2005 UCL ACADEMICALS AGM
at 7pm on Wednesday 29th June at Fiduciary Trust International /
Franklin Templeton, The Adelphi Building, 1-11 John Adam Street, London, WC2N
Present: Danny McConnell, Mark Dawson, Graham Whitworth, Phil
Stewart, Mark Emmerson, Dave Swaby, Chris Carter, Derek Fowler, Rob James, Chris
Apologies for absence: Martin Woodrow, Adrian Haysome, Danny Fewkes, Mark
McGuigan, Dan Willoughby, Jon Houghton, Spencer Gore, Phil Hardem, Sam Samra,
Steve Woodrow, Bobby Butlin.
of the 2004 AGM
minutes of the 2004 AGM were approved.
were no matters arising.
2004-05 saw the club win two trophies, with a number
of “near misses” – the 2nd XI won the LOB Intermediate Cup,
breaking a run of three successive cup final defeats, and the 3rd XI
retained the LOB Junior Cup. The 1st XI finished second in the AFC
Premier, whilst the 2nd XI, 3rd XI, 4th XI, 5th
XI and 7th XI all finished third.
The most disappointing part of the season had to be
the final stretch. Of the club’s 47 defeats (compared to 106 wins and 21
draws) probably half came from the middle of March onwards. The 1sts, 4ths and
7ths all lost league titles during that stretch – and there was a distinct
sense amongst other sides (and some of those) that if people couldn’t win a
league title, they weren’t too bothered about playing at all.
The second club-wide pattern was a lack of defenders.
We seem to have an abundance of attacking players (quality or otherwise) but a
relative dearth of those willing/able to play at the back has meant some
skippers having to be more persuasive with certain players and plugging square
pegs into round holes.
administrative problems have continued. Too many club members needed to be
chased for discipline paperwork, and the difficulty of collecting subs and
keeping on top of them has meant for the third season the Treasurer has resigned
at the end of the year.
XI – Once again the 1st XI season finished
in anti-climax, this one worse than past years. Quite simply, we’ve got to
beat Old Meadonians. There’s still a tendency amongst some for “finger
pointing”, which may prey on the confidence of some players, but the simple
fact is that we’re good enough, we just haven’t yet beaten Meads. Three
times we played them, and three times we lost 3-2. One win in any of those would
have meant a trophy, because there’s little doubt we’re one of the two
strongest sides in the AFA. We just need that win.
Mark McGuigan taking over as manager was definitely a
positive step, allowing the players to focus on playing, and giving scope for
tactical adjustments which made differences in a number of games. Slightly
worrying was the lack of focus and direction in his absence – the necessity
for tactical changes being conveyed 3000 miles away from Miami midway through a
cup final was “interesting”.
XI – Another year, another bogey laid. Having finally won
a title last year the 2nds broke their streak of Cup Final losses with a
smash-and-grab job against Albanian in the LOB Intermediate Cup. If anything,
the league record was even more impressive, 20 games, 45 points yet was only
good enough for third place.
The team remains young (mostly) and should continue
to hold its own at Senior Level as well as providing replacement players for the
1st XI if required.
XI – A Jeckell and Hyde season. Is the real 3rd
XI the team who swept all before them up until Christmas, or the side that
limped home after Christmas, albeit winning the LOB Junior Cup in the process.
One suspects a mixture of the two – defensively it was a continual battle to
find players to fill a back four, and it may be that the side has reached its
level in the Intermediate Divisions. Nonetheless, until May they were pushing
for promotion, and with a couple more players the side should continue to be
strong next season.
XI – Once again the 4ths over-achieved, clinching
promotion via third place on the final day of the season. Once again they also
lost in the semis of the AFA Minor Cup, albeit with a much better performance
than last season.
The nucleus of the team is small, and definitely
needs a number of additions, and it’ll be a major challenge for a 4th
XI to hold its own in 1 North – that Dan Willoughby is continuing as captain
is a major positive for the side.
XI – Overall
a season of “not quite enough”. The side never really threatened to
challenge in the league, and got heartily thumped in both cups by opposition who
shouldn’t have. Too often the team were petulant and unpleasant towards
opponents (a trend noted in reports to the league) and threw away games because
we were too busy arguing and not playing football. Rob James steps down as
skipper for next season to be replaced by Chris Coates.
XI – By
far the most difficult season of any league side. At Christmas one player, Jeff
Mensah, was expelled from the club (having been sent off twice in his first ten
games, and refused to pay his fines) and at the same time Chris Phillips, who
seemed determined to try and form a mini-club of his own within the Accies, left
“by mutual consent”. Bobby Butlin, who’d hoped to step down as skipper
during the season stepped back into the breach, but finally retires after ten
years (at least) as skipper to be replaced by Chris Carter and Dave Swaby.
the turmoil the sixths struggled, with a few legs getting rather old and a few
younger ones needed. Hopefully next year should see the side turn the corner.
XI – A season that promised much sadly fizzled out
into disappointment, with a third place in the league and losses in cup semi and
quarter finals. Overall, the season has to be considered a success, but there
was still a reliance on one or two key players and the team needs to get away
from such a dependency.
After two years as skipper, Spencer Gore steps down
to be replaced by Phil Harden.
Optimists – A season that marked a step (or two) backwards.
For the first year it was decided to play solely on Sunday mornings, and whilst
this did tend to produce better availability from the “non-regulars”, the
availability of the regulars plummeted. This didn’t seem to be related to the
Sunday morning switch, simply that many of them stopped playing, and many of the
older players amongst the league sides continued to play league football.
“Talking the talk” and “walking the walk”
remains an issue for the Vets – too many people say they are going to play
when fixtures are arranged, but when the time comes aren’t about. It means a
vicious circle – we keep cancelling games, so opposition are wary of arranging
games with us, so quality of fixtures isn’t high, etc. If Ian Christopherson
is going to manage to keep the Vets going next season commitment needs to be
better, and if it isn’t, then I’m afraid the Vets may fold.
The Golden Boot was won by Scott Atkinson (26 goals), who also bagged his 300th
goal for the Accies during the season. Paul Bernard and Max Lovell ran him
close, whilst Mark Dawson and Tom Lloyd tied for the Golden Gloves.
was suggested that the comment on the 4th XI over-achieving may have
been a little harsh.
of selection and general selection policies was also discussed, and the general
feeling was that for players to consider themselves as “regulars” they ought
to now be available for 75% of games (90% for goalkeepers). A “regular” can
expect a game when he is available, and if a player is not available for 75% of
games then he shouldn’t expect to be guaranteed a game, although of course we
will fit in “occasionals” where possible.
was agreed that players who were absent one week should generally expect to
return the following week and occupy a substitute slot – this was common
practice for many teams already and would further encourage regular availability
(which is essential for the club to continue to be successful on the field). It
was also agreed that players who dropped out of games late in the week without
adequate reason shouldn’t be tolerated.
start of the season the clubs coffers contained around £4600. At the end of the
season our balance stood at about £5300, although some monies were still
outstanding from captains, and around £750 owed by players, with a number of
people still being due to pay annual subs.
was agreed that next season we should make a major effort to clear these
backlogs, and to ensure that they did not continue to build in the future. The
treasurer would be in regular contact with the captains to ensure both that they
did not allow players to build backlogs of subs, and that they paid over subs
collected regularly. We should also emphasise to captains the need to lay out
team sheets clearly to ease the Treasurer’s job.
new Treasurer also needs to sort out the signatories of the account and obtain
access to the account via Internet Banking.
should impose the club rule that any person owing three or more match fees (i.e.
£24) should not be selected.
target should still be to have £6000+ in the bank at the end of the season,
which would enable us to have enough funds to pay for affiliation fees (around
£1000), pre-Christmas pitches at Shenley (£4500) and still have around £1000
to cover kit, balls, etc. All of these bills are basically due before we kick a
ball (and collect a penny).
Fowler was thanked for his significant efforts in sorting out the club finances.
and teas costs for 2005-06 would be unchanged (Shenley had agreed the prices for
two seasons when they increased in summer 2004) although referees fees would
rise from £22 to £25 (likely to mean an overall increase in costs of £300).
It was agreed that subscriptions should not change – our surplus last season
was £700 (probably higher if we didn’t allow so many people to build up
2003-04 the Accies reached AFA Stage 1 for the first time, accumulating 42
disciplinary points (1 for a caution, etc). Despite the AFA increasing the
thresholds for 2004-05 (Stage 1 increased from 39 to 44 points) we passed it
again (with 45 points – generating a £45 fine), though it ought to be noted
that county-wide the number of cautions increased by around 20% because of a
change in system which made it easier for officials to report cautions.
the 2004 AGM the discipline code has been discussed and it was agreed that the
whole discipline code needed to be considered and revised at the 2005 AGM.
and hopefully this will continue, AFA football is, if not unique, notable for
its sportsmanship. There should be a respect for the opposition, and the
officials – without both we have no game, and whilst this doesn’t mean games
can’t be competitive, and doesn’t mean we shouldn’t aim to win, there
should be an understanding that it’s only a game of football, and we’ve all
got to work on Monday morning.
discipline code is the most basic statement of what standards the club expects,
both from ourselves and from our opponents. Whilst our opponents are not bound
by it, it does lay down what we consider to be acceptable behaviour, and we
cannot complain about poor standards from our opposition if we do not hold our
own people to the same standards.
is one further consideration – the AFC is looking at whether to impose points
deductions on clubs who reach the higher AFA Stages (probably only stage 3, but
possibly stage 2) – we don’t want at some point down the line to see a side
denied a league title because of indiscipline.
2004-05 our 45 points were accumulated as follows:-
for Dissent (1 point each)
Cautions (1 point each)
for Two Cautions (1 point)
for Serious Foul Play/Attempting to Strike and Opponent (3 points)
these points, 18 were accumulated by the 1st XI (nine cautions shared
by two players, although one to his credit figured out it was a fools game, and
having picked up four by the end of October, didn’t pick up a single further
caution – an object lesson for all!), 6 by the 2nd XI, 4 by the 3rd
XI, 11 by the 4th XI, 2 by the 5th XI and 4 by the 6th
addition, three other
off were not reported to the AFA, and one incident of “continuing action”
(players fighting after they’d been sent off) was also not reported, which
would have added a further 14 points to the total (59), and taken us close to
stage 2 (64 points).
of these cases can be put down to “part and parcel of football” – the
“other cautions” and dismissals arising for two cautions are generally an
occupational hazard. Equally, the club has more chance than some of accumulating
disciplinary points because we see more league referees. Nevertheless, the
problems of the 1st, 4th and 6th (most of which
wasn’t reported to the AFA) stand out as do the ten cautions for dissent, and
the two dismissals for more serious elements.
is an ongoing issue, and multi-faceted. It
antagonises the opposition, and we’ve had
cases in the past where it’s likely that Accies dissent has led to something
more serious (often involving one of us suffering) – plenty of our opposition
won’t react to being shouted at by shouting back, they’ll try and put us in
hospital – Old Danes in the Premier this season was a likely example. In
addition, it winds up referees. It is worth noting that almost 50% of football
matches in England every weekend are played without a qualified referee.
was agreed that our code should deal with offences as they happen, and not be
dependent on whether they are reported to the AFA. We shouldn’t be trying to
hide behind procedures (which a few players seem to think we should –
discipline is about dealing with what happens, not trying to cover it up
afterwards) and club punishments should be applied regardless.
is one major proviso – the club must believe the punishment was justified.
If a caution/sending off was justified, then the club should ensure it is
punished accordingly, even if the player concerned doesn’t agree – however,
if we think the caution/sending off was wrong, we should fight it all the way.
was a good deal of discussion on the various category of offences, and it was
agreed after a vote (4 to 3, with 2 abstentions), that no differentiation should
be made between Senior and non-Senior football, as originally proposed. A vote
was also taken (agreed 5 to 4) on levying an extra fine for dissent. The new
discipline code follows.
Academicals - Proposed New Discipline Code Agreed at the 2005 AGM
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 immediately after the game.
The Club Chairman shall decide within three days 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 (except for immediate fines, which
should be collected after the match). If necessary the Club Chairman 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
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 Club Committee.
DISCIPLINARY APPEAL BOARD
The Disciplinary Appeal Board shall consist of three members of the Club,
a) The Club Chairman, who shall chair all meetings of the Appeal Board.
b) Two other members of the Club Committee at the Club Chairman's discretion.
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 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
SCALE OF FINES/SUSPENSION APPLICABLE UNDER THE ABOVE GUIDELINES
Under Paragraph (j) - (These do
not include any fines imposed by the AFA unless otherwise stated). These
penalties shall be imposed regardless of whether the case concerned is reported
to the AFA.
will be levied according to the number of disciplinary points accrued by the
player under the AFA Disciplinary points system:
First or second Caution in a season, Sendings Off
carrying two disciplinary points (e.g. for two cautionable offences, for
preventing an obvious goal-scoring opportunity):-
£10 fine paid immediately after the game (if a caution is
processed by the AFA, the £8 fee is paid out of the £10). An extra £5
shall be fined for dissent.
Third or further cautions in a season:-
£20 fine paid immediately after the game (if a caution is
processed by the AFA, the £8 fee is paid out of the £10). An extra £5
shall be fined for dissent.
that a fifth caution also receives an automatic 7-day ban from the AFA.
Sendings Off carrying two disciplinary points (e.g. for two cautionable
offences, for preventing an obvious goal-scoring opportunity):-
fine to be paid immediately after the game in addition to any AFA ban/fine
(typically 7 days/£15).
Offences carrying three disciplinary points (e.g. Attempting to Kick or
Strike another Player, Serious Foul Play):-
fine paid immediately after the game in addition to any AFA ban/fine
(typically 21 days/£15).
Offences carrying four disciplinary points (e.g.
Kicking or Striking another Player, Head to Head Contact, Use of Offensive
Language or Gestures directed at a match official):-
£20 fine paid immediately after the game plus a two game Suspension.
Offences carrying five or more disciplinary points
(e.g. Violent 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),
or any second offence carrying four disciplinary points, or any person found
guilty of serious misconduct:-
£25 fine plus an immediate Sine
Die Suspension (at least until the end
of the season, case to be reviewed at the AGM).
Changes to Rules
following amended club rules were agreed. We now define who may become members
of the Accies
(final paragraph, rule 2). Essentially this is what we already do – the Accies
are “semi closed” in that all players join via introduction, either from UCL
or from existing Accies, as well as rule 12, which allows us to suspend and
expel a member from the club if required. Sadly, this had to be done this year,
for the first time ever, and whilst I hope we don’t have to do it again, we
should cover the bases.
Academicals - Club Rules – Proposed Changes to Rules to be considered at the
The Club shall be governed in accordance with the
rules and regulations of the Football Association and the Amateur Football
Membership shall run from 1st September to
30th August of the year concerned. Membership fees and match
subscriptions shall be set at the AGM.
A full membership fee shall be set for members who
play ten or more games. A social membership fee shall only be payable by members
who play four or more games.
members shall only be accepted if they are current/past staff/students of
University College London, or if proposed and seconded by an existing club
this meeting the following business shall be transacted:
To receive and confirm the Minutes of the preceding Annual General
To consider any business arising therefrom.
To receive and adopt the Secretary’s Annual Report.
To receive and adopt the Statement of Accounts and Balance Sheet.
Alteration of Rules, if any (of which notice has been given).
Election of Officers.
other business of which due notice shall have been given and accepted as being
relevant to an Annual General Meeting.
A copy of the duly audited Statement of Accounts,
Balance Sheet and Agenda shall be forwarded to each Member at least fourteen
days prior to the meeting.
A proposal to change a Rule shall be carried if a
two-thirds majority of those present and entitled to vote are in favour
7. The club officers shall consist of: Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Fixture Secretary, Social Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Referees Secretary and Team Captains. All shall be elected at the AGM.
Retiring Officers shall be eligible to become candidates for re-election without nomination. All other candidates for election as Officers shall be nominated to the Secretary in writing, at least fourteen days before the AGM, or by nomination by the Committee.
no nomination is received prior to the AGM then nominations may be taken from
Upon receiving a request signed by at least six
Members of the club the Secretary shall convene a meeting of the Committee.
following were all duly elected:
– Danny McConnell
Chairman – Mark Dawson
– Mark Emmerson
– Danny McConnell
Secretary – Mark Dawson
Secretary – vacant
Secretary – Mark Dawson/Danny McConnell
XI Captain/Manager – Mark McGuigan
XI Captain/Manager – Danny Fewkes
XI Captain/Manager – Phil Stewart
XI Captain/Manager – Dan Willoughby
XI Captain/Manager – Chris Coates
XI Captain/Manager – Dave Swaby
XI Captain/Manager – Phil Harden
XI Captain – Ian Christopherson
was also noted that Steve Woodrow had been elected as a Club Representative on
continuing influx of ex-UCL players is good, but needs to be continued and
improved, and the onus inevitably falls on the youngest members. We do get our
pitches at a significantly reduced rate because we’re a UCL Alumni club, and
we ought to do our best to maximise the number of UCL students coming through to
join the club.
was agreed to produce a flier to be handed out to students towards the end of
the UCL football season.
Fewkes is investigating whether Southwark Park is suitable for training. It was
agreed that all training should be open to all members of the club, and to
remove the 1sts-3rds, 4ths-7ths differentiation. Until we have a situation where
we feel we have too many people we shouldn’t worry about it, and getting all
sides involved should enhance the club atmosphere.
training subscription of £5 would still be charged.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
was agreed to ask Shenley whether Sky TV was a viable option. It was considered
that if the Saturday evening Sky game was on at the club-house people might stay
longer, which may or may not be more attractive for the college.
being no other business the meeting was closed at 9.05pm.