The League's Annual General Meeting took place today and was held via Zoom. Representatives of 59 of the 60 member clubs were in attendance as well as the seven new member clubs that have been allocated to the league for the new season.
To open the meeting, League Chairman Paul Lawler welcomed all delegates.
The minutes from the previous AGM were raised and adopted prior to the Chairman's Report. The report from the Chairman reflected on a poignant 12 months and the frustrations of starting season that was always likely to be curtailed, despite soundings to this effect. The Chairman stated that he has made it clear to The FA that he feels we should not kick off season 2021/22 without having the plans in place to address the impact of another curtailment. Every club should know what they are playing for and know the outcomes in the event of another season of disruption. We hope that messages like this are heeded before our League season commences on July 31st.
The report acknowledges the benefits of the restructure of the non-league pyramid and the opportunity for clubs to apply for promotion, notably Vauxhall Motors and Lower Breck, both of whom were on the cusp of respective promotions prior to the lockdowns. He also paid compliments to 1874 Northwich, Bootle and Warrington Rylands who leave us to join the Northern Premier League, wishing them all the best for the future, except perhaps when facing NWCFL sides in cup competition! Congleton Town, Hanley Town, Whitchurch Alport and Stone Old Alleynians are laterally moved to another Step 5 League and were wished well.
All of those clubs were invited to speak to their fellow clubs in a long-standing tradition at the NWCFL, a chance to say goodbye. There was a particularly emotive speech from Ken Mead of Congleton Town, who over many years has taken to the floor regularly to say thanks to the Board and League Management Committee on behalf of the league clubs.
Administrative procedures were carried out which included adopting the accounts for the financial year as well as reviewing the auditors report. Processes that technically concluded the league business for the ill-fated 2020-21 season.
At this point the AGM focussed on the business of the 2021-22 season which commenced at this point with the adoption of the League Constitution. The structire of the league was confirmed with all new clubs introduced to their fellow league members. The representatives from Macclesfield FC, Campion AFC, Brocton, Rocester, Stafford Town, South Liverpool and Ilkley Town all took to the (virtual) stage to say hello to the delegates and give a bit of information about their clubs.
It was confirmed that FC Isle of Man had requested to the League Board that they be placed in Division One South rather than Division One North for logistical reasons as they look to get established in the NWCFL. The FA had given the league permission to do this should a decision be made by the board to do so. This had been approved and FC Isle of Man will commence 2021-22 season in Division One South.
The next item was the Election of Management Committee members. As there are no nominations the current Committee Members, namely Sue Hyde, Gary Langley, Paul Lawler and Peter Stokes all offer themselves for re-election to serve for a 3 year term and they commence another period of office which will see them on the Management Committee until 2024.
Administration for the new season was addressed with the FA Standardised rules reviewed as well as confirmation of respective FA and League Competition rule changes. The fines tariff was agreed and then The Chairman closed the Official Meeting. However, as has become a tradition at the League, The Chairman opened up the floor after close of business to field some questions which were addressed and then the meeting wound up with everyone wished well for what we hope will be a good season of competitive football.