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I didn't want to resurrect this old thread from June 2018 however I am surprised there was not more discussion on the subject that Buck Rogers raised at the time, namely do Club's know enough about the subject of Ground Grading and what their Grading is, particularly those who actually want promotion and intend applying for it, unlike your Harefield United's, London Colney's and Tring Athletic's for example who are content to remain as Step 5 Club's as the latter's former Chairman Howard Wells readily admitted. Anyway the two links below are very helpful guidelines. At the SSML Management Board on 21 January this year it was noted 'that the required ground inspections had taken place apart from one which would be rearranged in due course and the various inspection reports would be considered by the Committee when it next met', I am assuming this has still to be done for the 2020/21 campaign as the Ground Grading deadline was moved from 31 March to 31 July:

http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/DisplayNews.do;jsessionid=E1CA60E7A6EA099F2649C22EC48E0E72?noticePlacementID=969854609&noticeID=589739415&league=522238936

http://www.thepyramid.info/misc/ground.htm

 

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Buck Rogers didn't get many replys did he 😉

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He must have felt like he was banging his head against a brick wall, a bit like Karen when she suddenly stopped posting fixtures and results in December 2018 after many years, it takes a lot for Karen to throw in the towel.

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Have we ascertained if the FA will repay Clubs their fee for a Ground Grading inspection as it was the FA who curtailed this season?

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Enfield Til It Died - Well some old threads are still relevant such as this one about Cotlandswick before London Colney went on to win the SSML Premier Division Championship in 2017, someone asked whether the ground was up to Step 4 standard for the following season and also whether the Club had actually applied for promotion. According to one of Karen's trusted sources of information, or spies, London Colney failed their inspection in 2015/16 on outside access to toilets and the turnstile had no electricity so that was fairly easily rectified however the Club declined the opportunity of promotion due to the fact they would have gone into the Ryman League Division One North when their preferred option was, for some strange reason, the Southern League Division One Central, Chairman at the time Jim Nicholls then threw his toys out of the pram and appealed the decision but it was not upheld by the FA so they decided to remain in the SSML. I don't know whether that was the reason why Mr Nicholls then decided to immediately up sticks and walk away from Cotlandswick taking four key Committee members with him, Manager Joe Sweeney also left with most of the Championship winning squad and the Club, founded in 1907, almost folded:

 

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