CHAIRMAN Mike Amos claimed at the annual meeting held at Brandon United that the Ebac Northern League’s 125th anniversary celebrations had provided quality occasions and lasting memories befitting the world’s second oldest football league, writes by Malcolm Pratt.
Several events had been held during the year and attendances in both divisions had increased by more than 20 per cent, unequalled at any level of the game.
Amos watched 100 matches for the first time and for the 18th consecutive season visited every one of the 45 grounds on at least two occasions.
He pointed out that for the sixth consecutive season a club had reached the final of the FA Carlsberg Vase but West Auckland Town lost out to Hampshire side Sholing in the Wembley final.
Amos congratulated Spennymoor Town on winning the Championship and wished them every success as they move into the Evo Stik League.
North Shields, West Allotment Celtic and Jarrow Roofing replace Billingham Town, Hebburn Town and Team Northumbria in Division One which will comprise of 22 clubs next season.
Esh Winning have won a reprieve from being relegated from Division Two although it’s thought that Whitehaven, who have been compulsory relegated because their facilities did not meet the criteria by the cut off date of March 31, could appeal to the FA, as Ryhope CW did last season.
Ryhope CW return to the Second Division after a season in the Wearside League.
Officials elected were president G Courtney, chairman M Amos, secretary and treasurer A Gollightly, registration secretary D Robinson, referees secretary A Powles.
Tow Law Town’s Steve Moralee replaces Stephen Lawson on the Management Committee which also comprises D Breakwell, N J Burlison, G Craggs, R Matthews and B Mulligan.