Porthleven expect to be reinstated into FA Vase
4:13pm Thursday 21st June 2012 in Sport
Officials at Porthleven AFC have said that they are '99 per cent certain' the club will be reinstated into this season's FA Vase competition, despite the FA naming them among eight Cornish clubs who had failed the ground grading process.
The club had been refused entry into the competition after the FA learnt that their ground only had shared toilet facilities for the away team, home team and referee. Under new rules this meant they failed the minimum ground requirements to enter both the FA Vase and FA Cup.
However, Porthleven secretary Vidal James told the Packet that in fact the club, who only applied to take part in the FA Vase, do have separate toilet facilities for the away side, referee and home team at their Gala Parc Ground.
An error had been made on the application form they had sent to the FA. As a result when they learnt that this was the reason they had failed, club officials took photographic evidence of their facilities and appealed to the FA.
It is expected Porthleven will find out if they have been allowed back into the competition on Friday.
However, it is bad news for the other Cornish clubs including Falmouth, Camelford, Launceston, Liskeard Newquay, Penzance and Torpoint. They have all been told they will not be allowed in either the FA Vase or FA Cup this season.
It is especially bad news for Falmouth. They have a long history with the competition, being the only Cornish side to have reached the first round of the cup.
Ironically this year was set to mark the 50th anniversary of when they played Oxford United at Bickland Park in the first round of the competition in 1962.
That day Falmouth played in front of a crowd of more than 8,000 and the match was broadcast live on BBC Radio, before being shown later that day as the featured match on BBC Match of the Day.
Falmouth lost the match 2-1, but went onto reach the first round again in 1967, when they lost 5-1 away at Peterborough, and again in 1969, when they lost Peterborough 4-1.