Reserve Team Regular
May 13, 2019, 12:25 AM
Team(s): Cambridge City, Charlton Athletic
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It's often quite hard to find out what's going on until the new leagues get published, but this year things are reasonably clear at least at the higher levels.
Two up, one down, to bring the league up to the planned complement of 12. Normally two up, two down. Promotion subject to licensing, including a switch from part-time to full-time.
Relegated: Yeovil Town
Promoted: Manchester United, Tottenham
Manchester United known to meet promotion criteria. Tottenham have been talking about second place as a promotion place so seem likely to want to take it. It's not clear how many other teams in the Championship would consider promotion in future seasons and the rumour mill thinks that promotion and relegation may be the exception rather than the rule.
No relegation this season only. Normally the team in 12th would be relegated, but there were only 11 teams for this first season.
Promoted: Blackburn, Coventry United. Normally only the winners of the National League playoff would be promoted.
Promotion is subject to meeting criteria. In principle Sunderland or Cardiff City could be offered promotion if they met the criteria and their respective champions did not. As well as ground grading, the Championship sets a minimum number of hours of training or playing time per week for squad members, which clubs have to demonstrate they can meet.
The National League playoff, Blackburn vs Coventry United, is Sat 18/5, 15:00, at Bradford City FC. Normally this is a promotion playoff, this year it's just for the league trophy.
Normally 2x2 down, 4x1 up, but 11th place at each level 3 league is reprieved due to the expansion at higher levels. Extra relegation place because the northern division had 13 teams.
North: Doncaster Rovers Belles, Bradford City
South: C&K Basildon
Midlands: West Bromwich Albion
South East: Crawley Wasps
South West: Keynsham Town
4x2 down, 8x1 up. 1 reprieve available due to expansion at higher levels. Further reprieves available if any regional league champions decline promotion or are unable to meet ground requirements.
North: Morecambe, Crewe Alexandra
Midlands: Steel City Wanderers, (Radcliffe Olympic folded)
South East: Denham United, Luton Town
South West: Poole Town, (St Nicholas dropped to County league)
No-one I've spoken to knows how the reprieve will be allocated. If it's in-division it goes to Poole Town as there is no club relegated from level 3 to the South West division. If it's on PPG it goes to Denham United, who would probably be moved into the South West division to balance the numbers.
If more reprieves crop up, this is the PPG table for clubs finishing 11th:
0.73 Denham United
0.40 Poole Town
0.05 Steel City Wanderers
North East: Durham Cestria
North West: TBC
East Midlands: Boston United
West Midlands: Leafield Athletic
Eastern: Cambridge City
London & SE: Kent Football United
Southern: Southampton FC
South West: Wootton Bassett Town
The North West regional league is awaiting the result of an investigation of some sort. Winners will either be Stockport County or FC United of Manchester. FCUM have one game outstanding; if they are awarded a win or the game is ordered to be replayed and their opponents can't comply, they go up. Any other outcome sees Stockport promoted.
It's not easy to find out if teams are OK to go up, but in practice most teams manage to do a groundsharing deal to meet the grading, which isn't particularly taxing. Cambridge City, whose ground is enclosed and has changing rooms but lacks any real facilities, have apparently been told they'd need dugouts and a turnstile or gate if they want to stay where they are.
The South West division at step 4 will have some interesting derbies, as it features Southampton Saints (independent), Southampton WFC (the long-standing club with all the history) and newly-promoted Southampton FC (the team associated with the men's club).
Cambridge City - on a tour of places we've never heard of and can't spell.