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Ha, ha they keep trying 

In September 2018 an announcement was made that the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League would only be operating two divisions at Step 6 of the National League Football Pyramid as part of a national re-structure by The FA.

In addition to this it was decided that in Cornwall and Devon there would be 3 divisions operating at Step 7, 1 in Cornwall and 2 in Devon. These would be run by newly created leagues and committees with the support of the respective County FA’s.

Initially teams were asked to submit expressions of interest by the 31st December 2018 if they wished to participate in these leagues. The initial response was positive with over 28 submissions to play in the Cornwall League.

These teams were then asked to confirm their intentions to participate in the league by submitting a formal application and a deposit of £100 by the 31st March 2019. Again the response was positive with 20 clubs submitting an application.

Unfortunately over the last few weeks several teams have made the decision to withdraw from the league, the reason that has been cited by every club for their withdrawal has been concerns over travelling due to teams in the league being drawn from all over the County, as far West as Mousehole and as far East as Saltash.

Having listened to these concerns Cornwall FA held a meeting with the St Piran League, East Cornwall Premier League and Cornwall Combination League to look at a way forward.

It is extremely important to note that the County is mandated by the FA to operate a Step 7 league. There must be an opportunity for clubs to progress into and through the National League System and play at the highest standard possible, along with the funding opportunities that this provides.

Additionally it would be highly unfair for any league at Step 7 to be heavily populated by teams from one area of the County, thus creating barriers in place for ambitious teams based in different areas.

New Proposals

Taking into consideration all of the above points The St Piran League will now operate with two divisions, with the intention being that each division will be comprised of no more than 16 teams There will be an East Cornwall Division and a West Cornwall Division.

Priority for entry will be given to those teams that participated at Step 7 during the 2018/19 season and to those teams who submitted a formal application along with deposit and who have not, at any time during the process submitted a notification of withdrawal.

 

Therefore the current membership of The St Piran League is as follows:

East Division

West Division

   

Bude Town

Ludgvan

AFC St Austell Reserves

Penryn Atheltic

Wadebridge Town Reserves

St Day

St Dennis Reserves

Helston Athletic Reserves

 

Falmouth Town Reserves

 

Perranwell

 

Hayle

 

Wendron United Reserves

 

St Agnes

 

Mousehole Reserves

 

We have space in the league for a further 12 teams based in East Cornwall and 6 teams based in West Cornwall, entry criteria are listed below in order of precedence:

East Division

a.         Those ECPL Premier Division clubs who have paid a deposit and subsequently withdrawn their      application but now wish to reconsider.

b.         Those ECPL Premier Division clubs who may now wish to apply to join the League

c.         Those ECPL Division One clubs who may now wish to apply.

d.         Those Duchy League Premier Division clubs who may now wish to apply.

West Division

a.         Those Combination League clubs who have withdrawn their application but now wish to reconsider.

b.         Those Combination League clubs who may now wish to apply to join the League.

c.         Those Trelawny League Premier Division clubs who may now wish to apply.

It should be noted that Step 7 Leagues are County based, applications from Devon based clubs competing in the ECPL or Duchy League will not be accepted

Additional

The ECPL and Cornwall Combination Leagues will continue to act as feeder leagues for the St Piran League and will be formed from teams who do not apply to The St Piran League and teams who make applications to join from The Duchy League and Trelawny League.

Once we know the teams for The St Piran League we will work closely with The ECPL, Cornwall Combination League, Duchy League and Trelawny League to establish their constitutions for the 2019/20 season.

Should anyone have any questions please contact Richard Pallot of Cornwall FA on 01208 262983 or email richard.pallot@cornwallfa.com

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Seems like the suits have won.  Oh well since when did London have any interest in what happens in Cornwall.  Trying to destroy the ECPL and the Combo seems to have been their aim from the start.  All they have done is made the ECPL the East and Combo the West.  Wow, progress and they bully them by saying they can get grants.  it takes more than grants to run a football club, but do they care. NOPE .      

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One initial proposal was that ECPL & Combo have a joint committee to run the Step 7 League, with each League providing roughly half of the teams. Didn't reach any agreement, so committee was formed from volunteers across the County. Unfortunately, it was always going to be a big ask for the Clubs to travel from one end of Cornwall to the other - and so it has proved!

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What a complete and utter farce. Season ends 2020. In the East Saltash Reserves pip Torpoint Athletic Reserves and St Austell Reserves. And in the West Helston Reserves beat Falmouth Town Reserves to the title. Everyone turns up for the first ever end of season play off game to see who gets promoted (I assume that is the case). Ooooooooooooooooops sorry. Reserve sides cant get promotion. So much for clubs to progress up the ladder.   The vindictive bullying FA have now had their way. They have destroyed the Combo league but luckily the ECPL will still be able to field a league of 16 teams.

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54 minutes ago, ECPL said:

luckily the ECPL will still be able to field a league of 16 teams.

By robbing the Duchy League again presumably.

Your concern for football in the county doesn't seem to go any lower than the east cornwall league, pretty much the same mindset as you accuse the FA of having.

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Agree Paul....and with John....

If the threat looms of combo and ecpl disappearing then I cant see the issue as long as the teams that applied to St Pirans remained as founding member clubs of it .... these Clubs showed they wanted to step up and, presumably, had the committee and financial backing to do so...step football (senior) would start there....the remaining combo and ecpl sides could then amalgamate back into the Trelawney and Duchy top flight (junior......or..recreational however you word it)...with both leagues able to manage club numbers by refusing extra new applications for a spell...straight promotion and relegation top/bottom 2 from both or a playoff match if only the one st pirans div ....trelawney and duchy are excellently run leagues with superb committees and officers.....they should be the feeders to step football 

Again....just my opinion

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ECPL

 

As the suits seem to have got their way it would appear there are a number of extra vacancies to join the ECPL. This can include entries from ambitious Duchy League teams or from the Plymouth and West Devon league. The new step system makes no difference to the current status so the door is open. Please visit the Mitoo site to find contact details.

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2 hours ago, ECPL said:

ECPL

 

As the suits seem to have got their way it would appear there are a number of extra vacancies to join the ECPL. This can include entries from ambitious Duchy League teams or from the Plymouth and West Devon league. The new step system makes no difference to the current status so the door is open. Please visit the Mitoo site to find contact details.

So is this going to be the new Duchy Premier League ?

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No sir,  There are enough teams left in the league already, just need a few more to make it a healthy 16 plus league.  It just seems odd that Reserve teams who could not gain promotion from the ECPL or Combo also cannot get promotion from the St Piran League.  So why are they leaving.    

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At a guess ECPL id now say facilities. Eg (and it no dig at any club) why have your resrves play at Looe or Morewenstow or Mevagissey when they can play teams at Lux Park or Kimberley Stadium or The Mill!!!

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Said months ago that the CCFA should secede from the English FA. Reading about the consequences of the behaviour of the "suits", whose model of football is based on urban cultures, where there are plenty of facilities, no local loyalty, a visible "pyramid" and lots more money, I am glad to see others moving towards that opinion. 

In Gloucestershire, where forced rearrangement of former county leagues has forced my decent local village side into an unwanted promotion involving travel to venues as far apart as North Oxfordshire and West Sussex and potential future financial unsustainability, there is also plenty of anger, though less geographically remote than Cornwall, a sinking, sparsely-populated peninsula dependent on bad-weather tourism.

The FA is an arrogant organisation devoted to the interests of a billionaire elite, international merchandising, satellite broadcasting and making fat cats fatter. When there is no football left and the working class population are all lardbuckets playing video games and betting on the Premier league, they will have accomplished their desires.

What is needed is a revolution. Football may not be a major force in this, but it can supply sparks for greater conflagration.

Long live the Combo grassroots , yet another group of good people trying to play a beautiful game, but let down by corrupt administration.

The FA lead Cornwall by the nose because the Cornish put up with it ! Don't !   

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