Many of the EVO-STIK League's chairmen and secretaries met up on Thursday night for the first of three regional meetings to update clubs on the latest plans and initiatives for the historic 2017-18 season.
As the Northern Premier League celebrates it's 50th anniversary season, representatives from more than 30 clubs got together with league officials and representatives from the Football Association for the first of the gatherings on consecutive Thursdays at Nottingham's Sandiacre Holiday Inn.
As well as a presentation on the reorganisation of the National League System next season from EVO-STIK League chairman Mark Harris and vice-chairman Keith Brown and a commercial update on the Club Builder initiative from director Steve Hobson, delegates were also brought up to speed on the latest disciplinary procedures by the FA's Mark Ives before a Q&A session with directors and officers.
The rest of the EVO-STIK League's 68 member clubs will meet up at the West Riding County FA's headquarters in Woodlesford near Leeds next Thursday night (October 19) before the final meeting at Witton Albion's Wincham Park on Thursday 26 October.
Third time lucky will end long wait
Martin McIntosh is hoping it'll be a case of third time lucky on Saturday when the EVO-STIK League's Bucks bid for a place in Emirates FA Cup first round proper for the first time in over five decades.