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North Devon Association Football League - Management Committee Minutes

Season 2004/05

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

September 2004

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on September 3rd, 2004.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, R Bates, A Beer, A Evans, J Fry, A Johns, T Knight, D Loder, D Parish, D Pedler, M Saunders, P Sercombe, P Shelton, M Stevens, P Woodhams.
APOLOGIES for absence:  B Fishleigh
The meeting stood in silence in memory of one of its members, Mr J Maynard, who had died a few days previously.
MINUTES of the meeting held on May 7th, 2004, were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
FUNDING FOR LEAGUES.  As yet no application had been made as no further equipment was required, but this would be done prior to the closing date if it proved necessary.
GROUNDS SUB-COMMITTEE.  This had not yet been formed, but a number of inspections had been made of club facilities.
LEAGUE TROPHIES.  The present holders of League trophies had been informed that they would be required to be returned early, but that the League would bear the cost of engraving.
MINUTES of the meeting held on July 2nd, 2004, were approved and signed, following the deletion of Mr D Loder from, and the addition of Mr M Saunders to, the list of those present.
MATTERS ARISING.
None.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
TORRINGTON.  The club had written withdrawing its team from Intermediate Division Two due to shortage of players.  However, a request for subsequent reinstatement was made, and as this was received prior to the start of the playing season, was approved.
BOCA SENIORS.  Letter received expressing concern over the bookings made by the Grounds Coordinator for the pitches adjacent to the Tennis Centre on Seven Brethren's Bank, Barnstaple.  Ruled that this was North Area business, and that the matter should be referred to the Area Committee of the DCFA by the League's representatives.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines in the May minutes had been paid.
FINES:  £25 for failure to attend the AGM:  Lynton, Woolacombe.  Both paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES:  £5 for signing for two clubs:  player G Ranson.  Paid.
£10 for fielding an unregistered player:  Putford (twice).  £5 for signing for two clubs:  player M Gilfillan.
TRANSFERS.  £25 passed to the Treasurer. 
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES:  £5 for failure to submit fixture requirement form:  Dolton.  Paid.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £5122.84;  Portman Fixed Bond £10715.96;  Portman Instant Access a/c £130.61;  Benevolent Fund £3635.74.  Balance £19605.15.  All bills paid to date.  There would, however, in the near future, be the payment of insurance premiums to the ASA, and the cost of the 2004-2005 League Handbook.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
PREMIER DIVISION FACILITIES.  A preliminary inspection had been made of the new facilities of the Georgeham club, and a final inspection would be made prior to any use being made of them for Premier Division matches.
The Shamwickshire club had reported the erection of new dugouts.
REFEREES.  Following a report by Mr. M Stevens on the shortage of referees it was resolved that he should be requested to continue the practice of appointing replacement referees to Premier Division matches when necessary.
HANDBOOKS.  The Secretary reported that printing had started and the books should be available for distribution in approximately one week.
NEW CLUB SECRETARIES.  The Secretary reported that during August he had held two meetings for new club secretaries, one in Barnstaple and one in Kilkhampton;  and that all new secretaries had attended one or the other.
TRANSFERS.  D Hughes, Landkey to Fremington.  M Gilfillan, Ilfracombe T to Woolacombe.  J Galliford, Landkey to Boca Seniors.  D Found, Braunton to Pilton.  G Butler, Northam Lions to Clovelly.
COMMUNICATION.  The Secretary requested that investigations should be made to ascertain whether it would be possible to make e-mail the general means of communication between the League and clubs.

 

October 2004

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on October 1st, 2004.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, B Fishleigh, J Fry, A Johns, T Knight, D Loder, D Parish, D Pedler, S Platt, P Sercombe, P Shelton, M Stevens, P Woodhams.
APOLOGIES for absence:  R Bates, A Beer.
MINUTES of the meeting held on September 3rd, 2004, were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
GROUNDS SUB-COMMITTEE.  Mr. Loder, Mr. Platt and Mr. Sercombe volunteered their services for this sub-committee, and other members of the Management Committee would report on anything of relevance following visits to grounds.
BOCA SENIORS.  The Pitches Coordinator, Mr. Light, had issued a new schedule which meant that there would be no occasions on which more than one game was being played at the same time on the pitches at the Tarka Tennis Centre.
PREMIER DIVISION FACILITIES.  The Georgeham club would be reminded that a final inspection of their new facilities would be required before any Premier Division matches were played using them.
HANDBOOKS.  Handbooks had been received from the printer, and distributed during the week prior to the meeting.
COMMUNICATION.  Initial investigations had shown that it was both permissible and possible to use e-mail as the means of communication between the League and clubs.  A final decision would be made at one of the next two meetings on whether the League should adopt this practice.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
BRAUNTON.  Request for leniency received from the club over the matter of an unregistered player having been fielded a second time before notification had been received by them of the first offence.  Resolved that the rule should apply.
MINIMUM AGE OF PLAYERS.  Notification received from the FA that a proposal was under final consideration that as from the start of the 2006-2007 season, the minimum age for players in 'adult' football should be increased from 14 to 16.
FOOTWEAR AND JEWELLERY.  A circular received from the FA reminds referees of the inspection requirements before a game in relation to footwear and jewellery worn by players.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines in the September minutes had been paid.
FINES:  £5 for failure to attend to League business:  Lovacott.  Paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES:  £10 for fielding an unregistered player:  Appledore, Georgeham (twice).  £5 for no s.a.e. with a registration form:  Stratton.  £5 for failure to sign a team sheet:  Lovacott.  All paid.
£5 for no s.a.e. with a registration form:  Georgeham, Equalizers.  £10 for fielding an unregistered player:  Braunton. 
TRANSFERS.  £50 passed to the Treasurer. 
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES:  £5 for late result card:  Boca Seniors, Dolton.  £5 for failure to ring the First XI Agency:  Georgeham, Braunton, Lynton.  All paid.
£5 for late result card:  Sporting Barum.  £5 for failure to ring the First XI Agency:  Chittlehampton.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £1388.49;  Portman Fixed Bond £10715.96;  Portman Instant Access a/c £130.61;  Benevolent Fund £3635.74.  Balance £15870.80.  All bills paid to date. 
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
MEETING DATES.  The Secretary reported that the next meeting of the Committee would be on November 12th.
OCTOBER 9TH.  There was an international game with a 3pm KO on this day, and clubs had enquired about the procedure should players wish to watch it.  Advice had been given in accordance with League rules.
REFEREES' EXPENSES.  Discussion took place on whether the current system should be replaced by one of a 'pool' to which all teams would contribute equally.
MARKING OF CLUBS.  A report from a meeting of the DCFA North Area Committee was that discussion had taken place on the possible marking of clubs by referees, with those clubs achieving higher marks being given precedence in the appointment of referees.  The Committee was in agreement with this proposal, particularly if it were to be administered by an appropriate referees' authority.
TRANSFERS.  M Guard, Georgeham to Sporting Barum.  D Jenkins, Landkey to Sporting Barum.  A Kiff, Ilfracombe Town to Woolacombe.  D Webber, Equalizers to Lovacott.  S Storey, Wrey Arms to Boca Seniors.  A Stevens, Appledore to Woolsery.  J Rogers, Swimbridge to Georgeham.

 

November 2004

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on November 12th, 2004.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, R Bates, A Beer, A Johns, T Knight, D Parish, D Pedler, P Shelton, P Woodhams.
APOLOGIES for absence:  A Evans, B Fishleigh, J Fry, D Loder, F Saunders, P Sercombe, M Stevens,.
MINUTES of the meeting held on October 1st, 2004, were approved and signed, following inclusion of the following item:
CENTENARY DINNER PHOTOGRAPHS.  Mr Fry requested a response by clubs to his letter re- order and payment.  Mr. Fry had handed a total of £58 to the Treasurer.
MATTERS ARISING.
COMMUNICATION.  Resolved that as from the 2005 AGM all communication between the League and its member clubs (other than certain specific matters such as items of a confidential nature) should be by means of e-mail, and that an entry by a club as from next season would be required to include relevant details to enable this to be done.
MARKING OF CLUBS.  An e-mail from the Secretary of the NDRA indicated the support of his Association for the principle of referees marking clubs.  Resolved that the Chairman and Vice-Chairman should meet with representatives of the NDRA for initial discussions.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
SHAMWICKSHIRE ROVERS.  Letter received from the club expressing thanks for a donation from the Benevolent Fund for one of its injured players.
PIVOT TROPHY.  Information received from the Kingsley League that this season's Pivot Trophy game had been arranged for Thursday March 17th 2005, at Holsworthy.  The Torrington club, as winners last season of Intermediate Division One, had accepted an invitation to represent this League in the game.
BARNSTAPLE AAC V STRATTON.  Letters received from both clubs on the instruction of the Secretary regarding the events leading to a game between the two clubs not having been played as scheduled on October 9th.  Ruled that it appeared that the game had unfortunately fallen foul of a hoax phone call, and would be rearranged.
FUNDING FOR LEAGUES.  Notification received from the FA of a scheme of grant aid being available to leagues for purchases to assist League administration, (similar to the scheme under which the League had purchased a new photocopier two years ago).  Resolved that the Secretary should investigate the purchase of a laptop computer meeting the minimum specifications, to be available as back-up should the system currently being used fail, or in case someone without their own PC should need to take over League administration on a short-term or emergency basis.  Power to act was approved.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines in the October minutes had been paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES:  £10 for fielding an unregistered player:  Braunton.  £5 for no s.a.e. with a registration form:  Killkhampton.  £5 for failure to sign a team sheet:  Lovacott.  £25 for failure to raise a team for a League game:  Ilfracombe Town, Lynton.  £5 for failure to mark a referee:  Swimbridge.  £5 for no letter in support of a low marking:  Landkey.  £5 for late notification to a referee:  Torrington.  £5 for signing for two clubs:  player G Halfyard.  All paid.
£5 for late team sheet:  Lovacott, Bude Town, Barnstaple AAC.
TRANSFERS.  £85 passed to the Treasurer. 
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES:  £5 for late result card:  Wrey Arms.  £5 for failure to ring the First XI Agency:  Georgeham, Lynton, Barnstaple AAC, North Molton, Lovacott.  All paid.
£5 for late result card:  Stratton, Sporting Barum.  £5 for failure to ring the First XI Agency:  Sporting Barum, Barnstaple AAC, North Molton, Fremington.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £1594.36;  Portman Fixed Bond £11065.09;  Portman Instant Access a/c £130.61;  Benevolent Fund £3635.74.  Balance £16425.80.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
NORTH AREA SECRETARY DCFA.  Reported that following the resignation of Mr. C Wallis on health grounds, Mrs. R Lock would fill the post in an Acting capacity until the next AGM.
PORTMAN FIXED BOND.  Authority given to the Treasurer to reinvest the Fixed Bond for a further year.
SECRETARY OF THE YEAR TROPHY.  Following a game involving the Chittlehampton club, the Chairman had presented the Secretary of the Year trophy to Mr K Hussell, Secretary of the Chittlehampton club, the winner of the trophy for 2003-4.
TRANSFERS.  T Frost, Northam Lions to Torrington.  A Barker, Appledore to Clovelly.  A Bolton, Grosvenor to Appledore.  N Williams, Torrington to High Bickington.  M Palmer, Woolsery to Buckland Brewer.  S Popham, Wrey Arms to Fremington.  B Davey, Park Rovers to Torrington.  P Stevens, North Molton to Northam Lions.  S Stephens, Woolsery to Shamwickshire.  G Halfyard, Park Rovers to Torrington.  T Williams, Woolacombe to Ilfracombe Town.  C James, Fremington to Braunton.

 

December 2004

There was no December Meeting.

 

January 2005

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on January 7th, 2005.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), R Bates, A Beer, A Evans, B Fishleigh, J Fry, A Johns, T Knight, D Pedler, S Platt, F Saunders, P Sercombe, P Shelton, M Stevens,.
APOLOGIES for absence:  A Alcock, D Loder, D Parish, P Woodhams.
MINUTES of the meeting held on November 12th, 2004, were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
COMMUNICATION.  The Secretary reported that of the 43 member clubs, 30 now had secretaries with their own e-mail address, and 10 had a club member with an e-mail address who had undertaken to pass messages on to the club secretary.
MARKING OF CLUBS.  An initial meeting had taken place between the Vice-Chairman and a representative of
the NDRA.
FUNDING FOR LEAGUES.  The Secretary reported that a laptop computer of approximate cost £710 had been purchased meeting the specification required to qualify for an FA grant.  The application for a grant had been submitted, duly endorsed by the DCFA, and the relevant business should be completed by the end of January.  The League would qualify for a grant of £640.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
BENEVOLENT FUND.  Communications had been received from the Chittlehampton and Clovelly clubs expressing thanks for donations made to injured players from the Fund.
BRADWORTHY.  Letter received giving provisional notice of withdrawal of one of their teams from the League at the end of the current season.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines in the November minutes had been paid, together with that imposed on player D O'Shea at the start of last season for signing for two clubs, and which had subsequently been trebled for non-payment.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES:  £5 for failure to sign a team sheet:  Shamwickshire, Sporting Barum.  £10 for fielding an unregistered player: Grosvenor.  All paid.
£5 for failure to sign a team sheet:  Wrey Arms.
TRANSFERS.  £100 passed to the Treasurer. 
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES:  £5 for late result card:  Morwenstow, Wrey Arms (twice), Woolacombe.  £5 for failure to notify a referee: Woolacombe.  £25 for failure to raise a team for a League game: North Molton, Lyndon.  All paid.
£5 for failure to ring the First XI Agency:  Woolacombe, Torridgeside.  £5 for failure to give notification to opponents: Lynton.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES (reported by the Treasurer subsequent to the meeting):  Lloyds Bank current a/c £607.93;  Portman Fixed Bond £11065.09;  Portman Instant Access a/c £130.61;  Benevolent Fund £3635.74.  Balance £15439.37.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
ASIAN DISASTER RELIEF FUND.  Resolved that a donation of £500 should be made from League funds.
MEETING ROOM.  Resolved that Management Committee meetings should continue to be held at their current venue.
MEETING DATES.  The Secretary announced that the May meeting of the Committee would be brought forward a week to April 29, the Rules Revision and League Constitution meeting would be held on June 3rd, and the AGM on July 1st.
RETURN OF TROPHIES.  All had been returned by the required date except those in the possession of the Woolacombe club.  The club to be fined for failure to attend to League business and billed for the cost of engraving.
REFEREES.  Mr. M Stevens reported that the situation regarding shortage of referees had eased somewhat.
LOVACOTT.  (Mr. Platt withdrew during consideration of this item.)  The name of one player had appeared on the teams sheets of two different games which were played at the same time, in one case as a substitute who had played.  The club fined a total of £15 for signing incorrect team sheets.
TRANSFERS.  C Livings, Barnstaple AAC to Equalizers.  W Frost, Northam Lions to Torrington.  M Bettiss, Shamwickshire to Torridgeside.  G Clark, Hartland to Clovelly (and then Clovelly to Hartland).  M King, Dolton to South Molton.  D Loman, Swimbridge to Lovacott.  P Heard, Torridgeside to Appledore.  C Rice, Ilfracombe Town to Combe Martin.  A Screech, Appledore to Northam Lions.  C Mott, Torrington to Torridgeside.  S Lewis, Barnstaple AAC to Boca Seniors.  M Cann, C Sanders & D Summers, all Equalizers to Appledore.  J Giordani, Morwenstow to Holsworthy.  J Crush, Landkey to Braunton.  R Hancock, Ilfracombe Town to Combe Martin.  K Tas, South Molton to North Molton.  S Leach, Woolsery to Buckland Brewer.

 

February 2005

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on February 4th, 2005.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, R Bates, A Beer, A Evans, B Fishleigh, J Fry, A Johns, T Knight, D Loder, D Parish, D Pedler, S Platt, F Saunders, P Sercombe, P Shelton, M Stevens,.
APOLOGIES for absence:  P Woodhams.
MINUTES of the meeting held on January 7th, 2005, were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
MARKING OF CLUBS.  This matter would continue to be investigated in conjunction with the NDRA.
FUNDING FOR LEAGUES.  The FA had confirmed that all the League's paperwork was in order, and the appropriate grant would be forwarded in the near future.
RETURN OF TROPHIES.  (All members associated in any way with a club in Intermediate Division One withdrew during consideration of this item.)  The Secretary reported on the action taken against the Woolacombe club.  A letter instructing the club to return the two trophies in their possession as soon as possible had been sent on 8th January.  It was known that this letter had been received, as the fine imposed in it was paid a week later.  By 17th January the trophies had still not been returned and the club were given one more week to obey the instruction of the Management Committee, failing which suspension would follow.  As the trophies had still not been returned by 24th January the club were suspended with immediate effect.  The trophies were returned on 25th January.  Resolved that as the club had been 18 days late in returning the trophies, their suspension should be of the same duration, and would therefore be lifted as from Friday February 11th.  The club would be required to meet certain demands of an administrative nature, and their officials summoned to meet League officers.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
LYNTON.  Correspondence received by e-mail that, after initially having considered withdrawing their second team from the League, the club had made a fresh appeal for new players, and now intended carrying on with two teams.
WOOLSERY.  The club had informed the League that their new facilities were now fully operational, and expressed their thanks to all clubs and referees for putting up with very basic facilities for the last twelve months without complaint.
PIVOT TROPHY.  The Kingsley League had confirmed the arrangements for the game (Thursday March 17, KO 7.30pm, at Holsworthy), and the Torrington club had provided the necessary details of the squad which would constitute this League's team.
2005-2006 SEASON.  Expressions of interest in entering the League next season had been received from one proposed new club (Queens Park Roundswell), and one club currently playing in another League (Week St. Mary).  Relevant documentation would be sent to them at the appropriate time.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines in the January minutes had been paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES:  £5 for signing for two clubs:  player E Delaunay.
TRANSFERS.  £50 passed to the Treasurer. 
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES:  £5 for late result card:  Torrington Admirals.  £5 for failure to ring the First XI Agency:  Wrey Arms, Lynton.  All paid.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES (submitted by the Treasurer in a written report):  Lloyds Bank current a/c £357.93;  Portman Fixed Bond £11065.09;  Portman Instant Access a/c £130.61;  Benevolent Fund £3635.74.  Balance £15189.37.  £500 had been taken from the Lloyds Bank account for the donation to the Asian Disaster Fund (see January minutes).
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
LEAGUE SIZE.  Support in principle was given to the proposal to restrict League membership to 64 teams.  The Secretary reported that there appeared to be overwhelming support among member clubs for this.
ABUSE OF REFEREES.  Resolved that the League should pursue the proposal to refuse the registration of any player found guilty by a County FA of abuse of a referee.  The details to be decided by the Management Committee prior to the introduction of the action.  The Secretary was instructed to draft a formal statement on this topic for circulation to clubs and the press.
LEAGUE CUP FINALS.  Resolved to continue the practice of charging entry to all persons except match officials, with appropriate refunds being made to the competing clubs.
FA CUP FINAL TICKETS.  Resolved to continue the customary practice for distribution of the League's allocation of tickets.
PUTFORD.  Reported that the club were playing on a new pitch this season which had not yet been inspected as regards facilities.  This would be arranged.
TRANSFERS.  D Turton: Woolacombe to Combe Martin.  G Daniel: Wrey Arms to Boca Seniors.  K Buck: Appledore to Shamwickshire Rovers.  M Coles: Torridgeside to Dolton.  G Mason: Northam Lions to Torrington.  R Squire: Ilfracombe Town to Combe Martin.  I Barker: Holsworthy to Shebbear.  M Kelly: Northam Lions to Woolsery.  D Rush: Braunton to Georgeham.  M Lisle: Wrey Arms to Equalizers.

 

March 2005

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on March 4th, 2005.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, A Beer, B Fishleigh, J Fry, T Knight, D Pedler, S Platt, F Saunders, P Shelton, M Stevens.
APOLOGIES for absence:  R Bates, A Evans, D Loder, D Parish, P Woodhams.
MINUTES of the meeting held on February 4th, 2005, were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
FUNDING FOR LEAGUES.  The FA had confirmed earlier in the day that a cheque for £640 was in the post.  (Sec's note: the cheque arrived on the day after the meeting and was forwarded to the Treasurer immediately.)
RETURN OF TROPHIES.  A further matter relating to the Woolacombe club's administration had arisen.  This, and other relevant issues would be dealt with at a meeting between club officials and League officers which had been arranged for Wednesday March 9th.
2005-2006 SEASON.  An enquiry about forming a new club had been received from an individual person in the Bideford area, and relevant information had been provided.
PUTFORD.  The Chairman had inspected the club's new ground and facilities and reported that they met current standards required for the Premier Division.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
DISCIPLINARY REPORT.  A report had been received from the DCFA of the findings of a Disciplinary Commission relating to charges heard against player C Lethaby of Equalizers FC.  Resolved that the two charges which the player admitted constituted undesirable conduct under the terms of rule 8(J)(ii).  The player's current registration would be cancelled with immediate effect, and subsequent registrations refused until such time as it was felt appropriate to reconsider the matter.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines in the February minutes had been paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES:  £5 for signing for two clubs:  player J Osmond.  £5 for failure to mark a referee:  High Bickington.  £5 for late team sheet: Barnstaple AAC.  All paid.
TRANSFERS.  £45 passed to the Treasurer. 
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES:  £5 for failure to ring the First XI Agency:  Torridgeside, Landkey.  £25 for failure to raise a team for a League game:  Lynton.  All paid.
£5 for late result card:  Torrington Admirals, Stratton. 
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES (submitted by the Treasurer in a written report):  Lloyds Bank current a/c £498.26;  Portman Fixed Bond £11065.09;  Portman Instant Access a/c £130.61;  Benevolent Fund £3635.74.  Balance £15329.70. 
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
NORTHAM LIONS.  The club had submitted a knowingly-forged registration form.  Resolved that the standard fine of £50 for this offence should be imposed.
TRANSFERS.  A Cole, Holsworthy to Bradworthy.  A Goaman, Hartland to Clovelly.  C Hawkins, Woolacombe to Combe Martin.  J Osmond, Combe Martin to Lynton.  K May, Landkey to Boca Seniors.  S Quance, Holsworthy to Putford.  L Byrne, Fremington to   Sporting Barum.  R Jeffery, Landkey to Braunton.

 

April 2005

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on April 1st, 2005.
PRESENT:  D Parish (Vice-Chairman) in the chair, A Alcock, R Bates, A Beer, A Evans, B Fishleigh, J Fry, A Johns, T Knight, D Loder, S Platt, F Saunders, P Sercombe, P Shelton, M Stevens, P Woodhams.
APOLOGIES for absence:  D Pedler, W Smale.
MINUTES of the meeting held on March 4th, 2005, were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
2005-2006 SEASON.  An enquiry from the Woolsery club concerning entering a second team in the League had been received and relevant information had been provided.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
CHITTLEHAMPTON.  Communications received from both the club and the match referee relating to a game at Chittlehampton not having been played because of stones found by the referee in one of the goalmouths.  Ruled that the sole arbiter as to whether or not a pitch was fit for play was the match referee.  The match would be rearranged.
COUNTY CUPS.  The DCFA had circulated proposed dates for next season's competitions.  The Secretary had expressed his opposition to the proposal to hold the early rounds of the competitions on different dates.
FA CIRCULAR.  A notice from the FA, circulated by the DCFA gave a reminder that referees should not officiate at matches in any competition which had not been sanctioned.  Details were also included of the new minimum ages for players in 'adult football': age 15 on or before 31st August as from season 2006-7, age 16 on or before 31st August as from season 2007-8.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines in the March minutes had been paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES:  £5 for failure to mark a referee:  Stratton (twice).  £5 for late team sheet: Boca Seniors.  £10 for fielding an unregistered player:  Stratton.  £10 for fielding an 'otherwise ineligible player':  Grosvenor.
TRANSFERS.  £40 passed to the Treasurer. 
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES:  £5 for failure to ring the First XI Agency:  Barnstaple AAC, Wrey Arms, Stratton, Georgeham (twice).  £25 for failure to raise a team for a League game:  Torrington Admirals.  £5 for late result card:  Lovacott, Stratton, Torridgeside, Wrey Arms.  £5 for failure to rearrange a League game:  Lovacott.  £5 for failure to notify opponents:  Wrey Arms.  All paid.
£5 for late result card:  Georgeham, Sporting DJs. 
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £301.64;  Portman Fixed Bond £11065.09;  Portman Instant Access a/c £130.61;  Benevolent Fund £3635.74.  Balance £15133.08.  Some funds would be transferred in the near future from the Benevolent Fund to the general account in respect of Benevolent Fund payments recently made from the General Account.  Bills totalling approx. £400 were still to be paid for repair to cups, and the trophy insurance would be due in mid-April. 
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
WOOLACOMBE.  Congratulations were extended to the Woolacombe club on their victory two days previously in the final of the Devon Intermediate Cup.  The view of those present at the game was that the team had given a disciplined performance and deserved their victory.
DEVON COUNTY F A.  Two items of County business were reported:  (i) in the near future the Devon County and South Western Leagues would be merged and the top division of the new League would be on a par in the pyramid system with the First Division of the Western League, (ii)  a new President of the DCFA would be elected later this year.
LEAGUE CUP FINALS.  Rotas of volunteers to man the gates at the League's first two cup finals were drawn up.
REGISTRATIONS.  The Secretary reported that registrations and transfers for the current season had now closed.  A total of 1869 players had been registered.  There had been 77 transfers, including two players who had been transferred twice.
TRANSFERS.  C Burnage, J Hammond, both Dolton to Swimbridge.  A Kellaway, Bratton Fleming to South Molton.  J Watson, Stratton to Bude.  J Stewart, Bude to Stratton.  A Smale, Sporting Barum to Wrey Arms.  G Tape, Hartland to Morwenstow.

 

May 2005

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on April 29th, 2005, (the 'May meeting').
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, R Bates, A Evans, B Fishleigh, J Fry, A Johns, T Knight, D Parish, D Pedler, S Platt, P Shelton.
APOLOGIES for absence:  A Beer, D Loder, F Saunders, M Stevens.
MINUTES of the meeting held on April 1st, 2005, were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
2005-2006 SEASON.  Formal applications had been received from Week St. Mary (a club currently playing in another League) and Queens Park Roundswell (a new club).  League officers would meet with representatives of both clubs prior to the League Constitution meeting.
CHITTLEHAMPTON.  No further problems with the pitch had been reported.
LEAGUE CUP FINALS.  Rotas of volunteers to man the gates at the League's two remaining cup finals were drawn up.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
PUTFORD.  The club had submitted proposals for improvements to its facilities, including transferring all changing rooms from across a road to the site of the ground.  The club to be asked to put approximate dates on completion of each stage of the work.
BENEVOLENT FUND.  Correspondence received expressing thanks for donations from the fund from player L Alcock of Ilfracombe Town, and from the Lynton club on behalf of player M Druce.
DISCIPLINARY COMMISSIONS.  The papers relating to two Commissions, one of which had already been held and one still to be held, had been received from the DCFA.  In connection with one of these it was reported that an Acting Secretary had been appointed at the Torrington club:  Mr. G. Avery, Homelees, Juries Lane, Torrington Tel. 01805-622744.
COMBE MARTIN.  (Mr. Evans withdrew during consideration of this item.)  A protest had been received from the club relating to the alleged fielding by an opposing club of an ineligible player.  No report had yet been received from the match referee. The Secretary authorised to take appropriate action following receipt of that report.
GENERAL FINANCIAL BUSINESS.
All fines in the April minutes had been paid.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES:  £5 for failure to mark a referee:  Equalizers.  £5 for late team sheet: Wrey Arms.  £10 for fielding an unregistered player:  Combe Martin.  £10 for fielding an 'otherwise ineligible player':  Barnstaple AAC.  All paid.
TRANSFERS.  £5 passed to the Treasurer. 
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES:  £5 for failure to ring the First XI Agency:  High Bickington, Morwenstow, Sporting DJs, Chittlehampton, Grosvenor, Shebbear.  £5 for late result card:  Torridgeside (twice), Landkey.  All paid.
£50 for failure to raise a team for a League game:  Landkey.  £5 for failure to notify opponents:  Lovacott.  £5 for late result card:  Sporting Barum.  £5 for failure to ring the First XI Agency:  Holsworthy. 
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES:  (reported by the Treasurer subsequent to the meeting) Lloyds Bank current a/c £375.82;  Portman Fixed Bond £11065.09;  Portman Instant Access a/c £130.61;  Benevolent Fund £3506.42.  Balance £15077.94.  All bills paid to date.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
TARKA CENTRE PITCH.  Reported that there appeared to be problems with the pitch which would need resolving before next season.  One match referee had unearthed two large stones during the course of a game.
LEAGUE STATIONERY.  The Secretary reported that orders had been placed with the printer for next season's supply of result cards, registration forms and transfer forms.
ABUSE OF MATCH OFFICIALS.  Following lengthy discussion, the following resolution was passed:
As from the start of the 2005-6 season:
(i) Any player found guilty twice within one season by his County Football Association of the offence of 'use of offensive or insulting or abusive language or gestures directed at match officials' will, from the date of the second offence, have his registration in this League cancelled, and no further registration from him will be accepted for a period of twelve months.
(ii) The League will provide the Appointments Secretary with a 'League List of Referees', taken from the DCFA list of registered referees, from which it will wish all appointments to its matches to be made.

 

AGM 2005

Not available at present.