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9th July Meeting

All under 7 teams now need to be in for setting up there Divisions
Whole Game: all information is paramount please put all information in as this is used by Full-Time
Registrations: if a player owes kits or money to there previous Club registration will be held up until all owed has been paid or returned.
5th October First round of Top Cup Games competitive
2nd November 2nd round of the Top Cup Games and the start of Non Competitive Top Cup Games
Mid-November Semi-Finals will try to be played
Transfers: Notice of aproach does not exist you must contact team/club about the transfer you then have to get a transfer form fill it in and send it to me for transfer from date of transfer they cant play for 7 days as any new players who are registering after the start of season wont be able to play for 7 days

31 July there will be no movement of teams in divisions

AGM 2019

Eastham & District Junior & Mini Soccer League

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting Held 4th June 2019 at the Mere Brook Hotel, Bromborough at 8pm

Present: Alan Jones, Bill Connolly, Keith Maylor, Bill Sanders, Ron Matthews, Chris Sampson, Dan Sherrat,

Apologies: John Roberts, Darren Rivers, Mike Duff.


1.  Minutes of Previous AGM

They were presented to the meeting and agreed to be a true record

Proposed: Steve Pickles ( Liscard Panthers) Mark Manning (New Ferry)


2.  Matters Arising

There being none we carried on with the meeting

We announced to all Member Clubs that we have 5 new clubs entering int the League for season 2019-2020 Those Clubs are Wallasey village Youth, Cheshire Vikings, Western Victoria, Pensby, And Tranmere Rovers Foundation


3.  Adoption of Annual Reports

It was announced that we were down £6,000 on last years figure. We will be looking at the medals bill and the referees bill for cup finals also the cost of the new web site.
Proposed Young Lions Sec JFC Greasby

League Division Allocation will be shown on the new web site

as soon as these have been viewed and are ok the mini soccer ones will be taken down

Most age groups will have last seasons 2 up 2 down unless the League require to balance them out The biggest change will be in the Under 14 Divisions where the number off teams will be spread evenly across the Divisions When we are ok all divisions are right these will be going on the Whole Game ready to intergrate with Full-Time.

Referees Fee has to increase to £24.00 for competitive Football with both teams paying £12.00 each

No requirement for non- competitive matches to have a ref but if they arrange one the cost will be £16.00 Shared by both teams paying £8.00 each. No referees are to be used on Under 7 or Under 8 Teams

A vote was taken on whether extra tine should be played if a cup match is drawn or go straight to penalties it was voted on and will be extra time then penalties.

The 2019 – 2020 Season will start on the 7th September 2019 and aim to conclude by the 2nd May 2020

Kick off times are to take place between 9.30am and 1.30pm; however, if both teams agree kick off can be outside those times but this is not to be encouraged. If you want an earlier kick off please make sure your opponents have time to get there, kick off times are set by the home team

Managers are to check their profiles within the Whole Game you must have a mobile number and email address submission of results rely on your information is correct.

Late results will incur a fine of at least £5.00

For not updating Team STATS: £10.00

For not playing your game i/e Unfulfilment £20.00

For non- attendance of League Meetings £20.00

There being no other business the Meeting was closed at 8.40pm

60 Years of Football

It is very coincidental that I played my 1st game of football at the age of 5 in Elgar Avenue, for the not so well informed that is the last road on the left before Plymyard dressing rooms.

When my Dad finished work for the day the families of the avenue; the Smiths, Woodvines, Griffiths’s and more would assemble in the road, and using the trees that lined the road as goalposts, the young and the old, those being old enough to be my dad being too old, would start a 14/16 .a side match, bringing life to that quaint quiet Avenue.

I moved to Stockton on Tees at the age of 8 and played in goal for the schools that I attended including the grammar school.

I became player manager of the local youth club team Elmwood, won the youth league by a large margin before entering two teams in senior football, one in the Stockton and District and the other in the South Bank and District League, whose claim to fame was that Middlesbrough signed Wilf Marmion the England international from there, we did well finishing 1st and 4th respectively.

I moved back to the Eastham area in 1939 and started playing for Victoria United under Bill Povall, for years Secretary of the Ellesmere Port League.

One of my teammates was Alfie Davies, now chair of the Ellesmere Port Junior League.

After a few years with Bill I got the urge to manage my own team again and formed with a colleague, Gerry Fraser, a very successful Elmwood side.

It was whilst playing for this team that Ken Jones came behind my goal and told me of the adventurous plans to form the Eastham Junior League the following season in 1969.

I played until I was 42 but it was not until I retired from work in I994 that I took my 6 year old grandson Mark along to Stork Youth and Dave Dutton and Kev “GUYS” Pulham for them to show him the art of football.

It was not long before I was once again plunged into management when Dave blackmailed me into the job saying, “if no one takes over then the kids are going to have to go home”.

For the following two seasons we played in the Wallasey friendly league without winning a game!

When it came to the Eastham league under l0’s only one team was allowed to enter and that was when we became Eastham Blades.

The following two seasons we lost all our games by big margins, including a 10-1 defeat in our last match to Neston.

In the first match of the under 12 season we were winning 5-1 at half time and held on to win 5-4 for our first win in four seasons.

We then beat them two more times that season and that experience is a lesson to other teams who are not doing well, keep trying and keep competing.

We kept trying and competing, our scores against the topsides came down, we won more games but my big reflection was my last season, last season.

I reflected on drawing with Castrol twice, they won our division, being within 3 minutes of knocking Vauxhalls out of the cup, a narrow 2-1 defeat by princes athletic in the cup and many more matched that I had seen my team compete.

I was proud of them in this last season and I didn’t care who we played cause I believed in them.

To make my season complete, and a season to remember five days after the league AGM which I did not attend because I had stood down as secretary of the blades prior to the meeting I received the news that I had been voted manager of the year by fellow managers.

To say that I was astounded would be putting it mildly.

To put it crudely, I was gob smacked.

I rang all my players and thanked them for making me Manager of the Year and I want to thank all the managers who voted for me for making my last 60 years in football a memorable one.

I cannot remember in all my years of the Eastham Junior League having an argument with any of them and I wish to thank them all for that.

Who would have thought that 60 years ago playing next to Plymyard I would finish my football career playing our home matches at Plymyards.

Yours in sport

John Elliot.