With football from step three to step six (in which East Devon clubs Exmouth Town (step five), Sidmouth Town, Axminster Town and Honiton Town (step six) as well as Willand Rovers (step three) having their respective league campaigns curtailed, the South West Peninsula League – always a ‘table topper’ in terms of how they run things – have not wasted any time in looking at running cup competitions for member clubs.
Phil Hiscox, a football administrator of the highest order, has issued a statement on the SWP League website that reads:
‘At this stage this is very much a DRAFT PROPOSAL, dates are for illustrative purposes only etc, but to move forward with the possibilities we as a board want clubs views, therefore we ask ALL clubs to read and digest the proposal over the next ten days and decide if it’s something your club would want to enter.
Entry will be free but prize money structure is still to be completely agreed, you will see that the TWO cups proposed include a knock-out and a group cup, this to ensure everyone would have at least five matches to play and at least two would be at home (thre if drawn at home in knock out cup) Regionalisation has been factored in too.
We must however be honest and say that two issues still have to be ironed out before we can actually play any Cup ties :
1. The FA are still waiting from a ruling from DCMS about conditions of play between March 29th and May 17th – mainly about are Crowds (like the previous 300 limit) going to be allowed and also in the local Tier system were extra rules about household mixing etc, which of those are going to be rolled into the new national restrictions – Our hope is that by the time this survey ends, March 8th, we will know more.
- We have no “set in stone” number of clubs that need to enter, but clearly we need to have a certain level of interest from clubs to make it worthwhile going ahead’
The South West Peninsula League will hold a board meeting on Wednesday, March 10 and are seeking replies from member clubs before Monday, March 8, so that all relevant feedback can be put before the board.