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North Devon Association Football League - Management Committee Minutes

Season 1996/97

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

September 1996

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on September 6, 1996.
PRESENT: W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, G Andrews, A Beer, B Edwards, A Evans, I Humphries, A Johns, T Knight, D Loder, P Shelton, D Sheppard, M Stevens.
APOLOGIES for absence from R Holmes, M Saunders.
MINUTES of meeting held on 3rd May were approved with the alteration of 'Cullompton' being changed to 'Kilkhampton' in the paragraph relating to League Cup Finals.
MATTERS ARISING.  (i) Fine imposed on Braunton FP for late return of cups had been paid.
(ii) The present holders of the North Devon Challenge Cup, Inter Cleo's, would be asked to return it early, as the cup is in a poor condition and in need of repair.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
MARSHALLS.  Letter received stating withdrawal from the League.  Ruled that the club forfeited both entry subscription for this season and deposit.
MR. GEORGE SHAPLAND.  Letter received from Mr. Shapland saying he was pleased and honoured to accept the post of Life Vice-President of the League to which he had been unanimously elected at the AGM.
CORNWALL COUNTY FA.  Approval given for Bude, Kilkhampton and Morwenstow to play in this League for season 1996-7.
PLAYER P CASSINELLI.  Request received from Rolle Quay FC for information regarding the registration status of this player as he wished to play for that club this season.  Ruled that the registration of this player should continue to be withheld until he made an approach to the League regarding damage to one of the League's cups some time ago.
SHAMWICKSHIRE ROVERS.  Request for information regarding status of players registered last season for the Parkhead club, in relation to the financial position of that club.  Ruled that as the Parkhead club appeared to be no longer in existence, and was certainly not affiliated, there was no restriction on players signing for other clubs.
BRADWORTHY v SOUTH MOLTON, Sept 7th.  Letter received from both clubs requesting attendance of League officials at this match in view of events at corresponding match last season.  Doubt expressed regarding in what capacity this could be done;  also confirmed support for Secretary's action in informing one club that appointment of referee for this match was entirely a matter for the Appointments Secretary.
DEVON COUNTY LEAGUE.  A directive from the FA requires that Joint Liaison Committees in relation to County Leagues should be set up with three representatives from each 'feeder' League.  As the Chairman of this League is also the Chairman of the County League, the three members elected to represent this League on the Devon Committee are G Andrews, B Edwards and P Shelton.
CORRESPONDENCE SENT. 
DEVON COUNTY LEAGUE.  County League informed that G Andrews is this League's representative to that League.
SECRETARY'S BUSINESS.
The Secretary expressed his personal thanks to the previous Secretary, Mr. Harold Bartlett, for continuing to deal with some matters of League business for a few weeks after the AGM while he was involved with some other work.
PIVOT TROPHY.  Letter to be sent to the Kingsley League with an invitation that an early meeting should be held to resolve recent problems relating to this match, in the hope that it could soon be played again.
PREMIER DIVISION.  Notice to be sent to all clubs in this Division reminding them of the regulations regarding provision of facilities, and advising them that members of the Management Committee were authorised to visit clubs (with or without advance warning) to observe whether the facilities were in place, and to report back.
FIXTURES BUSINESS. 
FINES.  £10 fines imposed on Dolton and Putford for failure to fulfil a fixture.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 fines imposed on players D George, L Fry, C Boundy, G Moffat and H Pettifer for signing forms for two clubs in contravention of rule 8(f).  Ruled that they should be regarded as players of the club for which they were first registered.  No suspension imposed as none had actually played for the other clubs for which they had signed.
£5 fines imposed on Landkey and Northam Lions for failure to mark a referee on a team sheet.
TRANSFERS.  £65 handed to Treasurer in transfer fees.
SUBSTITUTES. Request made to representative of the Referees Association to ensure all referees indicate on a team sheet which particular substitutes were used in a match.  (This could be of particular importance in relation to League Cup matches).
TEAM SHEETS.  Clubs and referees are reminded that the team sheet for a match should be given to the referee before  the kick-off.
TREASURER'S REPORT, for June/July/ August 1996.  Income £5899.23; payments £3607.78.  Balances at: Lloyds Bank £2712.01; Benevolent Fund £1853.90; Portman Ordinary a/c £4904.43; Portman Fixed Interest a/c £8000.00.
Total £17470.34.

 

October 1996

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on October 4th, 1996.
PRESENT: W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, G Andrews, B Edwards, I Humphries, T Knight, D Loder, D Parish, M Saunders, P Shelton, D Sheppard, M Stevens.
APOLOGIES for absence from R Holmes, A Johns.
MINUTES of meeting held on 6th September were approved.
MATTERS ARISING.
PIVOT TROPHY.  No reply had yet been received from the Kingsley League.
FINES.  All fines detailed in the September minutes had been paid.
CHAIRMAN'S BUSINESS.  The Chairman reported it had been pointed out to him by Mr. Harold Bartlett and Mr. George Shapland that under League rules, they were not, as Life Vice-Presidents of the League, entitled to attend any meetings other than the AGM.  The meeting nevertheless ruled unanimously that an invitation should be extended to both Mr. Bartlett and Mr. Shapland to attend any meeting of the Committee.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
PILTON CC.  Written request received from this club to change their name to Pilton Academicals.  Approved unanimously.  (Sec's note: This should have been in September agenda, but omitted due to oversight on my part.)
REFEREES COURSE.  Details received from Mr. T Carrick of a course he was starting in Holsworthy.  Full details circulated separately.
ABANDONED MATCHES.  Reports received from referees of two matches abandoned due to serious injury to a player:
(i) Kilkhampton v Ilfracombe Town, 7th September.  Abandoned after 28 minutes.  Air ambulance had to be called and finally took off with injured player 67 minutes later.  Match to be rearranged as abandonment occurred before half-time.
(ii) Golden Lion v Appledore, 12th September (evening kick-off).  Abandoned after 79 minutes.  By the time ambulance had departed with injured player darkness had fallen.  Under rule 10(k) the score at the time of abandonment, 1-1, stands as the result.
SHAMWICKSHIRE ROVERS.  Report received from the referee of a Premier match at this club's ground that the pitch had not been roped off and that some of the markings were incorrect.  Ruled that as this club had been censured in a previous season for failure to rope off the pitch a fine of £10 should now be imposed.  No action taken over comments on markings as these were based on the referee's estimation, not accurate measurement.
MORWENSTOW.  Report from referee and letter from the club received regarding the playing facilities at this club's ground.  At the club's request, the Chairman had visited the ground with his tape-measure.  Following the Chairman's report to the meeting, it was ruled that provided the club made the minor alterations to the goal-posts which he found to be necessary, the Committee regarded the club's facilities as being of the required standard.  The pitch size certainly satisfied FA regulations for this level of football.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES. £10 fines imposed for failure to raise team: Appledore (twice), Kilkhampton, Dolton, Northam Lions. (All paid.)
£10 fine imposed for failure to raise team: Chittlehampton.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £10 fines for fielding an unregistered player: Admiral Vernon (twice), Lynton (twice), Shamwickshire (twice); (points for matches involving these offences dealt with according to rule 8(h)).  £5 fine for late submission of team sheet: Golden Lion.  (All paid).
£5 fine for no letter in support of low marking of a referee: Mortehoe.  £5 fine for signing for two clubs: player M Maniglia.  £5 fine for failure to mark referee: Swimbridge.  £5 fines for failure to submit team sheets within time allowed by League rules:  Dolton, Torrington, Golden Lion.
TRANSFERS.  £105 handed to Treasurer in transfer fees.
TORRINGTON.  Club's explanation for apparent incorrect completion of a team sheet accepted as being a genuine error with no intent to field an ineligible player, as the information provided was verified by a referee.
TREASURER'S REPORT, for September 1996.  Income £177.75; payments £142.81.  Balances at:Lloyds Bank £2746.95; Benevolent Fund £1853.90; Portman Ordinary a/c £4904.43; Portman Fixed Interest a/c £8000.00.
Total £17505.28.

 

November 1996

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on November 1st, 1996.
PRESENT: W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, G Andrews, H Bartlett, A Beer, B Edwards, A Evans, R Holmes, I Humphries, T Knight, D Loder, D Parish, M Saunders, P Shelton, D Sheppard, M Stevens.
APOLOGIES for absence from A Johns.
MINUTES of meeting held on 4th October were approved.
MATTERS ARISING.
PIVOT TROPHY.  There had still been no reply from the Kingsley League.  In case the original correspondence had not been received, a second copy should be sent by Recorded Delivery mail.
FINES.  With one exception, all fines detailed in the October minutes had been paid, (that on Torrington having been doubled before being paid.)  The fine imposed on Golden Lion had been doubled, with only a few more days being allowed for payment.
CHAIRMAN'S BUSINESS.  The Chairman welcomed Mr. Harold Bartlett to the meeting, a sentiment echoed by all present.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
MR. P CASINELLI.  Letter  received from the secretary of the Rolle Quay club stating that Mr Casinelli wished to appear before the Management Committee to deal with the matter of his registration.   In line with its previous minute, the Committee ruled that Mr. Casinelli should firstly submit a letter of apology for his action, following receipt of which an invitation would be sent to him to meet the Management Committee, accompanied, if he wished, by the secretary of his club.
REFEREES ASSOCIATION (WEST DEVON).  The Referees Association National Conference would be being held in Plymouth in 1997, and a request had been received from the West Devon Conference Committee Secretary for a donation from the League towards the costs of staging this conference in order to make it a successful event.  Ruled that £50 should be donated.
LYNTON.  Report received from the referee of a match at Lynton's ground on October 26 that the pitch markings had been very poor, and that the shirts worn by the Lynton players had no numbers.  As the letter had only recently been received, the reply of the club to these points had not yet been and obtained and it was ruled that this should be done.
PHONING SATURDAY RESULTS TO PRESS OFFICER.  The Press officer had again submitted a long list of matches for which the home club had not phoned in the result.  It was decided that as clubs had voted at the AGM that this should not be made compulsory, the Committee could only urge clubs to make sure they did this voluntarily, in order to give both the League, and its sponsor, the fullest possible publicity.  The Treasurer warned clubs that if, as a consequence of results not being phoned in, the League were to lose its sponsor, then entry fees would have to be approximately doubled for next season.
NON-APPEARANCE OF REFEREES.  Three cases had been reported of referees not turning up for a match.  In one of these, the Appointments Secretary had only been able to give the home club late notification that the referee had had to be reallocated;  in the other two, messages had not been conveyed by the clubs involved.
FIXTURES BUSINESS. 
FINES.  £15 for failure to raise a team and to notify this to the Fixtures Secretary: Lynton.  £10 for failure to raise a team: Woolsery.  (Both paid).
£10 for failure to raise a team:  Braunton FP, Dolton.  £5 for late result card: Torrington.  £5 for failure to rearrange a match within the allowed time:  Golden Lion, High Bickington, Morwenstow.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
MORTEHOE.  Reported to the County Association for having included a player in one of their teams while he was under suspension.  The County would obviously deal with the disciplinary side of this, but as far as the League is concerned, as Mortehoe lost the match in question, the result would stand.
PLAYER G MOORE.  This player had signed a registration form and played three matches for High Bickington despite having firstly signed a form for Chittlehampton.  Ruled that, although there had been no deliberate attempt to break League rules (as one of the matches had been against Chittlehampton),  the player was clearly in breach of the first paragraph of rule 8(h).  (The form which players sign clearly states 'No player may sign for more than one club in the League', and it was therefore incumbent on the player to inform High Bickington that he had already signed for another club).  Ruled that a £10 fine in respect of each match should be imposed on the player, and that the matches which High Bickington had won and drawn should be replayed;  the result to stand in the match they lost.
GOLDEN LION.  This club's team on the team sheet for its match against Appledore on October 19th had included one name twice (B Francis).  As the club only had one player of this surname registered, it had been asked to give an explanation of the second name.  As no reply had been received, the Committee ruled it had no alternative but to conclude that an unregistered player had been fielded.  Rule to apply;  £10 fine and match awarded to Appledore.
FINES.  £10 for fielding an unregistered player:  Braunton FP, Hartland.  £5 for failure to mark referee:  Shamwickshire, Braunton.  £5 for a late team sheet:  Dolton.  (All paid).
£5 for a late team sheet:  Torrington.  £5 for an incorrect registration:  Morwenstow.  £5 for no letter in support of a low marking of a referee:  Barnstaple AAC.
TRANSFERS.  £65 handed to Treasurer in transfer fees.
TREASURER'S REPORT,  for October 1996.  Income £340.00, payments £3419.47 (includes ASA insurance).  Balances at Lloyds Bank £417.45;  Benevolent Fund £1853.90; Portman Ordinary a/c £4154.43;  Portman Fixed Interest a/c £8000.00.  Total £14425.78.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
SPECTATORS.  The representative of the Referees Association reported two cases of verbal abuse of referees by spectators.  Clubs are reminded that they are responsible for the conduct of their spectators, and that disciplinary action could be taken against a club if such behaviour were reported to the County FA.
INSURANCE.  The Treasurer reported that it is not actually compulsory for a club to insure its players against injury.
1997 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.  This will be held on Friday 20th June, 1997.

 

December 1996

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on December 6th, 1996.
PRESENT: W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, B Edwards, R Holmes, T Knight, D Parish, P Shelton, D Sheppard, M Stevens.
APOLOGIES for absence from G Andrews, A Beer, A Evans, I Humphries, A Johns, D Loder.
MINUTES of meeting held on 1st November were approved.
MATTERS ARISING.
PIVOT TROPHY.  A reply had now been received from the Kingsley League.  A meeting of the Pivot Trophy committee to be arranged for early in the New Year.
FINES.  All fines detailed in the November minutes had been paid (some after being doubled), except for that relating to the Golden Lion teamsheet, which was the subject of an appeal.
MR. P CASSINELLI.  A letter had been received from Mr. Cassinelli, as a result of which it was ruled he should be invited to meet the Management Committee at its January meeting.
REFEREES ASSOCIATION (WEST DEVON).  Letter of thanks for the League's donation had been received.
LYNTON. A letter in reply to a referee's complaints was accepted.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
MRS J WILLIAMS.  A note of thanks had been received from the County Chairman's wife for the flowers sent to her by the League following her recent illness.
F C PORTO. Letter from a referee reporting this club for failure to possess a suitable first-aid kit.  A fine of £5 had been imposed under rule 24, and had been paid.
N DEVON REFEREES ASSOCIATION.  Request received from the Association for a donation from the League to help cover the expenses of its campaign to recruit (and retain) more referees.  Ruled that £50 be donated.
REFEREES EXPENSES.  A dispute had arisen between the Shebbear and High Bickington clubs over payment of a referee's expenses when a match had been 'reversed'.  Ruled that as the match was counting as High Bickington's home fixture, that club should pay the expenses in accordance with League rule 13(e).
MORTEHOE v NORTH MOLTON.  This match, played on November 9th, had been abandoned after 75 minutes, due to a serious injury to one of the players.  After considering letters from both clubs, it was ruled that the score at the time the match was abandoned should count as the final result.
PARK SCHOOL (BARNSTAPLE) CHANGING FACILITIES.  Letter received from Mr S Light, the pitches coordinator at Rock Park regarding the behaviour of some clubs/players when using these facilities while playing at Rock Park.  Details of the standard of behaviour expected to be circulated to all relevant clubs, and support expressed for Mr Light in notifying the Area Committee should these standards not be met.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £10 for failure to raise a team: Bideford.  £5 for failure to rearrange a match: Bideford, High Bickington, Buckland Brewer, Barnstaple AAC, Torrington Admirals.  £5 for failure to notify a postponement: Barnstaple Riverside.  (All paid).
£5 for failure to rearrange a match:  Landkey, Torrington, Morwenstow.  £10 for failure to raise a team: Ebberley.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for failure to mark referee: Lynton.  £5 for late team sheet: Torrington Admirals.  £5 for no letter in support of low marking: South Molton.  (All paid).
£5 for signing for two clubs: player K Allsop.  £5 for failure to mark a referee: Mortehoe, Combe Martin.
TRANSFERS.  £60 handed to Treasurer in transfer fees.
TREASURER'S REPORT, for November 1996.  Income £175.00, payments £347.17.  Balances at Lloyds bank £245.28;  Benevolent Fund £1853.90;  Portman Ordinary a/c £4154.43;  Portman Fixed Interest a/c £8000.00.  Total £14253.61.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
DEVON COUNTY LEAGUE. Report submitted by Mr G Andrews (the League's representative to the County League):  (i) the tax inspection (such as detailed recently in the local press) had also been applied to some County League clubs and there was no reason to believe it would not at some stage be applied to clubs in this League; (ii) County League clubs were now able to enter the FA Vase provided they possessed floodlights; (iii) there had been informal debate about the possibility of forming a second division; (iv) clubs finishing 1st and 2nd in the Premier Division were entitled to apply for membership of the County League, and any club likely to be in this position and wishing to apply should get their application in early.
MR. A ALCOCK, wished his thanks to various members of the Committee for their help in enabling him to attend meetings during the past year to be minuted.
PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE.  The Committee once again expressed the view that it is extremely important clubs should have this cover, and urges all clubs which do not yet have it to obtain it as soon as possible.  The cost is extremely reasonable.  Figures quoted by the ASA for one season are (for a club with two teams): £32-80 for
£500000, £41-00 for £1 million, and £65-60 for £2 million.
PREMIER DIVISION FACILITIES.  Following a report by the Referees' Association representative, it was agreed that inspection of facilities should be carried out during the rest of this season.

 

January 1997

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on January 3rd, 1997.
PRESENT: W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, G Andrews, B Edwards, I Humphries, T Knight, D Loder, M Saunders, P Shelton, D Sheppard, M Stevens.
APOLOGIES for absence from A Beer, A Johns, D Parish.
MINUTES of meeting held on 6th December were approved.
MATTERS ARISING.
PIVOT TROPHY.  A meeting with representatives of the Kingsley League had been arranged for January 22nd.
FINES.  All fines detailed in the December minutes had been paid, with the exception of that on Morwenstow, which had  been doubled.
MR. P CASSINELLI.  Mr Cassinelli had accepted the invitation to meet the Committee, and did so, accompanied by his club secretary.  Following discussion, it was agreed that, with immediate effect, Mr. Cassinelli should be allowed to register as a player in this League.
REFEREES EXPENSES.  The amount due to Shebbear from High Bickington had not yet been paid.  Ruled that the High Bickington club should be given a further seven days to settle this matter.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES. £5 for failure to notify a postponement: Ebberley, Torrington.  £5 for failure to rearrange a postponed fixture: Dolton.  £10 for failure to raise a team: Northam Lions.  (All paid).
£10 for failure to raise a team: Dolton.  £5 for failure to notify a rearrangement: Admiral Vernon.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS. 
FINES.  £10 for fielding an unregistered player: Torrington Admirals. (Paid).
£5 for signing for two clubs: player J Cook.
TRANSFERS.  £45 handed to Treasurer in transfer fees.
DE-REGISTRATION. £5 handed to Treasurer  as de-registration fee of one player.
TREASURER'S REPORT, for December 1996.  Income £250-25, payments £293-31.  Balances at Lloyds bank £202-22;  Benevolent Fund £1853-90;  Portman ordinary a/c £4154-43;  Portman Fixed Interest a/c £8000-00.  Total £14210-55.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS. 
ALL-WEATHER PITCH.  It was reported that the all-weather pitch at Park School Barnstaple was sufficiently large to meet the requirements of pitch size for football in this League.  The opinion of the County FA would be sought on whether this was an acceptable surface for playing League matches should any club wish to do so, particularly if fixture problems were caused by bad weather.
NUMBERING OF SHIRTS.  The Area Secretary reported to the meeting that it was now an FA requirement that
numbered shirts must be worn in all matches.
MEETING DATE.  With the Chairman's approval the Secretary had arranged the pre-season League Constitution and Rules Revision meeting for Monday June 2nd, 1997.  It was agreed that the April meeting of the Management Committee would discuss possible rule amendments, and clubs would be asked to submit comments on the Secretary's recent document on rule changes by then.

 

February 1997

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on February 7th, 1997.
PRESENT: W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, G Andrews, A Beer, B Edwards, R Holmes, I Humphries, T Knight, M Saunders, P Shelton, D Sheppard, M Stevens.
APOLOGIES for absence from D Loder, D Parish.
MINUTES of meeting held on 3rd January were approved.
MATTERS ARISING.
GOLDEN LION.  (From November 1996 minutes.)  The Appeal by Golden Lion against a decision of the Management Committee at its November meeting had been heard on January 29th.  The Appeal was dismissed; the fine imposed on Golden Lion therefore stands, and the Appeal fee was forfeited.
PIVOT TROPHY.  A meeting of the Executive Officers with their counterparts from the Kingsley League had resulted in agreement that a match should be arranged at, it was hoped, Holsworthy, towards the end of this season; and that as from next season the match should be played, as originally intended, during the autumn.  Following a previous decision by the Management Committee that this League should be represented in the Pivot Trophy by one of its Intermediate clubs, an invitation had been sent to Inter Cleos FC (the current leaders of Intermediate Division One) to represent the League in the match planned for the end of this season.  This invitation had been accepted by the club.
FINES.  All fines detailed in the January minutes had been paid, with the exception of that on player Cook, which had been doubled.
ALL-WEATHER PITCH.  A reply from the County FA indicated that it was an FA ruling that all-weather pitches cannot be used by clubs for League or Cup matches.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
SHAMWICKSHIRE.  Letter received commending the refereeing of Mr. R Pinkus was read to the meeting and then passed to the Referees Association representative.  Letter also received requesting re-consideration of a ruling regarding an unregistered player earlier this season.  The Committee considered that the action taken had been appropriate.
PERIMETER ROPES.  Following a letter from a referee, consideration was given to the matter of the colour of rope used where this was the means of enclosure required at Premier grounds.  It was decided no one colour should be recommended but that as far as possible the rope should be such as to be clearly visible against the background.
ROCK PARK PITCHES.  Copies of two letters received from Mr. Light, the Grounds Co-ordinator, which he had sent to clubs using the facilities at Rock Park, Barnstaple; one relating to payment, the other to bookings for the remainder of the season.  The Committee would expect relevant clubs to comply with Mr. Light's requirements.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES. £5 for late result card: Barnstaple Riverside, Bude, Barnstaple AAC (twice).  £10 for failure to raise a team: Braunton, Braunton FP, Chittlehampton (twice).  £5 for failure to notify a postponement: FC Porto.  (All paid).
£10 for failure to raise a team: Mortehoe, Torrington.  £5 for late result card: Admiral Vernon, Torrington.  £5 for failure to notify a rearrangement: High Bickington, Hartland, Landkey (twice).  £5 for a late kick-off: Bude.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for late team sheet: Barnstaple Riverside.   £5 for no letter in support of low marking: Holsworthy.  (Both paid).
£10 for fielding an unregistered player:  Georgeham, Bude, Mortehoe (twice).  £5 for a late team sheet: Torrington (twice).  £5 for signing for two clubs:  player D Reasbeck.
TRANSFERS.  £55 handed to Treasurer in transfer fees.
DE-REGISTRATION.  £5 handed to Treasurer as de-registration fee of one player.
TREASURER'S REPORT, for January 1997.  Income £130-00, payments £111-10.  Balances at Lloyds Bank £461-15;  Benevolent Fund £2173-34;  Portman ordinary a/c £3828-96;  Portman Fixed Interest a/c £8000-00.  Total £14463-45.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.

COMPLAINTS.  Complaints had been received in accordance with League rule 16 from FC Porto and Pilton Academicals about the postponement by Westward Ho! Athletic, (citing inability to raise a team), of two League matches scheduled for December 21st and 28th.  Considerable correspondence had been generated as a result of these complaints, which was all read to the Committee.  Following discussion, the Committee ruled that the complaining clubs had failed to prove that the postponements had resulted from anything other than failure to raise a team, and the complaints were rejected.  The appropriate rule for failure to raise a team to be applied against Westward Ho! Athletic in both cases and the matches to be rearranged.

 

March 1997

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on March 7th, 1997.
PRESENT: W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, G Andrews, B Edwards, A Evans, R Holmes, I Humphries, A Johns, T Knight, D Parish, P Shelton.
APOLOGIES for absence from D Loder, M Saunders, D Sheppard, M Stevens.
MINUTES of meeting held on 7th February were approved.
MATTERS ARISING.
GOLDEN LION.  The minutes of the Board of Appeal had been received on 18th February, at which point the findings became operative.  The club had not yet paid the amounts outstanding.  Ruled it should be give seven days in which to pay, otherwise suspension would follow.
PIVOT TROPHY.  A sponsor had been obtained for the programmes for the matches to be held towards the end of this season and early next season.
FINES.  All fines detailed in the February minutes had been paid, (some after being doubled), with the exception of that on player J Cook, who had now been suspended.  County to be informed of this suspension.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
CLOVELLY.  Report received from a referee regarding what he considered the unsatisfactory nature of the goalmouths at this club's ground.  The club replied they were fully aware of the situation, and it was their intention to returf the areas concerned at the end of the season.  Explanation accepted provided the work is carried out as planned.
PLAYER P HEAL.  Report received from Bradworthy that this player had left the club at the end of last season owing £32.  It had now been discovered he was registered and playing for Kilkhampton.  The Kilkhampton club instructed not to field this player in their team until the matter had been resolved to the satisfaction of Bradworthy or the League.  As both clubs have a team in the Kingsley League, copies of the relevant correspondence were sent to the secretary of that League.
GEORGEHAM v SHAMWICKSHIRE.  Report received from a referee regarding what he considered the failure by the Georgeham club at this match to satisfy the first-aid provision required of teams in the Premier Division.  A detailed letter from the Georgeham club explaining the circumstances which led to the Shamwickshire trainer attending two of their players was accepted.
DEVON LEAGUE.  Notice received of a meeting of the Joint Liaison Committee to be held at County Headquarters on April 17th.  As the Chairman of this League is also Chairman of the County League, he would be attending in that capacity.  This League to be represented by the Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary.
LYNTON.  (i) Report received from another club that Lynton had not worn numbered shirts in a recent match.  The Lynton club to be instructed that the Committee required them to comply immediately with the FA directive that numbered shirts must now be worn in all matches.
(ii) Invitation received from the Lynton club to League officers to inspect their facilities at any time with regard to their suitability for Premier Division football.  This would be taken up. 
LYNTON v HARTLAND. (Senior Division, March 2nd).  The referee had not turned up for this match, although both teams were ready to play, as he had received a phone call the previous evening, supposedly from the Lynton club, stating that the match was off because Hartland were unable to raise a team.  Lynton denied any member of their club having made such a call.  Letters from both clubs and the referee were read, but in the absence of any corroborative evidence the Committee ruled that the match must be rearranged.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £20 for failure to fulfil a cup match: Georgeham, Hartland.  £5 for failure to phone in a cup result: Lynton (twice), Mortehoe, Shebbear.  £10 for failure to raise team for a League match: Dolton.  £5 for a late kick-off: Bude.  £5 for failure to notify a rearrangement: Mortehoe, Torrington.  £5 for failure to give notification to a visiting club: Torrington.  £10 for failure to phone in a cup result (doubled): Morwenstow.  (All paid.)
£10 for failure to phone in a cup result (doubled): Admiral Vernon.  £5 for failure to notify a rearrangement: Torrington, Golden Lion.  £10 for failure to raise a team for a League match: Dolton.
COMPLAINTS.  £20 handed to Treasurer as forfeited fees for unsuccessful complaints.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for failure to mark referee: High Bickington.  £5 for no letter in support of a low marking: Torrington.  £10 for fielding an ineligible player in a cup match: Shebbear.  (All paid.)
TRANSFERS.  £25 handed to Treasurer in transfer fees.  Transfers had now closed for this season.
DE-REGISTRATION.  £5 handed to Treasurer as de-registration fee of one player.
TREASURER'S REPORT, for February 1997.  Income £205-00, payments £393-89.  Balances at Lloyds Bank £282-43;  Benevolent Fund £2173-34;  Portman ordinary a/c £3828-96;  Portman Fixed Bond  £8000-00.  Total £14463-45.  The Portman Fixed Bond had expired on the day of the meeting.  Ruled that the Treasurer should be asked to re-invest the amount at the best prevailing rate of interest.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
CUPS.  All cups had been returned by the date specified in League rules.
CUP FINALS.  The same procedure for entry as had been used in recent seasons would be used again this year.
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.  Provisional dates for meetings next season were agreed, bearing in mind a request from the North Devon Library, and the Secretary's personal commitments.

 

April 1997

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on April 4th, 1997.
PRESENT: W Smale, (Chairman), A Alcock, G Andrews, A Beer, B Edwards, A Evans, R Holmes, I Humphries, A Johns, T Knight, D Loder, D Parish, P Shelton, M Stevens.
APOLOGIES for absence from D Sheppard.
THE CHAIRMAN INFORMED THE MEETING OF THE DEATH, EARLIER IN THE DAY, OF HAROLD BARTLETT, THE FORMER SECRETARY OF THE LEAGUE.  THE MEETING STOOD TO OBSERVE A MINUTE'S SILENCE IN MEMORY OF MR. BARTLETT.
MINUTES of meeting held on 7th March were approved.
MATTERS ARISING.
GOLDEN LION.  All outstanding amounts had been paid.
PIVOT TROPHY. This had been arranged for Thursday April 24th, at Holsworthy.  KO 6.30pm.  Full details would be circulated in the near future.
PLAYER P HEAL.  The Bradworthy club had reported that this matter had been resolved to their satisfaction.
LYNTON.  Resolved that no further action should be taken at present, but that a League rule requiring numbered shirts to be worn in all matches should be drafted for proposal to the AGM.
LYNTON v HARTLAND.  Match rearranged for Sunday April 6th.
FINES.  All fines detailed in the March minutes had been paid.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED. 
SOUTH MOLTON.  Invitation received from this club for League officers to inspect their facilities with regard to their suitability for Premier Division football.  This would be taken up.
FREMINGTON v SHAMWICKSHIRE.  Letters received from both clubs regarding the reasons for this match not being played as scheduled on March 15th.  As the clubs had, in the meantime, mutually agreed on a new date for the match, it was resolved that no further action should be taken.
FA CUP FINAL TICKETS.  This League's allocation was 4x£35, and 2x£30.  Following the procedure of previous years, these were allocated as: Torrington 2x£35, Georgeham 2x£35, Mortehoe 2x£30.
LEAGUE CUP FINALS.  Information received from the NDJRAB regarding the appointment of referees and assistants for this season's League Cup finals.  Invitations on behalf of the League were being sent to the officials concerned.  Details of the finals would be circulated as soon as all arrangements had been finalised.
BRAUNTON.  Report received from a referee that the pitch on which this club had played their Premier Division match the previous Saturday had not been enclosed.  Explanation to be sought from the club before further action taken.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £10 for failure to raise a team: Bude, North Molton, Chittlehampton.  £5 for failure to notify a postponement: Torrington.  £5 for failure to rearrange a match: Landkey.  (All paid.)
£10 for failure to raise a team: Ebberley.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for failure to mark a referee: Landkey.  £10 for an incorrect team sheet: Shamwickshire.  £5 for a late team sheet: Westward Ho! Athletic. (All paid.)
£5 for failure to notify match details to opponents: Ebberley.  £5 for failure to mark referee: FC Porto.  £5 for late team sheet: Barnstaple Riverside.  £5 for no letter in support of a low marking: High Bickington.  £5 for signing for two clubs: player C Brailey.
REGISTRATIONS.  Registrations have now closed for this season.  A total of 1835 players have been registered.
TREASURER'S REPORT, for March 1997.  Income £568-40, payments £631-22.  Balances at Lloyds Bank £219-41; Benevolent Fund £2173-34; Portman ordinary a/c £4212-96; Portman Fixed Interest a/c £8000-00.  Total £14605-71.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
PUTFORD.  Secretary reported having attended a Premier Division match at this club's ground at which no enclosure had been erected.  The club had provided an explanation and stated that one was now in place.  £10 fine imposed.
RULES REVISION.  Discussion took place of a first draft of proposed rule alterations for next season.  The Secretary to produce a second draft for the May meeting in line with decisions taken.
POINTS AWARDS.  The Secretary empowered to deal with all non-contentious points claims arising before the May meeting.
SEASON 1997-98.  (i) Ruled that the practice of not permitting any late entries should be continued for next season.
(ii) In accordance with rule 2(b) the subscription per team for next season was fixed at £25-00.

 

May 1997

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on May 2nd, 1997.
PRESENT: W Smale (Chairman), G Andrews, A Beer, B Edwards, I Humphries, A Johns, T Knight, D Loder, M Saunders, P Shelton, D Shepppard, M Stevens.
APOLOGIES for absence from A Alcock, D Parish.  The Chairman had received a letter of resignation from the Committee (due to work commitments) from Mr R Holmes.
MINUTES of meeting held on April 4th were approved.
MATTERS ARISING.
MR. H BARTLETT.  The Secretary had written to Mr. Bartlett's family on behalf of the League.
PIVOT TROPHY.  This match had been played as arranged at Holsworthy.  The Kingsley League had won the match 1-0, and £74-00 raised for the benefit of cancer charities.
SOUTH MOLTON.  This club's facilities had not yet been inspected, but the Chairman and Secretary had inspected those of Braunton FP which were found to be suitable subject to toilet facilities being made available to spectators if requested.
FREMINGTON v SHAMWICKSHIRE.  This match had been arranged for the last day of the season, May 10th, and as the Premier Division title depended on the result, the Referees Appointments Secretary had been asked to appoint three officials for this match.
LEAGUE CUP FINALS.  Two had so far been held.  Thanks were expressed to the Ilfracombe Town Football Club for their hosting of the Bideford Tool Cup final.
BRAUNTON.  The explanation given for the pitch not being enclosed for a Premier Division match was accepted due to it being as a result of the manning schedule of the service base at which the match was played.  The club to be advised that in future they would be expected to discover such eventualities in advance and make appropriate provision.
FINES.  All fines detailed in the April minutes had been paid.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
MR. H BARTLETT.  A number of clubs and individuals had sent correspondence suggesting that a suitable trophy should be instituted for competition in the League in memory of Mr. Bartlett.  It was decided that before any consideration is given to this matter, courtesy required that Mrs. Bartlett's approval of such action should be obtained.  Mr. A Beer, the League President, a close friend of Mr. Bartlett, was asked if he would undertake this, as and when he thought it appropriate.  Mr. Beer agreed to do so and report back.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £10 for failure to raise a team: Lynton, Dolton.  £5 for a late result card: Torrington.  £5 for failure to notify a rearrangement: Barnstaple Riverside. (All paid).
£5 for a late result card: FC Porto.  £20 for failure to raise a team: Bratton Fleming.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for failure to mark referee: Appledore.  £5 for not sending a team sheet: Putford.  £10 for fielding ineligible player due to incorrect team sheet: Braunton.  £10 for fielding unregistered player: Chittlehampton.  (All paid).
£10 for fielding ineligible player due to incorrect team sheet: Landkey.  £5 for late team sheet: Dolton, Putford.  £5 for failure to mark referee: Westward Ho! Athletic.
TREASURER'S REPORT, for April 1997.  Income £90-00, payments £206-64.  Balances at Lloyds Bank £102-77;  Benevolent Fund £2173-34; Portman ordinary a/c £4212-96; Portman Fixed Interest a/c £8000-00.  Total £14489-07.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
COUNTY LEAGUE.  Mr. Andrews reported from a County League meeting that what had previously been known as the 'pyramid system' was now called the 'national promotion system';  and that certain rules of this would have to appear in the League's Handbook.

 

AGM 1997

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