The league committee had nothing to do with this rule, Pelton and Brandon put this idea forward at the AGM and it was passe by vote. All 64 clubs had to vote Yes or No and the majority went with Yes. I think once the Clubs actually think about what it actually means then I'm sure most would have voted No....... We voted NO as we think its a totally pointless league rule, what are the advantages to the CLub, well none!!!
We used more than 35 players last season, if you include lads who transfer in/out then I think we had 45 registered. Last season was a nightmare for us we had about 3 or 4 lads who turned up week in week out. We had loads of injuries and lads who were able to work Sunday mornings which ruled them out of games. Towards the end of the season if this rule was in place then we'd have had to play quite a few games with less than 11 players, probably resulting in us been relegated.
I think this rule was dreamed up to disadvantage Hetton Lyons but it won't!! Hetton Lyons used less players than us, I heard soeone say if Hetton can only sign 35 then that means that they'll be over 40 players available to sign for other clubs...... eh, if this was the case then why didn't these Clubs approach these unused Hetton players and transfer them to their Clubs. I'll tell you why it's because these lads don't want to play on Sunday mornings and more than likely signed as emergency cover!!!
I like the 7 substitutes were you can play 5 of them in a game. This will attractmore players to play Sunday morning football if they can get a run out................. the problem now is that we'll probably not be able to sign them on due to been at our numbers limit
Ryder - Sedgefield NETPark F.C http://www.sedgefield-netpark-fc.co.uk