Weekly Update: Covid procedure and referee abuse

In this week’s update, there is important information about the league’s Covid procedure, a new document for which is on the club website. It’s a reminder that the pandemic is not over and we must all play our part to ensure the safe and continued progression of the league.

It has been well documented regarding the referee shortage that we are suffering with. This is, it must be stressed once again, a national problem at grassroots level, caused by the abuse received. It is therefore unacceptable that club social media accounts are being used to abuse referees. Clubs are reminded of their responsibilities on this front and that any misuse will be notified to the County FA. More information can be found below.

  1. Referee shortage – If any clubs have members who would like to officiate, and do the initial training, the league will make a 50% contribution to the training course cost. The 50% will be re-imbursed to the new referee once 6 matches have been completed in this league. Please contact Stephen Howard refsec@landc.org.uk.
  2. The general meeting identified the need to update our Covid procedure. A new document was sent out, and a new condensed club contact list was requested, the first version sent a couple of days ago has been updated. Both are attached and are on the website.
  3. For all fixture matters please ensure you send them direct to Malcolm Kershaw, fixtures@landc.org.uk, and any which involve changes to match arrangements copy refsec@landc.org.uk. Fixtures to the 4th Dec are now visible.
  4. Please notify any ground changes are to Malcolm and Graham Ellis asstsecretary@landc.org.uk.
  5. Please ensure all player match stats are completed, along with ref marks and sending match sheets to matchsheets@landc.org.uk.
  6. Despite the referee shortage some clubs allow abuse of referees on their social media accounts. Fines will be issued and referees will be appointed elsewhere. Club officials please get this message across to all your members. Also any misuse of social media will be notified to County FA.

L & C Key Messages

All of the following is useful information for clubs and their committees.

Fixture Scheduling

Our fixture team works diligently to provide very team a fixture each week if possible. This is based on not wishing any Saturday to pass by with teams missing games, as it is inevitable fixtures will be lost to the weather at some point during the season.

However, if there are times when there are Premier League fixtures that conflict with games and cause difficulty for clubs, we will allow either later kick offs, or for teams to find a mutually agreeable venue for a night fixture in the week preceding a game.

If this is a desirable option, please let the fixture team know of any such arrangements by emailing fixtures@landc.org.uk.

Referees/Respect

We have already made clubs aware of the challenges we are facing regarding referees. We are thankful for the clubs who have arranged stand-in officials this season. Unfortunately, it is a national trend, with abuse and a lack of respect driving referees away at all levels of the game.

Everybody understands this is a game of emotions and we all care and want to do well, but this is no excuse for abuse which we have already felt the effects of in terms of driving referees away from our league.

Teams who condone the abuse, either on the day or on social media, will risk not having a referee appointed.

We implore our clubs to set the tone, take a step back and understand the difficulty of the job, and appreciate their efforts. The referees are as important to the L & C running smoothly as the teams that participate.

Post-Match Admin

Please enter your team stats and refs marks on Full Time/Matchday, and send photos/scans of match sheets to matchsheets@landc.org.uk within seven days, but ideally as soon as possible. If you are having any issues, please make the league aware.

L & C season structure and start dates confirmed

The L & C is delighted to confirm the official start dates for the 2021/22 league season.

Hopes are high for a campaign free of disruption after the previous two truncated seasons and although we were pleased that the committee enabled an ending of sorts to last season, we hope that the following season is one that is played in its entirety.

The popularity of the competition remains fierce; despite the many challenges encountered by teams in amateur football, we have actually seen the size of our structure increase once again. All eight divisions have at least 12 teams in them, and in total, there are 104 sides competing for league and cup glory.

There will be a different start date for the different divisions, confirmed below with the rest of the latest update. Fixtures are yet to be confirmed, but will be released in due course.

Here’s to another competitive campaign for all of our teams.

  1. Club Affiliation to County FA. Please continue to complete your affiliations, I can see from WGS that progress is being made, however a handful are still to make a start.
  2. The next general meeting will be held at Curzon Ashton FC, Richmond St, Ashton Under Lyne OL7 9HG on Thursday 19th August, starting at 7:30 PM. All clubs must be represented. The agenda and other papers will be sent nearer the time.
  3. Commencement of the season: SATURDAY – 21st August 2021 – Premier and Division 1. SATURDAY 28th August 2021 – Premier and 1 (B/H weekend). SATURDAY 4th September 2021 – Premier, 1, 2, 3, A.        SATURDAY 11th September 2021 – Premier, 1, 2, 3, A, B, C, D
  1. Please continue to send in any ground information for us, and detail changes for the club details file.
  2. The league structure was issued on Sunday, and was sent to all clubs on email last week.
  3. We have still some work to do before we are able to generate the fixtures on Full Time, so the sooner you send in your information the better.

Salford Vics donate kit to Africa

Salford Victoria are getting ready to ship kits to Africa if anymore clubs would like to donate old kits (still useable) can they either ring or email me. Chris Carney chrisdcarney@hotmail.com or phone 07956 106564

Chris would like to thank Newton FC,  Irlam Tiger and Radclyffe FC for their donations of kits for Africa.

Picture – Kits from Newton & Salford last year

League Diversity and Inclusion

The Lancashire and Cheshire AFL, a football league with a diverse membership condemns and abhors any form of discrimination, typified by the racism England footballers have been subjected to, especially after the way our England team have lifted and galvanised this country in the face of a life stealing pandemic.

We all need to do more to eradicate this type of behaviour from a small minority who hide behind a computer screen or deface a mural late at night.

We call upon the authorities and social media companies to do more, and as individuals we will do more ourselves to enjoy our national sport and treat it for what it is “a game”.

Footballers are human and like us all they fail and lose, but let’s lose and win together.

The league Diversity & Inclusion group will debate this and other issues at a date to be announced, so please look out for the invitation to join us.

The L & C Committee

League Closes New Applications for the 21-22 season

The popularity of the league hit new heights during the 20-21 season and in the last few weeks new enquiries have continued to come.

A record 25 enquiries have been received. Four new clubs have been elected to the membership at the AGM in early June, Baguley Athletic, Eccles United, Milltown FC and Milnrow Firgrovia.

There could be other clubs who will be co-opted in the coming weeks if their applications which are in progress are successful.

Friendlies Requests

If any club wants me to post a message on this page for friendlies, please email secretary@landc.org.uk with the details. Brian

  1. Dukinfield Athletic Still have a date available on 4th Sept, our is pitch available and are willing to host with a 50/50 split in costs, or alternatively we are more than happy to travel and split any costs incurred. Please note we are looking for Div A or below opponents. Email address : dukinfieldaafc@gmail.com Thanks Stephen Limb Tel: 07837 992720

2. Altrincham Hale – I am looking for a friendly for our Res team – so pref div C or D, for next Sat happy to travel or host. Rob Walsh 07986 382147 email R.J.Walsh@hotmail.co.uk

3. Deans 2nds Looking for a friendly for this Saturday (04/09). we can host or travel. Looking for a team in divisions C or D Thanks, Ashley 07739877267

4. Old Stretfordians 2nd are looking for a friendly this week 04 Sep as the team we were playing now have a league fixture. Rob McIlroy 2nd Team Manager > 07772502462

6. Staly Lions are looking to arrange friendlies where we can, starting with Saturday 26th June. Contact Liam Bewley on 07555286162

7. Salford Vics 2nd team and development team are looking for Friendlies, we are happy to share costs for away games and would expect cost sharing at our ground Contact Chris Carney 07956106564 or chrisdcarney@hotmail.com

8. North Walkden reserves are looking for a friendly, this Saturday. Preferably a team in division A or below. Janine jjward@sky.com George georgemcmanus97@hotmail.co.uk.

9. Aldermere Dates available division B team. Happy to split costs for pitch (if required) and or referee. Please contact Thomas Jacobs 07903556912 to schedule.

12. Milltown reserves are looking for away games. Please contact Anthony Raymond Williams 07854587236.

15. Govan A team are still looking for a game on 4th Sept home or away. We currently play in div c happy to play teams from c or d divisions. Contact Paul on 07944625438.


Kits for Africa – Salford Victoria Kit Collection/donation

Please see Chris Carney’s message and get in touch if you can help with this worthy cause.

As we come out of lockdown we are getting kits together again to donate to sub Saharan African teams if any L & C teams have any old kits they would like to donate they would be much appreciated. If they get in touch with me I will sort out details of getting them.

Chris Carney

Salford Victoria

Email chrisdcarney@hotmail.com

First match day cup fixtures now available

This week’s L & C update provides details on where to find the first match day of cup fixtures for when the restructured fixture list resumes next month.

  1. Reminder – tomorrow 29th March 7PM there will be a General Meeting via Zoom (invites sent yesterday), which clubs must attend to hear all the arrangements.
  2. Moston Brook 4th Team are looking for an away friendly, next Saturday 3rd April. Contact Mike Melia- 07837 251346
  3. Fixtures arranged for every team on the 3rd April are to be used as a warm up so teams don’t go into the cups on 10th April without having played. All normal procedures such as confirmation, referee payment by BACs, completion of result texts, match sheets, team stats and refs marks are to be followed.
  4. The Cup fixtures, Match day one on the 10th April through to the end if the group stage on 8th May are now visible on Full Time.
  5. The Cup squads from multi-team clubs can be sent in as soon as you are ready, and are required at the latest by next Sunday 4th April. Please send to me,  Keith Marsden registrations@landc.org.uk, John Howard john.howard15@btopenworld.com and Gill Bowden gillbowden@ymail.com please.
  6. Rob O’Connor of Bedians has kindly offered a set of football nets in good condition if any club needs them. If anyone wants them all they have to do is collect them, contact Rob O’Connor 07738 195124.