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2016/17 Reserves Proposed Constitution

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Reserve Section will be Development Division only following withdrawal of several clubs from the alternative Reserve Division

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Reserve Section will be Development Division only following withdrawal of several clubs from the alternative Reserve Division

Does this mean the remaining reserve teams without required facilities for the development league will be asked to leave SSML?

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What a shambles.

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So where does this leave new bradwell reserves Karen ?

 

Half way through last season we put together a very good reserve squad from the age of 16 to 21 roughly, three or four of them playing first team football come the end of season, new sponsors have brought tracksuits and kit for these young lads and the management team have been working very hard over last few months, will they be put into the development league ?

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So where does this leave new bradwell reserves Karen ?

 

I suggest you speak with your club chairman

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I still can't work out why they have meddled with the current set up. Some new school Coach has obviously got in someone's ear and convinced the league that what they have been doing well for the last 30 years is out of date and not conducive to providing the England team with better players, so let's set adrift a ton of loyal Spartan reserve teams just so we can be seen as on trend.

 

The clubs that voted for this should be ashamed.

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The clubs that voted for this should be ashamed.

 

That would be the clubs playing in the Development Division then

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Yes and they should be ashamed

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Agreed. One of the clubs should take the League to Court on the basis of 'age discrimination'.

 

The rules state that a team can play five players over 25 years old. 

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It's an unnecessary nonsense at step 5. Leave it to step 4 and up.

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London colney reserves have joined the suburban league,not what they wanted to do but because they did not subscribe to "development"nonsense there was not an alternative , after more than 20years playing in the res league they are reluctantly moving to another league!!

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I don't think any club that was in the reserve division wanted to leave, but faced with only 9 clubs and the league agm later than other leagues had no choice but to have a back up in place. Based on what others clubs did it seems that was sensible to secure a position in other leagues.

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To lose a club like London Colney is a travesty.

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Some new school Coach has obviously got in someone's ear and convinced the league that what they have been doing well for the last 30 years is out of date and not conducive to providing the England team with better players, so let's set adrift a ton of loyal Spartan reserve teams just so we can be seen as on trend.

This sums it all up and is 'spot on'. First Mick Ewen goes - because he's not seen as 'politically correct' - and now the SSMFL is trying to modernise by converting a very successful Reserve League to a Development Division!!

 

I seem to recall St Albans Reserves pulling out of Division Two last season because it wasn't the sort of football to develop their youngsters!! Will they be back - not a chance!!

Edited by Whitley Bay

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In my eyes the way the league should have approached this development league was reach out to the clubs and state they were running the reserve leagues as normal this season. Any clubs who were interested in a development league could try following the DL within their club for this season, this would give them a guide to any issues that could occur and that whether moving to an actual DL for the following season. This would also give the league a chance to come up with a suitable plan for clubs who do not wish to join the DL to ensure they have a a competitive league with a minimum of 12 clubs. 

 

A DL can look an attracting proposition on paper but in practice most clubs will struggle to stay within the rules. What if a first team manager leaves taking the team and the DL team has to fulfill/move up to the first team not only will you have to find a whole new team but one with the correct quota of players. (This happens a lot at this level as players play for managers rather than clubs) It is my belief a lot of clubs who have signed up for the DL will not wish to continue under the same guidelines after one season. What does the league do then ??? Lose more clubs to other leagues ? Admit they were wrong ?

 

To many people running these leagues seem to be all for the clubs that have money and can afford to keep upgrading their facilities and sod the little village/small town clubs that have kept the league going for years

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