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North Devon Association Football League - Management Committee Minutes

Season 2002/03

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

September 2002

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on September 6th, 2002.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock,  A Beer, A Evans, A Johns, J Fry, T Knight, R Nicol, D Parish, D Pedler, P Prouse, M Saunders, P Shelton, M Stevens, P Woodhams.
APOLOGIES for absence:  B Fishleigh, D Loder, R Lark.
The Chairman welcomed to the meeting the new members of the Committee, Messrs. Fry, Nicol and Pedler.
MINUTES of the meeting held on May 3rd were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
PREMIER DIVISION FACILITIES.  The Georgeham club's facilities had been inspected and approved.  The club had submitted a list of dates on which they would not have access to the pitch, and had been informed that the pitch would be expected to be available on all other dates.
RULES.  The proposed rules submitted to the DCFA had been approved without alteration.
LEAGUE CUP FINALS.  These had all been planned for Saturday evenings as a one-year trial.
LEAGUE PRINTING CONTRACT.   The new printers had recently been provided with the final pieces of information to enable them to prepare the proofs of the Handbook.  It was recognized that this would take longer than usual this year due to the rules requiring complete re-setting.
ENQUIRY.  Following their enquiry, the Barnstaple Town club had entered a team, but had withdrawn it shortly after the revised fixtures (caused by an earlier withdrawal) had been circulated.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
CORNWALL COUNTY FA.  The CCFA had given approval in writing for three of its affiliated clubs (Bude Town, Kilkhampton, and Morwenstow) to compete in the League in season 2002-3.
PIVOT TROPHY.  Bideford Youth, last season’s Intermediate champions, had accepted an invitation to represent the League in this season’s Pivot Trophy match.
PITCH USE.  The two new clubs which had been accepted into the League, Equalizers and Grosvenor, had submitted written confirmation of their bookings of school pitches as their home grounds.
WITHDRAWAL.  Ten days before the start of the season written notification had been received from the Bideford club that they were withdrawing their third team from the League due to team-raising difficulties.  The Chairman and Secretary had decided there was sufficient time to re-align the League into four divisions of 16 teams each.  This had been done, and revised fixtures issued for the Intermediate divisions.  This action was approved.  It was resolved that both in this case, and in that of Barnstaple Town, (see above), forfeiture of the annual subscription and entry deposit was sufficient penalty.
UNMARKED PITCH.  A written report had been submitted by a referee regarding a match on the opening day of the season which he had ruled should not be played because of inadequate pitch markings.  It was recognised that the club concerned did not own its pitch.  No action would be taken in this case but the club would be informed that it would be expected to resolve the matter with the owners of the pitch within the next few weeks, and an inspection would take place on a match day.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines listed in the May minutes had been paid, as had the trebled fine on a suspended player, that suspension now having been lifted.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for no s.a.e. with registration forms: Kilkhampton.  Paid
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for failure to submit a fixture requirement form: Landkey, Bideford.  Both paid.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £6463.93;  Portman Fixed Bond £9995.51;  Portman Instant Access a/c £2294.28;  Benevolent Fund £3249.64.  Total £22003.36, to pay Insurance £3920.16, plus commission on insurance (not yet paid) £392.00.  Balance £18475.21. 
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
STATE OF PITCH.  A member of the Committee reported that at a club’s ground he had visited during a match since the start of the season he and others had found pieces of glass on the playing area.  The club would be informed of this and instructed to ensure their pitch was safe for play.
DONATION.  A donation of £25 to the Benevolent Fund had been received from the Braunton Cup.
REFEREES.  Mr. M Stevens detailed three items of business relating to referees which he requested should be circulated to all clubs.
CONSTITUTION OF THE LEAGUE.  The Secretary outlined his reasons for believing that the League should, in future seasons, limit its membership to 64 teams, in four divisions of 16 teams each.  Resolved that this should be considered later in the season.

 

October 2002

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on October 4th, 2002.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Evans, B Fishleigh, J Fry, A Johns, T Knight, R Nicol, D Parish, P Prouse, M Saunders, P Shelton, M Stevens, P Woodhams.
APOLOGIES for absence:  A Alcock, A Beer, D Loder, D Pedler.
MINUTES of the meeting held on September 6th were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
PIVOT TROPHY.  Contact would be made with the Kingsley League regarding this season's match, with a view to considering the offer from the Torrington club to host the match every year.
PITCH USE.  The Grosvenor club had been advised by Park School that their pitch would not be available until January.  In the meantime the club will make use of the vacancy at Rock Park caused by the withdrawal of Barnstaple Town.
REFEREES.  Notification had been received from Mr. A Walter, the Secretary of the NDRA, of an impending course for new referees.  Appropriate details had been circulated to all clubs.  A discussion followed about the referees appointments system.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
FREMINGTON.  Letter received from the club explaining why they felt they had no option but to withdraw the club's second team from the League.
PREMIER DIVISION FACILITIES.  Letter received from a member of the Committee regarding what he had viewed as an unsatisfactory boundary on a Premier Division ground during a match he had attended.  The club concerned to be contacted and instructed to correct this situation.
BEHAVIOUR OF A LINESMAN.  Communication received from a referee regarding the behaviour of a club linesman during a League match.  Being a disciplinary matter this was being dealt with by the DCFA.  The club concerned had written to the League apologising for the matter.
POSSIBLE REJECTION OF REGISTRATIONS.  Communication had been received by e-mail from the DCFA Disciplinary Secretary stating that under the new rules the League could, if it wished, refuse to accept any future registration of a player who had been found guilty of a technical assault on a match official and served the appropriate suspension.  Some Leagues had already taken this decision.  Resolved that the matter should be considered later in the season.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines listed in the September minutes had been paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for no s.a.e. with registration forms: Bude Town.  £10 for fielding an unregistered player: Boca Seniors (twice), South Molton, Fremington.  £5 for signing for two clubs: players J MacDonald, R Phillips-Knight.  All paid.
£10 for fielding an unregistered player:  Bude Town (twice).
Transfer fees passed to Treasurer:  £35.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
£5 for failure to ring First XI Sports Agency: Morwenstow, North Molton, Dolton, Shamwickshire, Equalizers, Grosvenor, Torrington.  £5 for late submission of a result card:  Bude Town, Sporting DJs, Ebberley Arms.  All paid.
£5 for failure to ring First XI Sports Agency: Lovacott, Dolton, Landkey, Chittlehampton.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £2873.29;  Portman Fixed Bond £9995.51;  Portman Instant Access a/c £2294.28;  Benevolent Fund £3249.64.  Balance £18412.72  All bills paid to date.
Reported that the Portman Fixed Bond would soon be due for renewal.  Resolved that the investment should be renewed. 
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
FIELDING AN UNREGISTERED PLAYER.  The Secretary reported that under the new rules two of the penalties imposed on a club fielding an unregistered or 'otherwise ineligible' player, a £10 fine and the awarding of the game to the other team, were still compulsory;  but that the third penalty imposed under the old rules, a further three point deduction, was now at the Management Committee's discretion, and a decision on this was required as cases were already occurring.  Resolved firstly that the same ruling should apply in all cases.  Following lengthy discussion it was resolved that for the time being this penalty should not be applied, but that it should be reviewed towards the end of the season and re-introduced next season if there were any evidence of clubs abusing the rule.
SPORTING BARUM v NORTHAM LIONS.  (Mr. Prouse withdrew from the meeting for consideration of this item.)  An unofficial referee who had taken charge of this game by mutual agreement between the two clubs had submitted a report stating why he had felt it necessary to abandon the game.  As this was deemed to be due to the actions of both teams the game would be replayed, and both clubs fined £10 and censured.  A letter of thanks for his report to be sent to the referee, together with the comments of experienced referees who are member of the Committee that his actions had been correct.

 

November 2002

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on November 1st, 2002.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, A Beer, A Evans, B Fishleigh, J Fry, A Johns, T Knight, R Nicol, D Pedler, S Platt, M Saunders, P Shelton, P Woodhams.
APOLOGIES for absence:  D Loder, M Stevens.
MINUTES of the meeting held on October 4th were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
PIVOT TROPHY.  The Chairman reported a conversation with an officer of the Kingsley League.  That League has recently appointed a new team manager and wished to give him a couple of months to assess players before arranging a date for this season's match.
REFEREES.  Reported that there were eighteen candidates on the course now being started.
SPORTING BARUM v NORTHAM LIONS.  Fines had been paid, but the Northam Lions team had since withdrawn from the League.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
NORTHAM LIONS.  Letter received withdrawing the club's third team from the League, citing 'internal problems'.
LEAGUE HANDBOOK.  Communication received via e-mail from the proprietor of the firm with whom the order for printing the Handbook had been placed stating that because of a death and serious illness in his family he had had to put all work on hold.  Long discussion, taking particular account of the views of those members of the Committee who are club secretaries, led to the following decisions:  As transferring the business elsewhere would still mean no Handbooks before the New Year this should not be pursued and the production of a Handbook for this season abandoned.  Advertisers would be offered a refund or an advert in next season's Handbook.  Clubs would be provided with updated copies of relevant photocopied information as and when it was requested.  The proprietor of Filleigh Print would be given until January 31st to state whether or not he was able to continue in business in time to produce the Handbook and other printed supplies in good time before the start of next season.  Failing that, an alternative printer would be sought.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines listed in the October minutes had been paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £10 for fielding an 'otherwise ineligible player': Morwenstow.  £5 for failure to sign a team sheet: Braunton.  Both paid.
£10 for fielding an 'otherwise ineligible player': Ebberley Arms.
Transfer fees passed to Treasurer:  £15.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
£5 for late result card: Kilkhampton, Bude Town, Georgeham.  £5 for failure to ring First XI Agency: Georgeham.  £25 for failure to fulfil a League match: Lynton.  All paid.
£25 for failure to fulfil a League match: Appledore.  £5 for postponing a higher division game: Appledore.  £5 for failure to ring First XI Agency: Lynton, Georgeham.  £5 for late result card: Georgeham.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £2771.67;  Portman Fixed Bond £10373.64;  Portman Instant Access a/c £2294.28;  Benevolent Fund £3457.14.  Balance £18896.73  All bills paid to date.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
APPLEDORE.  The club had postponed its Premier Division game on October 26, while playing its Senior Division game.  Four penalties had automatically been imposed by the Secretary in accordance with League rules.  The matter of the Senior Division result was, under the new rules, at the Committee's discretion.  Resolved that previous practice should be followed, and the game awarded to the opposing club.
PHOTOCOPIER.  The Secretary reported that within a few months the photocopier would be producing unsatisfactory copies, and a new machine would need to be purchased in the New Year.
BENEVOLENT FUND.  An award had been made from the Fund to an injured player of the Chittlehampton club.
CHRISTMAS BOUQUETS.  Authority given to the Chairman to send the customary Christmas bouquets from the League to Mrs. Bartlett, Mrs. Edwards and Mrs. Shapland, the widows of three former League officers.

 

December 2002

There was no December Meeting.

 

January 2003

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on January 3rd, 2003.

PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock,  B Fishleigh, J Fry, A Johns, T Knight, D Loder, R Nicol, D Parish, P Shelton, M Stevens, P Woodhams.
APOLOGIES for absence:  A Beer, A Evans, D Pedler, P Prouse..
MINUTES of the meeting held on November 1st 2002 were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
REFEREES.  Fourteen trainee referees had completed the first stage of the course and were now officiating at matches prior to starting the second stage.  The Secretary of the NDRA had provided details of these referees, which had been circulated to all clubs.
LEAGUE HANDBOOK.  The Secretary would be contacting the proprietor of Filleigh Print before the end of January to ascertain whether new printers were required.
APPLEDORE.  The club had appealed against the decision taken in relation to the Senior Division match.  The DCFA had rejected the appeal on a technicality.
BENEVOLENT FUND.  A second award had been made to the injured player nearer Christmas.
CHRISTMAS BOUQUETS.  A card of thanks had been received from Mrs. Shapland.
PHOTOCOPIER.  The Secretary will be investigating the purchase of a new photocopier as soon as other commitments permit.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
HOLSWORTHY.  Notice of a 'provisional' withdrawal from the League at the end of the present season had been received from this club.  The Secretary had replied requesting clarification of whether this meant the club were to withdraw or not.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines listed in the November minutes had been paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £10 for fielding an 'otherwise ineligible player': Combe Martin.  £10 for fielding an unregistered player:  South Molton.  £5 for signing for two clubs:  player R Ecclestone.  £5 for no s.a.e. with a registration form:  Equalizers, Landkey, Seamus O'Donnells.  £5 for failure to attend to League business:  Ebberley Arms.
All paid (that imposed on Seamus O'Donnells after having been trebled for non-payment within the original permitted
time). 
Transfer fees passed to Treasurer:  £65.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
£5 for late result card: Grosvenor.  £5 for failure to ring First XI Agency: Georgeham, Ebberley Arms, Dolton, Holsworthy, Lovacott, Northam Lions (twice).  £25 for failure to fulfil a League match: South Molton, Ebberley Arms.  All paid.
£5 for failure to ring First XI Agency: Buckland Brewer, Ebberley Arms.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £2015.51;  Portman Fixed Bond £10373.64;  Portman Instant Access a/c £2294.28;  Benevolent Fund £3362.14.  Balance £18045.57  All bills paid to date.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
ABANDONED MATCH.   Reported that the Committee would need to consider the situation regarding a match between the Lynton and Braunton clubs which had been abandoned by the referee after an alleged incident involving a spectator, but this could not be done until all disciplinary aspects of the matter had been dealt with by the DCFA.
PREMIER DIVISION FACILITIES.  The Secretary had written to all current Premier Division clubs and all clubs in the Senior Division which appeared to have a realistic chance of achieving promotion advising them that the Management Committee needed to determine by the end of March which clubs possessed facilities of Premier standard.  Clubs were invited to seek further information and/or inspections of their facilities if appropriate.
POSTPONED MATCHES.  One of the trainee referees had written giving notice of his reasons for believing pitches to be unfit for play at two matches at which he had been due to officiate.  At one of these the two clubs had subsequently played a 'friendly' game with a 'mutually agreed referee'.  The clubs had been advised that under no circumstances should a match ever be played on a pitch which an officially-appointed referee had just ruled to be unfit.
GEORGEHAM v MORWENSTOW.  The Committee ruled that the Secretary should seek a full clarification from the Georgeham club of the circumstances leading to the postponement of this match.  (Sec's note:  On the morning after the meeting a letter was received from the owners of the ground stating that on the day in question Health and Safety considerations led them to rule that a match should not be played on the pitch.  The matter is therefore now closed.)

 

February 2003

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on February 7th, 2003.

PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock,  J Fry, A Johns, D Loder, R Nicol, D Parish, S Platt, P Prouse, M Saunders, P Shelton, M Stevens.
APOLOGIES for absence:  A Beer, B Fishleigh, T Knight, D Pedler, P Woodhams.
MINUTES of the meeting held on January 3rd were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
LEAGUE HANDBOOK.  The proprietor of Filleigh Print had confirmed that he was now back in business, and the Secretary would be contacting him to arrange early production of the League's printing requirements for the 2003-4 season.
PHOTOCOPIER.  The Secretary reported having identified a photocopier with similar characteristics to that currently in use, which would meet the League's requirements.  Authorisation was given for the purchase of this machine from Direct Business Supplies of Bradworthy.
HOLSWORTHY.  No further correspondence had been received from the club regarding its 'provisional withdrawal' from the League.
ABANDONED MATCH.   No notification had yet been received that the disciplinary issues related to the abandoned game between Lynton and Braunton had been completed, and so the League was still unable to consider the matter.
GEORGEHAM v MORWENSTOW.  A letter had been received from the owners of the Georgeham club's ground explaining the reasons, under Health and Safety legislation, for their wish that the game should not be played.  The matter was therefore closed.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
LYNTON. (The Secretary offered apologies for inadvertently omitting this item from the agenda of the January meeting.)  The club had written withdrawing its second team from the League due to a shortage of players, and had submitted details of why, despite having nearly fifty players registered, it was proving impossible to field two teams every Saturday.
DOLTON.  The club had written informing the League that due to a shortage of available players it was unable to fulfil its fixtures for the rest of the season, and therefore had no option but to withdraw from the League, while continuing in existence in the hope that it would be able to re-commence playing next season.  The withdrawal was accepted, but it was ruled that as the club was continuing in existence a fine was appropriate.  This was set at £30.
JEWELLERY.  The North Area Secretary of the DCFA, Mr. C Wallis, had written to the FA seeking clarification of the rules regarding the wearing of jewellery during matches.   He had forwarded a copy of the reply he had received to the League, and this had been circulated to all clubs.
PIVOT TROPHY.  The Kingsley League had advised that a date would be notified by the end of January, but this had not yet been received.  (Sec's note:  In a letter received subsequent to the meeting, the arrangements were given as Wednesday March 19, KO 8pm, at Holsworthy.)
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines listed in the January minutes had been paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £10 for fielding an 'otherwise ineligible player': Torrington Admirals.  £10 for fielding an unregistered player:  Ebberley Arms, Swimbridge.  £5 for signing for two clubs:  players Q Tran, J Larvin.  £5 for no s.a.e. with a registration form:  Ebberley Arms, Sporting DJs.  £5 for failure to mark a referee: Appledore..  All paid.
Transfer fees passed to Treasurer:  £50.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
£5 for late result card: Swimbridge, Bude Town, Morwenstow, Torrington Admirals.  £5 for failure to ring First XI Agency: Grosvenor, Georgeham, Lynton, Seamus O'Donnells.  £20 for failure to fulfil a Cup match: Dolton, Combe Martin.  All paid (that imposed on Seamus O'Donnells after having been trebled for non-payment within the original permitted time). 
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES (reported by the Treasurer subsequent to the meeting, from which he was unavoidably absent):  Lloyds Bank current a/c £2193.24;  Portman Fixed Bond £10373.64;  Portman Instant Access a/c £2294.28;  Benevolent Fund £3362.14.  Balance £18223.30  All bills paid to date.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
CENTENARY DINNER.  The Chairman reported that the initial arrangements were being attended to by the Treasurer.  Resolved that a sub-committee should be set up at the next meeting to oversee the arranging of this function.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.  This had been arranged for the evening of Friday, July 4th at 7.30pm. At the invitation of the Grosvenor club, it would be held at the Grosvenor Church Hall, Eastern Avenue, Barnstaple.

 

March 2003

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on March 7th, 2003.

PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, B Fishleigh, J Fry, A Johns, T Knight, D Loder, R Nicol, D Pedler, S Platt, M Saunders, P Shelton, M Stevens, P Woodhams.
APOLOGIES for absence:  A Beer, A Evans, D Parish, P Prouse.
MINUTES of the meeting held on February 7th were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
LEAGUE HANDBOOK.  It was now hoped that checking of proofs etc for next season's Handbook could continue to ensure early production.
PHOTOCOPIER.  The replacement photocopier had been purchased at a cost of approximately £600.
ABANDONED MATCH.   A report of the disciplinary commission into the game abandoned at Lynton on December 14, 2002, had been received from the DCFA Disciplinary Secretary.  As the finding of the commission was that the Lynton club had been responsible for the abandonment of the match, under League rules the only possible decision on the result was that the game should be awarded to Braunton.
PIVOT TROPHY.  All arrangements were in hand for the game to be played at Holsworthy on March 19th, KO 8pm.  The Bideford Youth club had provided details of the players and officials who would be representing this League, and these had been forwarded to the Kingsley League for the production of a match programme.
CENTENARY DINNER.  The Treasurer reported that arrangements had been made for the Dinner to be held on Friday, March 19, 2004.  Initial consideration was given to the matters of cost and allocation of tickets.
RULES REVISION AND LEAGUE CONSTITUTION MEETING.  The Secretary confirmed that he had had to alter the date of this meeting to Thursday June 5th, due to the unavailability of the Henry Williamson Room on the original date.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
BOCA SENIORS.  The club had submitted a copy of an application to the local Council for the use of a new pitch at Seven Brethren's Bank next season.  The club would be informed of the conditions it would be required to meet if it were to qualify for promotion to the Premier Division and wished to play at this ground.
CLUB COLOURS.  A letter received from a referee expressed concern about the colour of the new shirts being worn by the Ilfracombe Town team in this League.  An example of the new shirt was available for inspection, and after lengthy discussion it was resolved that although the shirt contained black, there was sufficient other colour, in conjunction with a white logo and number, to ensure that it did not breach League rules.
BARNSTAPLE AAC.  The club had submitted a letter in mitigation of its failure to phone a match result to the First Eleven Sports Agency.  This had been due to the discovery that items and money had been stolen from the changing rooms during the game which it had been necessary to report to the police, together with an incident involving an alleged assault on the referee.  Resolved that in the circumstances no fine should be imposed on the club.
BIDEFORD YOUTH.  Notification received from the club that at the end of the current season application would be made to the DCFA to change the club's name to Park Rovers AFC.
THEFT FROM CHANGING ROOMS.  Details had been received from the DCFA and Devon and Cornwall Police, and circulated to all clubs, of an incident which had occurred at Bodmin Rugby Club.  A description of the suspected thief was given and clubs warned to be alert to the possibility of theft.
HOAX PHONE CALL.  The Hartland club had reported receiving what was almost certainly a hoax phone call purporting to come from their prospective opponents claiming that a game had to be postponed due to an unfit pitch.  Clubs had been reminded of the procedures to adopt if ever they were suspicious about any such call.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines listed in the February minutes had been paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £10 for fielding an unregistered player:  Landkey.  £5 for no s.a.e. with a registration form:  Bradworthy.  Both paid.
Transfer fees passed to Treasurer:  £30.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
£5 for late result card: Kilkhampton (twice), Seamus O'Donnells.  £5 for failure to ring First XI Agency: Kilkhampton, Landkey.  £25 for failure to raise a team for a League match:  Combe Martin.  All paid
£5 for late result card: Morwenstow.  £5 for failure to ring First XI Agency: Grosvenor.  (A fine for this offence had also been imposed on Barnstaple AAC, but this was rescinded by the decision above.) 
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £1488.26;  Portman Fixed Bond £10373.64;  Portman Instant Access a/c £2294.28;  Benevolent Fund £3362.14.  Balance £17518.32  All bills paid to date.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
CUP FINALS.  Details had been received from the Referees Appointments Secretary of the officials for the League's four cup finals, and invitations would be sent out to the individuals concerned as soon as details were known.  The first final was scheduled for the day after the next meeting, and gate personnel would be required for it.

 

April 2003

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on April 5th, 2003.

PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, A Beer, A Evans, B Fishleigh, J Fry, A Johns, T Knight, R Nicol, D Parish, D Pedler, S Platt, M Saunders, P Shelton, M Stevens, P Woodhams.
APOLOGIES for absence:  D Loder, P Prouse.
MINUTES of the meeting held on March 7th were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
LEAGUE HANDBOOK.  The Secretary was now in possession of the initial proofs of next season's Handbook and was in the process of checking them.
PHOTOCOPIER.  It appeared that the purchase of the photocopier would fall within the terms of a scheme of grants made available to Leagues by the Football Association, and an application for such a grant had been submitted.
PIVOT TROPHY.  This League's team had won the game 2-1, and it had been reported by the Kingsley League that approximately £100 had been raised for cancer charities.
CENTENARY DINNER.  A sub-committee of P Woodhams, A Evans and J Fry was appointed to oversee all matters relating to the League's Centenary next season, 2003-4, including the Dinner.
BOCA SENIORS.  The club had submitted all relevant documentation showing it could satisfy Premier Division facilities requirements for next season if it qualified for promotion at the end of this season.  The Clovelly club had provided plans of alterations being made to its facilities for the same purpose.  Both would be inspected as and when appropriate.
CUP FINALS.  All except one (who would be on holiday) of the officials appointed to the League's Cup Finals had accepted the appointment, and a replacement appointed in the one case where necessary.  Gate personnel were determined for the three finals which would be played before the next meeting of the Committee.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
HOLSWORTHY.  The club had written explaining the reason for its 'provisional withdrawal' submitted some months previously.  The matter to which it related had now been resolved and the club would be continuing as members of this League next season.
HARTLAND.  Correspondence received from referee F Biederman explained why he had ruled the Hartland pitch unplayable for a game against Grosvenor.  Resolved that the Hartland club could not be ruled to have been negligent regarding its preparation of the pitch for this game.
APPLICATIONS FOR NEXT SEASON.  Letters expressing a wish to apply for membership of the League next season had been received from Torridgeside Youth and Woolacombe.  Forms would be sent to these clubs at the appropriate time, and the clubs then interviewed by League Officers before the League Constitution meeting on June 5th.
SHAMWICKSHIRE ROVERS.  Correspondence received from the DCFA Disciplinary Secretary instructed the League that following an incident at a game in another League this club would be suspended from playing any matches for 14 days next September.  The club does have the right of appeal and it is not yet known whether it intends to do this.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines listed in the March minutes had been paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
Transfer fees passed to Treasurer:  £30.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES:  £5 for late result card: Ebberley Arms.  £5 for failure to ring First XI Agency: Torrington (twice).  All paid.. 
£25 for failure to raise a team for a League match:  Hartland, Woolsery.  £5 for late result card: Grosvenor.  £5 for failure to ring First XI Agency: Georgeham.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £1375.34;  Portman Fixed Bond £10373.64;  Portman Instant Access a/c £2294.28;  Benevolent Fund £3362.14.  Balance £17405.40  All bills paid to date.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
REGISTRATIONS AND TRANSFERS.  The Secretary reported that these had now closed for season 2002-3.  As in all recent seasons, approximately 1800 players had been registered.
PLAYER M GARDNER.  This player had recently completed a 182-day suspension.  Under the new rules the League had the power to rule on whether any future registration of this player should be accepted.  Relevant documentation had been forwarded by the DCFA.  Resolved that the player should be permitted to register for a club in this League in future seasons.

 

May 2003

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on May 2nd, 2003.

PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, A Beer, B Fishleigh, J Fry, A Johns, T Knight, R Nicol, S Platt, M Saunders, P Shelton.
APOLOGIES for absence:  D Loder, D Parish, D Pedler, P Prouse, M Stevens, P Woodhams.
MINUTES of the meeting held on April 4th were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
CENTENARY DINNER.  A first meeting of the sub-committee had been arranged for May 27th.
CUP FINALS.  Gate receipts from the three finals held to date had been approximately £400.
SHAMWICKSHIRE ROVERS.  The club had appealed against the disciplinary decisions against it, and had shown the League Secretary a copy of the letter of appeal.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
GEORGEHAM.  On Easter Saturday the club had postponed a Premier Division game but played a game in Intermediate Division One, a prima facie breach of League rules.  However, a letter had been provided from the owners of the ground (Croyde Bay Holiday Village) on which the Premier game was due to have been played stating that on that day the facilities had been required for the use of visitors;  and therefore no rule had been breached.
MR P PROUSE.  In a letter giving apologies for absence from this meeting, Mr. Prouse also indicated that because of work commitments he did not intend seeking re-election to the Committee for next season.
ABANDONED MATCH (1).  A letter had been received from the referee of the Appledore v Hartland (Senior Division) game played on April 19, giving details of why he had abandoned it.  Ruled that the Hartland club had been responsible for the abandonment.  As Appledore were leading at the time, the score would stand as the result, and a fine of £50 imposed on the Hartland club.  In view of some of the allegations made by the referee, the letter would also be forwarded to the DCFA.
ABANDONED MATCH (2).  A letter had been received from the referee of the Braunton v Hartland (Intermediate  Division Two) game played on April 26, giving details of why he had abandoned it.  Ruled that the Hartland club had been responsible for the abandonment.  As Braunton were leading at the time, the score would stand as the result, and a fine of £50 imposed on the Hartland club.
PUTFORD.  A letter received from a referee raised various matters relating to this club's facilities. A detailed response had been provided by the club, which had also been forwarded to the referee concerned.
BOCA SENIORS.  A letter received from the club paid tribute to the hospitality of the host Combe Martin club at the Combe Martin Cup Final.  This had been forwarded to the Combe Martin club.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines listed in the April minutes had been paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES:  £5 for no letter in support of a low marking: Holsworthy.  £10 for fielding an unregistered player: Bradworthy.  £5 for failure to sign a team sheet: High Bickington.  £5 for failure to mark a referee: Swimbridge.  All paid.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES:  £5 for late result card: Torrington Admirals.  £5 for failure to ring First XI Agency: Putford, Torrington.  All paid.. 
£50 for failure to raise a team for a League match:  Ebberley Arms.  £5 for late result card: Grosvenor, Barnstaple AAC, Torrington, Landkey.  £5 for failure to ring First XI Agency: Grosvenor.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES (submitted by the Treasurer in a written report):  Lloyds Bank current a/c £1121.83;  Portman Fixed Bond £10373.64;  Portman Instant Access a/c £2294.28;  Benevolent Fund £3362.14.  Balance £17151.89.  All bills paid to date.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
NEW FACILITIES.  The Chairman gave a brief verbal report on the facilities he had noticed on a visit to the site next to the new Tennis Centre on Seven Brethren's Bank, Barnstaple, at which at least one of the League's clubs was hoping to play next season.
FA CUP FINAL TICKETS.  The League's allocation was two tickets @ £60 each and two @ £25 each.  The Secretary had followed the usual allocation procedure and had offered the option to purchase the first two to the Lynton club, and the others to the Fremington club.  Both options had been taken up.
DCFA  AFFILIATION.  Affiliation documentation for next season had been received from the DCFA.

 

AGM 2003

Not available at present.