UCL clubs breathe a huge sigh of re­lief

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness Daily - @Jim­my­wezz

THE Chro­mo­sport and Tro­phies United Coun­ties League has won its fight for sur­vival.

More than 100 years of un­bro­ken tra­di­tion looked like be­ing swept aside af­ter the FA an­nounced plans to re­duce the num­ber of Step 5 leagues in the coun­try from 14 to 12.

The UCL was one of two leagues - along with the Sus­sex League - ear­marked for the axe but fol­low­ing a lengthy bat­tle by league officals, clubs and even lo­cal MPS, the FA has been forced to shelve the con­tro­ver­sial plan.

Had the re-struc­tur­ing gone ahead lo­cal sides like Peter­bor­ough North­ern Star, Yax­ley, Deep­ing Rangers and a host of oth­ers would have faced spi­ralling costs had they been forced to join leagues based many miles away.

The plan had been due to come into ef­fect next sea­son, spark­ing un­cer­tainty in the UCL but chair­man John Weeks was de­lighted to be able to con­firm that the league - which was es­tab­lished in 1895 - lives on.

He said: “Fol­low­ing to­day’s press an­nounce­ment by the FA, in par­tic­u­lar that the process of re­duc-

james.west­gate@jpress.co.uk ing Step 5 leagues from 14 to 12 was deemed un­work­able and the ini­tial sug­ges­tion with­drawn, the Chromasport & Tro­phies United Coun­ties Foot­ball League wish to thank all con­cerned for their united sup­port against those ini­tial sug­ges­tions.

“We have had over­whelm­ing sup­port from many within the FA and also county FAS, other leagues and clubs, na­tional and lo­cal press, MPS and many other in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions, both in the UK and abroad.

“I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank our clubs for their unan­i­mous and un­wa­ver­ing sup­port and our of­fi­cers and man­age­ment com­mit­tee mem­bers for their un­stint­ing ef­forts in pro­duc­ing facts, fig­ures and doc­u­ments to fight those sug­ges­tions from the FA.

“Leagues at Step 5 can now fo­cus on their fu­ture with the knowl­edge that our voice has not only been heard but acted upon.”

DE­LIGHTED: United Coun­ties League chair­man John Weeks.

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