Covid-19 restrictions have had an impact on the availability of programmes at some CMFL matches. As you may know in normal times (remember them?) all clubs in the two Premier Divisions have to produce a match programme; it’s not mandatory in Division 1. While the C19 virus pandemic continues, the League has decided to suspend the “mandatory” rule in the Premier Division, so clubs are not forced to issue a match magazine.
I have recently completed a survey of all clubs within all five divisions just to see who is doing one and who isn’t – it can be a very popular thing for travelling supporters, so it’s good to know who is and who isn’t. I must say that I was quite encouraged by the number who still are doing them, so here’s our guide to where you can find your match programmes!
Premier North: ALL issuing except for AFC Bentley (“But will do it if we can”), Thorne and Staveley Reserves. Staveley have said they will do one for their first game on their new 3G surface (that would be 14 November on current schedule), but not for other matches. That means that 12 of the 15 are:AFC Phoenix, Boynton, Clay Cross, Collingham, Crowle, Dinnington, Harworth, Newark, Renishaw, Retford, SJR Worksop, and Sutton Rovers.
Premier South: Half are issuing, half aren’t. The Reserve sides are all not doing them, with Arnold, Underwood, Hilton and Nottingham also not issuing. But Ashland, Blidworth, Holbrook Sports, Holbrook St Michaels, Linby, Pinxton, Rowsley and South Normanton are all doing them. In addition, Mansfield Hosiery Mills will be issuing “later in the season”.
In Division 1 they are few and far between, but six are bucking the trend: Heanor Town Reserves do a four-pager for every game, Holbrook Sports Reserves do a small issue, whilst Sheffield Reserves will issue a Team-sheet. In addition, Cromford & Wirksworth will issue later in the season, Wirksworth Ivanhoe are planning to start in October, and Melbourne Dynamo’s first issue is ready for Saturday’s Cup match. There are no plans from any other Division 1 clubs to issue at the moment.
I’ve only counted clubs that produce a paper copy – there are some who do the on-line one, but as this is a guide for people who like programmes (and everyone who likes programmes detests online programmes with a passion and simply ignores them), I haven’t included them.
Chris Berezai – Fixtures Secretary (and Programme buff!)