Referee of the Year 2019

Stockton Sunday League Referee of the Year 2019


Kevin Blackburn receiving his referee of the year trophy from league chairman Peter Mack at the Division Two cup final on Sunday 5 May 2019.  

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Division Two Cup Final 5 May 2019 Photos


A selection of photo's from the Division Two cup final 5 May 2019











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March Meeting Notes

GENERAL MEETING 20 MARCH 2019
NOTES FOR GENERAL MEETING
Secretaries Report & Correspondence  
 Secretaries Report – Matters Arising               

Teams still not updated Whole Game System with player registrations, this will be mandatory for next season, therefore if done now will be much easier to do next season.

Charter Standard

Four Clubs failed to complete the Charter Standard Health Check and as such their Charter Standard was suspended, Horse & Jockey, Norton Village Club, Norton Unicorn and The Dubliners, all had adequate time to complete.  They will now have to complete a new application and re-apply to join the league as league rules require all teams to have Charter Standard. 

Did advise all new teams that this needed to be submitted by 31 January and as far as I am aware only The Queen Vic and Yarm Athletic have done so, therefore other teams may have to re-apply to join the league.   Borowalkers, Middlesbrough Rovers & Yarm Albion unless they have submitted and not advised.

Correspondence

League Statement – from FA received on a weekly basis.
Email from Durham County Football Association re referee promotions (more later)
Email from Durham County Football Association re County Cup Final appointments (more later)
Resignation Letter South Bank AFC & Norton Unicorn

Secretaries Report

I don’t have much to report tonight; suffice to say no envelope for teams tonight as all the fixtures are on the website until the end of the season.

Cup Finals this season are all at Thornaby F.C again dates on website.

Only other important thing to mention is that Durham County Football Association will be attending a meeting before the season starts to advise on the Whole Game System Player Registration which all teams will need to complete next season.

Any team that does not intend to continue next season then the letter of resignation must be submitted by 31 March 2019.  To date I have received 4 resignations.

I emailed all teams holding trophies for these to be returned either tonight or by the 31 March 2019.

Last date for player registration and transfers is 31 March 2019.

The final Player Registration invoice will be sent out after 31 March 2019 once registrations are finished.


Team of the Month

January 2019 Stillington The Royal (Division One) 4 wins, 28 goals for and 10 against, no cautions or penalty points in January.

February 2019: PH Elmtree (Division One) 3 wins, 12 goals for and 1 against, no cautions or penalty points in February.


Referees:     Jes Lambert / Matthew Smith

It is pleasing to note that 5 of our referees have been promoted to the next level these are as follows:

Callum Donnelly & Andrew Broadbent level 7 to 6
Jack Arrowsmith and Liam Smith level 6 to 5
Matthew Smith level 5 to 4 (subject to FA approval)

Also the following referees have been appointed to DFA Cup Finals:

DFA Youth Minor Cup (U16) Assistant referee Oliver Hart
DFA Minor Cup Assistant referee Callum Donnelly
U18 Sunday Cup Assistant referee Andrew Broadbent

NRCFA Sunday County Cup Referee Matthew East, assistant referee Geoff Mann & fourth official Kevin Blackburn
NRCFA Sunday Challenge Cup Referee Liam Smith, assistant referee Andrew Rice


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January Meeting Notes


NOTES FROM GENERAL MEETING 23/01/2019
Secretaries Report & Correspondence  

Secretaries Report – Matters Arising               

At the last meeting I advised all teams of the following:

League Statement: I am having problems with teams not listing games for player suspensions, I must advise teams these should be included on the form sent from the FA and also the Whole Game System should be updated with these suspensions.  I did ask at the beginning of the season that teams add there player registrations to the Whole Game System but only about 5 Clubs have done so (these being the teams who attended the training session).  All teams over the next month need to add their players to Whole Game System and once you have done these please email me so I can approve and update.

As such not one team has done this, it will become mandatory from next season that all registrations are done on the Whole Game System and this is your chance to get ahead of the game and know what you are doing.

Player registration payment is due tonight if not already paid.

Pitch fees payment required by 28 February if not already paid, no excuses as to not being paid on time.


Charter Standard

The Charter Standard Health Check needs to be completed by 31 January 2019, the following Durham County Football Association teams have still not completed, Billingham Cowpen Club. The Dubliners, Horse & Jockey, Norton Unicorn, Norton Village Club and The Griffin (who are attending first aid course next week).  I emailed North Riding County Football Association for a list only came back today however its pleasing to note that all the NRCFA Clubs have been awarded Charter Standard however none of the new teams have submitted there’s as yet. 

The new teams need to have submitted their application by 31 January so not a lot of time left therefore I need to see all the new teams at the end of the meeting and I don’t want any of the new teams disappearing like last time when asked to stay behind.  So that is Borowalkers, Middlesbrough Rovers, The Queen Vic, Yarm Albion and Yarm Athletic.  This needs to be completed asap as the new teams were advised at the last meeting, if not completed then further action will be taken against those teams who do not submit their application.

Whilst on about Charter Standard I received correspondence Monday from the FA re the FA’s revamped Charter Standard Adult Club Award, as an incentive for clubs we have also significantly improved the benefits package for those who gain the award - new and renewing clubs will receive Nike match balls and a £100 kit voucher.


Correspondence

League Statement – from FA received on a weekly basis. (More in Secretaries Report)
Email requests for postponements
Letter FA re Charter Standard (see above)
Email from Andrew Brown (DFA) re Peoples Cup (more in Secretaries report)


Secretaries Report

Firstly fixture changes due to postponement request from Stockton Sun Inn for the 3 February, the cup fixture against Billingham The Lion is postponed until 24 February 2019 therefore their league fixture that day against St Marys 1947 Sunday has changed to Billingham The Kings against St Marys 1947 Sunday with Matthew Smith still as referee, however Matthew now been taken by DFA so Jes will appoint referee for the both games later, please check website for updates.

There are a number of teams without fixtures especially towards the end of February but I may be able to change fixtures around if able to fit cup fixtures in which will be drawn later tonight.

My main complaint again is about teams not paying fines on time, again I have been emailing teams advising fine unpaid and to be fair these in the main have been paid straight away but I should not be sending out reminders to teams.  If not paid following the email then additional fines will be added.

Can I bring to your attention a message from Jes Lambert re player registrations, the deadline has been set for player registrations when submitting prior to a match day, these must be submitted by a Friday to be completed for a Sunday.  If not done by Friday then please do as a match day signing through the match return that way you will be able to add the player to your team otherwise it causes problems.  Last week a team submitted registrations late on Saturday night this is not acceptable hence the reason for the change.

The FA Peoples Cup – Information:
Kicking off the year with some good news, the online booking is now open for your teams to register for ‘The FA People’s Cup’ Competition. The below categories have been listed below:

Adult Male (16+)                                                                              Venue: Goals Dunston & Goals Sunderland 
 
*The above competitions will be held over the weekends February (starting 16th February)*

The competition is free to enter and winners from each category will go on to play in the semi-finals–, the venue is TBC but this is usually Hull or Manchester, the winners from there will go on to represent their County in the final which are played at The National Football Centre – St George’s Park. This is fantastic opportunity for all our teams and I would strongly encourage you all to take part!

Any queries please contact Alysha Cook directly at DFA (details can be found on DFA website)

Just an update that The Garrick have changed name to The Queen Vic with immediate effect.

Also keep a check out on the website for any referee changes from those issued tonight.

Also as we don’t have another meeting until end of March just wanted to remind teams of certain rules that need to be adhered to, any team considering resigning then this must be done in writing (email acceptable) before the 31 March 2019.  Also league rule 20 (I) Any Club requiring a postponement for non-footballing activities MUST submit the reasons in writing to the Secretary at least 14 days prior to the event for approval to be considered.  Clubs failing to do so will not be granted a postponement.  No application will be accepted for any weeks after 1st March, unless teams and their opponents are well advanced in their fixtures.


Team of the Month

December: Yarm Athletic (Division Two) two league wins, scoring 6 with 2 against plus one division two cup win, only down side 1 caution in the month.

Cup Draws    

The following cup draws were carried out by the League Chairman Peter Mack

John Jackson Memorial Trophy Semi Final
Steven Wells Memorial Trophy Semi Final
Division Two Cup Semi Final
Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy Semi Final

Referees:     Jes Lambert / Matthew Smith

There has been some referee changes from those issued tonight, please check website for details.



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November League Meeting


Secretaries Report & Correspondence  
Secretaries Report – Matters Arising               

None

Charter Standard

The first aid course was held on for 31 October 2018 at the Elm Tree Club, to which a number of teams attended.  The closing date for renewal is 31 December 2018 and not March as in previous years, therefore if you have not renewed as yet need to get it done.  I need to see all new teams at the end of the meeting regarding Charter Standard.

There is a League meeting for Charter Standard Leagues at Durham County Football Association next week on Thursday 6 December; if any information needs to be passed on I will email teams.

I need to see all the new teams this season, Borowalkers, Middlesbrough Rovers, The Garrick, Yarm Albion and Yarm Athletic plus Billingham The Lion and Riverside at the end of the meeting re Charter Standard.

On another note Paul Campbell has left the North Riding County Football Association and is now working for the FA and as yet there is no replacement for him, once or if anyone is appointed I will advise the North Riding teams accordingly.   

Correspondence

League Statement – from FA received on a weekly basis. (More in Secretaries Report)
Email requests for postponements
Letter from DFA re Injury claims (read out)
Email – NRCFA re contact details (see below)
Please be aware of a change of email address for the NRCFA the email address info@northriding.com is no longer available therefore you need to use the following email address:  Email: support@northridingfa.com

Secretaries Report

League Statement: I am having problems with teams not listing games for player suspensions, I must advise teams these should be included on the form sent from the FA and also the Whole Game System should be updated with these suspensions.  I did ask at the beginning of the season that teams add there player registrations to the Whole Game System but only about 5 Clubs have done so (these being the teams who attended the training session).  All teams over the next month need to add their players to Whole Game System and once you have done these please email me so I can approve and update.

I have received a number of complaints recently about teams turning up without match sheets, teams not confirming games on time, this is not acceptable.  Games should be confirmed with referee and opponents before 9pm on a Wednesday before the game, you can confirm any time before then, if referee not confirmed then if short Jes will remove and put on another game.

On another point we have had some complaints from teams whereby they are sending a text to the referee but not getting a reply, if this happens to you then Jes & I need to know.  The matter was raised at the Stockton RA meeting on Monday night (26/11/2018).  Referee has no excuse for not acknowledging text.
You should have enough match sheets in your envelope tonight to see you through to the next meeting (22 January 2019) that is a maximum of 6 games.

Another complaint I have is teams not paying fines on time, I have recently been emailing teams advising fine unpaid and to be fair these in the main have been paid straight away but I should not be sending out reminders to teams.

I have been asked by a few Clubs regarding player registration payment for recently registered players, as these now come in bit by bit it is not worth sending out on a monthly basis therefore I will be sending out an invoice for those players who have been registered since last payment during the Christmas break and will be payable by the January meeting.  Then after that any players registered from January to March these will be invoiced after the last day of March and due for payment by end of April.

The fixtures for January will be posted on the website so make sure you check these out.

Also keep a check out on the website for any referee changes from those issued tonight.


Team of the Month

September:  Stillington The Royal (Division One), 5 wins, 2 in DFA Sunday Cup, 1 Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy and 2 league wins.  Two cup games on penalties, scoring 23 conceding 9, 1 caution during the month.

October: Borowalkers (Division Two), 4 wins, three in the league and 1 in the division two cup, no cautions, and only 1 late match return.

November: Stockton Sun Inn (Division One), 3 league wins, 21 For & 4 Against, no cautions during the month and no penalty points.

Cup Draws    Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy Second Round Draw was carried out.

Date of the next League Meeting is on Wednesday 22 January 2019.

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September League Meeting


Secretaries Report & Correspondence  
Secretaries Report – Matters Arising               

I was disappointed that none of the new teams, The Garrick (did submit apologies) Borowalkers , Yarm Albion and Yarm Athletic (says didn’t get emails) turned up at the meeting in August, only 2 teams attended JFC United and Middlesbrough Rovers who replaced Eston & Normanby Social Club in division two. 

Charter Standard

Tonight Andrew Brown (DFA) was in attendance to advise Clubs of what is required for Charter Standard Health Check and also to advise new teams on the requirements.  He talked of the importance and benefits of Charter Standard and that the rewards are to be increased to Clubs.

Also there is a first aid course arranged for 31 October 2018 at the Elm Tree Club, therefore anyone who needs to renew their certificate can attend along with teams who need to have someone qualified and those teams who want to have an extra person qualified for their Charter Standard Health Check.

Correspondence

League Statement – from FA received on a weekly basis.
Email requests for postponements
Email Durham County Football Association re County Handbook 2018-2019

Secretaries Report

We have had a number of problems with player registrations at the start of the season and lately with players being deregistered, hopefully this is now fixed.  We also had a problem with match day signings especially when you don’t do the match return and add the player until a Monday or Tuesday, the player didn’t appear in the list of players, again hopefully this has been fixed.  The best way is to do the match return on a Sunday or better still get the players registered prior to a match day.

When you do a match day signing (ie day of match) when you do your match return register the player through the match return and not through Club Administration.  The reason being is that if done through the match return it will register to the match date, if done through Club Administration it will register as date done and the player will not be available for selection.  You must also make sure that the confirm the GDPR as soon as possible, I know some clubs are using their own email address so as long as registration form is completed and countersigned then this is not a problem.

Can I ask that teams also add their registered players to the Whole Game System, this will make things much easier for you with regards to cautions and dismissals and keeping everything up to date with the County FA.

One point I that has been raised with me is teams turning up without match sheets and then borrowing one from opponents thus leaving them short, if you turn up without a match sheet and your opponents don’t have a spare one then the game will not take place and you will be charged with an unplayed game.

Fixtures have been issued up to 28 October 2018, fixtures for November and referee appointments will be posted on the website, make sure you check website for your fixtures and also any changes, there will be changes 28 October due to DFA Sunday cup.  Also NRCFA Sunday County & Challenge cups will take place in November, Challenge 4 November and County 11 November so until I receive those fixtures I will not be updating website.  DFA Sunday cup in November is the 25
th.

You should have enough match sheets to see you through to the November meeting, we had a problem this last month with teams running out due to teams turning up without a match sheet.

One thing to note for next season 2019-2020 is that Sin Bins will be introduced to all leagues at Step 7 (Wearside League) and below; this is for cases of dissent only.

Just a reminder that the latest player registration payment is due tonight, if not already paid please make sure you pay otherwise there will be a fine and suspended from playing on Sunday, if unsure if you owe anything or not please check before leaving tonight.  The next invoice for player registrations will be sent out at the end of December and due for payment in January.


For the benefit of new teams and secretaries you will find a match report each week on the league website, just go to Results tab and select Match Reports, here you will the reports just click on the date you require.  This is normally available from a Wednesday sometime.

Team of the Month – We will be carry on with team of the month again this season.

Cup Draws    Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy Second Round Draw was carried out.

Referees:     Jes Lambert / Matthew Smith

Jes reported that we were 2 referee’s short for Sunday and one short 14 October.  Jes will do his best to try and cover the games.

Any Other Business

Date of the next League Meeting is on Wednesday 28 November 2018.  


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Fixtures Meeting Notes 25 July


Secretaries Report & Correspondence  
Secretaries Report – Matters Arising               

No matters arising from last meeting

Charter Standard

Just to advise that Andrew Brown (DFA) will be in attendance at the September meeting to advise Clubs of what is required for Charter Standard Health Check and also to advise new teams on the requirements.  Paul Campbell from the (NRCFA) will also be attending the meeting.

Also there is a first aid course arranged for 31 October 2018 at the Elm Tree Club, therefore anyone who needs to renew their certificate can attend along with teams who need to have someone qualified and those teams who want to have an extra person qualified for their Charter Standard Health Check.

Correspondence

League Statement – from FA received on a weekly basis.

Secretaries Report

I have to begin tonight’s secretary’s report with an apology in relation to the Annual General Meeting which was a complete farce and total disaster as far as I was concerned.

You have been issued with your opening fixtures tonight; the fixtures for September will appear on the website for the 2 September once I have received the draw for the first preliminary round of the DFA Sunday Cup as entries don’t close until 1 August.  The fixtures for the 9 September are the Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy and these will be drawn later and appear on the website asap.  The fixtures for the 16 September is the second preliminary round of the DFA Sunday Cup and will appear asap after the first round is completed.

Whilst on about the website as we are not meeting on a monthly basis this season you need to check the website on a regular basis for any information or fixture changes which may occur.  Also make sure that your team details are up to date, it is now your responsibility to maintain and keep up to date your Club page.

It is good to note that a number of teams have already started putting their registrations on the league website, there have been a couple of issues with registrations so the need to have them completed and not left until the last minute this season as is the norm.  If there is a problem then you need to advise Jes (in the first instance) or myself (secondly).  We have come across some issues and hopefully we have resolved these as we have gone along.  You must have at least 14 players registered on the website or at least waiting for sanctioning by 5 August.  However this is a request not to leave registering your players late as you may find there is a problem and the player will not be eligible for the first game and you could end up being charged for playing an unregistered player.  One thing you need to ensure is that you enter the players email address correctly as we have had instances whereby team has complained player has not received email from the league.  The process is fairly quick therefore if a player hasn’t received an email within the first 24 hours then he firstly needs to check his SPAM folder and make sure email hasn’t ended up there, secondly if that is not the case then player to advise his secretary. The secretary should then check that the email address enter on the player registration is correct, if so then again please advise Jes or myself of the problem.  Once all the pre-season registrations are in and completed then I will send an invoice to each team for the players registered, this needs to be paid by 1 September 2018 otherwise you will be suspended for non-payment.  Payment can be made to the Treasurer either by cash or cheque or can be made by bank transfer, details of which will be on the invoice. 

Match Day Signings:  This becomes very important therefore you need to be aware of the correct process, you must text Jes Lambert (unless otherwise advised) the player’s name, date of birth and Club on the morning before 10-30am (any received after this time will incur a fine).  Player details need to be added to website straight after the game with his details and email address and player needs to be advised he will receive an email therefore he needs to acknowledge the email asap and then he will be registered on website allowing you to do your match return.  Failure for the player to acknowledge the email could result in you being charged with playing an ineligible player and being unable to correctly complete your match return and this could lead to a fine for late match return.  Following discussion it was decided if you sign a player on the day and as long as you have sent Jes the text and have a signed player registration form and have added the player to the website for GDPR consent.  Then if you want to do your match return before the player has accepted the email for GDPR consent and is not on your list of players, complete the match return, leave the player off but advise League Secretary that the player is missing from the list and he will add to match return when GDPR consent has been given.  It is important that you advise player he needs to do this and as soon as possible and not cause any delay.

Then when all players are registered on the league website you can then register them on the Whole Game System, most of your existing players will be present if registered last season (certainly the DFA Clubs).  This will make your job much easier when it comes to suspensions and fines, bearing in mind that a player is suspended 7 days after the offence and this will appear on the league website and also in the WGS.


In your envelope tonight is a number of match sheets to cover the opening games, I didn’t realise that I did not have as many as I thought and the new teams have only been issued one at present.  These are on order and hopefully will have these by the August meeting date (more later) and hopefully new clubs will be attending this.

A reminder that for the Durham County Football Association clubs the player insurance (£55) is due on or before the 1 September 2018, if not paid then team will be suspended.

Also any Durham County Football Association clubs who wish to enter or haven’t entered the Sunday Cup the closing date is the 1 August 2018, cost is £10.

As of yet the League has not been sanctioned by Durham County Football Association awaiting sanctions meeting which will following the County Annual General Meeting (tomorrow night) and once sanctioned and rules sanctioned then these will be posted on the website, please once put on website read and digest as advised at the Annual General Meeting the rules have been split into two sections.

The registered players of Doctor McGonigles from last season have been suspended by the League, details on website of those who are suspended.  Full list of players sent to Durham County Football Association as they also owe them money so could be more outstanding would need to check with DFA.
Pre-Season Friendlies:  These must be sanctioned by your County FA otherwise your Public Liability and player insurance would become void.  Also you can only play against affiliated teams, all DFA teams are affiliated, and some NRCFA not as yet so would need to check.

Team of the Month – We will be carry on with team of the month again this season.

Cup Draws    Ian Gorman Memorial Trophy Preliminary & First Round, John Jackson Memorial Trophy, Steven Wells Memorial Trophy and the second division cup First & Second round draws were all completed tonight.

Referees:     Jes Lambert / Matthew Smith

Law Changes:  None that affect our level of the game.
Jes Lambert also reported that we had a lost some referees as they had been promoted to a higher level and would be operating on Saturdays and midweek so taking a break from Sunday football.  Jes also reminded teams that as we may be short some weeks if you haven’t confirmed your game with the referee by Wednesday (as per league rules) then if a game hasn’t got a referee then he may well be taken off the appointed game and moved to another game that was short of a referee.

Any Other Business

Date of the next League Meeting is on Wednesday 26 September 2018.  However I have arranged a meeting for the 15 August here at the Elm Tree Club for the new teams and any new secretaries that would like to attend or even anybody who would like to attend.  This will be an informal meeting outlining what are the requirements of the league with regards to website, fixtures, the whole game system and anything else that may be brought up.



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