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Welcome to the website of the Pope & Smith Chelmsford Sunday League.

Priory Sports Reserves progress to the quarter-finals of the Essex Sunday Junior Cup with a 4-1 win at Corinthians and now host Aveley United in January. In domestic cup competitions Hatfield Peverel A and Waltham United await the Gillott Trophy third round draw next week after home wins against City Supporters and Chelmsford Athletic. The League Cup semi-finals draws also take place next week with William De Ferrers and Priory Sports in the Premier Division hat. Springfield overcame Tulip Royals 6-3 to reach the Division One semi-finals, Brookhouse earned their Division Two semi-final place winning 1-0 at Anchor Athletic and Writtle Reserves join Waltham United in the Division Three draw. In the League, Redstones and Old Chelmsfordians shared the points at the top of the Premier Division while Broomfield won 6-1 to move into the race for honours. South Woodham Ferrers United Reserves take over at the top of Division Three with a 7-1 win at Dynamo Desi as Mannex MR and Margaretting S&S Club did not play.

Updated on 5th December 2019. Match reports for Sunday added.

The FA Sunday Cup third round has Priory Sports travelling to Hackney Marshes to play Sporting Club de Mundial from the Hackney & Leyton Sunday League. Kick-off is at 1pm and your support for our Club would be welcome. In the morning, South Woodham Ferrers Reserves host Woodham Radars in the Gillot Trophy and there are League Cup second round matches at Redstones, Blackwater, Mayland Village and Stock United. In the League, Old Chelmsfordians can return to the top of the Premier Division with a win against South Woodham Ferrers United. In Division Three Margaretting S&S Club host Boreham looking to jump the three teams above them.

All match reports, including goalscorers, should be emailed to our Publicity Officer, Tony Foster, as soon as possible after the match. This applies to all matches including County Cup even if you're not playing a Pope & Smith League opponent. Alternatively, check out our Social Media accounts: or

Club Secretaries are reminded to log on to their WGS dashboard weekly to ensure any disciplinary notices are read and actioned. If you have a player serving a suspension it is your responsibility to notify the matches that the player will miss. All automatic suspensions resulting from red card offences will commence 7 days after the red card. If in doubt contact the ECFA.

Mental Health Awareness Grassroots football clubs are being urged to raise awareness of, and break the stigma around, mental health by displaying a bespoke ‘Mental Health Awareness in Football’ Poster in their clubhouses and on their social media accounts.

Mental Health Guidance The FA have issued new guidance to coaches and managers working across the adult football pyramid, advising them on how to support the mental well-being of their players. The new guide has been produced in partnership with Mind and a mental health advisory group put together by The FA. The 36-page publication forms an important part of The FA and Heads Together’s ‘Heads Up’ campaign, which seeks to harness the influence and popularity of football to drive the biggest ever conversation on mental health.
In addition to information and advice on mental health and well-being, the guidance notes have been created to help coaches and managers spot the signs of mental health problems, predominantly amongst male players. It gives them the confidence to support, as well as signposts to specialist help where necessary, including Heads Up’s charity partners and a 24/7 text support service.
Charter Standard Any affiliated football club - youth or adult, male or female - can achieve FA Charter Standard status so the Essex County FA are inviting more clubs to apply to enjoy the many benefits as the ‘Annual Health Check’ process gets underway for existing Charter clubs.
The Charter Standard Programme is The FA’s accreditation scheme for grassroots clubs and leagues. Its goal is to raise standards in grassroots football and support the development of clubs and leagues, recognising and rewarding them for their commitment and achievements. Existing Charter Standard clubs complete Health Checks to ensure these standards are maintained.

Looking for players? Looking for a Club? Looking for a friendly match? Got an event you need publicising? - send us a notice and we'll do our best to fix it. (Notices will stay for 4 weeks unless you request removal earlier).

CLUBS looking for players
Advertise here if you are looking for players. To place an advert send us the details. Alternatively, you can access the FA's Find Football service.
* QUEENS PARK HANNAKINS [Div.1] We are looking for a goalkeeper. We train Thursday evenings in Billericay 8-9:30pm. Excellent facilities and a friendly squad. Interested? Please contact our Club Secretary - Dianne on 07796788805 or secqphfc@gmail.com.
* ASTECHS WARRIORS [Div.3] are looking for a number of committed players in all outfield positions. Training is Thursdays evenings and home games are at Melbourne Park. If interested please message us on 07891730365

Training & Fitness Opportunity
Are you looking for some extra training for yourself or your team but don't want the hassle of organising it? We have been contacted by Richard Murphy and Piers Lindo (formerly involved with Chelmer Wanderers) who have completed their FA level 1 coaching course and looking to start level 2. They have started doing open training sessions on a Thursday night 8-9pm, these are sessions based around football training & fitness. If you or your Club are interested in keeping your fitness up ready for the weekends games please contact them on footballfitnessclub@btinternet.com or 07752178637

The International Football Association Board have made a number of changes to the Laws of the Game for the 2019-20 season. A Summary of the changes is available here.
An electronic version of the Laws of the Game 2019/20 can be downloaded from the IFAB's website (www.theifab.com )

Whole Game System Player Registrations
Player Registration for season 2019/20 is being carried out through the Whole Game System (WGS) portal. Clubs are encouraged to ensure their players are entered on to the system in good time, especially when signing on the day. Club Secretaries have been provided with a guidance document that gives further details. If you need help please contact Dave Emerton.

Need new kit or equipment for the season?
If you are considering buying a new kit for next season please be aware that you should not buy a kit that is black or predominately black (or very dark blue). Although the Premier League Clubs can wear black, the rules at our level of football prohibit teams playing in black as our Match Officials are required to wear black. This includes the goalkeeper kit. If you are planning on a striped kit ensure the back of the shirts are not black. Referees can refuse you permission to wear such a kit and you may be required to change. If complaints are received the League Management Committee has the power to prevent a kit from being worn which could mean wasted expense. For further details please contact the League Secretary.
Talking about new kit - Colin Wade at Pope & Smith (Chelmsford) Ltd. would welcome a chance to give you a competitive quote on any new kit or other requirements for your Club. Pope & Smith (Chelmsford) Ltd. provide a huge amount of sponsorship to this League to keep your affiliation costs at an affordable level so please repay the favour by contacting Colin on 01245 262481 or sales@popeandsmith.com

David Marshall Charity Match
The Annual David Marshall Charity match between the representative teams of the Pope & Smith Chelmsford Sunday League and the County Motor Works Vauxhall Mid-Essex League took place on Wednesday 24th October 2018 at Witham Town's Spa Road Stadium, Spa Road, Witham CM8 1UN. Congratulations to the Pope & Smith team who ran out winners in a free-scoring game.

The David Marshall Charity match is played in memory of David Marshall, a Referee on both the Mid-Essex Football League on Saturdays and the Pope & Smith Chelmsford Sunday League on Sundays. He died of cancer in 1993 in his early thirties, leaving a wife and two young children. Chelmsford Referees' Society proposed a memorial match between the two Leagues and this has continued since then. The money raised from the match and other fundraising is donated to the Moulsham Grange Childrens Centre, a local Charity nominated by the Marshall family. more info.

To date the fixture between the two Leagues has raised £29,524 including £1,900 that will be presented to the Children's Centre at the match. The two Leagues, together with the Essex Veterans League and the Chelmsford Referees Society, each donate to the charity along with a number of other donors and, of course, the gate receipts on the day of the match. Our donation is a significant part of the Charity's fundraising. If you were unable to attend you can make a donation by contacting the competition secretary, Chris Hearn on 07774 152412

Important dates - Secretaries please read.

  • 20th August 2019 - Clubs must have at least 8 players per team registered with Registration Secretary Martin Smith
  • 1st September 2019 - League season starts
  • 22nd December 2019 - There will be fixtures scheduled. Clubs/Teams wishing no fixture MUST request in writing/email to the Fixture Secretary
  • 29th December 2019 - There will not be any fixtures scheduled - Christmas and NEW Year festivities!
  • 31st March 2020 - The last day for registering or transfering players.
  • 12th April 2020 - Easter - there will be fixtures scheduled. Clubs/Teams wishing no fixture MUST request in writing/email to the Fixture Secretary before 1st March 2019.
  • 31st May 2020 - League season concludes.

Fixtures may be allocated on any Sunday between the commencing and concluding dates (except as stated above). Just because you have not been allocated a fixture doesn't mean you won't get one at short notice. The weather and ECFA Cup competitions may result in weekly fixture amendments. Please inform the Fixture Secretary if you require an away or no fixture on a particular date as soon as possible and definitely before the second monday of the previous month. Waiting for the fixtures to be produced is too late! If you share your pitch with a team from another Competition please let the Fixture Secretary know. Also if your pitch is not available for whetever reason please let the Fixture Secretary know so that arrangements can be made to accommodate this.

ECFA Disciplinary Procedure 2019/20
The Discipline Procedures for 2019/20 are the same as last season (except for the temporsary dismissals). Match Day Discipline is in operation this season for most offences although more serious offences can incur period based suspensions (from all football).
Players and Club Secretaries need to be aware that any player receiving a red card WILL be suspended 7 days after the event from that class of football (Saturday, Sunday, Midweek or Veterans). This will be automatic and there is no appeal procedure (except for wrongful dismissal or mistaken identity). The suspension is from that particular class of football so a player sent off for a Saturday team will still be able to play Sunday football. Please be aware that any improper conduct that is not a red card offence will result in a suspension from ALL FOOTBALL from a date to be advised. The matches to be missed must be notified in advance to the ECFA. There are a number of documents online with further details and procedures - refer to the Essex FA website for further details.

If you need any clarification please contact your ECFA Representative, Dave Emerton, or the senior Disciplinary Officer Fran Smith at the ECFA so that you don't get caught out. A player found playing whilst under suspension will receive a further suspension together with a fine and the Club will be fined by the ECFA - this is before (and in addition to) any action by the League for playing an ineligible player.

Discipline information can be found on your WGS portal (if you have registered for online discipline) or the ECFA website www.essexfa.com/suspensions. Enter the required player name or Club name into the search box.

Important note regarding Suspensions. If you have players under a suspension and a match is postponed it is your responsibility to notify the ECFA of the revised suspension matches.

Policy regarding postponements due to failing to agree upon a Referee (see page 29 of the handbook)
All Clubs are required to make every effort to complete their engagements.
However, the League recognises that there is a shortage of Referees at the present time and its not always possible to appoint a Registered Referee to each match.
The League will try to minimise the impact of this and will attempt to cover all matches.
Clubs are reminded that Referees may be appointed at any time up to the scheduled kick-off time and should therefore be prepared to play.
If no Referee has been appointed or the appointed Referee fails to attend the Clubs are required to provide an individual to referee the match.
If a match is not played due to the lack of an appointed Referee and the Clubs are unable to agree a Referee in accordance with Rule 23(B), both Clubs will be charged with breach of Rule 20(E) - Failing to fulfil a fixture – and given an opportunity to respond.
If the match was postponed for this reason prior to the scheduled kick-off time and both Clubs are guilty of the offence, the policy of the Management Committee is to fine both Clubs £20 and declare the match void. If the match was postponed after the scheduled kick-off time and both Clubs are guilty of the offence, the policy of the Management Committee is to fine both Clubs £20 and rearrange the fixture if time allows.

If either Club provides a suitable individual the match must be played unless full reasons are given in writing for non-fulfilment.

Results should be submitted using the FA Full Time SMS Text service to allow quick updating of the League Tables and results pages. All Club Secretaries have their mobile number registered automatically unless you Contact us to add/change a different number. Result sheets should be submitted via the Full Time website - again Club Secretaries will be set up to do this. If you have any difficulties with this process please Contact us for help.

It is mandatory to have a basic level of Player Personal Accident (PA) Insurance and the FA have appointed Bluefin Insurance Brokers to provide the preferred policy. This provides the Clubs with a cost-effective Public Liability and player Personal Accident insurance cover at the grassroots level of the game which Clubs can extend if further benefits are required. The Public Liability cover is already included within the Club affiliation fees with the £18 premium being paid by the ECFA as part of its desire to reinvest into grassroots football. The PA basic cover costs £26 per team per season but the ECFA have agreed to subsidise this by refunding £20 per team for policies taken out through Bluefin

For more details check out the Essex FA website (click on the Players menu and select Insurance).

You will all have heard of the FA Respect Programme and no doubt have seen it in action. The Programme is being introduced by The FA to help raise standards and address abusive behaviour in the game. The Respect Programme is a key aspect of the FA 's vision for the future and The FA hopes that, as well as improving behaviour in the game at all levels, it helps with the recruitment and retention of referees. The Pope & Smith Chelmsford Sunday League is fully supportive of this initiative and asks all participants, whether it be as player, club official, match official or spectator to treat all others with respect, and to enjoy the game whatever the outcome. See our Codes of Conduct.

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