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Re: New non-league structure

By Morgs12/5/2018 00:33Sat May 12 00:33:58 2018In response to Re: New non-league structure

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I think the FA Leagues Committee has done a good job with these allocations. They usually do.
Of course, the problem is one of the sheer stupidity of the way football is organised in this country. Clubs with Hendon's support base and financial structure should be playing in a league that is either entirely London-based or one that covers West London and the western Home Counties. There should arguably be no "Pyramid" and no automatic promotion and relegation. Clubs would stay at their "natural level" unless they applied to move up to a bigger league. In days of yore, a club with good support, on a sound financial footing, would almost always be elected or accepted into a more senior league if it applied for membership. Conversely, an "ambitious" club, with negligible support and a benefactor hell bent on an ego trip fueled by insolvent trading, would not be admitted to a league at a higher level.
While clubs continue to own their grounds, continue to act as self-interested & independent entities and - crucially - continue to channel every spare farthing into the pockets of greedy, 4th-rate, mercenary players, the system won't change.
Come the revolution, I'd legally prevent any senior football club from having any age group team below u-17s attached to it. Youth players should be playing for youth clubs, within a centrally-funded youth system, for the benefit and development of those young players; not for the benefit of selfish clubs, which operate a factory trawler system.
That's a different argument though.
As I say, I can't see how the Leagues Committee could've done much better. On the SE/SW border, splitting Sussex seems daft and there's not much odds between sending Cor-Cas and K's west or sending Hendon and Harrow out there.

Edited by Morgs at 00:36:56 on 12th May 2018