2000 UCL ACADEMICALS AGM
Held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 30th
May at the UCLMS Clubhouse, Huntley Street.
Danny McConnell, Mark Dawson, Steve Nash, Jon Davies, Jamie Pearson, Bobby
Butlin, Simon Valentine.
Ally Gammell, Adrian Haysome, Scott Atkinson, Charlie Robinson.
believe that the club used to have a constitution but no longer does so. We are
required (by the SOL) to have one, and need to have one anyway. The following
rules were agreed:
Club shall be called “UCL Academicals FC”.
of the club will be restricted to those who have paid annual fees and social
fees, at the agreed rates. Membership to run from 1st September to 30th
August of the year concerned.
club AGM is to be held at the end of the playing season. 21 days notice to be
given prior to the calling of the AGM. The date to be set by the club chairman.
member of the club may call an emergency general meeting as long as it is
seconded by four other members. 21 days notice must be given for an EGM.
least ten members of the club must be present at an AGM or EGM to be quorate.
At the AGM elections to the club
committee to be made. The posts of club chairman, honorary secretary, fixtures
secretary, treasurer, statistician, referees secretary and team captains to be
decided at the AGM.
the season the club committee to meet as and when required.
members of the club agree to abide by the club disciplinary code.
also need to have a club disciplinary code, both because we are required to do
by the SOL but for own internal purposed. It isn’t intended to cover the
run-of-the-mill disciplinary cases, but to cover any major and serial offenders.
A copy of the code follows:
The Purpose of these Guidelines is to deal speedily
with misconduct, reduce the number of offences by illustrating to the membership
the seriousness with which disciplinary matters are viewed and to reduce the
administration work involved.
Notes: These guidelines are intended to essentially deal with serious cases of misconduct, whether one-off dismissals or serial offenders collecting multiple cautions. The club is required by the AFA and SOL to have a disciplinary code of conduct and we need to have published guidelines for our own purposes to deal satisfactorily (and legally) with serious cases of misconduct. Whilst the more serious fines and suspensions may seem draconian, bear in mind they are for the most serious forms of misconduct. The fines are intended purely to recoup the fines we are likely, as a club, to pay to the AFA for reaching the Club mandatory fine stages which such misconduct makes likely.
ALL misconduct cases, both "bookings" and "sendings-off,"
will be dealt with under this procedure.
The Team Captain MUST report any booking or sending off recorded by the
referee in any game to the Club Chairman within three days of the game.
The Club Chairman shall decide whether to impose a fine or suspension on
the player in accordance with the scale of fines and suspensions as set down by
the Club Committee. If necessary the Club Chairman of Selectors will consult
with the Team Captain, or any other Officer of the Club, to assess the level of
fine or suspension.
Any player wishing to appeal against the standard fine or suspension
being imposed, or who wishes to appeal against the incident generally, MUST
inform the Club Chairman of his wish to appeal within three days of the
imposition of the fine or suspension.
Where an appeal is requested the Club Chairman shall immediately appoint
an Appeal Board to consider the case.
The appointed Appeal Board shall consider the circumstances and decide
whether to hold the full Appeal hearing immediately or whether to delay the
Appeal Hearing until the referees report on the incident has been received from
Fines or suspensions imposed under this procedure, whether under the
standard scale or whether decided by an Appeal Board, may be higher than, longer
than or over and above any suspension or fine imposed by the AFA.
An offending player who does not pay to the Club, when required, any fine
imposed upon him either by the AFA or under this procedure shall not play for
the Club again until such fine is fully paid.
The Club Committee shall from time to time review the scale of
suspensions and fines that shall be enforceable by the Club under these
The Club Chairman shall advise the Club Committee of all decisions made
under this procedure in order that the action be ratified, if agreed with by the
The Disciplinary Appeal Board shall consist of
three members of the Club, being:
The Club Chairman, who shall chair all meetings of the Appeal Board.
Two other members of the Club Committee at the Club Chairman's
One of the three members present at each meeting
MUST have been playing in or present at the match in which the offence took
place, being the Captain on the day.
The Board will deal with all offences referred to it by the Club
The Board will meet at the first available opportunity following the
offence, although in some cases it may be advisable to wait for the receipt of
the referee's report from the AFA. The Team Captain will advise the player to
make himself available for the meeting.
The meeting will take the following form:
The Captain on the day and the other player will give their accounts of
the incident to the Board, who will discuss the incident in private.
The offending player will then be invited before the Board to give his
version of the incident, if he so wishes.
The Board will further discuss the incident and reach their decision.
The offending player will be advised of the Board decision, and any final
observations will be made.
The offending player will not be present at (i) and (iii). All the above
proceedings shall be dealt with verbally, unless any of the members involved
wish to submit written reports.
The offending player will have the right of appeal to the Club Committee
if he is dissatisfied with the Board's handling of the case.
CURRENT SCALE OF FINES/SUSPENSION APPLICABLE UNDER
THE ABOVE GUIDELINES - under Paragraph (j) - (These include any fines imposed by the AFA unless otherwise stated)
Fines will be levied according to the number of
disciplinary points accrued by the player under the AFA Disciplinary points
First Caution in a season, Second Caution in a season,
Sendings Off carrying two disciplinary points (e.g. for two cautionable
offences, for preventing an obvious goal-scoring opportunity):
Warning as to future conduct.
Third Caution in a season, Sendings Off carrying three
disciplinary points (e.g. Use of Offensive, Insulting or Abusive language
towards another player, Attempting to Kick or Strike another player, Serious
Foul Play, Kicking or Striking another Player, spitting directed at an opponent
or any other person, Attempting Head to Head butting, Butting other parts of the
£10 fine plus a Suspension
- normally for one game.
Fourth caution in a season, Sendings Off carrying four disciplinary
points (e.g. Use of Offensive, Insulting or abusive language or gestures
directed at Match Officials, Head to Head butting, Refusing to give name or
giving a false name to the Referee when ordered to do so, Refusing to leave the
Field of Play when ordered to do so, causing a match to be abandoned,
Threatening Match Officials):
£25 fine plus a Suspension
until the end of the season.
d) Sendings off carrying five disciplinary points (e.g. assaults on other
players or match officials):
£25 fine plus a Suspension
for twelve months.
Please note that the above fine/suspension scales
are only guidelines and in exceptional cases the punishment imposed could be
higher or lower than these guidelines.
1999-2000 season was the most successful in the club’s history, with the 1st
XI winning the AFA Senior Cup. Lower down the club things were not so
successful, and amongst the lower three sides old age problems are starting to
we need to do better in the future is ensuring that players are playing at the
right level for their abilities, particularly as certain players tend to get
older. However painful it may be, it has to be accepted that as we get older we
may not be able to continue playing at as high a level as we used to, and may
need to move down sides to continue enjoying a competitive game.
season probably saw more new members join the club than any recent season, and
it’s a trend we need to continue, particularly with graduates from UCL. The
more consistent a team’s lineup the better their results are likely to be.
1st XI – The
1st XI’s season was by far the most successful in the club’s
history. An anticipated season of consolidation in Senior One turned into a
major trophy hunt. The AFA Senior Cup was won on penalties, whilst we remained
strongly in the hunt for Senior One until late March, finishing third and also
reached the quarter finals of the SOL Senior Cup. Much credit should be given to
Steve Nash and Lee Pessall, and with the current squad there is no reason not to
anticipate further success in the next few years.
2nd XI – The
2nd XI also had a strong season, though tended to fall short in the
really big games, finishing third in Intermediate Two and the disappointment of
a semi-final loss in the SOL Cup. With a more consistent squad than in recent
years results have reflected this, and there is no reason why they shouldn’t
be pushing for promotion next season. If the club is strong enough to have a 1st
XI at the top of Senior One we ought to have a 2nd XI strong enough
for Intermediate One.
3rd XI – The
3rd XI finished comfortably mid-table in Intermediate Three, despite
the loss of a couple of regulars over the last few seasons. Age is beginning to
show for the side, and the continued reluctance to take more than eleven players
on a Saturday is a major concern. This attitude cost them a league title last
year, and points again this season. Every other side is happy to take twelve or
thirteen players each week, rotating substitutes, which then covers for last
minute pull-outs, injuries and traffic problems.
4th XI – The
4th XI endured a frustrating season, entering a post-Christmas
nose-dive from which they never emerged, finishing tenth in Junior 1 North.
Confidence took a major blow, and there does seem to have been an over-reaction
to the poor season after their successful season the year before. That said, the
4ths do have a problem with aging players, and injuries and inevitable family
commitments could be pinpointed as the main causes. With an influx of younger
players there is no reason why the 4ths shouldn’t be able to rebuild for next
5th XI – A
season very similar to the 4ths, with a post-Christmas nose-dive leaving them
ninth in Junior 2 North. No obvious reasons are apparent, though availability
didn’t seem to be as good as in previous seasons, but the fifths see no reason
why this should be repeated next season.
6th XI – Light
at the end of the tunnel. Despite finishing 7th in Junior 3 North the
heavily rebuilt sixths are showing signs of finally rebuilding. A side whose
league record in the previous three years read Won 10, Drew 10, Lost 32 and
whose spine have essentially retired over the last two years (only three
regulars from 1997-98 are still playing regularly now) have been significantly
rebuilt, particularly towards the end of the season. A settled side, and younger
members keen to play regularly ought to compete for trophies next season. Quite
a few of the newer members should also be capable of moving up to higher sides
Optimists – 1999-2000
saw the debut of the Accies Veterans side, who played one Sunday and three
Saturday friendlies, though a first win is still awaited. Next season the number
of games will probably increase and we’ll probably enter the SOL Veterans Cup.
Golden Boot –
The Golden Boot competition proved to be a big success, and was deservedly won
by Scott Atkinson from the 3rds (though appearances for the 4ths towards the end
of the season showed how keen he was). Gareth Jones (1sts) and Adam Izzard
(4ths) ran him close, though Gareth’s season was curtailed by a season ending
injury in the AFA Cup Final. The addition of an unofficial “Golden Gloves”
award for goalkeepers was widely applauded by the Hon.Fixture Secretary and
Hon.Secretary, who co-incidentally finished first and third! The golden boot
should be continued.
the end of last season our account stood at around £1500.00, having purchased
six new kits for all existing sides. Our objective for this season was to
continue to build up the club’s resources. One major concern looming was that
we needed to be able to pre-pay for pitches to avoid payment of VAT, whereas in
the past we’d always (by necessity) paid in arrears.
1999-2000 our turnover was £12757.31, comprised of £1804.50 in annual subs, £10667.00
in match subs, £80.00 in preseason match subs, £10.81 in bank interest, £58.00
in AFA fines collected and £137.00 subs in arrears from previous seasons. We
are still owed around £500.00 in subs.
spent £6000.00 on pitches, £333.00 on training facilities (subsidising Swiss
Cottage to the tune of around £15.00 to £20.00 per week, paying £40.00
overall but collecting £2.00 from each participant), £1263.00 on referees, £2256.30
on teas (of which £300.00 was “extra hospitality, jugs and so forth”) and
hospitality, £634.00 on league fees, £159.00 on fines and £280.75 on kit and
subs included an extra £200.00 from the veterans (a team annual subs, and we
currently “owe” them a new kit, which cost around £400), so effectively
annual subs income from 1999-2000 was around £300.00 lower than the previous
season. This £300.00 is very simply accounted for; 60 members took advantage of
the “£25.00 annual subs, but £20.00 if paid before 1st
November” offer and saved themselves £5.00. This scheme drastically reduced
the amount of effort required by captains to raise annual subs.
subs showed a significant increase from last season, from £8672.00 to £10667.00.
However we played significantly more games, 149 compared to 124. This was partly
due to the 4ths, 5ths and 6ths all playing more league games, partly down to
four veterans games and partly down to longer cup runs (nine more cup fixtures
in 1999-2000). Our per-game income in match subs was £69.94 in 1998-99, and £71.59
in 1999-2000. By team these break down to 1sts: £73.76, 2nds: £73.32, 3rds: £64.93,
4ths: £68.58, 5ths: £75.33, 6ths: £71.79, Vets: £78.88.
costs were up £1250.00 (sixteen more home games than in 1998-99), referees up
£230.00 and teas costs £850.00. Essentially most of the increased match subs
were offset by the extra costs of playing more home games. Once again we played
more games at home than away, partly because of fewer cancellations at Shenley,
mostly because of cup draws.
the end of the season we had £3400.00 in the bank, though £400.00 was reserved
to buy a kit for the veterans, so our surplus for the season was effectively
Projection for 2000-01
all of the above we should start 2000-01 with around £3400.00 in the bank, of
which £400.00 has already been allocated to buy a kit for the veterans. Of the
remaining £3000.00 around £800.00 is to be spent on league fees. In addition
pitch costs at Shenley for next season will rise from £75.00 to £80.00, and
referees costs from £16.00 to £18.00. UCL have proposed increasing teas from
£25.00 to £30.00, a rise we consider very steep for one season. We shall
request that teas costs for next season only increase to £2.50. This will add
£9.50 to the cost of a home game, or assuming 70 home games around £700.00
over the season.
addition from next season we will have to pre-pay for pitches, to avoid payment
of VAT. The rules on VAT for pitches are fairly straightforward – if a club
pre-pays for block-booked pitches then VAT is not due, payment in arrears is VAT
liable. In the past we’ve paid in arrears and not paid VAT, which could easily
land us with a major bill for VAT. I’ve therefore agreed with UCL that we’ll
pre-pay for pitches twice a season, in September and December (to spread the
costs). In each case we’ll need to find enough money for 35 pitches, or £2800.00.
illustrates quite clearly that we need to have a reasonably significant reserve
of funds in our account at the start of the season. Whereas in the past the
Accies have always run on the bread-line (start the season with nothing, end the
season with nothing) we actually need to lay our hands on £2800.00 for pitches,
£800.00 for league fees. Plus any money for kit replacement and other equipment
(balls, etc) before the season starts. At last year’s AGM
we agreed that £4000.00 ought to be a minimum target, and I think £5000.00
is more realistic. That allows us to comfortably pay for everything up front and
still have around £1000.00 in the bank.
addition we need to consider kit in the future. Whilst currently are kits are
all relatively new and need little repairing or replacement by 2003 or 2004 we
will probably need to replace all of our kits. To this end we should aim to
“set aside” £500.00 each season for kits, so that come 2004 or whenever we
already have £2500.00 in the bank allocated to “kit purchasing”. Ideally
we’d be looking to replace one kit every season, but given that all existing
kits were purchased at the same time this isn’t practical. Therefore we should
consider £500.00 each season as being set aside for kit.
these factors in mind our effective current balance is around £2500.00, whereas
£5000.00 ought to be a longer term target. We should therefore aim to maintain
the current financial regime for next season:- £7.00 match fees, halved for
students, annual subs £25.00 if playing ten or more games (£20.00 if paid by 1st
November) and £10.00 “social subs” if playing four or more games, with a £100.00
team annual subs for the vets (essentially paying for membership for ten players
at social subs rates). Annual subs for students and unemployed to be waived.
This should then hopefully make a surplus of around £1000.00 to increase the
effective float, and set aside a further £500.00 for future kit purchases.
Allocations of money for training (around £300.00), hospitality (£300.00) and
kit (£300.00) should remain unchanged.
continuing problem, albeit much less dramatic than in the past, is that of
subscription arrears. The early payment discount and thresholds for annual subs
have made collection of match subs much more efficient and much less hassle for
captains. There does remain a problem with match-fees.
simple problem with match-fees is that certain people, a minority, seem to
expect to turn up and play without any money on them. This creates extra
administration work for the captain and myself, for no sensible reason
whatsoever. All too often the season ends without subs being paid up, and we
spend further time chasing them up. In the past I have no doubts that many of
them weren’t paid, and it can be confidently said that the reason subs had to
increase last season was because many people regularly avoided paying match
season has showed the two different attitudes in operation. Arrears from the
1sts, 2nds and 6ths were rare, and promptly paid. The 3rds, 4ths and 5ths were
much more lax, and it’s from these sides that the bulk of money owed, and work
created originate. Speaking personally I’m getting pretty tired of the amount
of time I waste logging all of these debts, which I see as unnecessary. We
can’t afford to not track them but I don’t see why people should turn up and
not pay. I know captains concerned find it awkward and extra work – hassling
people for money is embarrassing, and it’s something people take advantage of.
Captains do quite enough already.
next season the following were agreed: match fees will be £7.00 on the day but
£8.00 if paid in arrears. If you can’t be bothered to pay on time then you
should pay more for the hassle caused. If you do inadvertently forget to bring
any subs then there’s no reason not to borrow £7.00 from a team-mate – this
will reduce the club admin and make things significantly easier for captains.
And if you can’t find a team-mate who’ll lend you the money then it probably
illustrates the point about being sure of repayment.
thresholds for preventing players playing if they owe subs were also reduced. If
any player owes two or more match-fees, or any AFA fine then they will be
ineligible for selection until the backlog is paid (a cheque can always be
posted, and “I’ll pay you next Saturday, promise” will not be acceptable.
following elections were made:
Danny McConnell, Hon.Fixtures.Sec: Mark Dawson, Treasurer: Adrian Haysome,
Statistician: Bobby Butlin, Referees Secretary: Mark Dawson/Danny McConnell. 1st
XI Captain and Vice Captain: Steve Nash and Martin Woodrow. 2nd XI
Captain and Vice Captain: Jon Davies and Steve Woodrow. 3rd XI
Captain and Vice Captain: Jamie Pearson and Ally Gammell. 4th XI
Captain and Vice Captain TBA and Simon Valentine. 5th XI Captain and
Vice Captain: Bobby Butlin and Mark Hanlon. 6th XI Captain and Vice
Captain: Danny McConnell and Charlie Robinson. Vets XI: Paul Matthewson and Carl
is some concern with the 4th XI. Their season was undoubtably
disappointing, and the backlog of subs a concern. The team lost quite a few of
their regulars before or during the season, and we need to get a number of new
regulars playing for them next season, as well as hopefully a few returnees. At
present no captain has been found, but if necessary Danny will begin the season
by running the 4ths and 6ths from one squad, until a settled side for the 4ths
has been sorted out.
are optimistic that next season should see a greater influx of students from UCL,
which ought to be our lifeblood. We attended their AGM this year (and bribed
them with free beer) and work by Steve Murden, Stuart Bannister, Spencer Gore
and others, all recent graduates will hopefully bring through more. Terry
Foster, about to take finals, has already played for the 1sts in a number of
games during injury crises.
8. ANY OTHER
“training” will begin on Wednesday 6th August, 7pm to 9pm and
continue until on Wednesdays until the start of the season.
were allocated two tickets for this year’s FA Cup Final by the AFA. Adrian
Haysome attended to watch “The Villa” in their first Wembley final for 43