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

Royal Regina keep the Pope & Smith flag flying in the Essex Sunday Junior Cup returning from Coppice Row with a 6-2 victory as both Old Brentwood United and Writtle succumbed. In the Junior Trophy, Blackwater and South Woodham Ferrers United beat outside opposition to progress and will be joined in round three by Kenson, Chelmer Wanderers, Springfield Green, Danbury & Bicknacre and Tulip Royals who defeated fellow Pope & Smith teams. In the League, Premier Division leaders Priory Sports maintained their 100% record with a 5-2 win over William De Ferrers to open a five-point lead as Stones lost to local rivals Redstones. Priory Sports Reserves return to the top of Division One with a 8-0 result at Latchingdon. Southminster Aragon missed the chance to top Division Two as they lost 1-2 to Sparta Broomfield who move away from the relegation area. Hatfield Peverel A head Division Three after a 3-1 win at Waltham United.

Updated on 16th October 2018. Match reports from Sunday's matches added.

The League Cup gets underway on Sunday in all divisions with first round matches but there are outstanding Coward Cup and Gillott Trophy matches to play. Danbury & Bicknacre welcome Broomfield in the Coward Cup and their reserves meet Ravens in the Gillott Trophy. In the League, Royal Regina can return to the top of Division One as they visit William De Ferrers Reserves, Kenson and Chelmer Wanderers have a chance to break away in Division Two and the top two in Division Three meet at Hatfield Peverel as Bramston are the visitors.

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.

If you want to receive weekly results bulletins on Sunday night, containing all the day's results, the following week's fixtures and up-to-date league tables, get yourself on the mailing list by sending an email to admin@chelmsfordsundayleague.org.uk stating your name and club connection.

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.

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 has been set for Wednesday 24th October 2018 at Witham Town's Spa Road Stadium, Spa Road, Witham CM8 1UN. As last season's match was postponed twice the Mid-Essex League have held the trophy for two years but we want it back now.

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. Please make every effort to attend the match to support your representative team and this worthy cause. If you were unable to attend you can make a donation by contacting the competition secretary, Chris Hearn on 07774 152412

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 - you never know, Harry Kane may be looking for some Sunday morning exercise! To place an advert send us the details. Alternatively, you can access the FA's Find Football service.

* SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS UNITED [Div.1] are looking for an experienced goalkeeper - please contact Paul Bowers on 07776306338

Important dates - Secretaries please read.

  • 20th August 2018 - Clubs must have at least 8 players per team registered with Registration Secretary Martin Smith
  • 2nd September 2018 - League season starts
  • 23rd December 2018 - There will not be any fixtures scheduled - Christmas shopping day. If you want one please contact the Fixture Secretary
  • 30th December 2018 - There will not be any fixtures scheduled - yay, New Year party-time (nearly)!
  • 31st March 2019 - The last day for registering or transfering players.
  • 21st April 2019 - 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 2018 - 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.

Thinking of a new kit for the new 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

2017/18 Roll Of Honour
Premier DivisionPriory SportsOld Chelmsfordians
Division OnePriory Sports Res.Daen Ingas
Division TwoOld Brentwood UnitedQueens Park Hannakins
Division ThreeCMSKenson
Division FourAragonHatfield Peverel A
Coward CupOld ChelmsfordiansPriory Sports
Gillott TrophyCMSPriory Sports Res.
League Cup (Premier)Priory SportsOld Chelmsfordians
League Cup (One)Priory Sports Res.Woodham Athletic Res.
League Cup (Two)Old Brentwood UnitedBroomfield
League Cup (Three)Margaretting S&S ClubWrittle Res.
League Cup (Four)Chelmer AthleticAragon

Other awards presented at the AGM were:
Sportsmanship Cup (Overall winners): Danbury & Bicknacre (see the full list)

Sportsmanship Certificate (Premier Division): Stones
Sportsmanship Certificate (Division One): Chelmer Wanderers
Sportsmanship Certificate (Division Two): Bradshaw Roofing
Sportsmanship Certificate (Division Three): Danbury & Bicknacre
Sportsmanship Certificate (Division Four): Beaulieu Park
Each of the above winners receive a £75 kit/equipment voucher to redeem at Pope & Smith (Chelmsford) Limited.

Club Linesman's Cup: Jordan McManus, Redstones (see the full list)
Hi-Scorers Award: Priory Sports
Giant-Killers Trophy: South Woodham Ferrers United
Mick Owen Memorial Trophy (Club Efficiency): Richard Murphy, Chelmer Wanderers

ECFA Disciplinary Procedure 2018/19
The Discipline Procedures for 2018/19 are similar to last season as far as we are aware. 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.

Whole Game System Player Registrations
Player Registration for season 2018/19 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.

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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