ECPL Posted June 14, 2019 Report Share Posted June 14, 2019 THE LEAGUE THAT WOULDN'T DIE As there has been a lot of chat about the formation of the St Piran League I thought I would put in chronological order what led up to the East Cornwall League almost being destroyed. Great credit must go to the East Cornwall League committee for overcoming the problems and that people will concentrate on the positives and not the negatives. The news that the Football Association would set up a new step 7 as well as re organising Step 6 shook not only the East Cornwall League but also the Cornwall Combination League. Both leagues have a long history in Cornwall with the Combination league starting in 1959 and the East Cornwall League two years later. Both leagues have provided teams to the higher level with the East Cornwall League (ECPL) promoting teams such as St Dennis, Foxhole Stars, Dobwalls and Sticker. The FA invited both the ECPL and the CCL to discussions as to how to set up the new step seven but both leagues rejected the idea basically saying that there is already a route for teams to progress into the South West Peninsula League. This was not acceptable to the CCFA who had been mandated to set up a new step 7 league by the FA. Both leagues have been by and large well run and proved to be a good divide between East and West Cornwall. The concept of re organising step 7 was to ease travel but it became obvious from the outset that mandating the Cornwall County FA to set up the new St Piran League by having teams travelling the length and breadth of the county was going to be a non starter. The ECPL teams felt that travel was a huge factor in withdrawing their applications to join the St Piran League. With the closing date for applications set for the 15th May the CCFA knew that they had no chance of setting up the new league as many teams withdrew. Undeterred the CCFFA held a meeting with the affected leagues and quickly rushed through a new set up and instead of making a possible 16 team league it had decided to go for two divisions of 16 teams split East and West. This had resulted in the ECPL Premier Division being denuded of 12 teams which included Tavistock Reserves who will be joining the new Devon set up and Plymstock United who withdrew. Also leaving was Lanreath, and Morwenstow from Division One. So what does this mean to the ECPL.The league ended the season with 23 teams in two divisions. The Premier Division was left with just one team Looe Town while in Division One Lanreath and Morwenstow chose to join the St Piran League. It was understood that Mevagissey were leaving the league which meant six teams St Stephen, St Minver, Roche, Padstow United, St Blazey Reserves, and St Teath remained, a total overall of seven teams. At the AGM the constitution was decided to have one division of 18 teams: Foxhole Stars, Gerrans & St Mawes, Godolphin Atlantic (Newquay), Looe Town, Mount Gould, Newquay, North Petherwin, Padstow United, Plymouth Marjon, Roche, St Blazey, St Cleer, St Dominick, St Minver, St Stephen, St Teath, Torpoint Athletic, Veryan. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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