We'll probably never know whether it was yet another of Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace's ill thought out schemes, or whether he was just the mouthpiece. Whatever. The bizarre notion that it would be perfectly all right to alter the rules everyone had been playing under for the other three-quarters of the season, and only relegate one club, seems to have been firmly kicked into touch.
The Football Association issued the following press statement today:
The FA's Sanctions and Registrations committee (formerly League Sanctions Committee) met this week on the 14th April and rejected the Nationwide Conference's request to expand their membership from 22 clubs to 24 clubs for season 2003/04.
The Nationwide Conference's request was referred to The FA's Sanctions and Registrations committee who sought the views of the 3 Feeder Leagues - The Ryman Isthmian League, The Dr Martens Southern League and UniBond Northern Premier League.
Following written submissions to The Football Association from the 3 Feeder Leagues, the Nationwide Conference's request was this week debated at the FA Sanctions and Registrations committee, and the decision of the committee was to reject the Nationwide Conference's request to expand their membership for season 2003/04.
The decision of The FA Sanctions and Registrations committee is subject to ratification by The FA Council on 21st June 2003.
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