We are sad to report the passing of Old Wilsonians Life President, Mike Harris, a stalwart to the club and to AFA football as a whole. During his time with Old Wilsonians Mike was a player, referee, club officer and, in more recent years, archivist and historian.
Club Secretary Jamie Parkinson's obituary on the Old Wilsonians website give a fuller picture of a man who will be missed by all.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family.
We are pleased to announce the dates and venues for all eight Challenge Cup finals for 2021:
Following a meeting with the Referee Appointment Team that consists of five League Management Committee Members and one League Match Official I can confirm that the Match Official Appointments have been completed for the 2020/21 Southern Amateur League Challenge Cups.
Last year was my first season appointing to the League Fixtures and the SAL Cups, I thought that was hard but this year has been a whole lot harder. I want to thank each and every Match Official for their continued hard work, commitment and support to myself, Mark Freedman, the Referee Appointments Team and the Southern Amateur League.
Therefore, I am delighted to announce that Deryll David has been appointed to the SAL Senior Challenge Cup Final for the 2020/21 season.
Deryll has been a Referee for 11 years and has been officiating on the Southern Amateur League for 10 years. He was informed via telephone from the Referees Secretary of his appointment to the Senior Final and he had the following to say.
When I had a call from Daryl to inform me of my appointment, I was shocked and delighted to be given the appointment! I'm ecstatic to be taking charge of the SAL Senior Cup Final.
A full list of appointments to the Southern Amateur League Challenge Cups can be found below.
Congratulations to you all!
Following the news earlier today of the passing of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, former President of The Football Association, we would like to suggest that clubs wishing to mark the occasion do so with a minute's silence and, where appropriate, flags lowered to half-mast.
His Royal Highness was President of The FA between 1955 and 1957, although he attended his first FA Cup Final in 1949 and would be a regular presence at the Wembley showpiece into the 1960s.
The tradition for him to be introduced to both teams before kick-off included the memorable 1953 Final made famous by Sir Stanley Matthews’ Blackpool side winning 4-3 against Bolton Wanderers. The Prince remained an honorary member of The FA and accompanied HM The Queen at the 1966 World Cup Final at Wembley in which England defeated West Germany 4-2 to lift the trophy for the only time, at the time of writing.
In 2021 there are many different perspectives on how to mark such occasions and we do not wish anyone to feel pressured to participate in any observance where they do not feel comfortable. We therefore encourage clubs and/or teams to discuss the issue ahead of kick-off to ensure any such observances go ahead smoothly.