Three new teams join league, but all change be­hind scenes

Sunderland Echo - - Sport -

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.

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