The Queen sends her Christmas greetings from Balmoral, I'm afraid mine come from somewhere a lot less salubrious, but the sentiments are still the same.
The past few weeks have not been easy with the bad weather, and given that we are already 5 weeks behind with the fixtures, the decision to cancel this weekend's games on grass, was not an easy one, but we are mindful of the fact that all of you are volunteers, and do not have the luxury of a full time groundsman, so if the pitches had been chewed up, it could have made a bad situation even worse, so we went for it. Mind you with this weekend being the most popular for works do's, those of you waking up with bad heads may be grateful that you don't have to turn out and possibly put that aching head to a ball whipped into the penalty area at pace!
You will all know by now that there is a meeting on the 11th January to discuss the fixtures but my colleagues on the committee, and I will be giving the situation plenty of thought in the meanwhile.
2015 for the Manchester League has overall, I think, been a good one, I have enjoyed the football which has been played to a high standard, on field discipline has improved, and lots of clubs have improved their facilities, which is good for the future.
I would like to place on record my thanks to all of you who play, manage, officiate, organise and in any way contribute to the league for all you have done this year, and look forward to it continuing for many years to come.
On my own behalf, and that of my colleagues on the management committee, I would like to wish you all the very very best for Christmas and the New Year.
Take care out there.