Chelsea Transfer Target
Sep 27, 2008, 4:33 AM
Team(s): FCUM, MUFC, Altrincham, Hammarby, Hawthorn (AFL),Huddersfield Rams (UK AFL)
Post #20 of 20
With 4 teams coming down from the Conference and possibly an uneven split coming up, there is a very real possibility of an uneven North / South imbalance. Such an imbalance will not necessarily self-correct the following year - as soeone pointed out a month or so ago, Stevenage would probably have ended up in Conference North at one point, given the sides due to come up from the SLP and down from the Conference. Or would you rather run with a 19/25 sometime?
You also get the same issue relegating from step 2 (when it actually happens ) - and further downwards - there is never a guarantee that the split will be even where the goegraphical area for the division below is different. Rigid boundaries simply do not work.
AFAIK, the rule is simply that FA will agree League compositions with the relevant leagues. There is also a rule that no side will be required to move sideways more than once in 3 years, unless there is a restructure. The 3 years giving some degree of security for the reasons stated above. I presume that Fleet Town could have refused a switch, and Worcester could do if they are offered a move back north next year or the year after. As Kings Lynn were promoted into Conf Nth, I would assume they could be asked to move into Conference South (as could Redditch) if the sides coming down&up happen to make that the best option. The current system is flexible enough to manage whoever comes up or down - I think it's best as it is. Had a full complement of NE sides come into NP1N, and had we not got promoted, potentially we (FCUM) could have been moved into NP1S. If that had happened though, it probably would have been moving most of the Manchester teams en bloc. Any changes I would expect to have been to achieve the most practical end result. Everyone is ceratin of which league they will play in by early June and generally know long before then, so there is usually at least 2 months to prepare for the new season (and possibly division).
Last new football ground (442) Mommsenstadion Tennis Borussia Berlin 1-2 SFC Stern (1/6)
With FC United: 84 - and looking forward to one in Moston in 2014-5 (touchwood)!
On the agenda:
Saddleworth Rangers v Stanley (15/6, rugby league)
Castleford Panthers v Shaw Cross Sharks (19/6, rugby league)