Chelsea Transfer Target
Jun 21, 2012, 11:41 AM
Team(s): Salisbury City
Post #1 of 18
Now that the Humber Premier League, Nottinghamshire Senior League, Sheffield & Hallamshire County League and the West Yorkshire League have been granted Step 7 status - is the axe soon to fall on the Central Midlands League which overlaps and encroaches on all of the above Step 7 leagues. Its now a sprawling mess covering too large an area at Step 7 from its expansion days when it had aspirations of being classed as a Step 6 league.
Now it contains sides in two divisions covering a vast area - 6 counties in effect - Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire!
I can see what the FA are doing
At Step 7:
Nottinghamshire now has a county league
East Riding or Yorkshire now has a county league (the Humber Premier)
West Yorkshire now has a county league
South Yorkshire effectively has a county league (S&H County Senior)
With two other waiting in the wings:
Lincolnshire League - once it gets rid of its reserve sides by forming a second tier and pushing them all into it then I evisage this league will be reclassified as Step 7 within the next few seaons.
And then there's the Midland Regional Alliance which from what I can tell - is basically a Derbyshire County League with a ridiculous archaic name!
So what purpose is the Central Midlands League serving other than making clubs travel silly distances when they'd be better off in the county leagues mentioned above. It seems its sole purpose was to gain Step 6 status. That door has been slammed firmly shut byt the creation of the EMCL and its now the most ridiculous of Step 7 leagues in the country!
Surely all the CML clubs could just go into the leagues already mentioned (with the MRA being granted Step 7 status too)
MRA - Belper United, Clay Cross Town, Dronfield Town, Glapwell, Pixton and South Normanton Athletic
Notts- AFC Hucknall, Bilborough Pelican, Blidworth Welfare, Calverton Miners Welfare, Clifton, DFS Welbeck Welfare, FC Blisthorpe, Harworth Colliery Institute, Kimberley Town, Kirkby Town, Newark Town, Nottingham United, Ollerton Town, Real United, Southwell City, Sutton Town and Thoresby Colliery Welfare
S&H - Bentley Colliery, Kiverton Park, Thorne Colliery and Yorkshire Main
Humber - Easington United and Westella & Willerby
West Yorks - Kinsley Boys
The Nottinghamshire sides would be the only problem as there's so many of them that the Notts Senior League wouldn't be able to handle them all. As there's 17 of them at present - they could either restructure the Notts Senior into two Regional Premier Divisions (North and South) or keep just one CML division with the 17 Notts sides in it.
What are people's thoughts on the Central Midlands League's future?
(This post was edited by Sarumio on Jun 21, 2012, 12:03 PM)