Three new teams join league, but all change behind scenes
At the 47th Annual General Meeting of the Peterlee and District Sunday League, there were several changes, with some key names retiring, writes Ray Matthews.
Three new teams have joined the league in East Durham, Easington Victory and a first for the region in Sunderland Deaf Club, and they start in Division Two.
Trimdon Royal Oaks have resigned so, the three divisions for the 2018-2019 campaign which starts tomorrow will be made up as follows.
The League will have 29 clubs and the composition of the league for the forthcoming 2018-2019 season will see nine clubs in the Premier, where the First Division and Second Divisions will have 10 clubs.
The most significant changes made are in the admin department where so many long-standing officials and representatives have retired or resigned due to other commitments.
An award was made to registration secretary Eddie Pomfret, who had given of 25 years, while at the last meeting, secretary Bob Anderson was also presented with an award for his work, but he is staying on as a club secretary for Peterlee Acre Rigg Social Club.
Paul Charnock was appointed the new secretary of the league, and Phil Andrews has taken over from Eddie Pomfret.
Also stepping down from office is chairman Kevin Ord, with vice-chairman John Scullion moving into his role.
Paul Cooper, the fixture secretary, is replaced by Graeme Coxon, Ashley Cooper retiring as referees secretary, to be replaced by Paul Charnock.
There are still one or two outstanding positions to be filled, but those are likely to be done as the new season moves on.
As a result of the final tables from last year, Easington CIU and Seaham Marlborough were promoted to the Premier Division, while Easington Welfare and Shotton Comrades were relegated to the First Division.
Hetton Lyons, Peterlee Hearts and Easington Leather Cap are promoted to the First Division, with Wingate Howden and Seaham Parkside relegated to the Second Division.
The bottom two clubs in the Second Division, Haswell Oddfellows Arms and Peterlee Central Club, and Sherburn United successfully applied for re-election in the league.
The only amendments to the existing rules were those changed by the FA, while all divisional league cup competitions up to the semi-finals will be played over two legs.
The awards were presented at the meeting for the most sporting teams in the three divisions last season, voted by the member clubs from each division.
For the Premier award, Peterlee Catholic Club were the winners, while Seaham the Knack won the First Division award and the Second Division went to New Seaham Westlea.
The Jubilee Cup for the most sporting team in a cup final went to Easington Southside, while the Referee of the Year, judged by the clubs, went to Ashley Cooper.
The leading goal scorers for last season were announced with Ian Appleby from Murton Colliery being the Premier Division top scorer, Liam Adamson took the First Division award from Easington CIU whereas Jonathan Glenwright from Hetton Lyons FC was top scorer in Division Two.
Chilla Pizza owner Unsal Kirmizi has agreed to continue for another season as the league’s main sponsor, which everyone at the AGM was delighted to hear.