at 7.30pm on Tuesday
19th June at
the University College London Medical Society (UCLMS) Clubhouse, Huntley Street,
McConnell, Adrian Haysome, Steve Nash, Spencer Gore, Jamie Pearson.
Mark Dawson, Rick Hirst, Bobby Butlin, Charlie Robinson, Dan Chantler, Stuart
– Reports on the 2000-2001 season.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT -
To agree on subscriptions for the 2001-02 season
- To consider how to prevent subs getting in arrears
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
- To elect the Honorary Secretary, Fixture Secretary, Treasurer,
Secretary, Statistician, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and
Veterans team captains
CONTACTS WITH UCL
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
2000-2001 season was the most successful in the club’s history, with the 1st
XI retaining the AFA Senior Cup and winning the Southern Olympian League. The 2nd
and 6th XI’s finished runners-up in their leagues and the veterans
won the SOL Veterans Cup. A necessary influx of youth in the 2nd, 4th
and 6th XI’s was very evident.
we need to continue to do 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. This season saw
a number of players moving down to lower sides, and I think all would admit that
while the initial shock wasn’t pleasant, in the end their seasons were far
season saw the continuation of more new members joining the club, particularly
with graduates from UCL.
for those who’ve already forgotten it rained all season, more games were
postponed (18 home games to the weather, 28 away games to the weather, 2 games
to lack of opposition and 1 game because the referee failed to turn up) than
anyone can remember and getting through the season as comfortably as we did was
a major success. The SOL Cups were abandoned.
season also saw the launch of the Accies website.
XI – The
1st XI continued from last season’s success. The AFA Senior Cup was
retained, and the SOL Title won for the first time in the club’s history. The
side lost only one game all season. Steve Nash stands down as captain having won
Senior Two, Senior One and two AFA Senior Cups in his three years as skipper.
The side should continue to challenge for all competitions in the next few
XI – The
2nd XI also had a strong season, with only one losing Saturday all
season (alas both games of a title-deciding double-header). Under new skipper
Stuart Bannister they finished second in Intermediate Two and were unfortunate
not to win the title, coming across a Pegasus side who swept all before them.
The squad has become more consistent, though slightly lacking in attacking
options. Next season will be a major challenge in Intermediate One, and the gap
between the 1st and 2nd XI’s is still probably the
greatest in the club.
XI – The
3rd XI finished mid-table in Intermediate Three. Injuries deprived
them of a number of regulars for the whole season, and inconsistency was the
pattern for the season. The biggest difficulty was captains getting confirmation
of availability from players, rarely knowing until late in the week who could
play, and therefore unable to dovetail with other sides. A slightly harder
approach (or more consideration from players) next season would be a good idea
– there’s no reason in these days of email why those organising sides should
waste so much time chasing people, when we have an excess of people wanting to
XI – The
4th XI enjoyed a renaissance, built on an influx of new players. The
season was more successful than expected, albeit eventually frustrating, falling
away to a 3rd place finish and elimination at the last 16 stage of
the AFA Cup. Some rebuilding work is still required, with a core of half-a-dozen
wrinklies still performing, though not showing any signs yet of not holding
XI – A
season in contrast to the 4ths, looking very ordinary and mid-table
pre-Christmas, then making a late run which almost won them a title, but
ultimately finishing third. A side with the right age profile, who given a
little more consistency can challenge for trophies again next season.
XI – Finally
emerged into the sunlight. The side has now been entirely rebuilt over the last
couple of seasons, and should have won the league title. Inexperience and
inconsistency gave a league title away, which a predominantly young side should
learn from for future seasons.
saw a dozen fixtures played and the SOL Veterans Cup won, though overall
commitment was rather patchy. Carl Kemp spent rather more time chasing bodies
than he should have done and the non-appearance of the Vets at the SOL Dinner
for the presentation of the trophy was both symptomatic and also the most
disappointing club aspect of the whole season.
The Golden Boot competition continued to be a big success, deservedly retained
by Scott Atkinson from the 3rds. Jon Houghton (1sts) finished runner-up and
promisingly for the club a whole host of other strikers were in the hunt.
the start of the season our account stood at around £3500.00, with the
objective for this season was to continue to build up the club’s resources as
well as starting to build up a reserve for the next set of kits when required
(still 3-4 seasons away, but around £500 per season needs to be set aside for
this). We were able to pre-pay for pitches this season, two batches of around £3200.00,
but the start of season finances were still quite tight.
ended the season with £4150.00 in credit (£3450.00 in the bank plus £640.00
worth of pitches pre-paid) , having also purchased a kit for the veterans (cost
of about £400), so our surplus was around £1000.00 before kit purchasing.
requirement of pre-paying for pitches is so that we avoid payment of VAT,
whereas in the past we’d always (by necessity) paid in arrears. It’s also
becoming increasingly important given the changing circumstances at Shenley,
with higher usage (from Watford, and UCL Students).
2000-2001 our total income was £11918.04 (down from £12757.31 in 1999-2000),
comprised of £1847.50 in annual subs (£1804.50 in 1999-2000), £9460.00 in
match subs (£10667.00 in 1999-2000), £368.00 in preseason match subs (£80.00
in 1999-2000), £12.54 in bank interest (£10.81 in 1999-2000), £48.00 in AFA
fines collected (£58.00 in 1999-2000), and £142.50 subs in arrears from
previous seasons (£137.00 in 1999-2000). We are still owed around £480.00 in
spent £6355.00 on pitches (£6000.00 in 1999-2000), though £640.00 of this is
still in credit, £318.00 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, £333.00 in 1999-2000), £1310.00 on
referees (£1263.00 in 1999-2000), £1897.30 on teas (£2256.30 in 1999-2000)
and hospitality, £688.00 on league fees (£634.00 in 1999-2000), £257.00 on
fines and miscellaneous costs (£150.00 on a digital camera, £159.00 in
1999-2000) and £1032.68 on kit and equipment (mostly balls, £280.75 in
subs were on a par with 1999-2000. The “£25.00 annual subs, but £20.00 if
paid before 1st November” offer” was as successful as before. 81
annual subs were collected (1sts 15, 2nds 14, 3rds 10, 4ths 12, 5ths 15, 6ths
18, Vets 7), raising £1847.50.
only concern was the structure for collecting annual subs from the Veterans, of
whom none played enough games to reach the £20.00/£25.00 threshold, and many
struggled even to reach the £10 threshold. Given the infrequency of Veterans
games and the (much) larger squad that operates it was agreed to be easier to
not collect annual subs from the Veterans, but have a Veterans match fee of £10.00.
If a (full) annual sub has been paid then the £7.00 match fee is payable
instead. The Vets have already indicated this will not be a problem.
subs in general were down on 1999-2000, simply because we played fewer games
(149 in 1999-2000) and more double-headers (for which we simply charge one match
fee). In addition we played more home fixtures than away fixtures (because of
the better pitches at Shenley surviving the weather) which further reduced our
“profit” (we roughly make £70.00 for each away game, and lose £55.00 for a
breakdown for matches played and subs collected by team (shown as a total and
also as an amount per “fixture”, so double-headers only counted once) was as
11 home (1 DH), 12
away (1 DH), 2 neutral (1 with no subs due). £1772.50 collected (£73.85 per
8 home (1 DH), 10 away
(2 DH, 1 played at Shenley, 1 unplayed). £1274.00 collected (£70.78 per
12 home (2 DH), 8 away (1 DH). £1444.00 collected (£72.20 per fixture).
10 home (2 DH), 10 away (1 DH). £1539.00 collected (£76.95 per
9 home (1 unplayed), 10 away (2 played at Shenley, 1 unplayed). £1396.00
collected (£73.47 per fixture).
10 home (1 DH), 9 away (1 played at Shenley). £1388.50 collected (£73.08
4 home, 2 away, 1 neutral. 2 shared neutral. £646.00 collected (£71.77
we played 130 games (12 double headers), down from 149 in 1999-2000 (due to SOL
Cups being cancelled, three unplayed league games and double headers). The
overall match fee income was £9460.00, or £72.77 per match played (compares to
£69.94 in 1998-99 and £71.59 in 1999-2000).
the 130 games; 64 were played at home (2 not at Shenley), 2 at neutral grounds
with shared costs (Vets games), 3 at neutral grounds with no costs (Cup Semis
and Finals) and 61 away (4 at Shenley, with us bearing some of the cost).
the end of the season we had £3500.00 in the bank, £650 in pitch credits, so
our surplus for the season was effectively around £600.00 (though including £400.00
spent on a veterans kit).
all of the above we should start 2001-02 with around £3500.00 in the bank. £800.00
is to be spent on league fees and about £2800.00 on pre-paid pitch costs at
Shenley, which we pay for in advance twice a season to avoid payment of VAT (in
fact £2400.00 will be OK as we have eight pitches in credit at the moment).
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 was the minimum target and £5000.00 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 2004 or 2005 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 £3000.00 (with £1000.00
set aside for future kits from the past two seasons), 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).
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
need to be aware that costs are gradually increasing. Thus far we aren’t aware
of increases in referees’ fees, teas costs or pitch costs for next season (all
three rose last season, so may well be unchanged) but slowly our costs will
increase. At some point it will become necessary to raise subs again.
the general grumbling that any rise in subs causes, and the difficulty of
collecting annual subs anyway, we are probably better waiting a season or two
until £8.00 match fees have to be charged (increasing match fees by £1.00
yields an extra £1200 or so in income, whereas a £5.00 rise in annual subs
only yields £400.00). One big hike is better than three or four smaller ones,
and if it can be timed to coincide with the purchase of new kits so much the
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
season we experimented with the system of: match fees will be £7.00 on the day
but £8.00 if paid in arrears. The admin proved a little cumbersome but the
system ought to be continued. The occasional offenders were generally let off
the surcharge, but the persistent offenders should be charged more readily in
Black, Jamie Abela and Saj Malik are all currently suspended from selection,
because of outstanding subs.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Dawson, Adrian Haysome, Bobby Butlin and Danny McConnell were elected to
continue in their roles as Fixture Secretary, Treasurer, Statistican and Hon.Sec./Chairman/Referees
Chantler (1sts), Stuart Bannister (2nds), Jamie Pearson (3rds), Dan Willoughby
(4ths), Bobby Butlin (5ths), Danny McConnell (6ths) and Carl Kemp (Vets) were
elected to captain the various sides.
CONTACTS WITH UCL
influx of ex-UCL players this year was good, but needs to be continued. This
isn’t a slight on “outsiders”, but we do get our pitches because we’re a
UCL Alumni club, and we ought to do our best to maximise the number of UCL
Alumni. This year we did manage, probably for the first time in many years, to
field a side entirely comprised of UCL Alumni (Veterans Cup semi-final).
hasn’t really worked yet, with 5-6 the typical turnout at Swiss Cottage,
losing us £30.00 a time. The problem is basically Catch 22. We don’t have a
regular slot, so we don’t get a regular turnout from people. And without a
regular turnout we don’t know what commitment there is, so don’t have the
financial muscle to try and book something else.
anyone can find a regular slot on an astro around central London then we could
look at it, or even entering a team in a midweek Astroturf league is an option,
although more than half the club already do so, and getting people to play three
competitive games a week might be difficult.
was decided to stop training at Swiss Cottage next season, unless we can get a
more regular slot, and ensure that training will pay for itself. Subsidising it
to the tune of £30.00 a week for the benefit of half a dozen people simply
will be summer training in Regents Park from mid-July onwards. We should ensure
recent ex-UCL students are invited along to integrate them into the club before
the season starts.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
investigated club ties, and received a lukewarm response, so the project will be
also have a few trophies to buy – a shield for the Golden Boot and trophies
for the last couple of seasons, as well as a few winners medals for the SOL
Premier title. These will cost around £100.00 to £150.00.
also need to get a new set of “change” shirts. Jamie Pearson will be able to
provide his old work’s team shirts. These are white, numbered and in decent
nick, so ideal.