Further Announcement on League Constitution
Sat 31st May 2014 | General
By Ian Templeman
As you may be aware Worksop Town resigned from the Northern Premier League during the week, which meant the FA National Leagues Committee had to re-shuffle the Club allocations at Steps 3 and 4. This effects our League, as Kidsgrove Athletic have been reprieved from relegation and will remain at Step 4 (Northern Premier League Division One South).
This in-turn has a knock on effect and as per League Rule 13.4, Bacup & Rossendale Borough are reprieved from relegation to Step 6, having finished the season next to bottom in our Premier Division, and will therefore remain in that Division (Step 5) for next season. To further complicate matters we have received the resignation of Formby FC who were runners up in our First Division (Step 6) as FA National League System Regulations state “the Clubs finishing in the bottom position in each of the fourteen Step 5 divisions will be relegated to Step 6 and will not be reprieved” means that Wigan Robin Park are not reprieved and the promotion position vacated by Formby will now be offered to the third placed Club as per League Rule 13.4, which is 1874 Northwich.
FA National League System Regulations over-ride League Rules.
I can confirm that both Barnton (Cheshire League) and Litherland Remyca (Liverpool County Premier League) have been promoted from Step 7 Leagues and that a meeting of the FA National Leagues Committee, provisionally arranged for Monday 9th June, will decide the fate of both Cammell Laird and Stockport Town.
The constitution of Premier Division is 22 Clubs and the First Division having already received the resignation of Leek CSOB so the constitution of this Division is 18, 19 or 20 Clubs.
A late inquiry from a new club Blackburn Town has been rejected by the FA and the promotion of Uttoxetter Town has been confirmed, but the Club placed in the Midlands League.