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North Devon Association Football League - Management Committee Minutes

Season 2001/02

September - October - November - December - January - February - March - April - May - AGM

September 2001

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on September 7th, 2001.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock,  A Evans, A Johns, T Knight, D Parish, S Platt, M Saunders, P Shelton, P Woodhams, A Woolf.
APOLOGIES for absence:  A Beer, B Fishleigh, D Loder, P Prouse, M Stevens, D Todd.
MINUTES of the meeting held on April 6th were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
NORTH DEVON REFEREES ASSOCIATION.  Correspondence received from the NDRA expressed thanks for the adoption of a flat-rate fee for matches, but disappointment that the fee was not the maximum figure of the previous sliding scale.  The opinion of the Committee was that had the maximum figure been proposed, the motion at the AGM supporting a flat-rate fee may have been lost in its entirety.
FA CUP FINAL TICKETS.  An allocation of four tickets had eventually been received from the DCFA.  Following the customary process these had been offered two each to the Dolton and Torrington Admirals clubs.  Both offers were taken up.
FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE.  At the time of the AGM the grounds of two clubs had still been under DEFRA restriction orders, but both had since made appropriate arrangements.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
DEVON COUNTY FA.  A memorandum received from the DCFA requested League reaction to two proposals, that Leagues should administer registration matters for the County Cups, and that Leagues should collect club affiliation fees on behalf of the DCFA.  The Committee resolved that this League should oppose both proposals.
DOLTON.  Letter received withdrawing the club's second team from the League due to shortage of players.
RED STAR BARUM.  Letter received indicating the club's folding and withdrawal from the League due to shortage of players.
SHEBBEAR.  The Shebbear club had informed the Secretary that the owner of the pitch they had used for many seasons had withdrawn it from use with no notice.  The club hoped to be able to hire a pitch at Shebbear College from December onwards.  Until then fixtures would be rearranged as far as possible.
MORWENSTOW.  Problems related to planning permission were holding up the building of new changing facilities at the club's ground.  A Portakabin would shortly be installed to provide changing and washing facilities for visiting teams and match officials.  Until then home fixtures were being rearranged.
The temporary arrangements proposed by both the Shebbear and Morwenstow clubs were approved by the Committee.
NORTH DEVON SUNDAY LEAGUE.  The Sunday League had sent notification that they had been instructed by the DCFA that their rule relating to 'Saturday players' was invalid and should not be applied.  Cancellation of registrations in this League is therefore no longer necessary in order to play Sunday football.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines listed in the April minutes had been paid.
AGM.  Fines of £25 for non-attendance at the AGM had been imposed on Georgeham, Bratton Fleming and Pilton.  All had been paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
REGISTRATIONS.  The Secretary reported that initial registrations had now been received from all clubs, and that approximately 1400 players were registered.
TRANSFER FORMS.  £50 passed to the Treasurer.
FINE. £5 for no s.a.e. with a registration form: Landkey.  Paid.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for failure to submit fixture requirement form on time: Georgeham, Hartland, Morwenstow, Ebberley Arms, Landkey.  All paid.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £3853.22;  Portman Fixed Bond £9940.81;  Portman Instant Access a/c £3686.76;  Benevolent Fund £3060.64.  Total balance £20541.43.  Bill outstanding:  ASA Insurance £4090.28, less 10% discount £409.02, net amount £3681.26.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
HANDBOOK.  This had been distributed on the customary basis of one per club plus one per team.  Further copies could be bought for £3 (£3-30 by post.)
PIVOT TROPHY.  Due to the abandonment of last season, the League does not at present have a champion Intermediate club.  Following precedent set a few years ago, an invitation to represent the League in this season's match would be made to the Clovelly club which was leading Intermediate Division One at the time last season was abandoned.  This invitation was accepted on behalf of his club by Mr. A Johns, the club secretary, who was present at the meeting.
MEETINGS FOR NEW CLUB SECRETARIES.  The Secretary reported that all new club secretaries had attended one or other of two meetings held during August, in accordance with rule 2(e).
RESIGNATION.  It was reported that Mr. M Stevens had resigned from the positions he held with the Devon County Football Association.  He would, however, be continuing as the Referees Appointments Secretary for this Area.

 

October 2001

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on October 5th, 2001.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock,  A Beer, B Fishleigh, T Knight, P Prouse, M Saunders, P Shelton, D Todd, P Woodhams, A Woolf.
APOLOGIES for absence:  A Johns, D Loder, D Parish, M Stevens.
MINUTES of the meeting held on September 7th were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
SHEBBEAR and MORWENSTOW.  Both clubs were reported to be continuing to make appropriate arrangements during the temporary lack of provision of all facilities.
PIVOT TROPHY.  The Torrington club had approved a request for this season's match to be played at their Vicarage Field ground, and a date of Wednesday March 6th, 2002, had been arranged.  This had been notified to relevant parties. 
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
ABANDONED MATCHES.  Correspondence had been received from match officials and clubs relating to matches which had been abandoned.  The matches, reasons for abandonment, time of abandonment, and Committee decisions, were:
Fremington v Ebberley Arms (Senior Division, Sept 12, failing light, 52 minutes): Match to be replayed.
Swimbridge v Shamwickshire (Senior Division, Sept 29, injury to player, 71 minutes): Score at time of abandonment to count as final result.
Barnstaple AAC v Fremington (Senior Division, Sept 29, alleged striking of match official by player, 79 minutes): Decision held in abeyance pending the outcome of any legal and/or County FA disciplinary procedures.  (The County FA had advised that the player had been immediately suspended pending a disciplinary hearing).
Seamus O'Donnells v North Molton (Intermediate Division 2, Sept 29, injury to player, 44 minutes): Match abandoned before half-time and therefore to be replayed, (rule 10(k)).
BRATTON FLEMING.  Copy received of letter from Mr. I Humphries, Secretary of the N Devon Sunday League, to the Bratton Fleming club, giving two reasons why in his opinion the club's main pitch was unfit/unsafe for play, and banning its use for matches in the League of which he is secretary.  Resolved that as Mr. Humphries is a qualified referee, and is monitoring the situation, his opinion should also be used as the criterion for whether matches in this League could be played on the pitch.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
TRANSFER FORMS.  £45 passed to the Treasurer.
FINES. £5 for no s.a.e. with a registration form: Seamus O'Donnells, Woolsery, Ebberley Arms.  £5 for late team sheet: Boca Seniors.  £5 for signing for two clubs: player R Hunter.  All paid.
£10 for fielding an unregistered player: Dolton, Hartland.  £5 for failing to mark referee: Appledore.  £5 for signing for two clubs: player W Martin.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for failure to ring First XI Agency: Barnstaple AAC (twice), Bradworthy, Fremington, Georgeham, Kilkhampton, Northam Lions.  £5 for late result card: Bude Town (twice).  All paid (one of the Barnstaple AAC fines after having been trebled).
£5 for late result card: Georgeham.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £3670.53;  Portman Fixed Bond £9995.51;  Portman Instant Access a/c £3686.76;  Benevolent Fund £3060.64.  Balance £20413.44.  Interest on insurance £420.58.  Total Balance £20834.02.  Less balance to pay on insurance £4205.78.  Actual balance £16628.24.  All bills paid to date.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
BOCA SENIORS v BRADWORTHY.  (Mr. Todd withdrew during consideration of this item).  Boca Seniors had been unable to raise a team for this match.  The Secretary had brought the matter before the Committee, rather than automatically applying rule 10(h), due to the unusual reason for inability to raise a team.  Resolved that the rule should nevertheless apply.

 

November 2001

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on November 2nd, 2001.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock,  A Beer, B Fishleigh, A Johns, T Knight, D Loder, D Parish, S Platt, P Prouse, M Saunders, P Shelton, M Stevens, P Woodhams, A Woolf.
APOLOGIES for absence:  A Evans.
MINUTES of the meeting held on October 5th were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
SHEBBEAR.  The club had arranged to play its scheduled home matches during November on the grounds of the Torrington and Merton clubs.
ABANDONED MATCHES.  Barnstaple AAC v Fremington (Senior Division, Sept 29).  As the Devon County FA had dealt with disciplinary matters arising from this match a decision could now be reached on how the result should be recorded.  Resolved that the score at the time of abandonment, 2-0 to Barnstaple AAC, should count as the final result.
BRATTON FLEMING.  Following a meeting of the DCFA North Area, the new Area Secretary, Mr C Wallis had inspected the club's main pitch.  Following this inspection a letter had been received from Mr. Wallis stating that provided the lines were covered with an approved whitening he could see no reason why at present the pitch could not be put back into service.  On this understanding the club had been given permission once again to use the pitch. 
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
LANDKEY.  Report received from a referee that in a pre-match inspection he had found some lines and the goal nets at this club's ground to be of an unsatisfactory standard.  The club had been informed of the faults found, and had given an assurance that the faults would be rectified.
BOOTS.  Two statements received from the FA regarding boots with 'blades' rather than traditional studs.  These items of equipment had been investigated, and the FA statement read  "The FA is satisfied that the boots have been subjected to the most rigorous testing and checking by the relevant authorities, and reiterates that they meet all relevant quality and safety standards."
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines detailed in the October minutes had been paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
TRANSFER FORMS.  £115 passed to the Treasurer.
FINES. £10 for fielding ineligible player due to incorrect team sheet:  Oldcoach Athletic.  Paid.
£10 for fielding an unregistered player: Fremington.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for failure to notify details to a match referee:  Lovacott.  £5 for late result card: Georgeham, Morwenstow.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £1052.00;  Portman Fixed Bond £9995.51;  Portman Instant Access a/c £2686.76;  Benevolent Fund £3060.64.  Balance £16794.91.  All bills paid to date.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
JEWELLERY.  The matter was raised of the extent to which players should be permitted to wear jewellery during a match, or be prohibited from doing so.  It was pointed out that under FA Law 5 this is entirely a matter for an individual match referee, and the League does not have the authority to make any decision.  The representative of the NDRA agreed to take the matter to his Association for their consideration.
COUNTY CUPS.  Reported that some clubs were failing in their duty, on having won a County Cup match, to notify immediately their scheduled League opponents on the date of the next round that the match could not take place.  Clubs to be reminded of their obligation to do this.
CHRISTMAS FLOWERS.  Approved that the League would again send flowers at Christmas to Mrs. D Bartlett and Mrs. B Edwards, the widows of two former officers of the League.
DECEMBER MEETING.  Resolved that due to the small amount of business at the moment, the December meeting of the Committee need not be held. All relevant matters would be circulated to members of the Committee, and if any important matter arose, a meeting of the Committee would be called.

December 2001

There was no December Meeting.

 

January 2002

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on January 4th, 2002.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock,  A Beer, A Evans, B Fishleigh, A Johns, T Knight, M Saunders, P Shelton, D Todd, P Woodhams.
APOLOGIES for absence:  D Loder, P Prouse, M Stevens, A Woolf.
MINUTES of the meeting held on November 2nd were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
CHRISTMAS FLOWERS.  Letters of thanks had been received from the two ladies to whom flowers had been sent.
COUNTY CUPS.  The Secretary had ordered one League Cup match to be played early as one of the teams involved was due to play in the County Cup on first round day.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
LEAGUE A.G.M.  Letter received from Mr. R Seal, of the Bideford club, again offering the use of that club's facilities for this season's League AGM, planned for Friday July 12th.  This offer had been accepted.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines detailed in the November minutes had been paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
TRANSFER FORMS.  £105 passed to the Treasurer.
FINES. £5 for no s.a.e. with a registration form: Clovelly.  £5 for late team sheet: Morwenstow, High Bickington.  £5 for failure to mark referee: Bideford.  £5 for signing for two clubs: player Darren Johns.  All paid.
£5 for signing for two clubs: player Jamie Steward.  £5 for failure to mark referee: Barnstaple AAC, Georgeham.  £5 for no s.a.e. with a registration form: Torrington.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £25 for failure to raise a team for a League match: Barnstaple AAC.  Paid.
£25 for failure to raise a team for a League match: Lynton.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £1059.30;  Portman Fixed Bond £9995.51;  Portman Instant Access a/c £2686.76;  Benevolent Fund £3060.64.  Balance £16802.21.  All bills paid to date.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
PIVOT TROPHY.  The details of the arrangements for the match had been supplied to the Kingsley League and a request would be made for information on what colours their team would be wearing.
PREMIER DIVISION FACILITIES.  The Secretary read to the meeting notices which it was planned to send to all current Premier clubs, and Senior clubs with a realistic chance of promotion, outlining the inspections which would take place at their grounds over the next few months.  These were approved.  A decision on which facilities meet the required standard will be made at the April meeting.
FIRST ELEVEN AGENCY.  The Secretary reported that he felt one of only two good things to come out of last season was the working relationship which had been established with the First Eleven Sports Agency, (the other being that through having had five months rest, most pitches were standing up well this season), and comments made to him by various club secretaries agreed with this.  At some point, though not necessarily in the immediate short term, the League should possibly consider making use of some of the other services offered by the Agency.  Mr. Alcock offered to present a future meeting with the details and costs of such services.
LEAGUE CENTENARY DINNER, 2004.  The Chairman reported that Mr. Woodhams would be supervising the arrangements for this event.
SPONSORSHIP.  The Chairman reported that he had recently had a long meeting with the League's present sponsor, Mr. R Harding, the proprietor of Bideford Tool Ltd., who had indicated his assurance that the sponsorship would continue up to and including the League's centenary year, 2004.

 

February 2002

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on February 1st, 2002.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock,  A Beer, A Johns, T Knight, S Platt, P Prouse, P Shelton, M Stevens, P Woodhams, A Woolf.
APOLOGIES for absence:  A Evans, B Fishleigh, D Loder, M Saunders.
MINUTES of the meeting held on January 4th were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
PREMIER DIVISION FACILITIES.  Requests for inspections had been received from the Georgeham, Lynton and Chittlehampton clubs, and these would take place once the weather permitted matches to be played.
FIRST ELEVEN AGENCY.  Mr. Alcock gave details of other services provided by the Agency and it was agreed that making use of some of these could be considered as a future development.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
NEW ENTRIES.  A letter received from the Northam Lions club expressed the club's wish to enter a third team in the League next season.  A request for information about entering a team in the League next season had been received from the Grosvenor Church, Barnstaple;  relevant information and forms would be sent at the appropriate time.
NORTH DEVON REFEREES ASSOCIATION.  A letter from the secretary of the NDRA requested that the League should give consideration to raising the flat rate match fee for referees for all matches under the auspices of the League to £10.  Resolved that this should be recommended to the AGM.
LETTERS RELATING TO EVENTS DURING OR AFTER LEAGUE MATCHES.  Three letters (two from club secretaries, one from a referee) had been received relating to incidents during or after League matches:
(i)  An experienced referee reported that while in his changing room after a match he had heard what he regarded as unacceptable comments being made loudly by players and spectators.  He was concerned that an inexperienced referee might feel threatened by such behaviour.  The club concerned had written claiming that the remarks were not directed towards the referee but by players of the two teams towards each other.  Ruled that no action should be taken, but that League officers should visit the ground in question on a match day in the near future.
(ii)  A club secretary detailed events after the conclusion of a match claiming that they justified his club's failure to sign a team sheet or mark the referee.  The claim was not accepted and it was ruled that the appropriate penalty should be imposed.
(iii)  A club secretary wrote alleging that the club's linesman had been pushed over by spectators supporting the other club during a match.  Letters from both clubs, together with a verbal report given by the match referee to the Secretary, were considered.  The match referee had not seen the alleged incident, and as no mention was made of it in his report, the DCFA did not see fit to pursue the allegation.  In the absence of any corroborative evidence, it was ruled that no further action could be taken, but following discussion of this matter it was resolved that as from the start of next season, Premier Division grounds would be expected to have a barrier in place down the full length of both side lines.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines detailed in the January minutes had been paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
TRANSFER FORMS.  £75 passed to the Treasurer.
FINES.  £5 for late team sheet: Dolton.  Paid.
£5 for failure to mark referee: Seamus O'Donnells.  £5 for late team sheet: Kilkhampton. 
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for failure to phone match result to First XI Sports Agency: Putford, Pilton, Wrey Arms, Bradworthy.  All paid.
£5 for failure to phone match result to First XI Sports Agency: Kilkhampton (twice), Lovacott.  £5 for failure to rearrange a postponed match: Bideford.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £958.00;  Portman Fixed Bond £9995.51;  Portman Instant Access a/c £2686.76;  Benevolent Fund £3060.64.  Balance £16700.91.  All bills paid to date.  (The total includes donations to the Benevolent Fund from the Torridge Cup (£25), Westward Ho! Cup (£10) and Holman Cup (£30), these amounts still having to be transferred to the Benevolent Fund account.)
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
POSSIBLE POSTAL STRIKE.  The Secretary reported that he was attempting to obtain an e-mail address for each club to enable communication between the League and clubs to continue in the event of a postal strike.
CLUB INTERNET SITES.  The Secretary had reported to members since the previous meeting that he had approached two clubs regarding the content of their internet sites (one as regards factual accuracy, the other unacceptable language).  This action was approved, and the relevant action had been taken by the clubs concerned.
ROCK PARK, BARNSTAPLE.  Following a request from Mr. Light, clubs using Rock Park as their home ground would be informed that failure to settle accounts within the stated deadline would lead to facilities being withdrawn by Mr. Light;  action which would have the League's full support.

 

March 2002

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on March 1st, 2002.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock,  A Beer, A Evans, B Fishleigh, A Johns, T Knight, D Parish, P Prouse, M Saunders, P Shelton, M Stevens, P Woodhams, A Woolf.
APOLOGIES for absence:  D Loder, D Todd.
MINUTES of the meeting held on February 1st were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
PREMIER DIVISION FACILITIES.  A request for an inspection had been received from the Barnstaple AAC club.  All clubs which had requested an inspection would receive one within the next month.
FIRST ELEVEN AGENCY.  Mr. Alcock distributed copies of an example of the weekly bulletin which the Agency could provide for very little extra cost on top of the service already being provided.  Resolved that the Secretary would circulate details and refer the matter back to the Committee when he had had the chance to peruse it thoroughly.
LETTERS RELATING TO EVENTS DURING OR AFTER LEAGUE MATCHES. 
League officers had visited one of the clubs concerned on a match day and were satisfied with how the club was ensuring that there would be no repetition of the events reported by a referee.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
DCFA, RECRUITMENT OF REFEREES.  The County FA had been awarded £1000 by the Football Association for use in the recruitment and retention of referees, and a letter received detailed the ways in which these funds were to be used.  The literature produced had been passed by the North Area Secretary to the League President, and distributed by him to clubs.
DEVON COUNTY LEAGUE.  Notification received of the clubs which were applying for membership of the County League next season, and the procedure for reaching a decision on which should be accepted.  A meeting of the Joint Liaison Committee on April 12, which League officers would be attending, would hear about this and other relevant matters.
NORTH DEVON PRINT.  This company, which has produced all the League's printing requirements except the Handbook for the last five years had given notice that it had ceased trading on Februrary 1st, on the retirement of the proprietor.  The Secretary was empowered to find another printing company to produce League stationery etc.
PIVOT TROPHY.  The Clovelly club had written providing details of the team they would be fielding to represent the League in this season's match.  The details had been forwarded to Mr. I Phillips who had once again offered to produce a programme for the match.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines detailed in the February minutes had been paid, except that imposed on Bideford which had consequently been trebled.
£3.30 passed to the Treasurer from the sale of a Handbook.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
TRANSFER FORMS.  £25 passed to the Treasurer.
FINES.  £5 for no s.a.e. with a registration form: Oldcoach Athletic. 
£5 for submission of an incomplete team sheet:  Torrington Admirals.  Both paid.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for failure to phone match result to First XI Sports Agency: Ebberley Arms, High Bickington, Barnstaple AAC.  £5 for a late result card: Hartland.  £20 for failure to raise a team for a cup match: South Molton.  All paid.
£5 for failure to phone match result to First XI Sports Agency:  Boca Seniors. 
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £951.76;  Portman Fixed Bond £9995.51;  Portman Instant Access a/c £2686.76;  Benevolent Fund £3060.64.  Balance £16694.67.  All bills paid to date. 
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
ABANDONED MATCH.  (Mr. Knight withdrew from the meeting during consideration of this item.)  The Lynton v Barnstaple AAC match (Senior Division) had been abandoned shortly after half-time due to a serious injury to a Lynton player.  Ruled that the match should be replayed.
FA CUP FINAL TICKETS.  Ruled that the Secretary should follow the established procedure for the distribution of the League's allocation (if any) of FA Cup Final tickets.
LEAGUE CUP FINALS.  Ruled that the practice of recent years regarding admission to finals should be continued.  All persons, including players and club officials, (and excluding only the match officials) would be required to pay the entry charge.  The Treasurer would then make a refund to each competing club to cover the number of players appearing on the team sheet and two club officials.
RULES REVISION AND LEAGUE CONSTITUTION MEETING.  The Secretary reported that he planned holding this meeting on Friday June 7th.
COUNTY CUPS.  The meeting offered its congratulations to three member clubs, Morwenstow, Barnstaple AAC and Clovelly, who had all reached County Cup semi-finals.  [Sec's note: Since the meeting the first two named clubs have played their semi-finals, both successfully reaching their respective final.]

 

April 2002

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on April 5th, 2002.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock,  A Beer, B Fishleigh, A Johns, T Knight, D Loder, D Parish, S Platt, P Prouse, M Saunders, P Shelton, M Stevens, P Woodhams.
The meeting stood for a one minute silence in memory of HM the Queen Mother.
APOLOGIES for absence:  A Evans, D Todd, A Woolf.
MINUTES of the meeting held on March 1st were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
PREMIER DIVISION FACILITIES.  A request for an inspection had been received from the Hartland club.  All clubs which had requested an inspection had received one, except Georgeham, which would be visited on the Sunday immediately following the meeting.
FIRST ELEVEN AGENCY.  The overwhelming majority of clubs had been opposed to expanding the use of the First Eleven Sports Agency beyond the current arrangements.  Resolved that the matter should not be pursued further.
NORTH DEVON PRINT.   The Secretary reported that arrangements for finding a new printer were proceeding;  and that a new supplier of the League stationery supplies was now being used:  Direct Business Supplies of Bradworthy.
PIVOT TROPHY.  Reported that £80 had been raised, which, together with existing funds, would be sent to the appropriate department of the North Devon District Hospital in the near future.  The Chairman thanked the Clovelly club for representing the League in the match, which had resulted in a 1-1 draw, both Leagues therefore keeping the trophy for six months.
FA CUP FINAL TICKETS.  The League's allocation of tickets (4 @ £70) had been received a few days prior to the meeting.  Following the customary procedure, two tickets had been offered to each of the Hartland and Putford clubs, both offers having been accepted.
LEAGUE CUP FINALS.  These had now all been arranged, and a rota of members volunteering to man the gate at each of the finals was prepared.  The meeting approved the Chairman's suggestion that the proceeds of the Bideford Tool Cup Final should be donated to the Childrens Hospice South West, in memory of Mrs. Light who had died recently.
COUNTY CUPS.  (i)  The Morwenstow club were congratulated on winning the Cornwall Junior Cup at Saltash on Easter Monday.  In line with their customary practice regarding the Leagues in which competing clubs play, the Cornwall County FA had invited two representatives of this League to attend a pre-match reception and lunch, and the Chairman and Mrs. Smale had represented the League at the events.
(ii)  The Barnstaple AAC club would be playing in the Devon Senior Cup final at Crediton on Wednesday April 10, and best wishes were extended to them.  Because of the club's success in reaching the finals of both County and League cups, a backlog of League games needing to be rearranged had built up.  The Secretary had sought and obtained the approval of the DCFA for a one-week extension to the season (to May 18) for League matches involving this club.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
RULES.  A copy of the Standard Code of Rules, which the League has to adopt next season had been circulated and was examined to determine which of the optional parts should be used.  The proposed rules would be circulated to clubs and will be further considered at the next meeting following receipt of comments from clubs.
KIVELL CUP.  Request received from the North Area Secretary for the names of clubs with perfect administrative records so that this could be taken into account along with disciplinary records etc., when determining the winner of the Kivell Cup for this season. The appropriate information had been provided.
WREY ARMS v HARTLAND.  This match was reported by the match referee as having been abandoned after 86 minutes due to a serious injury to a player.  Ruled that the score at the time, 4-0 to Wrey Arms, should stand as the final result.
LANDKEY.  Report received from a referee that he had arrived at this club's ground for a match to find that the pitch had not been marked out.  By the time the pitch had been marked the match had kicked off 17 minutes late.  In view of previous events this season (see November minutes) the club was fined £5 for failure to attend to League business.
DCFA ELECTIONS.  Notification received from the DCFA of the arrangements for the election of new councillors in June, the term of current councillors expiring at that time.
DEATH OF HM QUEEN MOTHER.  Notification received from the DCFA regarding the minute silence to be observed prior to matches played up to the time of the royal funeral.  Matches scheduled for the day of the funeral could be played as, being evening matches, they would kick off after the funeral had taken place.
REFEREES EXPENSES.   Letter received from a club suggested that a cap should be placed on the number of miles a referee could claim as travelling expenses for any match.  Resolved that this would be considered at the Rules Revision meeting in June.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines detailed in the March minutes had been paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for late team sheet: Dotlon.  £5 for no s.a.e. with a registration form: Bude, Bradworthy.  £10 for fielding an unregistered player: Torrington (twice).  £5 for signing for two clubs: players Peter Varley, Davey Snead.  All paid,
£5 for signing for two clubs: player Robert Vogler.  £10 for fielding ineligible player due to incorrect team sheet: Landkey.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for failure to phone First XI Agency: Torrington, Pilton, North Molton, Lovacott, Northam Lions.  £5 for late notification to a referee: Bideford.  £25 for failure to raise a team for a League match: Torrington Admirals.  All paid, (that imposed on Lovacott after having been trebled).
£5 for failure to phone First XI Agency: Kilkhampton, Clovelly, Morwenstow.  £5 for late result card: Ebberley Arms. £25 for failure to raise a team for a League match: Bideford
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £314.81;  Portman Fixed Bond £9995.51;  Portman Instant Access a/c £2686.76;  Benevolent Fund £3249.64.  Balance £16246.72.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
PHONE ENQUIRY.  The Secretary reported that he had received a telephone enquiry from the Bideford club about the possibility of entering the club's second team in the League next season; (it being the club's third team which currently plays in this League.)

 

May 2002

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on May 3rd, 2002.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock,  A Beer, B Fishleigh, A Johns, T Knight, D Loder, P Prouse, M Saunders, P Shelton, M Stevens, P Woodhams.
APOLOGIES for absence:  D Parish, S Platt, D Todd.
MINUTES of the meeting held on April 5th were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
PREMIER DIVISION FACILITIES.  The inspection of the Georgeham club's facilities had still not taken place, (the kick-off time of the match at which this had supposedly been going to happen having been altered), but this would now be done as the club had finished in one of the promotion positions in the Senior Division.
PIVOT TROPHY.  A cheque for £280 (comprising the gate money from this season's match, and £200 from the balance) had been sent to the appropriate department of the NDDH and a letter of thanks received.
LEAGUE CUP FINALS.  Three of the four finals had now been played.  Following the Bideford Tool Cup final a cheque for £200 was being presented to the CHSW.  The two competing clubs, Sporting Barum and Torrington Admirals, were commended on their gesture of donating their entry fees rather than claiming them back.
COUNTY CUPS.  The Barnstaple AAC club were congratulated on winning the Devon Senior Cup.
KIVELL CUP.  Reported that the information provided by the League had been of assistance in determining the winners of the cup.
RULES.  Following one minor alteration to the rules which had been circulated, it was resolved that the proposed rules should be submitted to the DCFA for sanction.  Any consequent business would be considered at the Rules Revision and League Constitution meeting on June 7th.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
LEAGUE PRINTING CONTRACT.  The Secretary had received a number of estimates from companies expressing an interest in providing the League's stationery requirements.  Resolved that the tender from Filleigh Print should be accepted for all items, that for printing the Handbook being subject to clarification of one issue on which the Secretary was as yet uncertain.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines detailed in the April minutes had been paid, with the exception of that on player Robert Vogler.  This had been trebled, and as it was still unpaid, the player was now suspended, and would not be permitted to register in any future season until the fine had been paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for late team sheet: Barnstaple AAC, Dolton.  £10 for fielding an unregistered player: Hartland, Chittlehampton (three times).  All paid.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for late notification to a referee: Sporting Barum.  £50 for failure to raise a team for a League match: Holsworthy, Appledore.  £5 for late result card: Seamus O'Donnells, Morwenstow, Ebberley Arms, Buckland Brewer, Torrington Admirals.  All paid.
£5 for failure to phone First XI Agency: Kilkhampton.  £5 for late result card: Bideford
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £708.99;  Portman Fixed Bond £9995.51;  Portman Instant Access a/c £2294.28;  Benevolent Fund £3249.64.  Balance £16248.42. 
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
ENQUIRY.  The Secretary reported that he had received an enquiry by e-mail from the Barnstaple Town club about the possibility of entering the club's third team in the League next season, and appropriate information had been sent.
LEAGUE CUP FINALS.  Reported by a member that some clubs had asked why the finals could not all be played on Saturday evenings as work commitments often presented difficulties for some players.  The Secretary stated that, as long as clubs were aware of some of the possible consequences of this, it could be implemented next season on a one-year trial basis, with a review in the light of experience.

 

AGM 2002

Not available at present.