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

The Special General Meeting held on 16th July accepted an amendment to the Constitution proposing a reduced 4 divison setup with bigger divisions. This will give more scope for playing different teams but will mean more matches to complete. Scope for weeks off will be limited. As a result of the change in the constitution a number of rule changes regarding the division size and cup competition entry requirements were accepted. See the new constitution.

Updated on 21st July 2018.

The season will commence on Sunday 2nd September 2018. Clubs looking for friendlies are welcome to put a notice on our noticeboard

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

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).


5-a-side Pre-Season - Old Brentwood United are holding a 5-a-side pre-season warm-up on 12th August and are looking for interested Clubs/Teams to take part. Contact Bill Barker on 07989 985184 for more information.


* ROYAL REGINA - We are currently looking for friendly matches in August on sunday mornings. We don't have our pitch available but we are willing to split costs for pitch ref etc and would prefer games in Chelmsford. If interested please contact Andrew Scott on 07870 727026

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.

* CHELMSFORD ATHLETIC are looking for gk for coming season must be reliable for training on Wednesday evenings contact Ewan by email ewansimmans1998@gmail.com
* MELBOURNE ATHLETIC are looking for a goalkeeper and 2 defenders to join our team. If interested please contact me through email at aronmoret70@gmail.com or text on 07479940120
* GALLEYWOOD RANGERS in Chelmsford are currently looking to recruit in order to improve our squad for next season. We require a GK (Essential), RB, CB, RM, ST to improve our squad depth and quality. Players must be reliable for Wednesday Evening training and Sunday morning games. If interested please contact manger Andrew on 07483876949 via text or via email at andrewfergus83@yahoo.co.uk

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

The Cup Final results are:
25th March 2018, 2.30 p.m. - Division Three League Cup Final, Writtle Reserves 1 Margaretting S&S Club 1 aet (4-5 penalties)
15th April 2018, 2.30 p.m. - Division Four League Cup Final, Chelmer Athletic 1 Aragon 0
22nd April 2018, 10.30 a.m. - Division Two League Cup Final, Old Brentwood United 3 Broomfield 2 aet
22nd April 2018, 2.30 p.m. - Gillott Trophy Final, CMS 1 Priory Sports Reserves 0
6th May 2018, 10.30 a.m. - Division One League Cup Final, Priory Sports Reserves 5 Woodham Athletic Reserves 2
Tuesday 8th May 2018, 7.30 p.m. - Premier Division League Cup Final, Old Chelmsfordians 2 Priory Sports 4 aet
13th May 2018, 10.30 a.m. - Coward Cup Final, Priory Sports 2 Old Chelmsfordians 4 aet

All matches take place at Heybridge Swifts FC, Aspen Waite Arena, Scraley Road, Heybridge, Maldon CM9 8JA.

In addition to the above:
29/4/2018, 3.00 p.m. Essex Sunday Premier Cup Final, Priory Sports 1 Manor House 0 (played at Concord Rangers FC)

The current weather may cause postponements and late changes of fixtures. Please remember that matches may only be postponed due to the condition of the pitch if the authorised groundsman has delared the pitch unfit or the pitch has been inspected by a qualified Referee and declared unfit. Fixtures are not to be declared postponed by a Club prior to the Sunday. We know this may cause inconvenience, but the correct procedure is to wait until the Sunday morning. Referees may delay the kick-off if it is possible conditions will improve. If your match is postponed, for whatever reason, please notify the Fixture Secretary, Dave Emerton, and Referee's Appointment Secretary, Martin Smith.

Please note that if you have players serving a suspension, you may need to update the suspension matches due to postponements - go to the Whole Game System portal or contact Fran Smith at 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 postponed in October has been postponed again. It is unlikely that we will be able to rearrange this match this season.

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 and you can make a donation by contacting the competition secretary, Chris Hearn on 07774 152412

ECFA Disciplinary Procedure 2017/18
The Discipline Procedures for 2017/18 are similar to last season. 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.

The International Football Association Board have made a number of changes to the Laws of the Game for the 2017-18 season. A Summary of the changes is available here.
An electronic version of the Laws of the Game 2017/18 can be downloaded from the IFAB's website (www.theifab.com )

Whole Game System Player Registrations
Player Registration for season 2017/18 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 27 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 13(B), both Clubs will be charged with breach of Rule 10(F) - 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 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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