The league recently had a meeting with the FA Leagues committee where our ‘Respect’ and ‘Use Your Head’ initiatives were discussed and the league was commended for the work it was doing in these two areas, especially with foul and abusive language and dissent. We have taken on board their comments and the Report has now been amended to hi-light Dissent within the Report. I present to you the amended Report, which makes interesting reading with 102 cautions for dissent alone. Horden CW has a very poor record with 14 out of 31 cautions for dissent. These 103 cautions are wholly preventable.

In general this month the report is heading in the right direction with sending off’s down 50% to five for the month (mainly in the County Cups) and cautions showing a slight improvement, down from 10 over the month.

Richmond Town are this month’s winner of the Total Sport (Sunderland) Match Ball, leap fogging Silksworth CW who did not do well this month by their normal standards. Other clubs worthy of a mention in the improvements are Hartlepool, despite their awful start to the season and after their interview with the committee at the end of September, are working hard to turn things around only picking up 3 yellows this month. If they keep this up they will start to climb the table. Cleator Moor Celtic, Ryhope CW and Wolviston also did very well with only 2 yellows this month.

At the other end of the table, Horden CW hit rock bottom with 1 sent off and 10 cautions but this was eclipsed by Ashbrooke Belford House who continued their poor start with 1 red and 13 yellows for the month. Both these teams are on the league watch list and improvement must be made to avoid a visit to our committee meeting.

I close with a very pleasing note that there were no dismissals this month for Foul & Abusive Language, which is one of our target areas. Now lets all work on Dissent.

Peter Maguire
League Chairman