Friday, January 21, 2011

Football: Three options for discussion on boosting Ridgeons First Division

Ridgeons First Division clubs, including Stowmarket Town, are being given three possible options to boost their numbers.
A special general meeting has been called at Diss Town on Monday, January 31, when ideas will be discussed to see how the division's membership of 17 can be increased.
A lack of promoted clubs from feeder leagues, including the Kingsley Healthcare Suffolk & Ipswich League, and promotion to higher levels has seen numbers squeezed and fears were the division would be scrapped.
Although league officials have said that is highly unlikely, a report in the Green'Un offers three possible ways forward.
One would see SIL-level clubs who have the necessary facilities in place offered promotion, even if they finish below the present qualifying positions. A second would see a decrease in Premier Division numbers to even out the 39-club league, while a third would allow reserve teams from higher-level clubs such as Needham Market, Lowestoft Town and AFC Sudbury allowed to enter.

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