I notice that Leatherhead are likely to be deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player in their 3-1 win against us at Silver Jubilee Park. I believe that Danny Murphy, their experienced left-back (and by most accounts the best player on the park) was the un-registered man. This will bring them right back within touching distance of us.
If I'm not mistaken, the previous side to have points deducted in the Ryman Premier Division was Enfield Town, fielding our pal Aryan in their 1-0 win against us 2 years ago...
Shame we don't get the points too, or at least an opportunity to win them.
We were discussing this on the Facebook group.
Had it been a cup game - the "wronged" team (in this case us) would have the tie awarded as a 3-0 victory.
While it has been pointed out that it would be unfair for a losing team to just be awarded three points, unfair for the teams around them in the league table anyway, surely the fairest option would be to replay the match?
Is it the same Danny Murphy who played left back for us years ago? If not, whatever happened to him?
History cannot be rewritten
An interesting point was made about an ineligible player in a cup-tie and FIFA/UEFA’s answer to award a 3–0 scoreline (the FA, sensibly, just award the tie – as a statistician I would want to know who was credited with the goals!).
I know this is raking over an old wound – still a very deep one – but if Hendon had been awarded a 3–0 win over Enfield on 10 January 2015, we would have still finished runners-up to Maidstone, albeit on goal difference, 13 worse off. Now if it was 1964, I would have fancied our chances at a neutral venue in a playoff with the full squad available.
The Tanners’ Danny Murphy was not the one who scored our winner in the 5–4 against Wealdstone at Northwood.
Both were at QPR in the early-2000s, but the Leatherhead one (born in December 1982, who left Rangers in 2003) was a first-teamer. He went on to play professionally in Scotland for Motherwell and Ireland for Cork City, while our one (born in April 1987, who joined us in 2005) went on to play at Northwood.