Following Callington Town’s 8-0 win at Grampound on 20th May, which subsequently meant that Callington won the Q Cornwall Leisure Division 1 title on goal difference, a post on the Cornwall Football Forum appeared on Monday 21st May at 20:24 from a Grampound player with the pseudonym of Woodmanaldo which indirectly made an allegation of a rule breach. The Forum post stated ‘Fergus Nevin was influential throughout, scoring twice & getting a few assists from his superb delivery. He doesn’t appear to be on their team sheet though so they must have made a mistake when entering their team as they’ve also credited his goals to someone else’.
The poster is correct and the player was not on the team sheet and is not currently registered with Callington Town Veterans. As a result, the league opened an investigation into the matter.
Having spoken to officials from both clubs, the league was in a situation where it was one club’s word against the other, with the Grampound manager stating that ‘several players recognized Nevin from other games (not Vets)’ and the Callington manager denying Nevin took part and it must have been a case of mistaken identity.
As there were no independent witnesses to the match, and no other physical evidence, the league has no proof of the allegation so has no alternative but to take no further action.
At the end of a difficult season which has thrown many challenges to clubs and League committee members, it should be emphasized that we are all voluntary whether we are players or league officials. A lot of spare time is given freely by people who do this for fun at a time in their lives where other priorities could easily be pursued.
Being able to play football at our age should be considered a lucky privilege. Being able to win should be considered a bonus and not a right.
If, as a player, you think there is something wrong with a particular rule, match or even the league structure, please do pursue your observation through your club secretary and/or manager. The forum is a wonderful resource but it isn't the place for a fair trial of any misdemeanor or wrong doing you feel you may have encountered. The Cornwall Vets Football League is completely democratic and follows its rules to the letter. To that end, we require that clubs and players follow the rules and processes for a fair season for all.