Planning starts now for Frickley

Frickley Athletic manager Karl Rose (right) and his assistant, James Dudgeon celebrate after the Blues stayed in the Evo-Stik Premier League. Now they turn their attentions to next season.
Frickley Athletic manager Karl Rose (right) and his assistant, James Dudgeon celebrate after the Blues stayed in the Evo-Stik Premier League. Now they turn their attentions to next season.

Frickley Athletic now know who they will be up against when they compete in the Premier Division of the Evo-Stik League next season.

After surviving in the Premier on the last day of the season just finished the Blues are pleased to be set for another campaign in the top flight and the planning starts now with the FA announcing the constitution of the league.

As expected, Marine have been reprieved from relegation, but Colwyn Bay and Hyde FC have both dropped into the division from National League North. King’s Lynn Town have moved sideways to the Southern Premier League while Darlington 1883 and Salford City have been promoted from the Evo-Stik First Division North with Mickleover Sports and Sutton Coldfield Town being the promoted clubs from the First Division South.

The full line-up of the Evo-Stik Premier Division is: Ashton United; Barwell; Blyth Spartans; Buxton; Colwyn Bay; Darlington 1883; Frickley Athletic; Grantham Town; Halesowen Town; Hyde; Ilkeston; Marine; Matlock Town; Mickleover Sports; Nantwich Town; Ramsbottom United; Rushall Olympic; Salford City; Skelmersdale United; Stamford; Stourbridge; Sutton Coldfield Town; Whitby Town; Workington.

The 2015-16 Evo-Stik League season kicks off on Saturday, August 15 with the new fixtures due mid-July.

The early round dates of next season’s FA competitions have been announced with the FA Cup extra preliminary round on Saturday, August 15, the preliminary round on Saturday, August 29, first qualifying round on Saturday, September 12, second qualifying round on Saturday, September 26, third qualifying round on Saturday, October 10 and fourth qualifying round: on Saturday, October 24.

The FA Trophy preliminary round will be on Saturday, October 3 with the first qualifying round on Saturday, October 31, the second qualifying round on Saturday, November 14 and third qualifying round on Saturday, November 28.

The FA Trophy and FA Vase finals will both take place on Sunday, May 22 at Wembley.

Following the fundraising game between Frickleyfans and Englandfans the Frickley Athletic Redevelopment Fund total now stands at £43,636.

The fundraising game brought in £705 before costs while the ongoing bucket collections at home matches have continued to see money trickle in, which now leaves the club less than £6,400 to raise to reach its £50,000 target for the club’s contribution towards the £660,000 community pavilion.

Work on the new building, which includes changing, shower and toilet facilities for players and officials, provisions for disabled users and a large social space with a kitchen that can be used by community group is due to start before the end of this month.