All Southend Sports have done is applied. No where has it been stated that they will be successful. Why all these negative comments, about what ifs?
But its not just about Southend Sports. they're just the extreme. Its just as much about Rayleigh Town. Its about Newbury Forest...and Benfleet! Its about the whole bloomin lot of them! None of them need to be at Step bloody 6!
The Kent step 6 league, started pretty much the same way. I’m sure those teams that struggle, will soon fall back down the pyramid. But you look at Whitchurch Alport were dreadful when they were first promoted & now look at them
They won't drop down unless they resign. Look at whats happened with the new Kent setup. Its only the likes or Orpington and probably this season Crockenhill, who have gone, voluntarily. Clubs like Lewisham Borough and Meridian VP just linger like a bad smell, unable to get themselves relegated no matter how hard they try on the field.
Whitchurch Alport had the facilities and the potential. The Essex clubs mentioned, at present have neither.
At best what the FA are trying to do is the right thing but for all the wrong reason. Well actually I don't think its even right!
They are trying to give the Essex Senior League a second tier, even though they seemingly don't trust them to run it. Which is all well and good, its the only Step 5 league without a second tier. But there's a reason it doesn't, its not just bad luck or negligence.
If the FA really want to continue their obsession with creating more Step 6 leagues then maybe they should do some research first to see where they are needed/necessary, instead of obsessing over uniformity.
They could do some research and then sit down at a computer for a few hours like normal people and open up Google Maps. They could then stick a pin on every location in said application where a club at Step 7 has floodlights or at least the potential to actually acquire them, along with clubs with enclosed grounds and standards nearing a Step 6 ground.
Then they could,....oh I don't know.....try looking at the map and see where there are clumps of clubs with said facilities/floodlights.
Then they could go for example "Oh look there's lots of clubs in the East Midlands area that match the criteria, we should create a new Step 6 league there as there is obviously a need for it, we'd probably have no problems filling it"
They'd look at Essex and Suffolk and see a map with no pins on it and go "Oh we don't need one there" and move on!
They've done the complete opposite. Picked an area that has next to NO clubs able to step up and side-lined an area that is crying out for another Step 6 league. Now they're left with the farce of dragging any willing club in the Essex and Suffolk region with the most basic of facilities, up to Step 6 just because...well because they're a bunch of morons!