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  1. Interesting.....very interesting as Barry Davies used to say of a good F.Lee goal! Local politicians listening to residents-might catch on. Could be worrying for Thakeham, Berkhamsted Raiders and the Broadwater landowners. A 3,700 strong petition contains a lot of electors for a small town. Keep Broadwater for Southern League football.
  2. I see ex Tring supremo Howard "Conference football in 5 years" Wells has resurfaced on a video at bulbournecross.co.uk backing the plan to put Berkhamsted Raiders in a step2/3 stadium at Bourne End. What could possibly go wrong?
  3. Non-league football is certainly not all in it together. The pyramid has fallen apart. Last season null and void did not apply to elite and this season playing through lockdown was different for elite and non-elite. Now the top two steps are splitting one elite league into two on the null and void issue. Might SSMFL follow suit and continue some divisions but not others? My money is still on null and void but there are some leagues and clubs that want to run mini-divisions and cups to give some competitive football for the rest of the season if the government allows it.
  4. It is hard to keep up. So Raiders now just want to pay a fee to use Bulbourne, like their SSMFL side do at Kings Langley, used to do at Ashlyns School, and youth teams do as far away as Cheddington. So Bulbourne is not going to be their long sought after home of their own. Perhaps they want their home to be in Berkhamsted -at Velvet Lawn or Durrants Lane. Just as Comrades want to keep a home of their own at Broadwater. Sounds like much ado about nothing. The council have already spent their money on a draft local plan that rejects the Thakeham estate. That suggests Bulbourne is not going
  5. Simples- as the meerkat would say. Berko FC want to play in Berko town centre -not Bourne End. If Raiders want to move from Kings Langley to Bourne End , where the big attraction is free land and lots of pitches, the Comrades are not stopping them. The Comrades just do not want their ground sold to pay for Raiders' buildings. Raiders' trustees have got some nerve (or is it just Pollard wearing his BSGCA/Dacorum Sports Network hats) !
  6. It went really slowly with the developer that wants to destroy 200 acres of Green Belt land giving the usual environmental window dressing. Turn countryside into a country park etc. and as they will make hundreds of millions from the estate they can add infrastructure. He did say they had not entered discussions to buy Broadwater. Raiders mouthpiece Forster waffled aimlessly. At least The Emirates is a lot nearer Highbury than Bourne End is to Broadwater but it still lacks atmosphere and the history goes.
  7. Not quite Rhodes, page 2 is full of SSMFL interest. All about the fight to keep football in Berkhamsted and at Broadwater. The picture includes an SSMFL ball, so maybe an SSMFL game too! I wish them luck against their seemingly uncharitable landlords from hell.
  8. If you have the time Rhodes you can search through 1,500 signatures added today to the Comrades petition to save Broadwater for football to see if his name is there. Does the Raiders statement help you or anyone else? The Raiders Trustees have agreed to take a neutral view on any planning debate in the town. Our comments relating to the provision of sports facilities are as follows: We will not take a Club view on where housing development should take place. That is a decision for DBC following consultation with local residents. Our members and local residents will con
  9. Rhodes may be right. Raiders have probably gone to ground because they do not want to upset their mums and dads by being linked to the plot to join Hemel and Berko at Bourne End and build thousands of houses on green belt land and Broadwater. The chairman of Berkhamsted Raiders is a director of the BSGCA who own the Comrades ground. He is also on the Dacorum Sports Network along with the guy that was chairman of Tring Athletic before the recent coup. There seems to be a history of plotting behind closed doors. Back to work now-busy days explain my absence..
  10. FACTS 1. Raiders were in a beauty contest for the Broadwater lease and they lost. 2. Their consolation prize was Sunday use at Broadwater. They lost that to Watford Ladies when Raiders pulled their under 18s out of the Eastern Junior Alliance. 3. Counties and the FA do not foist 3G pitches onto clubs-they wait for invites from clubs like Raiders. 4 Raiders do not want a lease of Broadwater. They want it sold for housing and strangely feel entitled to a big slice of the proceeds. OPINION Lee Groves was sacked on philosophical grounds!
  11. I see South Shields lost their tribunal case for points per game promotion. It seems the logic was the pandemic was not foreseeable so the FA, NLS and Leagues were able legally to scrap titles, promotion and relegations without really consulting clubs. Meanwhile in Scotland and English Leagues 1 and 2 and the National League, clubs have been consulted and points per game was used with promotion and relegation instead of null and void. Clubs need to use this month’s League AGMs to seize back control and prevent the same farce probably taking place next summer. There might be a second
  12. Why not declare Stotfold and St Pantelimon as joint winners and recognise their achievement in reaching the final? That is what is happening in some counties. Medals all round! Could even pass a rule change at the AGM to use points per game to award division titles for the season just ended.
  13. I see that the Herts FA are declaring joint winners where county cup finalists are known but the season ending prevented the final being played. OBU and MK Robins deserve that sort of recognition from the powers that be on the SSMFL. They can afford the engraving and medals!
  14. What are the implications of this new EU report? https://www.echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/17eb9921-915a-156b-de0a-7f6a83deb7dd 3G pitches in the league for Edgware Town, Brimsdown, Berkhamsted Raiders and loads more use them for training. Will the FA bring in annual PAH tests to go with performance tests?
  15. The Buckingham Town MK Irish situation is new to me. Is Winslow boy hinting at getting round two rules: 1. no groundshares to get promotion or avoid relegation and 2. merged teams start in the division of the lower placed team? These days the FA Leagues Committee decides who is where in steps 5 & 6 so the SSMFL will not be able to change it. Not much of a choice at the AGM these days- ratify the FA dictated constitution for those divisions or leave the National League System. The original idea of the pyramid was an end to the old boys network, replacing it with a meritocracy. If
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