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Foreword 2013/2014

Yet another major award for the league in the referee department. The league has been awarded 'The National Referee Development Award'. This is down to the referee secretaries Simon Franks and Carl Barrett. Their hard work and dedication has been rewarded with a trip to Wembley to receive the award. I'm delighted that Simon is continuing his work within the league and our recent meeting night for league referees was well attended and presented by Simon.

It was sad to have to report the death of three people associated with the league John Toft who was part of the Sale United family for many years, John worked tirelessly within the club. In addition Walter Church a referee for many years in the league, and Derek Calderbank a life member of the league who was instrumental in the formation of Unicorn Athletic FC some thirty years ago and had served as a Divisional Secretary in the T&DJFL.

I reported at the AGM that all our member clubs will have achieved FA Charter Standard Status for the 2013/14 season. We are again adopting the recommendations of the FA with regard to Youth Development early with a further age group playing friendly league football but with the addition of a structured development programme in place. W e are once again demonstrating the forward thinking of the Council and Members. The development of all the players in the league is still our main concern and I believe given the football that we provide we achieve this goal.

On field discipline is still improving with less County reports to deal with and we all hope this continues into the new season. Clubs tend to deal with their own discipline internally. We welcome this approach and hope this trend continues this season.

There was a minor increase from last season in the number of clubs gaining league honours. 33 member clubs shared league trophies, this equates to 58% of the league membership. Pick of the clubs were Sale United, Fletcher Moss, Timperley Villa, Unicorn Athletic, St John's, Wythenshawe Amts and Ashton on Mersey. The trend is continuing with league trophies being distributed across the league and we welcome this. T&DJFL teams again competed well in the MCFA cup with Hough End Griffins U12 winners, along with a number of teams who reached the final stages of the competition, a very successful season.

Once again the weather was kind to us for the majority of cup finals which enabled us to meet the planned dates. The standard of football at all the finals was good and I think everyone participating enjoyed the experience. Spectator behaviour was again very good and a credit to their respective clubs. There was only one discipline incident to report and this is being dealt with by the relevant County Association. 36 member clubs took part in the cup finals 11 aside, mini soccer and 9 x 9 this equates to 63% of the league membership. 9 Clubs achieved 5 or more finalists, with Sale United 9, Unicorn Athletic 7, Urmston Meadowside 9, Timperley Villa 5, Altrincham Juniors 5, with Irlam Rangers winning all their three 11 aside finals the pick, again a number of teams achieved league and cup doubles.

The mini soccer finals days for U9, U10 and U11 were again staged at Trafford FC and Manor Farm my thanks again to Altrincham Juniors and Bernard Begley who organized the Manor Farm events. The League officials in attendance on the days ensured everything almost went to plan though there were issues at Manor Farm re kick off times. The Trafford FC finals day again went to plan with no issues to report and as at Manor some very enjoyable football being played. We were pleased to welcome representatives from McDonalds at Trafford who kindly part sponsored the event and supplied the league with a number of Sail flags which were on display on the day. Again my thanks to the league management members present on the day plus Brian McGuiness (Broadheath Central FC) who kindly allowed the league the use of portable goals and helped at the event.

I once again thank all the clubs for ensuring that cup finals are there for all to enjoy. We staged 42 finals in total.

I welcome the new Clubs to the League for the 2013-14 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 2013-14 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.

The League referee secretary Simon Franks is currently very busy with the acquisition of referees for the new season hopefully last season's 95% coverage of Sunday games will be surpassed. Simon as previously is tasked with improving the match coverage of referees and I know he believes that more referees can be signed up to the league. We aim to increase the numbers recruited and also retain our existing referees, your help is needed in achieving this objective. Good communication and a friendly approach goes a long way especially with the younger referees, they like coaches and managers are learning all the time and need all the support that you can provide. Any interested parties who wish to become referees can contact Simon or Brian Fletcher for details.

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.

We have had yet again a very busy close season with the interviewing of new clubs and have been successful in recommending to member clubs some new teams, which have now been accepted into the league, we will continue when necessary and if there is capacity bring in new clubs and teams, we are still probably the strongest junior league in greater Manchester with well over 500 teams taking part in organised football. We will continue to monitor all the divisions very carefully and where possible satisfy our member clubs. We currently have 57 Member Clubs registered for the 2013/14 season.

The non competitive league competition has now been extended to a further age group for the 2013/14 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 age groups start again at the end of September players will again benefit from this organised, safe and friendly football. It would appear that with the extra interest shown by clubs further pitches will be needed this season.

The FA Fulltime website is again the main reporting system for match fixtures, results and referees with Barris Walker (administrator) maintaining the system for the league. All clubs are using the website effectively. In addition the T&DJFL website is also available giving valuable information re the League, clubs, and league members.

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.

Have an enjoyable and successful season.

John Burnett
Timperley & District Football League

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