Well the 125th season was not without its problems, but we got there in the end, and on my own behalf and on behalf of the other members of the committee, I have to thank all of you for your efforts and perseverance to get the games played.
We suffered, getting on for 250 postponements because of the weather, over which we have no control, but during my wanderings round the grounds I have received lots of suggestions (some of them rude, and frankly, physically impossible!) as to how this could be avoided so I think its fair to say that next season there will be night matches, and we will be asking clubs who have access to lights to help out by maybe playing mid week or Friday games to assist. I accept that this will depend on the availability of grounds, but I think you will agree, we need to do something........so lets give it a try.
You will all by now have seen the new NWCFL divisions which include Avro in the North Division, and Wythenshawe Amateurs in the South Division. I wish both clubs every success, to be fair, the record of clubs from the Manchester League stepping up, has been good but if I'm honest, I don't envy Rob Fuller and the lads trips to Holker Old Boys or Cleator or Carlisle on Tuesday night in November, nor Baz Kabani trips to Oswestry etc!!
We have had new applications to join the League so we will be putting the applications to you at the AGM, for your approval, but at the moment, I can't confirm the make up of the divisions because we are still waiting for the FA to clarify some "lateral moves". I can, however, confirm that the Premier Division will remain at 16 teams.
Despite the well documented problems, the League has also had some high spots this season, the best of which was that we have re-established contact with the Gilgryst family, and it was a pleasure to share some time with Stuart Gilgryst, his wife Jacqui, sister Louise and her husband Phil at the 125th Anniversary Dinner and the following day at the Gilgryst Cup final where Stuart and Louise presented the Trophy. I can tell you that this is to become a regular event, so the connection between the family and the League will continue for the foreseeable future.
But, as one of my Jewish friends used to say "Enough already".......I won't say any more, just thanks, look forward to seeing you all again next season, have a great summer but take care.
All the very best, yours in sport,