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

Summer drags on and the new season approaches. All Clubs will be aware that Temproary Dismissals (Sin Bins) will be in operation next season so please attend the training provided by the ECFA (see below).

The AGM confirmed the rule changes previously circulated to Clubs, the admission of new teams into the League and the Constitution for 2019-20 season.

Updated on 5th July 2019. Sportsmanship and Linesman tables updated

The Cup draws will be taking place soon and League fixtures will commence on 1st September.

Temporary Dismissals (Sin Bins)
Following a successful two-year pilot period, The FA have sanctioned the use of Temporary Dismissals (more commonly known as ‘Sin Bins’) for dissent offences in grassroots football from season 2019/20.
For the start of the 2019/20 season, in accordance with the Laws of the Game as determined by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), Sin Bins will become mandatory across all leagues within the country at Step Five of the FA National League System and below. County FAs will have responsibility for training participants at Step 7 and below. This change will have a direct impact on referees, players, clubs and leagues throughout Essex and, as such, a number of essential training sessions have been arranged to allow participants to understand the process of Sin Bins and how they will operate on a matchday.
All training sessions will be free of charge and have been restricted to 100 attendees only to allow individuals to engage and ask any relevant questions. A range of venues have been booked throughout the county, with sessions taking place across different weekday evenings and on weekend mornings to provide a range of options for attendance. The training is aimed to be delivered to match officials and team managers (or captains) as these individuals will be directly affected by the change, and we encourage participants to book onto a session as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
All Clubs and Referees will have recently received an email from the ECFA giving the dates and locations of the courses - DO NOT IGNORE THIS - you will need to operate this from next season so get learning about it now. For more information see the Essex FA website.

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.

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).

* ONGAR UNITED [Div.2] are looking for friendly matches on the 18th and 25th August. Home or away, costs to be split 50/50. Please contact Terry Thurley on 07771648665
* WILLIAM DE FERRERS [Prem & Div.1] 1st and reserves are looking for friendlies. Please contact Phil on 07983597699

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.
* GALLEYWOOD RANGERS [Div.3] in Chelmsford are looking for a quality GK to help boost our squad for next season. Must be reliable - Essential. Must be regularly available for Wednesday evening training and Sunday morning games. Interested players should contact manager Andrew Fergus via text on 07483876949 on via email at andrewfergus83@yahoo.co.uk
* WILLIAM DE FERRERS [Prem & Div.1] 1st and reserves are looking for quality to add to their existing squads. Playing in the Prem and Div 1 we are looking to strengthen. Please contact Phil on 07983597699
* QUEENS PARK HANNAKINS [Div.1] We are looking for a full time keeper to add to our Division 1 team. We train Thursdays 8-9:30 on the 3G in Billericay. Excellent club facilities available. UEFA B coach. Interested? Please contact the Club Secretary for further details - Dianne Haigh 07796788805 or sec.qphfc@gmail.com.
* HATFIELD SWAN INN [Premier Div.] are looking to recruit players for the new 2019/2020 season to strengthen the squad. In particular we need an experienced full time keeper and players who can play in a centre midfield role. We shall be playing several pre-season friendlies to assist with fitness and hold regular training sessions. We are a well run and well sponsored club. If you are interested please contact Grady O’Brien on 07917096822

PLAYERS looking for Clubs
Manager - I have a new manager asking if there are any teams looking for a manager. Email your contact details and I will pass them on to him.
Player - I have a player in Chelmsford looking for a team - contact us if you are short of players and need new talent and I will pass on your details.
Goalkeeper - I have a goalkeeper in the Chelmsford area looking for a team - contact us if you are short of players and need new talent and I will pass on your details.

2018/19 Roll Of Honour
Premier DivisionPriory SportsOld Chelmsfordians
Division OnePriory Sports ReservesBroomfield
Division TwoGreat BaddowSpringfield
Division ThreeMayland VillageHatfield Peverel A
Coward CupPriory SportsChelmsfordians United
Gillott TrophyPriory Sports Res.City Supporters
League Cup (Premier)Priory SportsWilliam De Ferrers
League Cup (One)South Woodham Ferrers UnitedBroomfield
League Cup (Two)Great BaddowSpringfield
League Cup (Three)BramstonMayland Village

Other awards presented at the AGM were:
Sportsmanship Cup (Overall winners): Melbourne Athletic (see the full list)

Sportsmanship Certificate (Premier Division): Stones
Sportsmanship Certificate (Division One): Woodham Athletic
Sportsmanship Certificate (Division Two): Kenson
Sportsmanship Certificate (Division Three): Melbourne Athletic

Club Linesman's Cup: Richard Moore, Priory Sports (see the full list)
Hi-Scorers Award: Bramston
Mick Owen Memorial Trophy (Club Efficiency): Nigel Bullen-Bell, Priory Sports
Arthur Wells Trophy: Tom Bullard

The Cup Final season is nowe complete and the following results, dates and matches are confirmed:
24th March 2019, 2.30 p.m. - Premier Division League Cup Final, William De Ferrers 0 Priory Sports 1 (aet)
31st Mrch 2019, 2.30 p.m. - Division One League Cup Final, South Woodham Ferrers United 2 Broomfield 0
7th April 2019, 3.00 p.m. - Division Two League Cup Final, Springfield 2 Great Baddow 3
14th April 2019, 2.30 p.m. - Coward Cup Final, Priory Sports 2 Chelmsfordians United 1
28th April 2019, 2.30 p.m. - Division Three League Cup Final, Mayland Village 0 Bramston 3
5th May 2019, 2.30 p.m. - Gillott Trophy Final, Priory Sports Reserves 5 City Supporters 0 (at Witham Town FC)

Unless otherwise stated, all matches take place at Heybridge Swifts FC, Scraley Road Stadium, Scraley Road, Heybridge, Maldon CM9 8JA.

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 2019 - 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 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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