First Team Regular
Aug 18, 2008, 2:43 PM
Post #8 of 72
I'm guessing you've signed up on purpose to have a moan about the ESL, judging by the content and this being your first post, here's a few of my thoughts from someone who spent 2 seasons coaching in the ESL.
Firstly, no, it is definitely not one of the easiest leagues to win...just because there are less sides does not make the league 'easier' to win at all, Barkingisde, who were top on the morning of the last day of the season actually finished 3rd - it was that competitive.
The ESL is a victim of it's own success. Look through the pyramid for examples of how often it manages to promote ambitious clubs. Go from BSP down for lots of examples of why they are often lacking in clubs, loads going up - but hardly any ever come down.
Your comment about London APSA is a little odd...I know there is no Step 6 but did the Ridgeons League bottom side go down, or the Kent League, or Combined Counties etc etc...
Also, you mention about how can the winners go up from this 'sub standard' league. Brentwood didn't do badly did they? Nor did current Ryman Premier side AFC Hornchurch on their promotion?
Also, what would you do with for example, Southend Manor FC if there were no ESL? Ridgeons, no, Kent League, no, Combined Counties, no. But then they couldn't be Step 6 of course because it would be Step 6-Step 4? Just a few thoughts for you. Welcome to the forum.
We're talking Step 5 here - so yes the bottom teams in both the CoCo and the Eastern Counties League's step 5 divisions went down last season.
OK so another "let's bash Essex thread" hits the forum.
Ignoring what happens at Step 6 removes context and thus distorts the truth. Almost all of the Step 5 leagues keep the clubs that finish at the bottom of their leagues - which is either at Step 5, Step 6 or Step 7.
Let's lay out the facts for each of the Step 5 Leagues taking their bottom division at end 2007-08.
Step 5: Essex Senior, Kent, Midland Alliance. Total clubs relegated. Zero.
Step 6: Northern, NCE, NWC, UCO, HELL, WEST, WSSX, ECO, COCO. Total clubs relegated. Would I be right in saying that Merrow were the sole club or did they resign?
Step 7: SSM, SUSSEX. Total clubs relegated. Zero.