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There appears to be no reason why clubs can't play games from March 29th, albeit friendlies.

I'm sure many clubs will take up the option if avaliable to get back to some form of football, it's been almost 3 months since many last played and pre season is still 3/4 months away. 

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Having seen many photos posted on line by people attending games its clear to see the blame lies mainly with the fans as the simple rule of social distancing clearly cannot be followed and yet it will

To be totally honest, it had to happen.

Is it Edgware Town?

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21 minutes ago, GRS67 said:

IIt would appear the wording of 'Curtailed' rather than 'null and void' by the FA is to push forward their delayed restructure of Steps 4-6 It was planned that we would move across to the new Division in the Combined Counties League for the start of the 2019/20 season. 

 

If the FA manage to push this through in time for the start of the 2021/22 campaign then Edgware as well as Wembley, North Greenford and Oxhey Jets have played their final game in the SSMFL. 

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I think that’s exactly it. They may well promote and relegate as they wish and day their hands are tied. 

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14 hours ago, Savagebee said:

What about The SSML Division Two? That's Step 7 right?

Savagebee - Yes, good point, I know that the Midland Football League, at Steps 7 and 8 level, have curtailed their Divisions so lets see what is announced in the coming days, Karen could do a lot more to keep us reliably informed couldn't she as she's in the know.

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The last two seasons have been a mess and a waste of time. Leagues need to 100% make sure that this doesn't happen again next season.

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2 hours ago, GRS67 said:

It's all messy and will get messier if they do restructure 

I know someone who will be happy and that's the Hellenic League Chairman Bob Dalling, it's all he goes on about and seems obsessed with restructuring. Would Edgware Town be happy in the Combined Counties League though, it's not really a League that gets the juices flowing is it.

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2 hours ago, Rhodes said:

I know someone who will be happy and that's the Hellenic League Chairman Bob Dalling, it's all he goes on about and seems obsessed with restructuring. Would Edgware Town be happy in the Combined Counties League though, it's not really a League that gets the juices flowing is it.

Personally I'm quite looking forward to a change, but I know most at the club are concerned about the extra travelling possibly involved. 

I believe it would be a easier route out of Step 5 especially with the team Rak has assembled, the SSMFL want rid of their southernmost clubs so why stay where we're not wanted! 

Just look as how the SSMFL have dealt with their announcements throughout Covid, little to no information coming from thier HQ! 

The SW Peninsula league have already announced their plans for a inter league Cup competition in April and May, meanwhile the SSMFL are dragging their heels, TBH I'd be astonished if they actually put something together for clubs in April and May! 

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41 minutes ago, GRS67 said:

Just look as how the SSMFL have dealt with their announcements throughout Covid, little to no information coming from thier HQ! 

GRS67 - From Karen you mean, yes, you're right

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I see that the Herts Senior County League has been declared null and void for 2020/21 with no promotion or relegation, that effects a lot of 'our' Club's Reserve side's and where does it leave Letchworth Garden City Eagles and Royston Town Reserves who have applied for promotion to the SSML:

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On 24/02/2021 at 21:28, Savagebee said:

What about The SSML Division Two? That's Step 7 right?

Savagebee - Further to your question, Karen had better start getting busy with the remaining Division Two fixtures as it looks like there might be a resumption:

The FA Council will be asked to extend the Step 7 season to 30 June. Promotion applicants "will be factored into the considerations of the feasibility of the restructure.” If a league chooses to curtail early, this "will not prevent a club’s application from being considered”.

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14 hours ago, Rhodes said:

GRS67 - From Karen you mean, yes, you're right

No I didn't mean from Karen, don't put words in my mouth Rhodes! 

The Combined Counties League have today announced plans for a mini league in April /May, they're the second league to annonce this following the SW Peninsula, I wonder if we'll see something similar from the SSMFL or will they bury their heads in the sand as per usual! 

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I have had no communication from the Management Committee on any updates.

I expect Divisional Meetings will no doubt be held to discuss matters and the way forward that clubs want in due course

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48 minutes ago, Karen Browne said:

I have had no communication from the Management Committee on any updates.

I expect Divisional Meetings will no doubt be held to discuss matters and the way forward that clubs want in due course

I wasn't having a moan at you Karen it was aimed at the hierarchy of the league...

 

The United Counties League have now joined the SW Peninsula and Combined Counties League in announcing inter league Cup competitions 

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Yes, the United Counties League are currently “preparing supplementary competitions for all Divisions" based on information it has received from its Club's following the questionnaire exercise prior to the announcement this week that Steps 3-6 will be 'curtailed'. This will apply to the Reserve sides of Newport Pagnell Town, Potton United and Milton Keynes Irish: 
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12 hours ago, Rhodes said:
Yes, the United Counties League are currently “preparing supplementary competitions for all Divisions" based on information it has received from its Club's following the questionnaire exercise prior to the announcement this week that Steps 3-6 will be 'curtailed'. This will apply to the Reserve sides of Newport Pagnell Town, Potton United and Milton Keynes Irish: 
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I’m not sure that clubs will be up for this and some may not even be in a position to do it. Just start pre season earlier. 

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On 23/02/2021 at 17:01, GRS67 said:

I think we'll get some kind of competitive games be it a mini inter league tournament or something along those lines, playing friendlies isn't going to really benefit anyone, I know we're not in favour of just playing out friendlies for a few weeks before we have to have yet another break for the summer. 

I see that the Isthmian League have ruled out holding a secondary competition this season, Vice Chairman Craig Johnson said “we’ve decided we would not be running a League Cup type of event”. Can you blame them as what's the point, I'm not really sure why GRS67 is so enthusiastic about a mini tournament as what is wrong with friendlies until we can commence the 2021/22 campaign, hopefully in early August at the usual time with the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round on Saturday 7 or 14 August:

Isthmian League: Summer cups are not on the agenda - The Non-League Football Paper

THE ISTHMIAN League board have overwhelmingly decided not to organise secondary competitions this summer for their clubs.
Leagues at Steps 5 and 6 have begun organising tournaments for their members following the decision to curtail the season.
The competitions are planned to start from April and run until the end of May, but more information is required as to when crowds can return at ‘non-elite’ level along with secondary spend at grounds from bars and clubhouses.
The Isthmian League, at Steps 3 and 4, however, won’t be running any such events.

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On 26/02/2021 at 13:21, Karen Browne said:

I have had no communication from the Management Committee on any updates.

I expect Divisional Meetings will no doubt be held to discuss matters and the way forward that clubs want in due course

Karen - Thanks for coming on to clarify that, have you raised your eyebrows at having had no communication as you're the League's fixture Secretary so surely you should be the first to be kept in the loop. What is discussed at the Divisional meetings out of interest and do you sit in on them, little or nothing ever seems to happen after one takes place does it so what's the point in having them. Lastly what's your understanding on Step 7 as there appears to be conflicting messeges about the extension of the Step 7 season to 30 June, see below:

1. The FA Council will be asked to extend the Step 7 season to 30 June. Promotion applicants "will be factored into the considerations of the feasibility of the restructure.” If a league chooses to curtail early, this "will not prevent a club’s application from being considered”.

2. Please note: the extension does not apply to the National League System (NLS) Steps 3-6, Regional NLS Feeder Leagues and the Women’s Football Pyramid from Tier 3 and below, including County Leagues at Tier 7, as the process to determine the preferred route forward for these competitions is currently ongoing.

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18 hours ago, Rhodes said:

I see that the Isthmian League have ruled out holding a secondary competition this season, Vice Chairman Craig Johnson said “we’ve decided we would not be running a League Cup type of event”. Can you blame them as what's the point, I'm not really sure why GRS67 is so enthusiastic about a mini tournament as what is wrong with friendlies until we can commence the 2021/22 campaign, hopefully in early August at the usual time with the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round on Saturday 7 or 14 August:

Isthmian League: Summer cups are not on the agenda - The Non-League Football Paper

THE ISTHMIAN League board have overwhelmingly decided not to organise secondary competitions this summer for their clubs.
Leagues at Steps 5 and 6 have begun organising tournaments for their members following the decision to curtail the season.
The competitions are planned to start from April and run until the end of May, but more information is required as to when crowds can return at ‘non-elite’ level along with secondary spend at grounds from bars and clubhouses.
The Isthmian League, at Steps 3 and 4, however, won’t be running any such events.

The only reason the 'Trident leagues "won't have any inter league Cup competitions is down to the fact that clubs would have to pay their contracted players for appearing. 

 

I'm in favour of leagues have inter Cup competitions because friendlies won't really benefit anyone and costs are the same for a friendly or a more competitive game. 

 

 

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Any played in April, May and June is better than nothing in my opinion but I totally understand Leagues and Club not wanting to bother playing again until next season and cutting there loses as our Supreme Leaders could easily change there minds regarding the easing of the Lockdown. This ain't over. Next Season needs to be thought about long and hard. This season has been a shambles.

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On 25/02/2021 at 14:53, Savagebee said:

The last two seasons have been a mess and a waste of time. Leagues need to 100% make sure that this doesn't happen again next season.

Hear Hear !!

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On 28/02/2021 at 19:30, Rhodes said:

what is wrong with friendlies until we can commence the 2021/22 campaign, hopefully in early August at the usual time with the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round on Saturday 7 or 14 August:

As predicted the 2021/22 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round is pencilled in for Saturday 7 August, I expect there will be some bumper attendances if, all being well, we are back to normality:

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1 hour ago, GRS67 said:

News from SSMFL HQ finally! 

GRS67 - I wonder whether Karen is secretly hoping there won't be a competition as it's going to be a lot of hard work for her isn't it over a fairly short period of time, her phone won't stop ringing.

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