[Title]Charter Standard[/Title]

The Durham Sunday Football League
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Is proud to be an F.A.Charter Standard League

All Clubs in membership of the League, in partnership with the Durham County Football Association have successfully completed the F.A.Charter Standard Course.
The Charter Standard scheme is best practice Guide that sets a standard of Coaching, Administration and Child Protection for all Clubs outside the Football and Premier League’s. As a Benchmark for quality it will improve the playing experience for all.

For Support and advice on the FA.Charter Standard
Contact Andy Brown Football Development Officer
e-mail andrew.brown@durhamfa.com

The Durham Sunday Football League were awarded the Football Association Charter Standard for Leagues in Season 2010-2011

[Title]The FA Sunday Cup[/Title]
The Football Association Sunday Cup
The FA officially recognised Sunday football for the first time in 1960, amending their rules to accept Sunday Clubs as members of their Affiliated County Associations the FA Sunday Cup began four years later. The first Sunday Cup competition, held in the 1964-65 season, was only open to County Associations. 16 of them entered, of which 15 chose a representative side. The exception was London, who selected Summertown FC from South-West London. Cumberland’s home ties with West Riding and Liverpool attracted gates of more than a thousand but one match in the Midlands was watched by only seven people. The first Final was played over two legs and London beat Staffordshire 6-2 (1-1 at Walsall, 5-1 at Hounslow). Since then the competition has been open to clubs and The Final played at a neutral ground. Many former Football League players have taken part in The Sunday Cup. Kerry Dixon, the former Chelsea and England striker who played in the Mexico World Cup,
featured for St Joseph’s (Luton) in two Finals. Sandor Gyalog, the son of a Hungarian immigrant, achieved an unusual “double” in 1995. He won The FA Sunday Cup with St Joseph’s (Luton) and The FA Vase with Arlesey Town, scoring the decisive goal at Wembley in the latter. Steve Astley was a Sunday Cup Finalist with Marston Sports in 1992, a year after appearing for Gresley Rovers in The Vase Final. After The Sunday Cup’s inaugural season, 1,600 requests for entry forms for the following season’s competition were received. Entries are now around the hundred mark but The Sunday Cup, now in its 43rd season, continues to serve its primary purpose. It Gives Sunday League clubs a chance to Compete outside their own locality against clubs at a similar level in a national FA competition. The magnificent Sunday Cup trophy was presented to The FA, initially as a gift to mark its centenary in 1963, by the Shahanshah of Iran. It has a unique design and is a superb example of Persian craftsmanship. The first player to receive it was London’s captain, Dave Hawkins, from the Iranian Ambassador at the end of the second leg of the 1965 Final.St Joseph’s (Luton) have appeared in a record five Sunday Cup Finals, winning in 1995 and 1996 and finishing as runners-up three times. Founded in 1970, St Joseph’s are one of only two clubs to have retained the trophy. The other is Fantail, winners in 1980 and 1981. John O’Leary, the hugely talented Everton youngster who turned his back on a professional career, starred in midfield for the Merseyside outfit. Some of the names of the clubs in the Sunday Cup often raise a smile. Over the years we have seen Bird in Hand, Boars Head Trotters, Esh Winning, Pineapple, Fareham Town Centipedes, Harris Brush, Jumbo’s XI, Krakatoa, Newbiggin Dolphin, Pelican, Torpedo, Up ‘N’Under and Wrestlers

The Leagues Involvement
The FA Sunday Cup gives the country’s leading Sunday League sides the unique chance to compete against each other in a nationally recognised competition and the chance to reach the final at a prestigious ground. The League has had various representatives in this Competition Framwellgate Moor Wmc, Kelloe Wmc, Coxhoe Wmc and Newton Aycliffe.

Season Winner Score Runners-up
1972–73 Carlton United 2–1 Wear Valley
1975–76 Brandon United 2–1 Evergreen
1976–77 Langley Park Rams Head 2–0 Newtown Unity
2005–06 Hetton Lyons Cricket Club 5–3 St Joseph's (Luton)
2007–08 Hetton Lyons Cricket Club 3–2 Coundon Conservative
2009–10 Hetton Lyons Cricket Club 4–2 Manget Tavern
2011-12 Hetton Lyons Cricket Club 5-1 Canada

Wear Valley
Wear Valley Fc were Division 1 Champions in Season 1974, in the season before they were beaten in the Final at Spennymoor by Carlton United. They Beat Brandon United in the League Cup Final in the 1973 Final, the same Year Beating Metal Bridge in the Alan Smith Memorial Trophy.

Langley Park Rams Head
Langley Park Rams Head were based in the Public House in the Pit village of Langley Park. In the Season 1977: Langley Park Rams Head beat Newtown Unity 2-0 at Spennymoor United FC , winners of the Alan Smith Memorial Trophy in seasons 1975,1977,1978 and the League Cup in Season 1977

Brandon United
Brandon United were originally formed as a Sunday morning side called Rostrons, the name of the waste paper company where most of the founders worked. They began by playing in the Durham & District Sunday League in 1968/69, Joining the Third Division and gradually played their way up to the First Division. They were basically local lads, however the inclusion of Northern League and Wearside League players turned the club into one of the most powerful Sunday football sides in the North East. From 1968/69 until 1976/77 they were First Division champions four times, Durham County FA. Sunday Cup winners three times, then the ultimate, F.A. Sunday Cup winners in 1975/76, defeating Evergreen 2-1.

Hetton Lyons Cricket Club
Hetton Lyons C.C. was founded in 1955, playing both cricket and football for many seasons.
The team is largely made up of players from the Northern League Division One and Two
Winning the Trophy in 2005, 2007,2009 and 2011.
[Title]Advice for Club Secretaries[/Title]
Advice for the Club Secretary

The League Secretary
All correspondence Connected with the league goes to Graham Lilley the League Secretary. This is the Only Person that deals with League Correspondence. In general anything to do with the League apart from Referee’s, if you need advice or you have a grievance, contact the League Secretary, Referee’s must forward Discipline regarding the League to the League Secretary.

The Leagues Fixture Secretary
This is the only person in the League who deals with Referee’s directly. Clubs that have a Problem with Referee’s need to contact Chris Tindale, also if you have a Ground Problem then again you contact Chris Tindale Referee’s Must also confirm dates with Chris Tindale.

The Leagues Treasurer
Dave Patterson deals with all League Monies. David   will accept Monies owed to the League, Postal Orders and Cheques must be made payable to the Durham and District Sunday Football League

The Leagues Assistant Referee’s Secretary
No correspondence to be sent to the Leagues Assistant Referees Secretary Dale Moon, his role in the League is to source out Referee’s when the Fixture Secretary Chris Tindale requires Matches to be Filled, He will Contact the Club Secretary should there be a Change in a Referee appointment, he does not receive any League Correspondence.

Confirming your matches:
Please confirm the game with your opponents and referee as per League Rules. Remember some teams/referees will be unfamiliar with your ground if they haven't played there before. And be sure to check there isn't a colour clash.

Your match day results must be phoned in to Nominated Person as soon as possible after the match, certainly no later than 2:30pm. The home team is responsible for contacting Nominated Person for league matches, whereas both teams should phone with cup results. County cup results must also be phoned through to Chris Tindale as well as the Durham County Football Association. Other Outside Cup Competitions Must also be phoned in to Chris Tindale.


Any appeals against fines or action taken by the league must go through the League Secretary, accompanied by the correct appeal fee. But bear in mind we have no jurisdiction over actions taken by Durham County Football Association. Also we cannot reverse any referee decisions. If you are unhappy with a referee, then drop a line to League Fixture Secretary and he will investigate.

Advice for Secretaries.
• The Club Secretary is the main contact with the Durham Sunday Football League, the Durham County Football Association and all other member clubs. The Club Secretary is responsible for most of the administration with the "outside world".
• Registers the club with the Durham Sunday Football League, the Durham County Football Association and the various Cup Competitions
• Deals with correspondence from the Durham Sunday Football League, the Durham County Football Association and fines promptly
• Notifies the Durham Sunday Football League, the Durham County Football Association and the various Cup Competitions of any changes to club details (officers, phone numbers, grounds etc.)
• Attends the Durham Sunday Football League, the Durham County Football Association and the various Cup Competitions meetings.
• Produces agenda and minutes for club committee meetings.
• Attends and reports to the club’s monthly meetings.
• Provides update on disciplinary and administrative position of the club.
• Liaises closely with all other committee members.

All Club Secretaries should make themselves fully conversant with the rules of the League. All queries regarding League Rules should be addressed to the league Secretary.Give prompt attention to all correspondence.The Handbook containing the League Rules issued every year and should be passed on to the new secretary in the event of a change. Amendments will be issued as and when requiredPhone Calls to any League Officer will not be acceptable before 6.30 and after 8.00pm weekdays, 2.30 pm Sundays.The Fixture Secretary is completely responsible for arranging fixtures; any queries must be made to him, All questions relating to the registration or transfer of players must only be directed to the League Registration Secretary.
Unless instructed to the contrary all monies must be paid to the League Treasurer.
ALL correspondence except where stated to the contrary MUST be directed to the League Secretary and no other Officer
When a club has a change in its Secretary  it must be communicated to the League Secretary IMMEDIATELY. This information may then be passed onto other clubs within the League.The Referee’s Secretary makes all appointments of referees. He will also keep the marks of Referee’s from Team Sheets.Any written correspondence concerning an official’s performance or behaviour should be put in writing within four days of the incident and forwarded to the League Secretary.All Clubs to Have a Registered Bank Account in the Clubs Name as Per Durham County Football Association Rules. Clubs Sharing Grounds must inform the League’s Fixture Secretary.Please Note the League Ruling on entering outside Cup Competitions.

Procedure for the transfer of players
Transfer forms must be fully completed and signed by the player, the secretary of his existing club, and the secretary of his new clubThe secretary must check with his previous club that there are no outstanding commitments/Fines from the player. All outstanding commitments/Fines must be met before a transfer may be completed.The Secretary of the existing Club must inform the Secretary of the New Club off all the Cup Games that Player has taken part in that season.Should all of these criteria be met, the transfer form, Registration Form. Transfer fee eight pounds  and a stamped addressed envelope should be sent to the League Registration  Secretary Dave Patterson.On his acceptance the League Registration Secretary will return the counterfoil in the stamped Addressed Envelope.

Procedure for Registration of players
All forms must be signed by the player, the club secretary/Manager, countersigned by the opposition if signed on the Line.
All Registrations and Transfers MUST be completed in black ink otherwise it will be invalid. The completed form should be sent in with the appropriate fee and a stamped addressed envelope for the return of the counterfoil.Each player should state the club they last played for regardless of season.Eight pound’s registration fee will be required for every registration, cheques made payable to the Durham Sunday Football League.Two pound of this is for the League and Six Pound goes to the DFA for the players insurance. A stamped addressed envelope should accompany these forms.These documents should then be sent to the League Registration Secretary  Dave Patterson and on his acceptance he will return the counterfoils, containing the registration number to the club.

Guidance for Marking Referees
The Football Association has introduced a new referee marking scheme with marks from 1-100, which all leagues, including the Durham Sunday Football League, are now required to adhere to.
The mark awarded by a club must be based on the referee’s overall performance, It is most important that the mark is awarded fairly and not based upon isolated incidents or previous games. The referee’s performance should be determined by the table below which should act as a guide for the overall mark which should fall within the mark range for each standard of performance.
The mark awarded by a club must be based on the referee's overall performance, It is most important that the mark is awarded fairly and not based upon isolated incidents or previous games. The referee's performance should be determined by the table below which should act as a guide for the overall mark which should fall within the mark range for each standard of performance.
Mark Range Comment 91-100 The referee was extremely accurate in decision making and very successfully controlled the game using management and communication skills to create an environment of fair play, adding real value to the game. 81-90 the referee was very accurate in decision making and successfully controlled the game using management and communication skills to create an environment of fair play. 71 - 80 the referee was accurate in decision making and controlled the game well, communicating with the players, making a positive contribution towards fair play. 61-70 the referee was reasonably accurate in decision making, controlled the game quite well and communicated with players, establishing a reasonable degree of fair play. 51-60 the referee had some shortcomings in the level of accuracy of decision making and control, with only limited success in communicating with the players resulting in variable fair play. 50 and below The referee had
significant shortcomings in the level of accuracy of decision making and control with poor communication with the players which resulted in low levels of fair play Notes "Using a scale of up to 100 allows greater flexibility for clubs to distinguish between different refereeing performances more accurately. "A mark within each mark range can be given to reflect the referee's performance e.g. a mark of 79 indicates a somewhat better performance than a mark of 71. "A mark between 71 and 80 represents the standard of refereeing expected. When a mark of 50 or less is awarded, an explanation must be provided in writing to Morley or Clive. It must include comments which could help improve the referee's future performances. Even where a referee has significant shortcomings there will have been some positive aspects which should be given credit; extremely low marks (below 20) should be extremely rare.

Referee's Fees:
Please pay these promptly. The referee’s should be paid their fee before the match. Some referee’s don't like to ask for their money and your prompt action will avoid any embarrassment. You will find that some officials still ask you to settle up after the match, as they don't like leaving money in the changing rooms. Fair enough, but at least you have made the offer. Sometimes Chris Tindale, the league's Referee’s secretary, will place assistant referee’s (linesmen) on your matches. Their fees are to be paid for by the away Team, whereas the referee’s fee is the duty of the home team for League matches and in cup games.

Fines Administered by the League
If your club falls foul of League rules, you will receive a fine, administered by the league's secretary. If you feel the fine is unjust, you should take the following action.Pay the fine in full, by the date stated on the fine to the Leagues Treasurer all Chqs and Postal Orders Made Payable to the Durham Sunday Football League.Send a £30.00 appeal fee, along with a letter in duplicate to the League Secretary stating why you feel the fine is unjust. All correspondence must come from the club's secretary Please do not ignore the fine, or refuse to pay. This comes under rule as failing to deal with league business and it incurs a further fine. There have been some incidences of clubs sending in appeal letters without paying the fine or the appeal fee and some letters of appeal have not come from the club secretary. Should your appeal be successful, your appeal fee and fine are returned in full. Please bear in mind that dealing with the league should be the
same as dealing with county. They would not accept any appeal from anyone but the secretary and no appeal fee means no appeal hearing

Disciplinary reports are normally despatched from the Durham County Football Association office the day after they are received. Any Club not in receipt of a sending off or a caution report within TEN days should immediately contact the office. Failure to do so could result in a charge of misconduct against your Club.


All Clubs intending to advertise on their shirts must seek permission from the County Association first. Once permission is granted clubs need not re-apply.


No Club may change its name without the written permission of the County Association. A fee of £20 must accompany all applications. Durham County Football Association Codeslaw Chester-le-Street Riverside South Chester-le-Street County Durham DH3 3SJ  Tel: 0191 3872929 Mr J C Topping Company Secretary

Web Sites
The Durham Sunday Football League encourages all of its member clubs to develop their own websites with a view to showing their own clubs and the League in a good light. However, please be aware that all sites are regularly monitored and action may be taken against any club which appears in any way, to bring the League into disrepute. The legal aspect of all of this MUST also be borne in mind when making comments on websites, in particular, criticisms or defamatory comments which is directed to an individual, named or unnamed or indeed the League itself. This is called Libel and in this day and age, more and more cases are being prosecuted. Please be aware of this and act responsibly in entering any comments upon your own websites. In addition, please be aware that there are others not within this League who are only too willing to pick up on any adverse comments and embellish them for their own ends. Don't let this happen. Act responsibly and should you
have any adverse comments to make, please do so via the appropriate channels, NOT on your website.

Any player who brings the league into disrepute by continually finding themselves under suspension will be required to explain their behaviour to the league committee; all players are reminded that the league has the power to de-register any player who in their opinion is bringing the league into disrepute. Violent conduct towards referees will not be tolerated, any player found guilty of violent conduct towards match officials will be de-registered from this league. Racist comments to any player, official, spectator, will not be tolerated under any circumstances