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Step 4 Midland League Unveiled

31st July, 2005

A new independent Midland League is to be created as part of the FA's groundbreaking restructuring of the Non-League Pyramid.

The FA have modified their Phase 2 blueprint for the reshuffle of the Pyramid to allow the "dream" solution, demanded by clubs in the region for more than three decades.

The amended proposals will now see a Midland Division created at Step 4 with an independent administration of its own.

And promoted clubs will feed into either the Southern or UniBond Premier depending on their geographical location and the availability of an appropriate promotion space.

Step 5 clubs - including those from the NCEL - wishing to be promoted to the new-look Step 4 must finish in the top three of their league - and pass ground grading requirements by April 1st next year.

In certain cases, clubs finishing fourth or fifth may be considered as being eligible based upon geographical circumstances.

Normal relegation from Step 4 will take place at the end of next season, and the relegated clubs will be considered to retain their place at Step 4 only should their be insufficient clubs to move up.

Meanwhile, FA Leagues Manager Mike Appleby warned that restructuring of the Pyramid with regard to the Step 5 feeder clubs may not be ready in time for the 2006-07 season as hoped.

(Story Source: The Non-League Paper)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P 1 Buxton 38 95 75
2 Liversedge 38 80 57
P 3 Harrogate Railway Athletic 38 73 43
4 Sheffield 38 70 20
5 Arnold Town (-3) 38 67 27
6 Pickering Town 38 66 21
7 Sutton Town 38 60 21
8 Selby Town 38 56 -2
9 Thackley (-3) 38 54 -3
10 Armthorpe Welfare 38 47 -12
11 Glapwell 38 47 -25
12 Garforth Town (-1) 38 46 -7
13 Mickleover Spts 38 44 -22
14 Eccleshill United 38 43 -4
15 Shirebrook Town (-3) 38 40 -26
16 Glasshoughton Welfare 38 38 -18
17 Hallam 38 38 -29
18 Maltby Main (-1) 38 37 -18
19 Long Eaton United (-3) 38 29 -39
20 Brodsworth Welf 38 23 -59
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P 1 Carlton Town 30 73 41
P 2 Retford United 30 65 46
3 Tadcaster Albion 30 64 20
4 Gedling Town 30 62 41
5 Winterton Rangers 30 61 44
6 Parkgate 30 59 47
7 Lincoln Moorlands 30 49 16
8 Borrowash Victoria 30 49 5
9 Worsbrough Bridge MW 30 38 -10
10 Staveley MW 30 31 -13
11 Pontefract Collieries 30 25 -21
12 Rossington Main 30 25 -29
13 Sth Normanton 30 24 -42
14 Hall Road Rangers 30 23 -44
15 Teversal 30 21 -50
16 Yorkshire Amateur 30 16 -51

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