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smallsy last won the day on July 6 2011

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  1. I think Always Hiding, Olyfan and Stop Whinging have all made very good points. Particularly when Olyfan suggests there was an opportunity to oppose the rule prior to the AGM. I personally was not aware of this and see where you are coming from with this. Have to agree with Stop Whinging that the clubs most affected would be premier division sides who, overall, are in the minority and therefore would have probably been outvoted. This is a shame because step 7 and step 5 in this part of the world are very similar standards in my opinion. Still, it is the same for all clubs so what will be will be.
  2. SW - for him to be available to play in a cup final I am sure there are rules in place stating the player must have played in X amount of games or in previous rounds. I know that is the case for the Essex Premier Cup. I think the new rules will prevent managers from encouraging their young players to give it a chance at a higher level and lower the standard of the league. The problem is the people voting on these rule changes are secretaries rather than managers and perhaps see things from an idealistic point of view rather than a practical one. What's done is done i suppose but I do agree with you SW when you say a lot of teams will no doubt breach the rules unwittingly and it may prove difficult to police. Of course, the difference between step 7 and step 5 is not much. The difference between step 5 and the EOL 2nd/3rd divisions will be far greater and maybe this is how the rule passed. As it was, should these have been the rules last season my squad would not have been affected but it would be nice to have that flexibility.
  3. Hi SW, completely agree with you there about what has happened at the end of previous seasons and i understand why the league looked to address the matter but I do feel the new law is flawed. We are now only allowed one player in our team who has played 4 games or more at step 6 or above. Come September/October a lot of players will become available because they have only played bit parts in their respective clubs season and they may look to move on and drop down a level but we will not be able to sign them. I think after a certain date we should only be able to pick those players if they have played in 50% of games to date rather than rule them out all together. In addition, players playing at Step 6 and step 5 are not much different in ability to the level of player at step 7. If a club in the premier division were drafting in players from the ESL I certainly would not be worried. Perhaps we would have been better to apply the new rule from step 4 onwards? That is my opinion anyway.
  4. Well said TIC! If some teams in the division are able to pay players then good for them. There was talk at the league AGM about making it an even playing field for all teams but I couldn't disagree more. Are Man Utd and West Ham on an even playing field? Or Canvey Island and Concord Rangers? Budgets, resources, facilities and level of support are things that make a club individual and ultimately the ability of the manager to attract and keep hold of good players will shine through. Even with good players you have to get them playing as a team to be successful. There are a lot of people posting on here using an alias who seem to have a hidden agenda and looking to make digs at certain clubs such as Kelvedon. I have really enjoyed reading the debate, the rumours and the talk about this season but it would be nice to know who is associated with which clubs. Finally, Most Wanted could you please type in a slightly larger font? I had to zoom in 400% to read that!!
  5. Mikey - I am not sure what your motive is for having a pop at me and the league. You are entitled to your opinion but I am sorry you feel like that. Having experiences of both levels the difference appears to be the pace of the game. The olympian is a slower game but this enables a better quality of football - if you have that type of player of course. The ESL is a more physical league played at a much higher tempo. You can see that those boys train twice a week and are in much better shape. I saw Witham play a number of times last season and their plan A was route one and it was extremely effective. They were quicker and stronger than anyone they played against and deserved their honours. Like any league there are good and bad examples. Burnham will always be a standout example of the ESL with a great facility and well run footballing side. Clapton will always be a hellhole with a team that arrive late for games looking like raggy rovers. There are also certain teams in the Olympian League that are championed as being good enough to compete in the ESL. These are really well run clubs with good facilities and good players. If you relegated Clapton or Basildon they would not challenge in the Olympian because the standard at the top is very good. It is a debate that will rage on and, quite frankly, it is a waste of time because there will never be a way to prove it as facilities rule the day. If you have stands and floodlights you will be, at worst, in the ESL. If you do not then you will be, at best, in the Olympian Prem. I think both levels need to have respect for eachother as it appears the ESL look down their nose at the EOL and there are some frustrated clubs at EOL that are envious of ESL clubs. From a personal point of view I am learning my trade at this level much like Mr Spillane (Frenford) and Mr Gardner (BGU) did and it hasn't served those guys too badly. Yes Mikey, I do think I am a manager but I don't need a camel coat to make me think that. Just because my club are, in your words, 'only step 7' it doesnt mean we take it any less seriously, that we are any less able or I am any less of a manager than a step 5 manager. Size doesnt matter, it's how you use it
  6. Krooner - I am a manager now. I can't be seen on here mixing with the likes of you and Hookey. Hope you are well.
  7. Hi, we do not have floodlights I am afraid so 7pm is the latest we can do.
  8. Southminster are looking for opposition for a friendly Wednesday 18th July at our home ground in Southminster. Kick off will be 7pm. Please message me if you are interested.
  9. JB what has happened to Mickey Nunn? We played BSS twice last season and they were a very good footballing side.
  10. Interesting that newbury forest have come over from the essex/suffolk border league. Even more interesting they have been put into division one after coming 3rd in the premier and winning essex premier cup.
  11. Southmisnter St. Leonards FC from the Essex Olympian Premier Division are looking for opposition for a pre season friendly on Sat 4th August. If you are interested please email smallsy1@hotmail.co.uk
  12. Dagger you have a funny idea of an overhead kick!! M&B probably deserved it in the end. They started to play some better football towards the end as Runwell ran out of steam. I liked the M&B number 9, do you know his name? Gillard had a solid game but should have scored a couple of headers.
  13. I was over BA last night as it goes KLF. Have very fond memories of it over there. Never forget the umpa lumpa theme tune!!
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