I was unsure what you meant about moderate my language so i checked it out in the dictionary and it means "Not extreme or unreasonable." I don't think i was either of them in the e-mail i sent to you, i don't think you understand the implications of the ideas you put on your website. It just makes other people start thinking and before you know it you are forced to do something thats not good for your club. Everybody around this area is fed up with you and saying that you are doing none of us any favours with these what we believe are stupid ideas you keep coming up with. All the teams in this area think that the F.A. have finaly almost got it right. Why don't you wait till the constitution of the leagues are confirmed instead of assuming this and that. I have no more to say on this matter other than if the Uni-Bond hav'nt got enough teams in their area to form an extra division then they should not take teams from other leagues just to make the numbers up.
I agree with your views that there should be enough teams in the Northern Premier footprint to feed into that league. Sadly though, each league sets its own rules and the FA cannot tell leagues in the north to release clubs in the same way they cannot enforce the southern league to release teams. All they can do is suggest and encourage.
What I have tried to do during the season and now is present different ideas for solving this problem so that all of them can be debated. I have no influence with the FA or any other footballing authority. I am just an interested individual trying to engender debate. And this is what I have done with people for and against the various scenarios I have presented. When I have presented the various scenarios of what could happen, people become aware of the possibilities and put forward their own view – which you, and others have done.
What I am not putting forward are proposals as to what should happen – that would be far too presumptuous. As it says on the relevant page on my site. “The maps and lists below are based on the following assumptions and are my guess at what it could look like. The final decision will be made by the FA Leagues committee after the end of the season”
Let’s have a look at the problem that is facing the administrators. The rules for promotion and relegation have to be adhered to otherwise the decision makers leave themselves open to appeal on very valid grounds which would undoubtedly be upheld.
The rules state that for this season, 2 clubs will be relegated from SL1SW, IL1S and IL1N plus one club will be relegated from SL1M, NP1N and NP1S. So there are a total of 9 teams relegated from step 4 to step 5. The FA have also promised that the NP1s will operate with at least 20 clubs in each division. The NPP and SL1M are operating with only 21 clubs and need to be at 22 so they are equitable with the other divisions at their step. So if 9 are to be relegated, we need to find 15 clubs to be promoted to create the net extra 6 clubs.
The rules also state that the step 5 champion clubs who have passed the ground grading will be promoted. There are 12 of these from the 14 step 5 leagues. This leaves us 3 clubs short of making up the numbers. The only way this can be achieved is by promoting 2nd placed clubs in the step 5 leagues or offering reprieves to step 4 relegated clubs. As the numbers need to be increased in the north, these teams should come from the NPL footprint either by reprieving teams or allowing 2nd placed clubs to be promoted.
So we have provided these 3 extra teams and when you do the sums you find that the NPL footprint has 38 clubs and the SL footprint has 46. The first solution would be to transfer 2 clubs from SL footprint to NPL footprint – this is the 1st scenario shown on my site at http://www.tonykempster.co.uk/maps08-09.htm
to which you and the other clubs NW of Birmingham are so opposed.
The 2nd scenario shown on the page would be to increase the NP1s to 22 clubs for next season. This could be achieved by transferring all the clubs in and around you from the SL to the NPL in one go and reprieving one club in each of the SL and IL div 1s. So, in the 2nd option, Atherstone, Chasetown, Romulus, Rushall, Sutton Coldfield and Willenhall would all transfer together.
These are two alternatives. What other ways do you see of solving the problem and keeping within the rules, particularly not promoting a 2nd placed club in a step 5 division ahead of a step 5 champion and also not promoting a team from step 5 which has not achieved the ground grading or not finished in the top two.
I look forward to continuing this debate and hearing your alternative solutions to the problem.