Four clubs quit Sunday League at AGM

Sunday League secretary Tony Walker
Sunday League secretary Tony Walker

The Scarborough News Sunday League will have a fresh look next season, with one new team joining and four clubs pulling out at last night’s Annual General Meeting at the Working Men’s Club.

The resignations of first division sides Star and Staxton and FC Filey were expected but the late withdrawal of Castle Tavern meant there were only 27 teams left in the league.

But on a positive more this swiftly became 28 when Filey Flyers Reserves, a team of youngsters managed by Dave Brannan - boss of Saturday League outfit Filey Town - were voted in by the member clubs.

The team will include six or seven ex-FC Filey players.

The new-look theme continued with several name changes.

The most notable alteration was the Pirates team being taken over by Newlands Park Hotel and being run as their reserve team, but with a new manager.

Another big change saw Manor become the new Castle Tavern FC, the youthful side now basing themselves at the Castle Road pub.

Turks Head will now be known as Shakespeare and Victoria and Victoria Reserves has changed to West Riding and West Riding Reserves.

The final team to change their name was Albert becoming Castle FC.

All the rule changes proposed by the league committee were voted in en bloc by the member clubs.

The only change to spark any real debate was the rule suggesting increasing the number of senior league clubs who could play for a first division club from two to three.

After some concern showed by Trafalgar that even more senior league players should be allowed to play than the proposed three - and two on the subs bench - the clubs agreed to sanction the increase.

All second and third division clubs remain at the same limit of two senior players, as do all cup-ties.

Another rule informed clubs that they would have to give more notice when cancelling games, notifying league secretary Tony Walker by the 14th of the preceding month. Teams would also be given a monthly fixture list on the 14th, so they could identify any dates where they may struggle to raise a full team.

It was also decided that there will be no cancellations after March 1.

As part of the league’s graduation as a charter standard league clubs must also install a safety barrier around the pitch next season.

The season will start on Tuesday August 28 for clubs who wish to play night games and subject to pitch availability, with the finishing date of May 31 2013.

Committee member Paddy Parke, boss of West Pier, was also voted in as vice-chairman.

League constitution for the 2012-2013 season

Division one: West Pier, Trafalgar, Newlands, Hunmanby Hornets, Klosters, Strongwood, Angel, Filey Flyers, Seamer.

Division two: Strongwood Reserves, West Pier Reserves, Trafalgar Reserves, Ayton, Sun Inn, Shakespeare, West Riding, itis itis, Fylingdales

Division three: Scarborough Sports, Commercial, Castle FC, Newlands Park Reserves, Castle Tavern, Alma, West Riding Reserves, Cayton, Whitby Wanderers, Filey Flyers Reserves.