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North Berks v Welsh Ceredigion League

This weekend sees a 'first' for the North Berks League as two of its clubs play host to a visiting team from the Welsh Ceredigion League.

As part of the North Berks League Groundhop celebrations (this year's event takes place on 20th September), two friendly matches will be taking place this weekend against a visiting team from another League regularly visited by the Groundhoppers, namely Felinfach from the Welsh Ceredigion League.

The two matches are:

Friday 8th August at The Hithercroft, Wallingford - Kick off 7.45pm
Wallingford Town v Felinfach

Saturday 9th August at Bodkins Sportsfield, Long Wittenham - Kick off 5.0pm
Long Wittenham Athletic v Felinfach

We look forward to welcoming our visitors from across the Severn Bridge and look forward to two cracking games of football





Sutton Courtenay 11A Side

Sutton Courtenay are holding an11-a -side tournament on the 23rd august at Sutton Courtneay it is 40.00 a team and spaces are limited.

Early applications a must contact number Simon 07565424189 or Dave 07710521059




Steventon 5 A Side

Sunday the 24th of August (Bank Holiday weekend)

25 per team and registration is at 12.00 noon.

Contact Brind 07769895568 or colinbrind1@icloud.com




Groundhop Day

North Berks League Groundhop Day
20th September 2014

Matches on the day
10.0am Div 1 Crowmarsh Gifford v Wallingford Town
1.0pm Div1 Dorchester v Ardington & Lockinge
4.0pm Div 2 Marcham v East Hendred
7.45pm Div 3 Benson Lions v Grove Rangers (at Defence Academy, Shrivenham)

Plus an extra bonus match on Friday 19th September
7.30pm Div 1 Abingdon Town v Saxton Rovers




Announcing the James Rennie Memorial Trophy

"Announcing the James Rennie Memorial Trophy at the North Berks League Groundhop Day

This year's North Berks League Groundhop Day will be extra special as the League are proud to launch, in conjunction with Groundhoppers UK, the James Rennie Memorial Trophy. The trophy is in memory of North Berks football fan and avid groundhopper, James Rennie, who passed away earlier this year, and is donated to the League by his father. The trophy will be competed for by the two teams taking part in the final match of each year's Groundhop Day.

On 20th September 2014, Benson Lions and Grove Rangers will compete for the James Rennie Memorial Trophy at The Defence Academy, Shrivenham"




2015 Cup Finals

The dates for our Cup Finals for the 2014/15 Season have now been confirmed:-
Friday 10th April 2015 WAR MEMORIAL CUP at WANTAGE TOWN FC 7-30 p.m. Kick-Off
Saturday 11th April 2015 LEAGUE CUP at MILTON UNITED FC 7 p.m. Kick-Off
Saturday 25th April 2015 NAIRNE PAUL TROPHY at ABINGDON TOWN FC 2p.m. Kick-Off
Saturday 25th April 2015 CHARITY SHIELD at ABINGDON TOWN FC 7 p.m. Kick-Off
Saturday 9th May 2015 AG KINGHAM CUP at ABINGDON UNITED FC 2 p.m. Kick-Off
Saturday 9th May 2015 NORTH BERKS CUP at ABINGDON UNITED FC 7 p.m. Kick-Off




Referees Pre=Season Meeting

A Meeting and introduction evening has been arranged by our new Referees Secretary Keith Godfrey.
This Meeting has been arranged for Monday 18th August 2014 at 7 p.m., all registered Referees with NBFL are invited to attend.
Venue to be confirmed.




League Development Officer

We are currently looking to fill the position of LEAGUE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER.
This role involves producing and/or updating The League Development Plan on an annual basis. Managing and organizing developing matters within the League during the course of the Season and liaising with The County Development Managers regarding the development of Football at County and League level.
Should you wish to be considered for this role then please contact either David Rich (General Secretary) e-mail: david.rich289@btinternet.com Tel:01793 782270 (Home) 07779 860255 (Mobile) or
Leroy Paddock (Chairman) e-mail: leroyp60@btinternet.com Tel: 01235 768869 (Home)
Job Description available on request, former Development Officer will be able and willing to give advice on the duties involved.
Closing Date: Monday 25th August 2014




League Management Representatives

We are currently looking for persons to serve on The League Management Committee and there are currently at least two vacancies for League Management Representatives. You with be required to attend bi-monthly meetings throughout the Season, serve on the various Cup Competitions at Semi-Final and Final stages and generally assist with the management of the League.
Should you have a keen interest in North Berks Football and want to get involved in the management of the League then please contact either:-
David Rich (General Secretary)
e-mail: david.rich289@btinternet.com
Tel: 01793 782270 (Home) 07779 860255 (Mobile)
or
Leroy Paddock (Chairman)
e-mail: leroyp60@btinternet.com
Tel: 01235 768869 (Home)




League Management Committee Representatives

We are urgently looking for persons to serve on The League Management Committee, and there are currently at least three vacancies for League Management Representatives.
You will be required to attend the bi-monthly Management Meetings throughout the Season, serve on the various Sub-Committees and assist with the organization of the Cup Competition at Semi-Final and Final Stages.
We are particularly looking for someone with Financial and/or Business Expertise who can assist with The Financial Planning of the League along with the management of our Trophy & Finance Committee.
Should you have a keen interest in North Berks Football and want to get involved with the Management of the League then please contact either

Dave Rich (General Secretary)
e-mail: david.rich289@btinternet.com
Tel: 01793-782270 (Home) 07779 860255 (Mobile)
or
Leroy Paddock (Chairman)
e-mail: leroyp60@btinternet.com
Tel: 01235-768869 (Home)




Respect

Though we are better off than most "grass roots" leagues by a long way in terms of coverage of games RESPECT is an important issue for NBFL.

We have our own problems and have lost several good and experienced referees locally due to the attitude of some club players and officials.

The North Berks League and all its clubs are signed up to the RESPECT programme. Clubs are responsible on the pitch and off the pitch.

for NBFL respect programme click here



Ground Criteria

Most clubs are actively seeking to improve facilities and the North Berks Football League have a suggested mandatory minimum ground criteria for all its clubs that has been agreed.

Clubs should be aware that ground inspections will be continue to be carried out.

ALL clubs must achieve the minimum standard agreed otherwise ground improvement notices will be served and clubs could be excluded from the league if they fail to improve their amenities.



Pitch Markings

NBFL management committee are concerned about the increasing fines imposed on clubs who fail to mark lines behind their goals.

Your attention is drawn to Rule 10(B) which states "When the playing pitch is not enclosed a white line shall be clearly marked on the ground, a minimum of one yard and a maximum of three yards behind the goal lines extending at least six feet from each side of the goal nets."

We have no wish to increase income from clubs breaching this rule and would urge all clubs to implement it's directive.






   League Tables
  Division 1
 TeamPPts
Kintbury Rangers1641
Ardington & Lockinge1739
Dorchester1838
Harwell International 1511
Wallingford Town1811
10 Crowmarsh Gifford1810
  more...
 
  Division 2
 TeamPPts
Abingdon United Reserves2054
Wantage Town 'A'2048
Drayton2041
Coleshill United2022
10 Saxton Rovers Res.2010
11 Sutton Courtenay206
  more...
 
  Division 3
 TeamPPts
Burghclere FC1949
Kintbury Reserves2042
Stanford-in-the-Vale2041
Dorchester Reserves1919
10 Clanfield 85 Reserves208
11 Milton United Reserves186
  more...
 
  Division 4
 TeamPPts
Turnpike Sports2053
Grove Rangers2038
Benson AFC 2038
Drayton Reserves2020
10 Ardington Res.2019
11 Hagbourne United2013
  more...
 
  Division 5
 TeamPPts
Uffington United1637
Stanford-in-the-Vale Res.1636
Steventon Res.1629
Challow FC1619
Grove Rangers Res.1617
Appleton Stars160
  more...