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Official Statement Issued by the Carlsberg South West Peninsula Football League Ltd

Thursday 6th November 2008

Newton Abbot AFC

At the board meeting on 6th November, it was proposed and agreed that Newton Abbot AFC be excluded from the league for repeated offences of failing to fulfil fixtures (league rule 8.6 refers).

Therefore all results, points, goals etc relating to Newton Abbot and the fixtures they have played this season are expunged.

Some fixture changes have been made but this has not always been possible as we now have an odd number of teams in that division.

Players aged 16 & 17 have been de-registered.

Players aged 18 & over may de-register by sending the league 25pounds to cover their share of fines & charges outstanding. They can then register on a normal yellow form for any club.

Players who have not paid by the 24th November will be reported to Devon FA who will add a fee of their own to the fine and suspend the player sine die from playing in any competition.

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I think Newton Abbot didn't read the small print when they sold the gound to Devon FA. From what I was told they assumed they were able to play rent free until the county advised them otherwise. So the debt rose. I assume Devon FA have got the ground virtually free of charge. Anyone know anything different.

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Newton Abbot Reserves are currently suspended from the WBB South Devon League for not fufilling fixtures and are expected to face the same punishment when the executive of the league meet on November 24th.

There is concern over the Coach Road ground up keep which the Freehold is owned by the Teignbridge District Council.

The lease is held by the Devon CFA to rent out and a number of South Devon clubs have shown interest in playing at Coach road.

I appreciate this is not Cornish football news but is associated with an expelled SWPL club.

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According to the press -eight Newton Abbot player have paid up the £25 and are free to sign up anew.

It must be remembered that the first team players went on strike because of non payment and refused to play at Wadebridge which was the beginning of the end.

It appears the Newton Abbot administration have all resigned and there is no one the SWPL or Devon County can contact so the players are the remains of the club.

Paul, the SWPL(P) attedances are UP 2% on last season and this includes the two biggest dippers -Falmouth Town down 33% and St. Blazey down 31%

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Paul, the SWPL(P) attedances are UP 2% on last season and this includes the two biggest dippers -Falmouth Town down 33% and St. Blazey down 31% -per Tony Kempster's site.

Time to judge will be at the end of season.At moment several big Devon derby games influence the figures. At a quick glance it appears that the new league finds less favour amongst Cornish supporters.

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Taken from the Tony Kempster site:-

Team High Low Avge 07/08 +/-%

Plymouth Parkway 287 137 220 181 21.5%

Buckland Athletic 197 89 140 98 42.3%

Tavistock 184 91 132 116 13.7%

Bodmin Town © 196 57 115 101 13.3%

Saltash United 152 82 110 137 -19.4%

Cullompton Rangers 155 89 110 87 26.7%

Dartmouth 163 86 109 64 70.0%

Torpoint Athletic 151 72 108 94 15.7%

Holsworthy 153 91 108 101 6.9%

Newton Abbot Spurs 153 51 96 70 37.2%

Launceston 156 62 91 92 -0.8%

Witheridge 148 64 87 82 7.0%

Ivybridge Town 218 32 86 75 14.7%

St Blazey 96 72 81 118 -31.4%

Falmouth Town 128 56 81 120 -33.1%

Wadebridge Town (P) 149 41 78 74 4.7%

Liskeard Athletic 88 52 72 80 -9.8%

Newton Abbot (P) (-3) 64 48 58 82 -29.8%

Clyst Rovers 68 36 55 63 -13.1%

Elburton Villa 56 35 43 61 -30.6%

Overall 99 97 2.1%

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