I trust that you have, or will have, seen the statement, highlighted in red below, made in the past hour from the FA. Due to this we have no alternative but to postpone all future 2019-2020 league games, within the AFC, with immediate effect. All eight LOB Cup Finals are also postponed and will be re-arranged and played in accordance with applicable Government Guidelines . We are in unprecedented times , the like of which we have never seen, nor wish ever to see again. The season is immediately suspended, but the likelihood, has to be that we will not be able to restart the season, in the remaining weeks of March & April.
A considered and reasoned decision on what we do, as regards, promotion, relegation, possibly restarting the season in September, declaring the season null and void and playing the Cup Finals at a later date, will all be considered in the weeks to come, when we will have more information and the Fixtures Committee will be able to propose a structured plan. It is recognised that whatever decisions are made will upset some and please others, but as always the Fixtures Committee will consider all options available.
The awards evening, scheduled for Friday May 29th will now have to be cancelled.
Finally can I personally thank all Club Officers, Fixtures Committee Members, Emergency Exec Members and the players themselves, for supporting myself and the AFC in the past weeks as the Covid19 pandemic gathered pace at such an alarming rate. The AFC will return, so please, please, stay healthy , take the NHS and Government advice seriously and once we have more news it will be sent to all.
FA Announcement: Please read below
Following the Government’s announcement today, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future. Throughout this period, we have taken Government advice with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. We will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time. We are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review. Further updates will follow as needed.
Regards to you all
In the few AFA finals played before the FA suspended all Grass Roots Football www.amateur-fa.com/news/2020/mar/17/grassroots-football-suspended due to the Covid-19 virus we had two successes in finals . First off the blocks was Old Parmiterians VIII who defeated Broomfield 4th 6-1 in the Senior Novets Final played at Old Wokingians on 7th March. A video of the match highlights iss available on you tube www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGfdxsR3nFk&t=359s&pbjreload=10
On Saturday 14th Shene OG 3rd xi defeated Norseman 4th xi 4-2 aet in a thrilling final played at Old Meadonians and match report is attached minor_cup_final_match_report.docx
So two AFA Finals, two AFC clubs win on two AFC grounds - at last the league seem to be getting the recognition it so fully deserves.
The latest marks for clubs and teams can now be found at Monthly Awards
Somerville OB still lead the way in the SoF table with a mark of 9.12, excellent at any stage of the season. Eleven other clubs have a mark of 8.50 and above and the League average is a very healthy 8.05. On the opposite end of the spectrum Old Grantonians are already in the bad books after some poor reports from referees and opposition and have climbed slightly to 6.50 since their all time low of just 5.50. Continued improvement is sought and their progress is continually monitored . The other teams in the lower places are the same as in most previous seasons and disappointing that all the perceived club improvement promised do not actually materialise. Of real concern are the poor reports and continued low marks of both Old Parmiterians & Old Manorians.
In the other categories Worcester College OB remain anchored adrift in bottom place of the organisation table, are in the bottom three for facilities, having maintained 3rd in SoF, so they struggle to get onto the pitch but once the game starts they are perfect!! 27 teams have a mark of 8.50 or above for Organisation. Old Paulines have now made top spot in the facilities table with a mark 9.08 and Crosbeians still top the hospitality table with 9.25
So overall the average marks for most clubs, other than those highlighted are on the up, a good sign that needs maintaining throughout the last three months of the season
Ian Andrews AFC Secretary