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All the reports for NOVEMBER are shown below. See News Index for other months


23 NOV - List of 3G pitches approved by County FAs - The County FA has sent us the following link that shows all the FA approved 3G and 4G pitches available in Sheffield. The have sent it in case any clubs are seeking a 3G pitch during the winter months if their current pitch is unavailable.

21 NOV - Happy Birthday to Crookes FC - As we approach 2021, one of the Blades Super Draw League clubs will be getting ready for a celebration as soon as the pandemic allows as Crookes FC will be 40 years old next year. Crookes is one of the oldest and most successful Sunday league clubs still in existence and, over those 40 years, has won trophies in four different Sheffield Sunday leagues - Nomads, Hallamshire, Meadowhall and most recently in the Blades Super Draw.

The club was founded in 1981 by George & Kenny Birch, who worked together at steel firm Daniel Doncaster’s on Penistone Road and had a shared passion for football. Originally known as Sundowners FC it was one of the founder members of the Nomads Sunday League which, as the name suggests, was started by a small group of teams and players who had no opposition or league to play in. Success soon came and before leaving the Nomads League they had won 4 League titles and won the League Cup 4 times.

They have since gone on to win trophies in the other three Sunday Leagues they have competed in, including the Meadowhall Premier Division twice and the Blades Super Draw League Division Two in their first season in the league. The club has changed name three times over the years and preceding Crookes FC was Deerstalker FC and Punchbowl Crookes FC, but the club has always retained an ethos of friendship, community and memories created with steel foundations. They want to win, but do so, surrounded by good people and by doing things properly and fairly on and off the field.

Hundreds of players have come and gone over the 40 years (many still in regular contact with each other) including Bin men, Neuroscientists, Asylum seekers, Teachers, Professional Boxers, Students, Steelworkers and Tradesmen. All brought together by the beautiful game, bonded by memories, friendship and togetherness. The club has played against some big local football names over the years, including, Jamie Vardy (Stocksbridge Reserves), David Hirst (Brunsmeer – he played as goalkeeper!), Chris Waddle (left) (Brunsmeer – Gazza also watching the friendly game with his dyed blonde hair!) and Chris Wilder (Bradway – Chris’s first management role).

Andy Goodison started watching the team in 1984 and is now the longest serving member of the club with 34 years service as Secretary, Treasurer and currently Chairman. His brother Richard had a long stint as manager in the 90’s. Secretary Brian Clements (Brian and Andy pictured left) has been doing a fantastic job now for nearly 10 years. Pete Smith (in action right) is the longest serving player having been at the club for 25 seasons and brothers Phil and Andy Parkin are still playing after nearly 21 years. Paul Staniland played for Deerstalker in the 90’s and now he regularly watches his son Tom play for the current Crookes team.

The club has celebrated lots of good times together and also supported all members of its community, players, committee and supporters, through the inevitable lows that life brings. Sunday football clubs provide much needed escapism for all those lucky enough to be part of a club. For 40 years, Crookes FC has provided this haven and friendship bond for hundreds of men across the city.

At a time when life is difficult for many, Crookes FC is an embodiment of the community feeling, withstanding the pressures of financial challenges and declining participation levels. Helping to keep the club going for almost 20 years is sponsor Jaflong restaurant and they have been joined by The Ball pub and with both being in Crookes, they see Crookes FC as 'their' team. Happy Birthday Crookes FC.

15 NOV - Fixtures for DECEMBER now published - The proposed Fixtures and Referees for DECEMBER are now shown in the Fixtures section. They have been prepared in the hope that football can start again. If it can start again we will notify clubs as soon as we know. Any team that have opponents shown as TBA should NOT assume that they will have no game on that date as we have often had to change fixtures at short notice as we try to get as many games played as possible.

All home teams MUST make sure that their home pitch is available on all the dates shown. Please email Keith immediately if your pitch is not available on a date shown.

All home clubs must also confirm the details with your referees and opponents for all dates shown IMMEDIATELY. If you are having to kick-off at a time other than 11 am, you MUST make sure that both your referee and opponents are aware. This is more likely to happen this season due to Covid.

The home clubs should later (the Tuesday before the game) ring the referee to make sure the referee has got all the details.

If a referee says he cannot do a game listed for them, please notify Keith immediately.

Matches without referees must still go ahead and, if you have not been allocated a referee by the date of the game, the two clubs must agree on a stand-in 'referee' between them.  Although Keith will still be working to gain more referees, because we have a lower number of referees than in recent season, it is very likely that more games than normal will not have an official referee allocated to them. If you find one yourself, will you let Keith know immediately please.

9 NOV - Leading Scorers update see Whiting topping the charts again - The Leading Scorers have been updated and it shows that last season's Leading Scorer, Redmires striker, Tom Whiting (left) is again at the top of the both the CBC Premier and League charts with 17 goals. Since joining Redmires in 2017, Whiting has now scored 86 goals in just 62 games and, after topping the CBC Premier charts for the previous three seasons, he looks set to make it four in a row. He has scored in all of Redmires' games so far this season and his total includes hat-tricks in each of Redmires' first four games and four against Oughtibridge WM in Redmires last game before the lock-down. The only other CBC Premier striker to reach double figures is Civil Sports' Jordan Turner with 10 - a good return considering Civil are newly promoted to the top flight. In third place in the CBC Premier is Wadsley Bridge Pheasant's Adam Askwith, but he is a further four behind Turner. One of the reasons that Crookes FC currently lead the CBC Premier table is that they have had ten different scorers and their total of 20 has helped take the CBC Premier total to 165 goals from 35 games.

Division One has produced 192 goals in just 38 games and the division's current leading scorer is Brinsworth Phoenix's Jack Hawkes (right) with 8 goals. He was Division Two's leading scorer with 24 goals last season and although he will do well to reach anywhere near that total again this season, he has shown he can still find the net at the higher level. He is just one clear of three players who have scored a goal per game, or better, Jake Gamban of Boynton Sports, Ryan Damms of Southey Social and Tom Gambles of an Eckington BFC that is currently Division One's joint highest scorers with 25. Also on 25 is Handsworth Inn Pub, but their tally has been spread among 10 different scorers. Another to average a goal per game is Division One leaders Cotts FC's Michael Blythen, who's six goals took him to 100 for the club - a milestone they marked by presenting him with a tankard (right).

Division Two has produced the most goals so far this season, with a total of 251 from just 44 games. It's no surprise that leading the way on 11 each is Brinsworth Whitehill's Matt Claxton(1st left) and Renegade Football's Matt Jacobs (2nd left) as both Brinsworth Whitehill and Renegade are the League's current top scorers with 37 each, and both teams average more than five goals per game. Three behind them on eight is another Renegade striker, Marcus Gordon and a further one behind him on seven is another Brinsworth Whitehill striker, Mike Hare. Another striker on seven is Mosborough Reds' Josh Smith, whilst a further one behind is Division Two leaders Nether Green's Tom Davis and Beighton Magpies' Matt Dickinson with six each.

8 NOV - The season so far - With grassroots football suspended it gives us a chance to look at how the Blades Super Draw League is going so far. Although Crookes FC currently head the CBC Premier table by three points, it is extremely close. Two former champions, Stannington Village and Wadsley Bridge Pheasant are just behind Crookes and should all the teams in the top eight win their games in hand we could have just four points separating all eight. Included in those is reigning champions Redmires, whose total of 30 goals include 17 from leading scorer Tom Whiting. Another of the seven is Wickersley Youth and their strength has been their defence which has conceded just six goals, but their problem is that they have scored just 8 goals and only the bottom two have scored fewer. Civil Sports were promoted last season and they are making a real go of their return to the top flight and shown they are capable of beating anyone. Norton Sportsman was the last to lose their unbeaten record and although Royal Earl are currently in eighth place, they are the only team to have beaten Crookes this season. At the foot of the table it is looking bleak for the bottom three of Cobden View, Oughtibridge WM and Norton Oaks as they have managed just two points and fourteen goals between them.

In Division One, Cotts FC are the leaders after winning all their games so far and they look a very good bet to regain their place in the CBC Premier that they lost last season. In second place at the moment is Eckington BFC. After promotion last season, it is their first season in the division and providing that all football is allowed after the lockdown, they look to have a good chance of a second successive promotion. Another club relegated last season, Handsworth Inn Pub, is third and they have a three point cushion over fourth place Boynton Sports. Last season's Division Two champions have found it perhaps harder than they expected, but their young side will quickly learn from their first season at this level and they could yet mount a promotion challenge. Cotts apart, it looks like it's a division where anyone can beat anyone and even the clubs in the bottom three still can't be discounted for a place in the top three if they can put a run together.

Division Two is full of goals with over 250 scored in the 44 games played so far. It has almost split itself into two though with fifth place Jubilee Rangers in their first season in the league, currently enjoying a five point cushion over the clubs below them. Nether Green lead the table after winning all their games so far, but close behind is Brinsworth Whitehill and the unbeaten Renegade Football, and, even at this early stage, those three look almost certain to fill the top three spaces. Between them they have scored 105 goals, whilst conceding just twenty and it's that power at both ends of the pitch that looks likely to carry them to promotion. Only Jubilee and Mosborough Reds look capable of crashing the party, but the top teams know they can't take any liberties with most of the clubs below them.

3 NOV - Grassroots football suspended - The FA has announced that, in line with the Government's recent announcement, all Grassroots football is suspended for the next four weeks at least. The League has notified all its clubs and November referees that no games can take place until The FA say we can. We will notify everyone when we can re-start. We will prepare and publish fixtures for December so that we can get going immediately should the announcement that we can re-start is made.

The message from the County FA is below:
Please find information on how the latest government restrictions will impact local football;
We can provide an update for ‘non-elite’ football in England following the UK Government’s​ announcement on new national COVID-19 restrictions​ that will be in place from Thursday 5 November 2020 until Wednesday 2 December 2020.
As a result of the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 restrictions, and subject to Members of Parliament voting tomorrow [Wednesday 4 November 2020] and the publication of bespoke guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport [DCMS], the impact on ‘non elite’ football in England will include the suspension of the following during this period:
• All fixtures and training for Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS];
• All fixtures and training for Tiers 3-7 of the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP];
• All fixtures and training for the Regional NLS Feeder Leagues;
• All fixtures and training for The Barclays FA WSL Academy League;
• All fixtures and training for FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs;
All fixtures and training for indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football.
Our aim is to ensure that the 2020-21 season is completed at these levels and will liaise with the relevant leagues in the NLS and WFP and the County Football Associations [CFAs] to provide support and establish appropriate options to do so if required.
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