Well we completed the season just, the weather being a major factor with a number of teams having to wait 3 months to play during the season, I don't remember a season as bad for poor weather. The need to arrange midweek games at the end of the season enabled us to finally complete the fixtures and we thank all the clubs for your patience and understanding during this difficult period. It is planned to arrange some early midweek fixtures this new season which will help in the event of inclement weather later on in the season. If we do and don't have interruptions in the league programme any divisions finishing early will be able to have an extra cup competition.
Again the start of the cup campaign was severely hampered by the weather with a number of early finals being postponed.
The league continues to flourish with the support of you all, standards are maintained and even exceeded and this is important in maintaining our position as one of the major leagues in the North West. We will continue to follow the FA Model for Youth Development and the Whole Game Initiative. The introduction of the open age league was disappointing given the final numbers in the division, however, we will learn from this and hopefully make a success of it in the future with our youth teams moving up.
Discipline, misconduct reports have once again been a problem throughout the season this must be addressed by member clubs next season the number of non-fulfilments were at a record level where teams near the end of the season decided not to play for one reason or another. I must remind all clubs that all games have to be played otherwise sanctions will be placed on offending clubs. I know the majority of have excellent records and I thank them for continuing in this way.
The MU Foundation has again been supportive of the league with educational courses being run. It is planned to look at further developing some of our referees next season it is hoped to introduce a pilot scheme focusing on 'Leadership Skills' to enhance the training and development opportunities we offer to our referees further information will be made available in the near future via the referee development group. The MU Foundation again supplied the medals for the younger age groups, this is our second year in partnership and we look forward to the next with anticipation. I thank John Shiels CEO and his team for their generous support and collaboration.
21 clubs from U13 to Open Age shared the league awards this season, Pick of the clubs were Broadheath Central (7) followed by North Trafford (4) three clubs with 3 each, St John's, Wilmslow Town, and Urmston Meadowside.
The cup competition (11v11) eventually started after a delay caused by the weather. All the finals were well supported and the spectators enjoyed some excellent and exciting games. Spectator participation was again very good with little or no issues and again this is down to the member clubs leading on discipline and good behaviour. 24 member clubs took part in the 11 a side cup finals. Broadheath Central achieved 5 finalists, Altrincham Jnrs 4, and St John's 3 the pick of the finalists. Again a number of teams achieved league and cup doubles.
The mini soccer finals days for U9, U10, U11 and U12 9v9 were staged over two weekends at Trafford FC with the weather again being kind to us and good vocal crowds in attendance 16 member clubs at U9 shared the awards with Sale United (3 finalists), Sale Communities, Wilmslow Town, Fletcher Moss and Timperley FC (2 finalists) and the other finals shared by 11 member clubs. The U10s had 15 member clubs taking part with Wilmslow Town and Sale United (3 finalists) Timperley Villa, Altrincham Jnrs and Ashton on Mersey (2 finalists). The U11 finals were contested by 16 member clubs with Sale United and Timperley FC (3 finalists) each the pick, The U12 finals had 11 member clubs contesting the finals, with Broadheath Central (4 finalists), AFC Urmston Meadowside and Fletcher Moss (2 finalists). My thanks to Trafford FC for once again hosting these finals. Again my thanks to the league management members present on the day.
We had many pleasing comments from spectators and teams with regard to the organization at the different venues and again I thank all the participating clubs for their help. I reiterate finals are staged for everyone's enjoyment.
Trafford FC (7) and Flixton FC (6) staged the majority of the 11 a side finals with Linotype Cheadle Heath Nomads hosting three finals, Wythenshawe Town one, Knutsford FC one and Broadheath Central one. In addition Trafford FC hosted the Mini Soccer Finals and 9v9 finals over two very busy weekends. Thanks to these clubs for allowing the use of their facilities. We staged some 57 finals in total this season, both mini soccer, 9 v 9 and 11 a-side and I thank the mentioned clubs for their support to the league.
In the County cups the following clubs were successful, Broadheath Central U14 and Altrincham Jnrs U13s in the MCFA cup, Sale United U12s finalists. In the Cheshire FA Cup competition Altrincham FC Youth Cup winners, Broadheath Central winning the Minor Cup 2-1 against Wilmslow Town and Buck Inn FC unfortunately defeated in the Sunday Senior Cup 3-1 by Cale Green.
Applications have once again been received from Clubs/teams for consideration for entry for season 2016-17 we have interviewed a number of these clubs with possibly more to follow and a number of these have been put before the membership for your approval. As last season we are very near capacity in the majority of 11 a side leagues so we will have to consider very carefully any future applications.
The Altrincham District FA Central Appointing System has worked extremely well with some early teething problems overcome. The support from referees in the Altrincham District, CCFA and Manchester FA has been commendable. The coverage given that more than 200 fixtures are played each weekend is in excess of 95%. It is hoped given that there are more than 260 registered referees to achieve 100% coverage next season. Can I thank Anthony Taylor, Chris Broadhurst, and especially Stuart Liston for being the link from the T&DFL to the District FA in pulling all this together?
I welcome the new Clubs to the League for the 2016-17 Season and hope they have an enjoyable and successful time with us. Special thanks to our existing member Clubs for their continued support to the T&DJFL.
The 2016-17 onwards version of the Football Association's Standard Code of Rules is on the website and clubs must ensure that all their officials are made aware of the content. There have been some changes for the coming season so it's important that all club officials are up to speed.
Fines are issued to clubs normally due to the lack of discipline in carrying out everyday business and these are usually the simplest of tasks such as communicating results, match card discrepancies and general administration.. I reiterate that we do not like issuing fines and feel the money would be better kept with the clubs, however, where necessary we will deal with offending clubs and issue sanctions.
I'm delighted that Carla Parker has agreed to take on the role of U10 Divisional Secretary I know she'll cope with this very well and with the necessary support from the management committee will adapt very quickly and be with us for many years.
I must make it absolutely clear to all Clubs that this League WILL NOT tolerate any referee abuse by spectators / club officials / players and the 'Respect' programme in conjunction with the published sanctions will enable us to deal with any incident that may occur.
The non competitive competition is now part of our league and teams up to U11s will be operating in this format for the 2015/16 season. The cup competition for these age groups will be competitive though and will be a Europa cup competition.
The Powerleague festival events for the U7 / U8 /U9 age groups start again mid September players will again benefit from this organised, safe and friendly football. We were fortunate to extend the festival to the U9 age group last season and this was well received.
The FA Fulltime website is again the main reporting system for match fixtures, results and referees with Nigel Peacock (administrator) maintaining the system on behalf of the league. All established clubs are now conversant with the system.
The Cheshire FA awards evening was recently held and a number of our League members were successful on the night:
FA McDonald's Community Awards – County Winners
Brian McGuinness FA People's Choice Award (Outstanding Contribution to Community Football)
FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year Award
Cheshire FA Coach of the Year
Rob Thornhill, Timperley FC
Cheshire FA Development Programme of the Year Award
Runner up Altrincham FC Community Sports
Cheshire FA Social Media & Technology Award
Runner up Egerton FC
Cheshire FA Respect & Fair Play Award Winner
Timperley Villa Youth FC
Cheshire FA Administrator of the Year
Runner up Andy Gorman Timperley Villa Youth FC
Cheshire FA Welfare Officer of the Year
Sheila Saddington T&DJFL
In addition AFC Urmston Meadowside has been awarded the Manchester FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year followed by the North West Regional FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year.
I congratulate all the individual and club winners of these prestigious awards.
I can only see it getting harder with potentially a few blockers, County Associations and Local Authorities constantly changing which does make life difficult for us all, but I'm sure that by working together we can overcome these. The junior game is thriving but we have to try very hard to re introduce the open age game in a much more interesting way to try and get more teams to join our league.
We are ready to move into our 8th full season as a Charter Standard League, we look forward to the new season and trust it will be as exciting and successful as 2015/16 and hopefully blessed with better weather. We look forward to working with you all once again in season 2016/17.
We try to maintain our high standards every season for all member clubs and I trust that we can continue to work together and further promote our league at Local, District, County and National level.
Have an enjoyable and successful season.
Timperley & District Football League