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North Devon Association Football League - Management Committee Minutes

Season 1999/00

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

September 1999

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on September 3rd, 1999.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, A Beer, A Evans, T Knight, D Loder, S Platt, M Saunders, P Shelton, P Woodhams.
APOLOGIES for absence:   B Fishleigh, M Stevens, D Todd, A Woolf.
MINUTES of the meeting held on May 7th were approved.
MATTERS ARISING.
FINES.  All fines listed in the May minutes had been paid.
LEAGUE RESULTS IN THE SUNDAY PRESS.  The League's new Press Officer was complimented on the reports which had appeared for the first two weekends of the season.
LOVACOTT.  This club had reported they were staying on the pitch at Lovacott and not moving to Westleigh.
WESTWARD BELL ATHLETIC.  The club's pitch would be inspected early in the season.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
GOALPOST SAFETY.  A notice on this topic from the Devon County FA had been circulated to all clubs.
TORRINGTON ADMIRALS.  Request received and approved for a change of first team alt. colours;  now Blue.
TORRINGTON.  Copy received of letter sent by the club to the Torrington Town Council regarding the booking of the Donnacroft and Hatchmoor facilities.  Resolved that this was a matter between the club and the Council and that the League should only become involved if questions were raised about the pitch(es) conforming to FA standards.
WESTWARD BELL ATHLETIC.  Because of player shortage the club had withdrawn its second team from Intermediate Division Two.  Given the circumstances of the withdrawal, it was resolved, under powers given in rule 15(b), that no fine should be imposed in this case.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for no s.a.e. with a registration form: Anchor Inn, Braunton, Bideford Youth (twice), Chittlehampton, Dolton.  All paid.
£5 for no s.a.e. with a registration form: Red Star Barum, Morwenstow.  £5 for failure to mark a referee: Putford, Dolton.  £10 for fielding an unregistered player: Red Star Barum (twice).
TRANSFERS.  £25 in transfer fees passed to the Treasurer.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £25 for failure to raise a team for a League match: Appledore.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £1398-02;  Portman Fixed Bond £9062-82;  Portman Instant Access a/c £3449-60;  Benevolent Fund £2977-09.  Total balance £16887-53.  All accounts had been paid to date and there were no bills outstanding.
During the summer the League's Bond with the Portman Building Society had expired.  The Treasurer had investigated a variety of alternative investments, but as the Portman Bond still offered the best rate of interest, the balance from the expiring Bond had been re-invested in another similar Bond.  This action was endorsed. 
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
MR. G ANDREWS.  The Chairman reported that the Executive Officers had resolved prior to the AGM that a Vice-Presidency of the League should be awarded to Mr Andrews, following his retirement from the post of Vice-Chairman and many years of service to the League.  It had not been possible to raise this matter at the June 1st meeting as Mr. Andrews had himself been present, and approval for this action, now requested retrospectively, was given unanimously.
NEW CLUB SECRETARIES.  In accordance with the rule passed at the AGM, all new club secretaries had attended one or other of two meetings arranged by the Secretary.
COMBE MARTIN.  A referee had reported an incident during a match regarding the concrete posts along one touchline at this club's ground.  The club were investigating the possibility of alterations.
MR. D PEDLER.  The League had heard with regret of the illness of Mr. Pedler, the Sports Editor of the North Devon Journal.  The Committee approved that the Chairman should arrange for a bowl of fruit to be sent to Mr. Pedler from the League.
PREMIER DIVISION.  Two resolutions were approved relating to this Division:
(i) That the Referees Appointments Secretary should continue his practice of last season and re-appoint referees to Premier matches where necessary, contrary to what he had proposed to do.
(ii) That automatic fines should be imposed following any report of a Premier club failing to have all stipulated facilities in place at a home match.  Failure to keep all than authorised persons behind a boundary rope/surround would be regarded as the equivalent of failing to have the pitch enclosed.
SALE OF HANDBOOKS.  £5-20 passed to Treasurer.

 

October 1999

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on October 1st, 1999.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, A Evans, B Fishleigh, A Johns, T Knight, S Platt, M Saunders, P Shelton, M Stevens, D Todd.
APOLOGIES for absence:   A Beer, D Loder, D Parish, A Woolf.
MINUTES of the meeting held on September 3rd were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
FINES.  All fines listed in the September minutes had been paid.
MR D PEDLER.  A letter of thanks had been received from Mr. Pedler for the gift of fruit sent by the League.
REFEREES.  Subsequent to the resolution at the September meeting that Premier Division matches should always be covered, a fresh appeal would be made to clubs which had qualified referees among their members that these persons should be released from club duties at intervals to enable them to officiate at matches which would otherwise not have an official referee.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
TORRIDGE POOL, NORTHAM.  Communications had been received from the Pool manager regarding the terms under which clubs could hire the facilities at the pool.  He had been advised that it would probably be more appropriate for him to communicate with the Area as that would also cover matches not under the auspices of this League.
TEAM SHEETS.  A referee had reported an occasion where, in order to help one club, he had started a match before receiving the team sheet, and that when the sheet had been presented to him for his signature after the match the club had already inserted its mark.  Referees to be requested never to start a match before receiving a fully-completed team sheet.  Clubs to be reminded that marks should never be inserted on a sheet before the referee has signed it.
BRATTON FLEMING.  This club had reported two instances of referees not turning up for matches, and no communication being received either before or subsequent to the match either.  The Appointments Secretary would deal with one matter;  the other was believed to be a breakdown in communication, the referee concerned being on holiday at the time.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for no s.a.e. with a registration form: Bideford Youth.  £10 for fielding an unregistered player: Braunton, Bideford.  £5 for signing an incorrect team sheet: Bideford.  £5 for failure to mark referee: Dolton.  £5 for signing for two clubs:  player Ben Davey.  All paid.
£5 for signing for two clubs:  player Richard Prouse. 
TRANSFERS.  £75 in transfer fees passed to the Treasurer, plus £5 for one registration cancellation.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for late result card:  Morwenstow, Anchor Inn, Bratton Fleming, Holsworthy, Kilkhampton.  £5 for failure to confirm match to opponents:  Rolle Quay.  All paid.
£5 for failure to rearrange match:  Morwenstow, Braunton.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  (submitted subsequent to the meeting and recorded here for information):   Lloyds Bank current a/c £1416-76;  Portman Fixed Bond £9062-82;  Portman Instant Access a/c £3449-60;  Benevolent Fund £2977-09.  Total balance £16906-27.  All bills paid to date.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
PIVOT TROPHY.  Resolved that an invitation to represent the League in this season's Pivot Trophy match should be sent to the High Bickington club, last season's Intermediate champions.
SALE OF HANDBOOKS.  £4-60 passed to Treasurer.

 

November 1999

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on October 29th, 1999.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, A Beer, A Evans, B Fishleigh, T Knight, D Loder, D Parish, P Shelton, M Stevens, P Woodhams, A Woolf.
APOLOGIES for absence:   A Johns, S Platt, M Saunders.
MINUTES of the meeting held on October 1st were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
FINES.  All fines listed in the October minutes had been paid, except that on player Richard Prouse which was held in abeyance while the player was abroad.  (Sec's note:  this has been paid since the meeting.)
MR D PEDLER.  Reported that Mr. Pedler 's recovery meant that he was now back at work as the Sports Editor of the North Devon Journal.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
PUTFORD.  Letter received from a referee regarding the inadequacy of the line markings and the condition of the club's pitch for an Intermediate Division Two match.  The club had been advised of the need for clarity of markings for all matches, and that although this was likely to be the last season on their present pitch they were expected to maintain it in a reasonable condition.
SOUTH MOLTON.  Letter received from the club reporting the non-appearance of a referee to whom the match concerned had been notified.  The Secretary informed the meeting that this was the fourth similar occurrence regarding this referee within the last year.  Resolved that nothing much could be done about the matter following the information from the Appointments Secretary that this referee had now ceased officiating on Saturdays due to work commitments.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £10 for fielding an unregistered player: Boca Seniors.  £10 for fielding an ineligible player: Appledore, Westward Bell Athletic (twice).  £5 for signing for two clubs: player Adam James.  £5 for no s.a.e. with a registration form: Barnstaple AAC.  All paid.
£5 for no s.a.e. with a registration form: Clovelly.  £5 for signing for two clubs: player Peter Nash.  £5 for a late team sheet: Torrington, Bideford Youth.  £10 for fielding an ineligible player: Torrington.
TRANSFERS.  £80 in transfer fees passed to the Treasurer, plus £10 for two registration cancellations.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for late result card: Bideford (twice).  Paid.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £1875-73;  Portman Fixed Bond £9062-82;  Portman Instant Access a/c £3449-60;  Benevolent Fund £2977-09.  Total balance £17365-24.  All bills paid to date.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
DEVON COUNTY FA.  Notice had been received from the County FA of a meeting of 'Saturday Leagues' on November 10th at Newton Abbot.  This League would be represented by the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Treasurer.
PRESS OFFICER.  Mr. Bennett had informed the League that due to refereeing commitments he would be unable to continue in the post beyond the end of October.  Resolved that he should be thanked for the excellent way in which he had carried out the task during his tenure, and initial moves were decided on towards appointing a successor.
SALE OF HANDBOOK.  £2-30 passed to Treasurer.
REFEREE APPOINTMENTS.  Mr. Stevens reported that the shortage of referees had now reached the point where he was having to appoint non-Class 1 referees to Premier Division matches.  A long discussion followed on the shortage of match officials.  The view was reported that the problem was one of retention, not recruitment.

 

December 1999

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on December 3rd, 1999.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, A Beer, B Fishleigh, A Johns, S Platt, M Saunders, P Shelton, M Stevens, D Todd, A Woolf.
APOLOGIES for absence:   A Evans, T Knight, D Loder, D Parish, P Woodhams.
MINUTES of the meeting held on October 29th were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
FINES.  All fines listed in the October 29th minutes had been paid.
DEVON COUNTY FA.  The Chairman reported on the meeting of 'Saturday Leagues' held at the County FA  Headquarters in early November.  No definite decisions had been taken or announced, but among other suggestions were those that Leagues might take a greater part in the disciplinary process and in the collection of affiliation fees.  Some of these had received a warmer reception than others.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
PIVOT TROPHY.  Letter received from the High Bickington club accepting the invitation to represent the League in this season's Pivot Trophy match.  The Secretary was authorised to contact the Kingsley League regarding the match and to commence arrangements for staging it, as this League is the host League this season.
SHAMWICKSHIRE ROVERS.  Letter received from the club thanking the League for a donation made from the Benevolent Fund for the benefit of one of its players who had suffered a serious injury earlier in the season.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £10 for fielding an unregistered player: Torrington.  £10 for fielding an ineligible player: Combe Martin.  £5 for signing for two clubs: player Daniel Bell.  £5 for no s.a.e. with a registration form: Appledore.  £5 for a late team sheet: Lovacott.  £5 for failure to mark the referee: Morwenstow, Shamwickshire.    All paid.
£5 for failure to mark the referee: Torrington Admirals.
TRANSFERS.  £40 in transfer fees passed to the Treasurer, plus £10 for two registration cancellations.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for late result card: Anchor Inn, Boca Seniors.  £25 for failure to raise a team for a League match: Bude Town, Boca Seniors.    All paid.
£5 for failure to notify a postponement: Bideford Youth.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  (submitted subsequent to the meeting, and presented here as a matter of record):  Lloyds Bank current a/c £1678-01;  Portman Fixed Bond £9062-82;  Portman Instant Access a/c £3449-60;  Benevolent Fund £2977-09.  Total balance £17167-52.  All bills paid to date.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
PREMIER DIVISION FACILITIES.  Following discussion it was agreed that inspection of the facilities of a number of clubs would be made in the New Year, including those of clubs which might possibly qualify for promotion from the Senior Division at the end of this season.
FLOWERS.  Unanimous approval was given to the Chairman's proposal that he should again, in time for Christmas,  send flowers from the League to Mrs. Bartlett and Mrs. Edwards, the widows of two former League officers.
MEETING DATES.  Dates were approved for two meetings next summer.  League Constitution Meeting, Friday June 2nd.  Annual General Meeting, Friday June 23rd.

 

January 2000

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on January 7th, 2000.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, A Evans, T Knight, D Loder, D Parish, S Platt, M Saunders, P Shelton, M Stevens, A Woolf.
APOLOGIES for absence:   A Beer, B Fishleigh, A Johns, D Todd, P Woodhams.
MINUTES of the meeting held on December 3rd were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
FINES.  All fines listed in the December minutes had been paid, that imposed on Bideford Youth after having been trebled for non-payment within 14 days.
PIVOT TROPHY.  No reply had yet been received from the Kingsley League. (Sec's note: It arrived the day after the meeting).  The Torrington club had expressed its willingness to host the match on behalf of this League.
PREMIER DIVISION FACILITIES.  League Officers would be carrying out inspections of facilities, both at those clubs which might qualify for promotion to the Premier Division, and at existing Premier clubs where there was cause for concern.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.  The booking of Barnstaple Guildhall had now been completed, and the meeting is confirmed as 7.30pm on Friday June 23rd.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
TORRIDGE CUP.  A £25 donation had been received from this competition to the Benevolent Fund, and had been acknowledged.
WOOLSERY v WESTWARD BELL ATHLETIC.  Correspondence from the two clubs suggested that the match between them scheduled for December 18 may well have been the victim of a hoax phone call postponing the match.  The match had now been rearranged, and the Secretary would attempt to formulate a rule to minimise the likelihood of hoax calls being acted on.
LOVACOTT V SOUTH MOLTON.  Letters received, from the South Molton club regarding the washing facilities at Lovacott, and the Lovacott club's reply.  Clubs to be reminded of the desirability of having suitable post-match washing facilities.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  No fines had been imposed since the previous meeting.
TRANSFERS.  £35 in transfer fees passed to the Treasurer, plus £5 for one registration cancellation.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FIXTURES.  Due to the recent bad weather and the holiday period, only eight League matches had been played during the previous four weeks.
FINES.  No fines had been imposed since the previous meeting.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES submitted by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £1540-31;  Portman Fixed Bond £9062-82;  Portman Instant Access a/c £3449-60;  Benevolent Fund £2977-09.  Total balance £17029-82.  All bills had been paid to date.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
REFEREES.  Reported that six new referees had recently qualified, and would shortly be available for officiating at matches in this League.
BENEVOLENT FUND.  Since the previous meeting, the Executive Officers had approved donations from the fund to three players who had suffered injury.  A note of thanks had been received from Ilfracombe Town on behalf of the player of that club who had been one of the recipients.
MEDALS.  Approval was given to the Chairman's action in ordering from Phillips Trophies medals similar to those awarded last season.

 

February 2000

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on February 4th, 2000.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, B Fishleigh, A Johns, T Knight, D Loder, D Parish, M Saunders, P Shelton, M Stevens, D Todd, P Woodhams, A Woolf.
APOLOGIES for absence:   A Beer.
MINUTES of the meeting held on January 7th were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
PIVOT TROPHY.  Arrangements for this season's match were in hand.  Officers of this League would shortly be attending a meeting of the Pivot Trophy Committee to determine which cancer charities would be this year's beneficiaries from the current Pivot Trophy balance.
BENEVOLENT FUND.  Since the previous meeting, the Executive Officers had approved a donation from the fund to one player who had suffered injury.  A letter of thanks had been received from the Clovelly club on behalf of two players of that club who had been recent recipients from the fund.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
BRADWORTHY.  Letter received from a referee reporting a late kick off due to this club's team forgetting their kit.  Fine to be imposed in accordance with League rule 10(c).
GEORGEHAM v BIDEFORD.  Letter received from the referee of this match reporting its abandonment after 77 minutes due to a serious injury sustained by one player.  The referee commended the conduct of the players of both clubs subsequent to the injury, as did the club of the injured player the referee's handling of the situation.  Ruled that the score at the time of abandonment should stand as the final result.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for failure to mark referee: Appledore. Paid.
£10 for fielding an unregistered player: Bideford Youth.
TRANSFERS.  £95 in transfer fees passed to the Treasurer, plus £5 for one registration cancellation.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for late result card: Morwenstow.  £5 for failure to notify a postponement: Holsworthy.  £25 for failure to raise team for a league match: Merton.  All paid.
£5 for late result card: Kilkhampton.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £1563-82;  Portman Fixed Bond £9062-82;  Portman Instant Access a/c £3449-60;  Benevolent Fund £2977-09.  Total balance £17053-33.  All bills had been paid to date.  Recent awards from the Benevolent Fund had still to be transferred from the Benevolent Fund account to the current account.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
APPLICATION.  An informal request for information regarding entry to the League had been received from a person claiming to represent a club not currently in membership.  The Chairman would raise the matter with an officer of the club with whom he was acquainted.
CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS.  A matter raised with the Management Committee by one member club was ruled to remain confidential to members of the Committee until it has been investigated.

 

March 2000

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on March 3rd, 2000.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Alcock, A Beer, A Evans, B Fishleigh, A Johns, T Knight, D Loder, D Parish, M Saunders, P Shelton, M Stevens, P Woodhams, A Woolf.
APOLOGIES for absence:   D Todd.
MINUTES of the meeting held on February 4th were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
PIVOT TROPHY.  This season's match had now been arranged for Tuesday April 18th, KO 7.30pm, at Torrington.  No other matches under the auspices of this League would be permitted to take place on that evening.  Mr. I Phillips hoped to be able to produce a programme for the match.  A donation of £250-00 to a local cancer charity had recently been made from Pivot Trophy funds, and an acknowledgement received.
BRADWORTHY.  The fine imposed on the club for a late kick-off had been paid.  Subsequently correspondence had been received from the club reporting a late kick-off due to the late arrival of the referee.  The matter would be investigated.
APPLICATION.  This had been an informal approach of which the club concerned was not even aware, and the matter had therefore been dropped.
CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS.  This had concerned an allegation of racial abuse by one club against the players of another.  After reviewing the evidence available the Committee decided not to take any further action in this case.  However, everybody associated with this League in whatever capacity should be in no doubt that in any case in which racial abuse were to be proved, the Management Committee would not hesitate to apply the most severe penalties available to it against any offender, in addition to whatever other penalties might be imposed by the appropriate football authorities.
FINES.  All fines detailed in the February minutes had been paid.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
FA CUP FINAL TICKETS.  Notification had been received from the Devon County FA of the League's allocation of tickets for this year's final.  Following the usual procedure the tickets had been offered as follows:  2 @ £40 each: Landkey, Bradworthy.  2 @ £35: Appledore.  The Bradworthy and Appledore clubs had taken up their allocation.  (Sec's. note: As the Landkey club did not reply to the invitation to purchase, a further draw was subsequently conducted which resulted in the tickets being offered to the Swimbridge club, an offer which has been accepted.)
BRIDGERULE.  Letter received stating that no goal-nets or corner flags had been available for their away Bideford Tool Cup match v Boca Seniors.  Investigation revealed that due to an oversight the key for the cupboard in which the equipment was stored had not been made available to the home team.  At the referee's discretion the match had been played.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for late team sheet: Lovacott, Dolton. Both paid.
£5 for signing for two clubs: player Mark Parish.
TRANSFERS.  £30 in transfer fees passed to the Treasurer, plus £10 for two registration cancellations.  Transfers for this season had now closed.  There had been a total of 63.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for late result card: Landkey.  £5 for failure to phone in a cup result: Chittlehampton.  £20 for failure to raise team for a cup match: Westward Bell Athletic.  £5 for causing a late kick-off: Bradworthy.  All paid.
£5 for late result card: Holsworthy, Bideford Youth, Red Star Barum.
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £1150-40;  Portman Fixed Bond £9062-82;  Portman Instant Access a/c £3449-60;  Benevolent Fund £2977-09.  Total balance £16639-91.  All bills had been paid to date.  Recent awards from the Benevolent Fund had still to be transferred from the Benevolent Fund account to the current account.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
REFEREES' MARKS.  The marks for the twelve months March 1999 - February 2000 had been passed to Mr. M Stevens.
LEAGUE CUP FINALS.  Agreed that the procedure used in recent seasons for admission to these matches would again be applied.  All persons, including players but excluding the match officials, would be required to pay the entry charge, with the two competing clubs subsequently being refunded the amount for 16 players and two officials.

 

April 2000

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on April 7th, 2000.
PRESENT:  All members of the Management Committee.  Mr. W Smale in the Chair.
MINUTES of the meeting held on March 3rd were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
PIVOT TROPHY.  The High Bickington club had provided details of the team which would be representing this League, and this had been forwarded to Mr. I Phillips who was preparing a match programme.
APPLICATION.  Two enquiries had been received from clubs regarding entry to the League for next season.  Relevant forms would be sent to them at the appropriate time.
CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS.  Communication received from the County FA stated that the original advice given to the League on this matter had been incorrect, and that an allegation of racial abuse was something which should be considered by the County FA from the outset.  All relevant documentation had therefore been forwarded to the County FA, and the matter is no longer the business of this League. 
FINES.  All fines detailed in the March minutes had been paid.  A fine of £50 had been imposed on the Bude club for late return of the Arlington Cup.  This had been paid.
LEAGUE CUP FINALS.  Arranged for: Brayford Cup, Combe Martin, May 9.  Combe Martin Cup, Combe Martin, May 6.  Arlington Cup, Clovelly, May 2.  Bideford Tool Cup, Torrington, April 27.  Members of the Committee volunteered to man the gate at those finals to be held before the next meeting, and at the Pivot Trophy match.  Invitations had been sent out to the relevant match officials, many of which had already been accepted.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
NORTH DEVON REFEREES ASSOCIATION.  An invitation had been received from the Association for Officers of the League to meet with them to discuss the shortage of match officials in this area.  A reply had been sent suggesting that League Officers should attend one of the RA's monthly meetings for this purpose, but no confirmation of a date had yet been received.
DEVON COUNTY LEAGUE.  Notice received of the annual JLC meeting to be held on April 10th at the County FA headquarters in Newton Abbot.
SOUTH MOLTON.  Letter of complaint received regarding the non-appearance of a referee to whom a match had been confirmed.  The Appointments Secretary stated that the referee in question had been called away in connection with his work at short notice.
ROCK PARK PITCHES.  Notification received from Mr. S Light that the pitches would be kept in use until May 21st;  (well after the end of this League's season).
COMBE MARTIN.  Letter received from the club confirming that they would play host to the Brayford Cup final as well as the Combe Martin Cup final, and would provide similar facilities at both.  Mr. A Evans was asked to convey back to the club the thanks of the League for this generous gesture.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for failure to sign team sheet: Bratton Fleming.  £5 for no s.a.e. with registration form: Dolton, Putford, Swimbridge.  £5 for no letter in support of a low marking: Chittlehampton.  £10 for fielding ineligible players: Barnstaple Riverside.  All paid.
£10 for fielding an ineligible player: Holsworthy.  £5 for failure to mark the referee: Torrington Admirals, Putford, Morwenstow.  £5 for a late team sheet: Braunton, Torrington, Chittlehampton.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for failure to phone in a cup result: Braunton, Landkey.  £5 for a late result card: Rolle Quay, Torrington Admirals, Georgeham.  £5 for failure to notify a postponement: Inter FC.  £50 for failure to raise a team for a League match: North Molton.  All paid.
£5 for a late result card: Kilkhampton, Georgeham, Boca Seniors. 
TREASURER'S REPORT.
BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £1284-17;  Portman Fixed Bond £9062-82;  Portman Instant Access a/c £3835-74;  Benevolent Fund £2792-79.  Total balance £16975-52.  All bills had been paid to date.  ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
GROUND STANDARDS, SEASON 2000-2001.  A brief discussion concluded with the confirmation that when finalising the constitution of the Premier Division for next season, the Committee would be applying rigorously the requirements of League rule 10(d) as regards ground standards.  There would also be an investigation into reports of no washing facilities being available at some grounds in lower divisions.
TEAM SHEETS.  It was suggested by some members of the Committee who are qualified referees that this League should follow the practice of many other Leagues and require the numbers on players' shirts to match those under which they are listed on team sheets.  The opinion of clubs would be canvassed prior to considering the matter for rules revision at the next AGM.

 

May 2000

MINUTES of a meeting of the MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of the BIDEFORD TOOL NORTH DEVON ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE, held on May 5th, 2000.
PRESENT:  W Smale (Chairman), A Beer, A Johns, T Knight, D Loder, S Platt, P Shelton, M Stevens, D Todd, P Woodhams, A Woolf.
APOLOGIES for absence:  A Alcock, A Evans, B Fishleigh, D Parish, M Saunders.
MINUTES of the meeting held on April 7th were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING.
PIVOT TROPHY.  The trophy had been retained with a 2-0 victory over the Kingsley League team.  The High Bickington club had been thanked for representing this League.
FINES.  All fines detailed in the April minutes had been paid. 
LEAGUE CUP FINALS.  All except the finals of the Combe Martin Cup and Brayford Cup had been played.  Thanks were expressed by the Chairman to those members of the Committee who had helped with the running of these games.
NORTH DEVON REFEREES ASSOCIATION.  No date had yet been agreed for the proposed meeting.
DEVON COUNTY LEAGUE.  The Chairman and Treasurer reported on the meeting held on April 10th at the County FA headquarters in Newton Abbot.
GROUND STANDARDS, SEASON 2000-2001.  In view of replies received from clubs regarding their facilities, action was decided on in preparation for the League Constitution meeting on June 2nd.
TEAM SHEETS.  The Secretary reported that from correspondence received, and from discussion he had had with club officials when visiting various grounds, there appeared to be absolutely no support from clubs for the proposal that the numbers on players' shirts should match those on team sheets.  Resolved that this matter should therefore not be considered for a rule amendment.
CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED.
NORTH DEVON REFEREES ASSOCIATION.  The Association had provided the League with a copy of a letter it had sent to the Devon County FA asking for guidance on how match officials should handle a situation in which they believed players to be under the influence of drugs.
COMPLAINT.  A member club had submitted a copy of an item from another club's match programme, and registered a complaint regarding the accusations made in it.  The Committee approved the Secretary's action in advising the club that this was not League business but should be submitted to the Devon County FA.  In the same item an accusation had been levelled against the League.  The views of the League had been expressed to the club concerned.  Resolved that the entire matter should be left in the hands of the Devon County FA.
REGISTRATION BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for failure to mark the referee: Buckland Brewer.  £5 for a late team sheet:  Dolton.  Both paid.
£5 for failure to mark the referee: Bude Town.  £5 for a late team sheet: Lovacott.
FIXTURES BUSINESS.
FINES.  £5 for a late result card: Buckland Brewer.  Paid. 
£5 for failure to notify a rearrangement: Bideford Youth.  £50 for failure to raise a team for a League match: Fremington.  £5 for failure to confirm a game to opponents: Barnstaple AAC.
TREASURER'S REPORT.

BALANCES reported by the Treasurer:  Lloyds Bank current a/c £761-27;  Portman Fixed Bond £9062-82;  Portman Instant Access a/c £3555-74;  Benevolent Fund £2838-49.  Total balance £16218-32.  All bills had been paid to date. 

 

AGM 2000

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