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Changes for the 2022–3 Season

We finished last season with 19 teams: seven each in the A and B Leagues, and five in the C League. We are sorry to have lost two of those teams, that have resigned from the League: Nags Head and King's Gambit. Although the King's Gambit were relative newcomers (indeed, they were the last new team to join the League), the Nags Head have been around, in various guises, since the 1998–9 season; and at least two of their regular players – Andy Johnson and Alasdair Reid – have been with us for as long as we've kept individual records (i.e. since at least 1987). Both teams will be sadly missed, but we are pleased to report that two of the Nags' other regular players have found a new home (see below).

At the time of the AGM we were hoping to have 18 teams, as the Shamrock Bar (formerly the Prince of Wales and the Brewers Arms) had said that they were returning to the fray this season. Unfortunately however this proved to be impossible due to an ongoing shortage of players. This leaves us with 17 teams, but the Shamrock do hope to be able to rejoin in the future.

Eighteen teams would have enabled us to have two leagues of nine teams each – an ideal arrangement in so many ways – but the Shamrock's last–minute resignation means that we will have one league of nine teams and one of eight. It was decided that the A League would have eight teams and the B League nine – not least because the C League ended up with only five teams last season, and four of those teams are in the B League this time around.

Another consequence of the number of teams this season is that it will not be practicable to have a Plate competition. This will be reviewed next season, when the number of teams may well change.

There is one change of venue this season, and two other team name changes:

Last Season This Season
Queen Bs The Queens Hotel will undergo a change of management from 15 November. This leaves some uncertainty about future availability, so the Queen Bs have decided to take up the vacancy at the Nags Head. The Nags Head 'B' will continue to play under that name, and the original Queens team will continue to be known as such until further notice, although they don't have a home fixture until Week 4 (6 December).
Dolphin Dragons Renamed Dolphin Hammers in honour of Dave Turner, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in August. Dave had played for the Dragons since 2001, when they were the George & Dragon (Rainow Road) 'B', and was a devoted fan of West Ham United FC.
Waters Green Lemmings Renamed Waters Green Nags in recognition of two players who have 'transferred' from the former Nags Head team – Paul Prior and Ian Musgrave.

This then is how the two leagues will line up this season:

A League B League
Queens Dolphin Hammers
Poachers Park Taverners
Dolphin Plough Horntails
Waters Green Weavers Chester Road Tavern
Nags Head 'B' Waters Green Nags
Nags Head Sutton Club
Harrington Diamonds Park Timers
Harrington Academicals Sutton Mutton
  Pack Horse Bowling Club

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