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League chairman to step down with immediate effect

2nd July, 2020

It is with regret that the Toolstation Northern Counties East Football League have to announce the stepping down of chairman David Morrall with immediate effect due to ill health.

The League received written confirmation from David on Wednesday morning that he will not be seeking re-election at the next AGM.

He also sent his best wishes to everyone connected with the competition, along with his hopes that the NCEL continues to progress in the future.

David joined the league's management board in 2001 following his retirement as a match official, having been a Premier League assistant referee and running the line in the 1998 Charity Shield match between Arsenal and Manchester United.

He was fixtures secretary until 2018 whilst he continued being referees secretary and chairman until his decision to step down.

David also represented the league and fought the corner for the whole of Step 5 and Step 6 football at a national level, being part of and chairing FA committees dedicated to championing the cause of the game lower down the National League System.

The League will be forever grateful for the time and the dedication that David has put in to helping ensure that the NCEL is one of the most respected competitions in non-league over a twenty-year spell where seismic changes have taken place in the running of football at our level.

We wish David and his family all the very best for the future and will be keen to ensure his vast experience can continue to be used in some capacity as the competition continues to evolve.

We would also like to thank all of our clubs who have sent us messages after we informed them of David's departure earlier today - we've been overwhelmed by the response and will pass them all on to him.

The Toolstation NCEL will now be looking to elect a new chairman as soon as it is possible to do so with the current COVID-19 situation.

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
1 Staveley MW 26 55 33
2 Liversedge 24 53 38
3 Yorkshire Amateur 26 53 33
4 Penistone Church 28 53 26
5 Bridlington Town 25 48 19
6 Hemsworth MW 28 45 11
7 Maltby Main 28 43 -2
8 Garforth Town 28 41 -4
9 Grimsby Borough 26 40 6
10 Silsden 28 37 -5
11 Barton Town 27 36 0
12 Eccleshill United 25 35 2
13 Knaresborough 25 32 3
14 Thackley 26 32 -5
15 Handsworth 23 30 -16
16 AFC Mansfield 26 28 -10
17 Goole AFC 28 25 -21
18 Bottesford Town 27 23 -28
19 Albion Sports 25 22 -16
20 Athersley Rec 27 12 -64
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
1 Winterton Rangers 27 59 24
2 Skegness Town 26 58 39
3 Selby Town 25 56 46
4 North Ferriby 26 52 28
5 Campion 24 48 30
6 Retford FC 28 44 6
7 Glasshoughton Welfare 26 43 11
8 Hallam 23 37 11
9 Swallownest 25 37 1
10 Nostell MW 25 35 13
11 Dronfield Town 25 35 7
12 Armthorpe Welfare 28 34 -8
13 Parkgate 25 34 -16
14 Rossington Main 26 31 -6
15 Brigg Town 30 30 -19
16 Ollerton Town 26 28 2
17 Hall Road Rangers 24 28 -8
18 Worsbrough Bridge 24 23 -10
19 Harrogate Railway Athletic 25 16 -35
20 East Hull 26 1 -116

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