Sydenhams Wessex League leave door ajar for potential late addition of Salisbury City to Premier Division

NOT IN FAVOUR: Dave Malone

NOT IN FAVOUR: Dave Malone

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THE Sydenhams Wessex League have left the door ajar for the potential late addition of Salisbury City to their ranks.

As yet the Wiltshire crisis club have not officially approached the league about the possibility of joining the Sydenhams Premier Division.

But, following consultation with the Football Association, the league has put clubs on standby to attend an EGM at Totton & Eling Sports Club next Wednesday (August 27) to vote on the matter.

Salisbury are due to return to the High Court on Tuesday with the aim of seizing ownership of the club from current owner Otail Touzar.

The Whites are currently not affiliated to any league, but one possible lifeline would be inclusion in the Sydenhams Wessex League (SWL) which kicked off nearly three weeks ago.

SWL chairman Ian Hoare confirmed: “Back in June we had an unofficial approach from Salisbury asking what would happen if they applied to come into our league but, since then, all sorts of things have gone on with High Court appearances etc.

“Salisbury have not approached us since but the FA have asked us whether, if the situation did arise, we would take them in.

“We are in a position where we could take them in because we are one club short in the Premier Division this season.

“But, irrespective of what the board thinks, it’s down to the clubs to decide and everything has to be done correctly so there is no case for appeal against us.

“We have had to give clubs notice of a definite date for an EGM, but if no one from Salisbury speaks to us in the very near future we will cancel it.”

Even if Sydenhams clubs did feel inclined to throw Salisbury a lifeline, time is running out for the Whites.

“It’s a shame when any club goes out of existence but we’ve already started the season and the longer this goes on, the less chance there is for them,” said Hoare.

One club definitely not in favour of Salisbury joining the Wessex ranks is title favourites Winchester City.

Director of football Dave Malone – once a director of the Wiltshire outfit – said the only way it would be acceptable is if the Whites were hit with a 15-point deduction.

He reasoned: “It’s a bit like Sholing coming down from the Southern League last season. Whether they’ve got the players or not, they are not a Wessex League club.

“They’d be coming in late and they’d be bringing players in from a higher standard, so it’s not a level playing field, is it?

“I feel sorry for Salisbury. It would be sad to see a huge club like them going off down the swanny.”

Hoare acknowledged: “I think the fear from our clubs would be Salisbury ‘doing a Sholing’, but I wouldn’t think they’d have the player base.”

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12:46pm Wed 20 Aug 14

sydneyfarm says...

does anyone care what Malone thinks? Arrogant g1t
does anyone care what Malone thinks? Arrogant g1t sydneyfarm
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2:59pm Wed 20 Aug 14

CarlyKin says...

Don't know why Malone is quick enough to bring Sholing into it! Didnt Winchester opt to drop down too to Wessex??? Im sure he wouldn't have agreed to a points deduction for them! Also a lot of Salisbury players have left and moved on and therefore they would only have a makeshift side.

I wish Salisbury all the best with their appeal and if unsuccessful I hope they do go into the Wessex League it would be a shame to see another grassroots team go under so if there is a way for them to keep going then let them.
Don't know why Malone is quick enough to bring Sholing into it! Didnt Winchester opt to drop down too to Wessex??? Im sure he wouldn't have agreed to a points deduction for them! Also a lot of Salisbury players have left and moved on and therefore they would only have a makeshift side. I wish Salisbury all the best with their appeal and if unsuccessful I hope they do go into the Wessex League it would be a shame to see another grassroots team go under so if there is a way for them to keep going then let them. CarlyKin
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4:01pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Walter K says...

Ultimately it will be the member clubs decision if Salisbury(in whatever guise) are accepted at this late stage into the Wessex Premier League.
I agree with Malone that there should be a points deduction due to financial irregularities being the root cause of their problems.
I also believe the way that Sholing were allowed to manipulate the Pyramid system for their own financial gain was shameful.
Any club being relegated for not meeting ground grading requirements (Winchester), financial irregularities or those who seek voluntary relegation for their own financial gain should receive a punishment including points deduction.
Ultimately it will be the member clubs decision if Salisbury(in whatever guise) are accepted at this late stage into the Wessex Premier League. I agree with Malone that there should be a points deduction due to financial irregularities being the root cause of their problems. I also believe the way that Sholing were allowed to manipulate the Pyramid system for their own financial gain was shameful. Any club being relegated for not meeting ground grading requirements (Winchester), financial irregularities or those who seek voluntary relegation for their own financial gain should receive a punishment including points deduction. Walter K
  • Score: 33

11:39pm Wed 20 Aug 14

wheresthemoneygone says...

Winchester City FC didn't 'drop down' for their own benefit or for 'not meeting ground grading requirements' they were simply relegated.They could not gain promotion because they didn't meet ground grading requirements. It seems other clubs are treated much more leniently.
Winchester City FC didn't 'drop down' for their own benefit or for 'not meeting ground grading requirements' they were simply relegated.They could not gain promotion because they didn't meet ground grading requirements. It seems other clubs are treated much more leniently. wheresthemoneygone
  • Score: -1

1:53pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Lockssmart says...

Moaning Malone. Mr obsessed with getting my name in the papers. Very boring now.
Moaning Malone. Mr obsessed with getting my name in the papers. Very boring now. Lockssmart
  • Score: 1

5:40pm Sat 23 Aug 14

pfc007james says...

It's not even close to being the same situation as Sholing. Malone is what he always is, a waste of space.
It's not even close to being the same situation as Sholing. Malone is what he always is, a waste of space. pfc007james
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