Just thought I'd question the sense of having Flackwell Heath play in a league that is mainly Essex/Herts/Suffolk with a few East London teams. Surely it would've made more sense promoting another ESL team, or a team from Herts.
Nothing against Flackwell, but surely that defeats the object of having the leagues locallised.
On a post on the Barking & East Ham forum it says that the ESL and Southern league were approached for a replacement but both leagues refused to release a team.
"From tonight's Ryman League AGM.
Barking FC have apparently gone bust, and been replaced in Ryman 1 North by Flackwell Heath, who finished 4th in Ryman 2 last season, and had been voted into the Spartan South Midlands League only last Saturday! Barking, as reformed, are going into the Essex Senior League. Apparently it was first expected that the ESL would provide Barking's replacement at Step 4, but they refused to release anyone. Also, the Southern League were asked to swap Brook House for Flackwell Heath, but they also refused."