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Liskeard out ---- Saltash, Torpoint, Polperro ??????

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No disrespect towards the club, but it was always going to happen once Mousehole were admitted, it's just too far to travel. 3hrs of travelling for a game of football is never going to be sustainable in a local league.

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Common sense at last. The decision to force a new league has completely back fired. I said at the time don't fix what is not broken. The ECPL for all its faults has been around since 1961. It has always been a friendly league – yes it has had its faults but strangely the new St Piran league has opened up the ECPL to receive more clubs from the Duchy League as well as elsewhere. It is understood that up to seven teams want to join the ECPL.

At the moment there is 23 teams in the ECPL. If Tavistock leave (I understood that is not final) and St Austell and Wadebridge pull out then that leaves 20. Add up to another 7 new entrants and the ECPL could have at least 27 teams for next season. Plenty for a two division set up.

That leaves 11 teams in the new St Piran League.  Will the FA allow this to happen ? 

 

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Also I understand Bude are interested in re joining the ECPL.  Happy days.  The decision has destroyed the Combo yet enhanced the ECPL.   Don't be surprised if the Combo clubs will have second thoughts.  The whole show has been a farce from the start.  Perhaps the powers to be will look to keep football at this level as it is.  They have crucified the SWPL and now this ridiculous step 7.  The system was fine with the SWPL east and west with the combo and ecpl as feeders.  So what's changed are they seriously saying that the St Piran league will be stronger than the ECPL  Dream on.    

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Like I said elsewhere ....

Let’s throw this idea into the pot, as the FA are determined there will be a Step 7 league in Cornwall by the start of next season!

The Step 7 league becomes east and West, 16 in each. They make it open to all applicants from the current ECPL, Combo, Trelawny and Duchy. 

No time to waste as it has to happen this summer! 

Most clubs who withdrew over the past few weeks become keen again as they will be in a step 7 league which gives them funding possibilities and a promotion route without excess travel.

The Combo and the Trelawny get closer as one; as do the ECPL and the Duchy.

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It is not just me saying happy days it is football that has won. Put it this way how many clubs had the ways or means of progression beyond their current status. Clubs should be able to progress at their pace. We live in a world where running a football club at any level is becoming more difficult. How many of these at this level are even sustainable. What benefit to them is all these so called grants going to do. At the end of the day a club has to have players and management and a committee. Gone are the days that Saturday was football day.

 

Is it not time that the suits actually thought about football at this level. To say they are forming a league that will offset travel is ludicrous. Would it not have been better for the FA to look at Cornwall on a map and actually see the problem. To have a league that extends the whole of Cornwall is bizarre to say the least. If they did they would see that it is blindingly obvious that the Combo and ECPL fit nicely into and East and West. The ECPL has survived in all its forms since its inception in 1961. It has been a valuable feeder in to the SWPL.

 

So why did the FA go down this route. And lets be honest about this - they have the ways and means to set up the St Piran League and will do everything in their power to see it come to fruition.

 

What we have to understand is that the system prior to the formation of the St Piran League was fine. The Combo in the West and the ECPL in the East saw a natural progression to a higher level. So why the change. What do the suits actually think. They have already destroyed the SWPL by having teams like Millbrook and Torpoint having to play at a lower standard in Devon.

 

Is it not time that the FA actually put football first especially in Cornwall. The FA still have time to pull a plug on this ridiculous move and let common sense prevail. If the FA are actually serious in helping football at this level then they should listen to the people who work and play down here.

 

What they have to look at is the person or manager who actually plays the game. How can anyone in their right mind expect a player without recompense to possibly have to take time off from work to travel the long distances every other week. Surely it is time the FA looked at the blindingly obvious that is WHAT IS NOT BROKEN DON'T FIX.

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On 13/05/2019 at 22:11, ECPL said:

Common sense at last. The decision to force a new league has completely back fired. I said at the time don't fix what is not broken. The ECPL for all its faults has been around since 1961. It has always been a friendly league – yes it has had its faults but strangely the new St Piran league has opened up the ECPL to receive more clubs from the Duchy League as well as elsewhere. It is understood that up to seven teams want to join the ECPL.

At the moment there is 23 teams in the ECPL. If Tavistock leave (I understood that is not final) and St Austell and Wadebridge pull out then that leaves 20. Add up to another 7 new entrants and the ECPL could have at least 27 teams for next season. Plenty for a two division set up.

That leaves 11 teams in the new St Piran League.  Will the FA allow this to happen ? 

 

Who are the 7 applicants ?

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