Sunday, February 12, 2006

Fleet slam Addicks over Senior Cup

Gravesend and Northfleet have criticised Charlton's absence from the Kent Senior Cup.
Fleet secretary Roly Edwards has slammed the FA for letting big clubs who boycott the County Cup off the hook. In 1999 Leeds were fined £16,000 for withdrawing from the Yorkshire competition (which has never been played since).

Edwards told the Non-League Paper: 'The competition is crying out for a makeover. Why is it that Charlton, Millwall and Gillingham - all affiliated to the Kent Association - are not expected to take part? Why should the competition not be played in part as a pre-season tournament and why can't the final be at one of the major stadiums?'

Kent FA chief executive Keith Masters said, 'It would be great if some of the bigger clubs took part. Charlton used to - as did Gillingham a few years ago. It'll be discussed at our next committee meeting.'

In the West Midlands most of the league clubs take part in the Birmingham Senior Cup, usually fielding reserve sides.


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