cup 2nd Round proper will be held at Fourteen SAL club Civil Service on Monday 9 November.
The Civil Service Football Club (CSFC) was150 years old in 2013. It is the sole surviving founder member of the 11 clubs who created the laws of football and The Football Association in October 1863. CSFC also helped create and played in the first ever FA Challenge Cup competition in the 1871/72 season (and provided both umpires for the first final).
The draw will be televised live on MOTD Live: FA Cup Second Round Draw on BBC2 from 7.00pm so tune in!
Please note this is not an event open to the public and is by invitation only.
The AFA are holding a series of Club ‘think tanks’ where Clubs can come together in an informal environment and share concerns and good practice with the aim of developing our football.
These are aimed at club officers and players in what will hopefully result in a frank and open discussion on what players want and expect from our level of football today.
The meetings are as follows.
If you’d like more information please contact Bob Leeds at the AFA.
Have you ever wondered how to attract more volunteers and younger volunteers to you club? Would you like to ask them directly?
The Amateur Football Alliance, London FA and Middlesex FA are hosting a volunteer workshop, bringing together expert volunteer organisations and members of their youth council to speak about volunteering and to answer all clubs questions.
The volunteer workforce is vital for a lot of grassroots football and is the foundation in the day to day running of many Clubs and Leagues throughout London.
Whilst there are many volunteers out there, often clubs do not know where to look or have the means to recruit new volunteers.
This workshop will offer member clubs advice on how to:
• How to attract new volunteers
• How to recruit volunteers in a safe way
• What motivates volunteers?
• How to assess volunteers skills and experience
• How to develop and retain volunteers
• How to recognise your volunteers
This workshop will take place on Tuesday 3rd November, 7-9pm at MSE Meeting Rooms,103a Oxford Street, London W1D 2HG.
London Sport and The Join in Trust will discuss ideas on how clubs can further access volunteers and what opportunities are already out there in a wider sporting network.
The Youth Councils from each County FA will also be present on the evening to discuss their role in volunteering and how to engage the younger generation.
The workshop is open to all AFA, London FA and Middlesex FA affiliated clubs.
To book your place on the workshop, please use the following link http://eventspace.thefa.com/amateur-fa/participant/arrangement.aspx?id=146568#regform or register on the night.
There is no cost to attend this workshop.
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.
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.