No FA Cup campaign for Newham

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 August 2015

The 2015/16 Fly Emirates FA Cup (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

The 2015/16 Fly Emirates FA Cup (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Shamrez Darr explains why the Terence McMillan club won’t be competition in the cup this year

Most teams in the Essex Senior League are preparing to compete in the FA Cup this weekend, but Newham are in league action against Greenhouse Sports at Coles Park.

It is the second season in a row that the Terence McMillan haven’t competed in the oldest football association football competition in the world.

Joint-manager Shamrez Darr explained why Newham won’t be taking part in the FA Cup again this year, but did insists they’ll be in it next season.

“When last season finished due to funding being cut and financial issues it seemed like we might drop down to the Essex Olympian league,” said Darr.

“At the last minute because of the hard work of the chairman and the committee we were able to stay in the Essex Senior League.

“Unfortunately, though, with the FA Cup and FA Vase you have to make it known in March whether you want to be involved.

“Because we were unsure what division we would be playing in, we didn’t go for either competition, but we are definitely going to be involved next year, 100 per cent.”

One of the reasons why Newham were considering dropping down to the Essex Olympian was due to the ongoing issues with their current stadium.

Darr was pleased to report that the Terence McMillan ground could be in use again by the start of the New Year.

He also explained that if needed, Newham can use Tilbury’s Chadfields Stadium for the rest of the campaign.

“Last season we were grateful that we could play at the Old Spotted Dog but with Clapton and London Bari already there the pitch isn’t able to hold that many matches,” added Darr.

“We are at Tilbury and we can stay there for the whole season, but we are hoping by Christmas that we will be back in the Terence McMillan.

“Work is being carried out on the stadium to get it right so hopefully it is complete soon.

“Last year we had some games on Sunday because of our stadium issues and that restricted player availability so we are pleased to be at Tilbury currently.”

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