A 7.30am start and a 12.30am finish; the NWCFL AGM is certainly a long day.
But a rewarding one in many ways. There's plenty to take away from the day: this is the only opportunity where the entire NWCFL community of those who look after the clubs in one way or another can all get together, compare notes from the season past and have a good ol' natter about all things football.
The day starts with the AGM itself, chaired by the NWCFL Chairman David Tomlinson. Plenty was discussed on this occasion with the main points being as follows:
- It was sadly confirmed that fellow Division One stablemates Wigan Robin Park and Oldham Borough had tendered their resignations from the league. As I had tweeted during the AGM when you are a football club at this level you forge many strong friendships with those in the same position as you at other clubs; Wigan RP and Oldham Borough were no exception and it is with great sadness that we have to say goodbye to them.
- We still don't know whether we will be in a 17 or 18-team division next season. Whitchurch Alport - initially denied entrance into the NWCFL - have appealed to the FA with it being heard towards the end of the month.
- To that end the NWCFL couldn't make any of the domestic cup draws so we will have to wait to see who we will play in the NWCFL League Cup and First Division Trophy.
The time that was vacated by the cup draw was ably filled by a discussion about a proposed amendment to the play-off system that was introduced for last season. To cut a long story short, a vote was cast and the vast majority of clubs - from both First and Premier Divisions - voted to keep the play-off system as it is
The AGM meeting finished at around 12.30pm with the usual time to proverbially kill before the dinner and presentation ceremonies in the evening. However, we took the opportunity to hold a small committee meeting and discuss a few small matters concerning the season ahead. More details of these matters will be published here in the near future.
Our thanks to the North West Counties management committee for organising another successful day.