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POPE AND SMITH
CHELMSFORD SUNDAY FOOTBALL LEAGUE

FOUNDED 1962
Affiliated to Essex County Football Association

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

City Supporters patiently waited for the frozen pitch at Melbourne Park to thaw out so they could get their quarter-final Gillott Trophy tie with Sparta Broomfield underway and were rewarded with a 4-2 victory and a place in the semi-final. All other Gillott Trophy matches were frozen off. In the League, Tulip Royals moved up the table as they took advantage of others inactivity and eased their fixture congestion with a 4-3 win against Writtle in Division One. Springfield Green rise to third in Division Two with a 7-1 defeat of Margaretting S&S Club. In Division Three single goal wins for Waltham United and Writtle Reserves were welcome in closing the gap to the teams above them.

Updated on 22nd January 2019. Match reports from Sunday's matches added. Fixtures for the first two weeks of February now available.

The County Junior Trophy reaches the quarter-final stage on Sunday as Springfield Green travel to Hornchurch Oakmont and Danbury & Bicknacre visit Basildon Athletic. Domestically, the Premier Division League Cup semi-finals match William De Ferrers against Redstones and Priory Sports with CMS. In the League the match of the day is in Division Two as leaders Springfield entertain second-placed Great Baddow and Kenson welcome Chelmer Wanderers.

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.

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.


WEATHER WARNING
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. Do not postpone the match on the basis of a weather forecast! In the case of possible frozen pitches, 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.


NOTICEBOARD
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 FRIENDLIES
* INTERSPORTS are forming a new adult team with the intention of joining a League next season. They are looking for friendlies with sides in the nearby leagues. Based in Billericay they are able to play home or away and have unlimited availability. If you are interested in playing a friendly when you do not have a League game fixtured please contact Jack on 07931302177 or IntersportsXI@gmail.com.

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.

PLAYERS looking for Clubs
Goalkeeper - I have a goalkeeper looking to join a Sunday League team. Email your contact details and I will pass them on to him.


Groundsman of the Year Awards 2019
The Groundsman of the Year Award recognises the volunteer workforce who operate tirelessly to provide the best pitches possible, often with limited resources. The ECFA award feeds into The FA’s national stage, and this competition is also a great way for volunteers from Saturday and Sunday clubs to have the opportunity to meet, and talk with, the professional groundsmen who conduct the judging. Judges examine the quality of nominated pitches and take into consideration the groundsman’s skills and knowledge, their ambitions for the surface, the resources they have available, how often the pitch is used and the amount of time they are able to work on it. They additionally look at their working environment, weighing that up against the quality of the pitch. Nominations should be put forward by Wednesday 30th January. See the EssexFA website for further details and an application form.

In-Season Pitch Maintenance Evening
Institute of Groundsmanship Regional Pitch Advisor, Phil Jeggo, will be hosting a special evening at Maldon & Tiptree FC on Thursday 21st February to share his top tips around In-Season Pitch Maintenance. The evening will include advice around restoring and preparing pitches for use and dealing with weather extremes, from flooding to droughts. This is a great opportunity for any volunteer supporting grass pitch maintenance. This is a Free event but must be booked in advance. See the EssexFA website for details.

#CelebrateEssex ‘Groundsperson’
January is the month to nominate your Grounds-person hero on twitter. Nominations are required by Wednesday 16th January via the @EssexCountyFA twitter account and the hunt is on for individuals, exclusively volunteers, whose dedication and expertise help to make sure local matches take place every season. Further details are on the EssexFA website.

Fair Play Awards
Individuals and clubs in local grassroots football who went that extra mile in the name of admirable conduct could win a special prize through the new Facebook voting format. A winner is being selected for every calendar month and anyone can be nominated for the competition, which will ultimately culminate in an open vote between two final nominees. Nominations for fair play in January should be made by 14th February. To put someone forward you need to look out for the EssexFA Facebook post in early February and comment on it. Again, further details are on the EssexFA website.


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 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


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 AND RESULT SHEETS
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.


Insurance
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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