Club Adverts requiring players can be found on the LATEST NEWS PAGE
THE LEAGUE IS NOW SEEKING
TO ENTER FOR SEASON 2013-2014.
THE GENERAL SECRETARY
MR. RUSS MADDOX ON 01234-404886
FOR MORE INFORMATION
UNDER 21 DIVISION
Last season saw the advent of a new competition being run by the League in conjunction with the Bedfordshire Football Association’s initiative “Get into Football” - the scheme being organised with involvement of league officials and James Petty who heads up the scheme at County level.
The Under 21 Division covers a wide range of teams coming from various parts of the county.
For some time now many players have been lost to local football once their youth career seems to have been expired, with most youth competition only catering for up to players on 18 years old, and whilst some players have moved into adult football, there has not really been the opportunity for those players associated mainly with youth competitions to move forward together as a club.
Many players and clubs at the age of 16 to 18 have been a little reluctant to jump straight into adult football, so it was felt that there was an opportunity and need for a ‘stepping stone’ approach to enable clubs and players to do just that whilst still staying together.
The League and the Bedfordshire Football Association are excited about the introduction of the competition and are determined to make a success of the extra tier to local football – The idea has also been well received by the wider football community and it is hoped the competition will expand once local clubs realise the potential of the concept behind the introduction.
The Bedfordshire Football Association funded the competition for its first season, and the league and others are on the look-out for appropriate sponsors should the idea become a permanent feature of local football.
No doubt the local football fraternity will be watching very closely to monitor the success of the competition, and it is hoped that the number of clubs will indeed increase in future seasons once the idea becomes fully established.
If your club should require any further details relating to the Under 21 Division as it progresses through the 2012/2013 season, and become interested in joining for future seasons the League Secretary is only too keen to help and advise you of details as the competition as it moves forward.
In closing the League and the Bedfordshire Football Association wish every club taking part in the competition an enjoyable season, and look forward to the possibility of expanding the numbers following the introduction of the idea as it becomes more familiar.
Yours in sport,
Tel/Fax: 01234 404886
REMINDERS FOR SECRETARIES:
Make sure when it's your home game you inform your opposition, referee of pitch, ko time, team colours.
League, and League cup matches. RESULT to be rung in to Fixture Secretary (10234 308310) by the
home side immediately after the game, and in any case before 1.30pm for all morning kick offs, and the club must ring in the result by 5pm for afternoon kick offs.
County cup. RESULT to be rung in to Fixture Secretary, whether at home or away, immediately after the game, and in any case before 1.30pm.
HOME CLUBS USING PUBLIC PITCHES
DON'T FORGET TO PAY FOR YOU PITCH BY 8pm WEDNESDAY at the Athletics Stadium, Barkers Lane, Bedford. You can pay over the phone by credit card - But you still have to call in for your pitch permit that may be asked for by the groundsman at the pitch on match days - NO permit NO play. If your pitch is changed by the Stadium for whatever reason, then don't forget to go back to the referee and opposition to advise them of change (This only happens occasionally).
Any problems give me a ring - otherwise may I take this early opportunity to wish you all well, and for an enjoyable season's football, remembering the FAs 'Respect ' campaign for all referees. Regards and good luck, Russ Maddox
The Fixture programme published on the website does NOT show the appointed Referees. The appointed Referees will be recorded only in the ‘Fixture Booklet’.
Referee availability is often last minute and there are frequent changes for various unforeseen reasons. The Referees’ Secretary will keep all clubs informed by telephone of any changes of referee before a match, if known to him. For this reason referees will not be included on the website fixtures.
The Leagues Referees’ Secretary is Mr. Keith Pearce, who must be contacted in relation to all Refereeing matters for the LEAGUE, and LEAGUE CUP fixtures. (01234 304384)
Please note: Keith Pearce does NOT cover COUNTY CUP ties - Nic Snelson (Century House, Dunstable on 01582 567712) runs the competition on behalf of the Beds FA, and if you have any enquiries/queries it is Nic Snelson you need to contact regarding fixtures, and referees for these competitions.