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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.

Only three matches took place after storm Dennis managed to deposit half the Atlanic Ocean on the football pitches of Essex. William De Ferrers defeated Great Baddow 3-0 to close the gap on the Division One top two. Bramston strengthened their promotion hopes in Division Two with a 5-4 win against Danbury Athletic. South Woodham Ferrers United Reserves move up to third in Division Three with a 5-3 win against Seaxe.

Updated on 16th February 2020.

Priory Sports host Hashtag United in the Sunday Premier Cup quarter-final at Lodge Road with the Reserves looking to defeat Santos in the Junior Cup semi-final at Melbourne Park. Mayland Village also attempt to play Power Town in the delayed Junior Trophy semi-final. Domestically, three League Cup semi-finals are fixtured - Brookhouse welcome Atletico Maldon in Division Two while Writtle Reserves entertain Chelmer Athletic and Waltham United visit S.Woodham Ferrers United Reserves. In the League, William De Ferrers can top the Premier Division at Chelmsfordians United. Bramston host Chelmer Wanderers at the top of Division Two and Mannex MR can return to the top of Division Three at Galleywood Rangers.

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

The login process for the Whole Game system portal is changing. From mid-February 2020 all users will be required to login using their registered email address on WGS and their existing password. It is important to ensure that the email address we have for you on your FAN, is not used by any other Whole Game user.


Applications for membership - Enquiries for membership of the League for Season 2020/2021 should be made by contacting the League Secretary, Adam Maine, for an application form. All applications need to be submitted as soon as possible to allow a vetting meeting to be arranged.


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! If your match is postponed, for whatever reason, please notify the Fixture Secretary, Dave Emerton, and Referee's Appointment Secretary, Martin Smith.

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.


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).

EVENTS
Broomfield end of season 5-a-side for adults, Sunday June 28th 9.00am start entry fee £35, max 7 players to a squad, discount for 2nd team entry can be obtained by email using bfcfunday@outlook.com or calling Samantha Jeeves 07500 932600 or Dan Dunbar 07788 268327.

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.
* BLACKWATER [Div.1] are looking for a number of committed players in all outfield positions as well as goalkeepers. Training is Wednesday evenings at the Plume School, Maldon. Home games are at Maldon Promenade Park. If interested please email us on peter.david.adam@gmail.com or greggy2222@hotmail.co.uk
* 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


Mental Health Awareness in Football A new ‘Mental Health Awareness in Football’ Poster which aims to support grassroots football clubs in raising awareness of, and breaking the stigma around, mental health is being displayed in clubhouses and on social media accounts.
The editable poster, which is available to download from the Essex FA website, features contact details for many supportive organisations, including the Samaritans and Mind. The custom PDF file allows clubs to add their name and pledge to join us in highlighting that sport can play a huge role in tackling stigma and its effects by:
* breaking down boundaries between people with and without mental health problems
* creating social integrations and boosting self-confidence
* tackling physical health inequalities
Groundskeeping Community A new ‘Groundskeeping Community’ has been launched by the Football Foundation, featuring support tools to help ground staff meet their grass pitch improvement targets. A website has been developed in partnership with The FA and the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) which supports volunteers and qualified groundskeepers who maintain pitches. Featuring a welcome message from Karl Standley, Head Groundsman at Wembley Stadium, the collaborative space will:
* build knowledge of key operations for pitch maintenance throughout the year
* connect with fellow groundskeepers and share experiences
* seek expert advice on getting the most from the pitches groundskeepers manage

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


REVISIONS TO THE LAWS OF THE GAME
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 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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