Wirral District FA
Secretary: Kevin Mighall
Contact Email: Kevin.email@example.com
Year Founded: 1885
District FA History:
Founded in 1885 the Association, the first meeting of Wirral Football Association was held on Wednesday 4th of November 1885 the Royal Castle hotel in Chester St. The meeting was attended by a number of small clubs but within a month, the first cup competition named the Wirral Challenge Cup, was being played.
The first Secretary of the Association was Mr W Miller and as customary at the time a local politician was appointed as President. Captain Edward T Davenport of Nantwich who was the Parliamentary Candidate for the area. A quote from the Secretary Mr. Miller at the first Annual General Meeting. “The Association can only boast a very small beginning in the Hundred of Wirral but reflected that there were numerous villages which would have sufficient inhabitants of metal and could make very good teams. Great things are expected to accrue. As yet such places as Hoylake, West Kirby, Parkgate, Ellesmere Port, Heswall, Higher and Lower Bebington, Neston and Little Sutton are not represented, therefore the Association have much to hope for and work for”
Wirral’s reputation for producing eminent administrators down the century was largely due to the influence of Edward Case who served many organisations over 60 years taking him from Junior representative of Wirral to the Football Association. Having been elected to the Council in 1895 his intense involvement in both Association work and Amateur League Football was to mould a pattern for the future, such was his influence at the time. A man of impressive voice and manner he was elected Chairman Wirral District FA in 1900 and Chairman of Cheshire FA in 1902. In addition to being Chairman of the West Cheshire League in 1908 a similar role would be to be played in public service with Hoylake and West Kirby Urban District Council. In 1907 Mr Case took on the role of a Secretary, a position he was to continue to hold until 1921. During that time he was appointed to represent Cheshire FA at the Football Association and in 1916 was elected president of Cheshire FA, a position he held until 1953.
Mr Edward Case, Mr Joe Swan, Mr Les Bullock, Mr Syd Breerton and Mr George Humphries to name just a few, are the people who have brought the District Association from it's humble beginnings to where we are today and to use a quote from our former District Association Secretary Mr Les Bullock, at the Centenary Celebration Dinner in 1985
"It is the ambition of all concerned with Wirral Football past and present, and we trust in the future, to ensure that Wirral is recognised and respected for all that Association Football should represent, with players from all walks of life being given the opportunity to achieve the pinnacle of success" A value still upheld today.
District FA Committee:
The Wirral District FA has 29 Council Members who meet bi-monthly, September to January and then monthly February through to June. The business of the Association his dealt with and the respective officers report on the various actions and activities relevant to their responsibilities in office.
The Committee is made up of the following:
Chairman - Alf Roberts
Secretary - Kevin Mighall
Treasurer - Sue Rogan
Referee Secretary - Gary Barr
Asst. Referee Secretary - Steve Buckley
Referee Development Officer - Adam Davies
Welfare Officer - Gill Roberts
Minute Secretary - Christine Hayes
Vice Presidents -
Mr W Sutton, Mr J Davies, Mrs G Roberts, Mr J O'Connor.
Life Members -
T D Woods, D D Edmunds, B P Lister, J Thomas, C Englert, A Roberts, H Germon
Neutral Members -
Mr A Hayes, Mrs C Hayes, Mr R Prescott, Mr W Price, Mr R Redgrift, Mr L Jones
Representatives of Registered Leagues:
Birkenhead Sunday League - Mr R Tubb
Eastham & District Junior League - Mr R Matthews
Wallasey & District Sunday League - Mr P Kemble
Wallasey junior Football League - Mr H Gilmour
West Cheshire League - Mr G Quick
Wirral School Football Association - Mr W Rowlands
Representative Cammell Laird 1907 FC -- Mr A Wood
Representative Vauxhall Motors FC - Mrs C Paisey
Association Representative to Cheshire County FA - Mr J H Davies
Divisional Representative to Cheshire County FA - Mr A Roberts & Mr G Quick.
All the above roles are voluntary and we are exceptionally lucky to have such a dedicated Committee ensuring we continue as a successful District FA in supporting our member clubs while making a positive contribution to the Cheshire County FA in achieving their aims and ambitions for grassroots football in Cheshire.
District FA Cup Competitions:
Wirral District FA run 10 Cup Competitions - 3 Saturday Competitions, a Senior Cup for Step 7 Clubs, Amateur Cup for the Step 7 Reserve Teams and Premier Divisions of the local Saturday Leagues. We also have a Junior Cup for the teams competing in the lowest division of their League including Vets Teams.
We have 3 Sunday Competitions, Premier Cup for teams who compete and those who aspire to compete, at the highest level in Sunday Football, a Sunday Amateur Cup for those teams in the second and third their of their respective divisions and a Sunday Junior Cup for the teams competing in the lowest division of their Sunday Leagues including Vets Teams.
Finally we have U18s, U16s U14s and U13s competitions for those teams who compete in the registered Junior Leagues. We have tremendous support from our Leagues in scheduling cup ties throughout the season and our Senior clubs kindly offer their excellent facilities for our finals.
New Volunteers are need to support:
At present we have a vacancy for a Youth Secretary who we are hoping to recruit by the end of August 2022. His or her role will be to lead an already active Youth Committee in supporting our Junior Leagues, promoting the Cup competitions and help recruit volunteers to join the leagues.
We have a District FA website which is informative but we are hoping to extend the role of Website manager/editor to increase our sponsorship opportunities and reach a wider audience.
As in all volunteer roles, those committed usually are they for the long haul but ultimately people age and there comes a point were those who reach that stage have to retire. While their knowledge and experience is vital to the Association there is always a need to recruit younger members to carry on that work.
Young Person Volunteer Involvement:
Once in post our Youth Secretary will contact local clubs who have youth teams from mini-soccer to youth football and see if there is any interest from their staff. Additionally the website and social media platforms will be used to promote the District and ask for interested volunteers to contact the officers for information on how they can become involved with the Association.