On Thursday 16th June the East Lancashire Football Alliance held its Annual General Meeting at the Enfield Cricket Club, Accrington. A total of 35 clubs were in attendance along with 4 members of the management committee.
The meeting voted to approve the committee’s proposal (29 For, 6 Ag, 4 Abs) to appoint a full time Administrator and Craig Wilkinson, who has been the League Secretary for many years, has now been appointed to the role on a 3 year contract.
Season 2022/23 will commence on Sunday 4th September and formally end on Sunday 21st May although the league will aim to conclude all fixtures by the first Sunday in May weather permitting.
Clubs also voted to:
- retain the three-part season (i.e. Part A, Part B & a Cup Competition);
- block book 3G pitches again but with a latest KO time of 1.15pm;
- allow an additional postponement whenever a Blackburn v Burnley fixture is moved to a Sunday;
- accept an increase in Team Affiliation fees of £10 per team, with no further increases over the next 3 years, to help fund the full time role.
The League Secretary reported 78 Clubs had registered for the 2022/23 season which included 2 new clubs – Inter Pro Academy and Poppy-Mai FC. The number of teams registered was already 550 compared with 502 last season.
It is the League’s intention to distribute fixtures next season on a monthly basis, so hopefully this will be helpful to everyone.