Petition update

Exciting announcement from the Northern Premier League and some other matters

Matthew Kempson
Cottingham, United Kingdom

Jan 10, 2019 — 

Wishing you all a happy new year from #SaveNorthFerriby campaign HQ. There are a few things we’d like to update you on.

Northern Premier League announcement

On Monday, Pete Mills, head honcho at Hull Kingston Radio, broke the news that the board of the Northern Premier League rejected the owners’ application to relocate the club to Dunswell Park when they met on the 12th December. The NPL has also recommended that the FA reject the name change application. The NPL’s full announcement can be read here. The owners can appeal the decision to the FA within 14 days. We are really encouraged by this decision and pleased that the NPL took on board the evidence presented by both ourselves and the NFU Supporters’ Club. We now look to the FA’s governance process and it’s understood that the FA Council will consider the matter in April. We continue to work closely with Supporters’ Direct and the Football Supporters’ Federation and their fans’ representatives who sit on the FA Council. Whilst we cannot assume success for our campaign, it's moving in the right direction.

View from the Allotment End fanzine – forthcoming issue 11

In a previous update here, we were pleased to share issue 10 of our fanzine for free. Please do have a read if you have not yet. We are now pulling together issue 11 in readiness for our home game against Gainsborough Trinity on the 23rd February 2019. You can order online here if you fancy it delivered to your door. It will be another 44 pages of quality Ferriby, football and culture content. In addition to sales, we always welcome new writers. If you've got an idea please get in touch at VFTAE2016@gmail.com. All profits from the sale of the fanzine is donated to charity. For this issue we are pleased to have selected local homeless charity Emmaus Hull. You can find out more about their amazing work here. We will also support a bucket collection on the 23rd February outside our Grange Lane ground.

North Ferriby United fans’ forum – TONIGHT on Hull Kingston Radio

Myself and other Ferriby fans will be joining Pete Mills tonight to discuss North Ferriby activities both on and off the pitch. The show will be on air between 7pm and 8pm and you can tune in online here.

Owners’ submission to the NPL and FA published

Before Christmas the Hull Daily Mail published the owners’ submission to the NPL and FA in full. This was developed by Mr Jamie Waltham who had already considered opportunities to relocate the club when he was the registered owner. Although published after the NPL had considered the application, we were pleased to develop a response to the points raised by Mr Waltham which we submitted to the NPL and the FA via Supporters’ Direct. A summary of our key points are outlined below.

  • The evidence presented in the submission does not in any way justify relocating North Ferriby United to Dunswell Park or renaming the club as East Hull FC (whilst it remains in North Ferriby village). These are separate applications and it is believed that they will be considered in isolation, respectively by the NPL and FA. Mr Waltham solely focuses on seeking to evidence the establishment of East Hull FC in Dunswell Park. According to the FA and NPL’s assessment criteria, it is considered that neither can consider this specific scenario
  • The proposal to rename North Ferriby Athletic as North Ferriby United should not be accepted as mitigation. North Ferriby Athletic is a separate entity with its own registration. It is reasserted here that any name change and relocation will mean that North Ferriby United AFC, which has a proud history back to 1934, will cease to exist. Renaming a different club (i.e. Athletic) as North Ferriby United does not ensure continuity. It is an attempt at a magical sleight of hand to justify the theft of North Ferriby’s league position.
  • Mr Waltham clearly has very ambitious plans for Dunswell Park but none of these justify franchising North Ferriby United. If he wishes to create East Hull FC he should start another new club or consider renaming East Yorkshire Carnegie.
  • There is no evidence of demand for the establishment of East Hull FC with only demographic information being provided. Mr Waltham has previously stated in public that, “you won’t know until you try” regarding the relocation. This is not considered a sufficient business case for the relocating and changing the club’s name.
  • There are a number of errors made regarding attendances figures and the submission fails to acknowledge the increased attendances that have recently been achieved through a positive, fan-led campaign. Furthermore, the owners have not led any activity to boost attendances and there is no marketing or engagement strategy in the club.
  • A lot of the evidence presented is considered not relevant to the NPL and FA’s specific assessment criteria.

Finally, our photo for this update is taken from the home game against Hednesford Town a few weeks ago – Manager, Paul Foot has been joined by Mr Waltham and, Ferriby and Hull City AFC favourite, Dean Windass in the dugout on an on-going basis. With Joe Lamplough as Assistant Manager too, it’s getting crowded and somewhat confusing.

Thank you for your support and all best wishes


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