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Tuesday July 17, 2018
Amendments to Red Card Reporting

Club Officials and players are asked to take careful note of the following Amendments to Red Card Reporting as issued by the Football Association.

Currently Referees across the game at all levels when dismissing a player from the field of play are required to write a detailed report of the offence when reporting the dismissal.

The purpose of this report is largely historic and relates to when Players were able to appeal a dismissal and attend a Personal hearing to challenge the report. The move at grassroots level from term based discipline to match based discipline prevented personal hearings for red card offences and was replaced with the wrongful dismissal process.

The requirement to report the detail of the dismissal is not necessary for the Wrongful Dismissal process that now applies at all levels of the game and in fact contributes to confusion as to the purpose of that process.

The ability to claim a Wrongful Dismissal applies where a Club can demonstrate that the decision to send off a player for the offence committed was obviously wrong.

Clubs often concentrate their submissions on perceived errors in the detail of the report rather than whether the decision to send off for the offence was or was not correct. The onus is on the Club to show that the referee was obviously wrong in the dismissal offence and where they cannot satisfy that burden any claim should fail.

It has therefore been agreed to amend the reporting process with effect from the start of the 2018-19 season to operate the same as reporting yellow card offences. This change will apply at all levels of the game.

Therefore, the referee is only required to report the red card offences as laid out in the laws of the game as follows:

  • S1. Serious Foul Play
  • S2. Violent Conduct
  • S3. Spits at an Opponent or any other person
  • S4. Denying the opposing player an obvious goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball
  • S5. Denies the opposing player an obvious goal scoring opportunity by an offence punishable by a free kick or penalty kick
  • S6. Uses Offensive, insulting or abusive language
  • S7. Receives a second caution in the same match (This offence also requires the referee to report the caution offence for each caution)
  • Offences of S2 - Violent conduct will be categorised further with the following categories:

  • S2 – Violent Conduct - Head to Head contact
  • S2 – Violent Conduct - Elbowing
  • S2 – Violent Conduct - Kicking
  • S2 – Violent Conduct - Stamping
  • S2 – Violent Conduct – Striking
  • S2 – Violent Conduct – Biting
  • S2 – Violent Conduct – Other Unspecified Behaviour*
  • (* A free text field to capture other Unspecified Behaviour will be available if this option is selected).

    There will be no requirement to write any further details for dismissals. This will save the referees time in reporting and avoid supplying unnecessary detail surrounding the offence.

    It should be noted that both MOAS and WGS Portal are being amended to permit this change.

    Extraordinary Reports
    Referees will still be required to write details surrounding extraordinary incidents in the following circumstances.

    a. Where the dismissal offence has a more serious impact than the dismissal itself, the referee will be required to submit the dismissal offence as normal and then add a supplementary extraordinary report clarifying why the dismissal was exceptional. Such examples would be where the offence committed included an aggravated breach such as discriminatory language or behaviour (homophobic, sexist or reference to race/colour/religion/ethnicity etc.) or here there was a serious injury caused by the act of violent conduct.

    b. Where further misconduct happened following the dismissal such as the player refusing to leave the field of play or committed other further acts of misconduct following the dismissal.

    c. Where the offences committed were by non-playing staff or spectators.

    Mark Ives
    Head of Judicial Services
    June 2018

    Sunday July 8, 2018
    Neil Swarbrick meets our Referees

    Neil Swarbrick addresses our referees at PNE

    The Greats Room at Preston North End FC was the venue for the pre-season meeting between the Lancashire Sunday League (LSFL) and its referees at which 38 officials were present.

    The meeting was addressed by Neil Swarbrick, who has taken charge of 126 Premier Division games as well as the 2017 EFL Championship Play-off Final between Huddersfield Town and Reading at Wembley Stadium. He retired as a Premier League Select Group referee at the end of last season, but he will continue to work for PGMOL as VAR Manager for England.

    Neil played in this league for many years for several clubs including Bamber Bridge Wanderers. His final game as a player was in the 1997 Presidents Cup Final which Bamber Bridge won. The following season he started refereeing and impressed us so much that he was appointed to referee the 1998 Presidents Cup Final.

    New referee manager Mark Moore stressed the importance of maintaining the high standards set by the league and its match officials and the need to work towards a consistent approach wherever possible. League secretary Nikki Nye explained that the league was fully compliant with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

    The LSFL is an FA Charter Standard League with four Open Age (Adult) divisions and three Youth (aged 15-18) divisions. If you are interested in refereeing in this league or would like more information about it, please contact Mark Moore.

    Eamonn McNamara.

    Tuesday June 26, 2018
    Bamber Bridge FC v PNE FC - Saturday 7th July

    Bamber Bridge FC will host Preston North End FC at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Saturday 7th July 2018, kick off 3.00pm.

    This will be an excellent opportunity to see the new faces at PNE whilst supporting our friends at Bamber Bridge. As usual, the club bar will be open selling a fine array of cask beers plus fine dining (pies, chips burgers etc) at May’s Place.

    Eamonn McNamara.

    Friday June 22, 2018
    Honours List for Season 2017-18

    Hunters FC manager Dave 'Dixie' Dawson with the League Trophy & Challenge Cup

    Shaun Rotherham (Winstanley Warriors) & Nikki Nye with the LFA U18s Youth Cup - Mike Kinsella (Arkwrights) Secretary of the Year

    More photos >>

    Here are the details of the winners and runners up in all of our league and cup competitions for season 2017-18. The Awards were presented by League President Dave Carlisle at the Annual General Meeting held at Acregate Lane Labour Club on Tuesday 19 June 2018. Photos by Paul Vause, can be viewed by pressing more photos.

    LFA Competition

    LFA U18s Youth Cup Winners Winstanley Warriors FC
    FinalistsBAE Warton FC

    League ChampionsHunters FC
    Runners Up AFC Ingol

    Division 1 ChampionsSouthport & Ainsdale Amateurs FC
    Runners UpBolton L&G Club FC

    Division 2 Champions Arkwrights FC
    Runners Up Walton FC FC

    Division 3 ChampionsSir Tom Finney FC
    Runners UpWaverley Park FC

    Youth Division Red ChampionsBolton County FC
    Runners UpAFC Fylde

    Youth Division White ChampionsWinstanley Warriors FC
    Runners UpBAE Warton FC

    Youth Division Blue ChampionsTarleton Corinthians FC
    Runners UpEuxton Villa FC

    Syndicate Trust Cup Honours

    Challenge Cup Winners Hunters FC
    FinalistsAcregate Lane LC FC

    Presidents Cup WinnersSouthport & Ainsdale Amateurs FC
    FinalistsWalton Athletic FC

    Youth Cup WinnersBAE Warton FC
    Finalists Foxhall FC

    Youth Trophy WinnersBolton CountyFC
    FinalistsFleetwood Town Rangers FC

    Leading Goalscorers

    Premier DivisionDee Edmonds - Hunters FC - 30 Goals
    Division 1Daniel Boden - Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs FC - 26 Goals
    Division 2Jack Mountain - Gregson Lane Wanderers FC - 35 Goals
    Division 3Troy Pannett – Sir Tom Finney FC - 18 goals
    Youth Division RedKuda Kennedy Chingwaro – Padiham FC - 23 Goals
    Youth Division WhiteMatthew Van Wyk– BAE Warton FC - 21 Goals
    Youth Division BlueGeorge Simmons – Euxton Villa FC - 23 goals

    Special Awards

    Secretary of the YearMike Kinsella – Arkwrights FC
    Sportsmanship Trophy (Open Age)Warton FC
    Sportsmanship Trophy (Youth)Tarleton Corinthians FC

    Referee Honours

    Referee of the YearMatthew Howarth
    New Referee of the YearMatty Moss

    Eamonn McNamara.

    Wednesday June 20, 2018
    New teams join the League

    The Annual General Meeting of the League held at Acregate Lane Labour Club on Tuesday 19 June saw the election of the following 21 new teams into the League:

    Open Age (Adult) Section

  • AFC Preston
  • Blackpool Town FC
  • Deepdale FC
  • Midgery Court FC
  • Park United FC
  • Ribble FC
  • New Youth Section Teams

  • AC Preston FC
  • AFC Fylde Colts
  • Astley & Buckshaw FC
  • Cadley FC
  • Charnock Richard FC
  • Chipping FC
  • Fulwood Amateurs FC
  • Fulwood Amateurs Blues FC
  • Gregson Lane YFC
  • Haslingden St Marys
  • Mellor FC
  • Mill Hill FC
  • New Longton Rovers FC
  • Ribble Wanderers FC
  • Ribbleton YFC
  • Leyland BTR and Tarleton Corinthians Whites move from the Youth Section into the Open Age Section.

    Premier division clubs Hunters FC and Ingol Rangers FC have amalgamated and will be known in future as Hunters & Ingol Rangers FC and Ashton Villa FC (also Premier Division) have changed their name to Ribbleton FC.

    The make up of the various divisions will be announced later.

    Eamonn McNamara.

    Monday June 18, 2018
    Skkits - Kit Options

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    Will be held at Acregate Lane Labour Club, Preston PR1 5QL, commencing at 8.00pm.

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    One Stop Laundry Services Ltd
    Your kit collected from your club (or an address) at your convenient time, wash, dry and folded and returned back to you in time for your next game, for a small cost off £12.50 per kit.
    Contact: Jay on 07970 352721 or 07960 696666.

    Charter Standard Status

    Clubs interested in applying for Charter Standard Status are asked to telephone or e-mail Eamonn McNamara for details.

    Team Kits & Equipment

    Ian Senior of SKkits is offering your own designed kit @ £36 per player (including VAT), all badges/numbers/sponsor logo''s, etc. included in latest sublimated method of production.

    Ian also offers 30% discount to all member clubs on prices shown in current PRECISION TRAINING catalogue, which can be seen on SKkits.

    You can contact Ian anytime on 07960 137232 or email Ian Senior.

    Ian attends all our League Meetings and he provides a quick and reliable service to member clubs.

    Players & Club Officials

    Mid-fielder seeks Club

    Mid-fielder James McCabe has moved to the Plungington area and he is looking for a club.
    Contact James on 07835 369131.

    Player needs Club

    Jarrad Cullinane has moved to the Preston area and he is looking for an Open Age club.
    Contact Jarrad on 07513 107077.

    Manager wanted for New Longton Rovers

    Charter Standard Club, New Longton Rovers are looking for a Manager/Coach to run their Youth Team in this League for the coming season.
    Contact: Peter Jones (Club Secretary) on 07791 512066.

    Forward needs Club

    Dean Dallman, who has moved to Ashton, Preston is looking for a club. He plays left wing or up front and has plenty of experience as he has played at a reasonable level.
    Contact Dean on 07904 991895.

    Ashton on Ribble FC (Premier Division)

    Premier division side Ashton on Ribble FC, who play at London Rd Running Track seek volunteers for their committee plus a new manager (with his own management team) to help the club develop.
    Contact: Peter Hawarden (Secretary) on 07526 574158.

    Walton Athletic looking for Players

    Division 1 side Walton Athletic FC who play their home games at Higher Walton PF, are looking for players in all positions.
    Contact: Mark Brown (Manager) on 07753 567405.

    Kits for Uganda

    The following clubs have donated kits and equipment to our Uganda Appeal where they will be gratefully received by the local footballers;

    Wrea Green (4 Kits)
    Warton Typhoons (7 kits)
    AFC Longridge
    Ashton Villa (3 kits)
    London Victoria
    Preston City
    Lostock St Gerards
    (6 kits)
    Tanterton (8 kits)
    Lostock Hall
    Ingol Rangers
    Preston Muldoons (2 kits)
    Mellor FC (5 kits)
    Poulton FC
    Gregson Lane (3 kits)
    Penwortham Hill Rovers (2 kits)
    Springfields (8 kits)
    Longridge Town
    Ashton on Ribble
    Penwortham Town (16 kits)
    Walton Athletic (3 kits)
    Ribbleton Wanderers(2 kits)
    Altrincham FC, SKkits (5 kits)
    AFC Ashwood (2 kits)
    Hunters (2 kits)
    Mick Borwick (Various items)
    George Nicholas (Various items)
    Chorley Wanderers (8 kits)
    Horwich St Marys
    Brigg (4 Kits)
    Acregate Lane LC
    New Longton Rovers

    A total of 101 kits have been donated by our clubs to date.

    If you have a spare kit you can donate to the Appeal, please contact Eamonn McNamara.

    Club Events


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    The Lancashire Sunday League encourages all referees to become members of the Referees Association and it is League policy to give priority of appointments to those referees who are an RA member.

    Preston Referees Society is based at BAC Club, South Meadow Lane, Preston PR1 8JP, they meet on the first Monday of each month during the football season and everyone is welcome to attend their meetings. The meetings start at 7.30pm and usually finish around 9.00pm.

    Anyone interested in joining Preston Referees Society or has any queries about refereeing should contact the Society Secretary Shaun Taylor here.

    Physical Training: The Society provides physical training for its members at UCLan Sports Arena Training every Monday evening between 6.30-7.30pm except on Society Monthly Meeting nights when it will be brought forward to 6.00-7.00pm.

    For further details about the physical training sessions please contact Paul Marsden here.

    Lancashire Sunday Football League is always happy to accept new referees to its list of officials. If you have any enquiries about refereeing on the League or would like to be added to the list of officials, please contact the League’s Referee Manager David McNamara here.

    Mid Lancashire Football League operates on Saturday afternoons for Open Age clubs and they are also happy to accept new referees to its list of officials. If you have any enquiries about refereeing on the League or would like to be added to the list of officials, please contact the League’s Referee Secretary Tony Hawkes here.

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