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Following a committe meeting last night, the following statement has been released.

The committee at Plymouth Parkway are extremely proud to be in the position to be able to advance into the Western League.

Unfortunately due to the financial implications of promotion to the league we do not feel at this present time we have the support from outside the club to take up this opportunity .Therefore we will be staying in the South West Peninsula League for another season.

We would like to thank the league,Wayne Hillson and the committee for all their support this season and we look forward to another successful season in the league and hopefully we will be able to explore this opportunity again next year.

We would also like to confirm that Wayne Hillson will be our manager for next season and is looking forward to bringing more success to Plymouth Parkway.

Follow Parkway at www.plymouthparkwayfootballclub.co.uk

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Why not have a 22 club Division which is allowed under F A ruling

keep Penzance up as Falmouth will be rather lonely as the only West Cornwall club

Or relegate teams that aren't good enough to be there?! Quality not quantity, irrespective of a clubs size, fan base or infrastructure.

We had the debate on here about the standard of SWPL not being as it used to be, the league becoming stagnated. Surely Penzance have to be relegated after such a poor season?!

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A committee and hard working people behind the scene run a football club...not players or fans. Join the committee if you want to help your local club! Do you know how much it cost to rent a minibus and put fuel to take players up to Avon and Somerset every other week?...and let's say you pay all the players £20 each (minimum). Over a season that's a lot of money. So...outside help will be required. :mellow:

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This hasn't really come as a surprise to me because when we visited Bolitho Park back on 16th February the general consensus from the Parkway club officials was they didn't think it was viable to go up this season. Probably a wise decision taken considering the current climate. Trying to get people to loosen their purse strings to support local football is getting harder and harder although some will say that when an opportunity presents itself you should grab it with both hands because no one can 100% guarantee that the chance will come around again.

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Respect clubs who do or dont want to go up for their own reasons but should Bodmin & Parkway get the prize fund (which is there surely to help you step up a league) if they are not accepting promotion? I personally dont think so and think it should go onto something else like cup winners or split between teams. If they get the prize fund, it then gives them an advantage (kick start) into next season for the same to happen again. Not saying its wrong to not accept promotion as im well aware it all depends on a number of key factors off the field BUT should they get the Prize Fund.....????......

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Prize funds are recognition for what your team has achieved in the league, cup and discipline charts for the season and is something totally separate to applying/taking promotion so YES they should be paid.

This is the first season our club will be awarded prize money and we are over the moon. Put stipulations on it and it takes away the meaning of what it is awarded for and complicates what is a quite straight forward process!

Other than clubs being forced by The FA into promotion (which can cripple clubs) then this is the system we play within.

Parkway, Bodmin, whoever will know when they are, if ever ready to step up a level... at the end of the day 'You've got to be in it to win it'! 'You've got to play it to pay it'!

(Think this is the longest post I have ever written?)

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It's a shame that for a various number of reasons, the promotion/relegation aspect hasn't worked out for the SWPL, however back those 6/7 years when the then existing Devon League and SWL clubs were being canvassed to join the new league, they had little realistic option other to join up.

With hindsight, promotion up to the WL was always going to be a contentious emotional subject with whether the heart could overrule the business head.

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Hopefully the "bed-blockers" will fall away and other teams, who may have more ambition, will have their chance to progress. Excluding Truro, I think 4 Cornish clubs have taken the opportunity in the past and all are back in the Prem so maybe it isn't feasible.

Seems a shame to be in a pyramid if everyone wants to stay at Step 6.

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Obviously the pyramid system isn't working for Cornish clubs so surely it would be better to have all Cornwall leagues e.g Cornwall premier made up of top 20 teams in the county, Div 1 remainder of Peninsula teams plus best of East Cornwall league and Combo league and so on down through the leagues with promotion compulsory 2 up 2 down. No FA cup or vase but if you are not prepared to progress having had the opportunity to do so then it's the price you have to pay. How much longer will this " we can't afford to take promotion" charade be allowed to go on? Such a shame for Cornish football.

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Im hoping people will now take note & see that maybe it isnt visable for clubs to take promotion. Im pleased that `heads` in this case over ruled `hearts` and they put the future of the club first instead of jepordising it into an adventure that would need a substantial amount of money to carry out. Its easy for anyone to state if our club were to finish in the promotion placings we would take the opportunity of promotion but in reality it would cripple any club west of Plymouth. Maybe Parkways decision will now make people realise that Bodmin dont lack ambition, but it just isnt financially possible to sustain.

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