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Burnham FC's appeal is not appeal; Sadness at Olympic fortunes of McKeever and Grainger

Ground Hopper

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(First published in the Maidenhead Advertiser on Thursday, May 26)

A message from Burnham FC of ‘Ground Hopper, get your facts right’ was passed to me by a colleague of mine in regard to my story last week about the relegated club’s appeal to the FA.

The Blues believe they should never have been moved into the Southern League South & West Division from the Central Division at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

Apparently, that’s what they are up in arms about, not the subsequent relegation which occurred a few weeks ago.

So now we're all clear about what Burnham are appealing against, does that change my view on the club and its actions?

Of course not. In fact it entrenches my view that those running the club have lost the plot if they think that the FA will change their mind over a decision made more than 12 months ago.

It would set a precedent of which I’m sure the governing body would be wary, and also, if Burnham’s appeal was held up, what would be the outcome?

Would they be reinstated back into the Southern League from the Hellenic League?

Who would drop out to accommodate them? Wouldn't that team then appeal?

Would Burnham just be added to one of the divisions to make an uneven number, but then which division?

It would have to be the South & West otherwise the FA would be repeating their mistake, wouldn’t they?

I bear Burnham no ill, and genuinely wish them well in their appeal, the result of which should be known in June.

But I would eat my flat cap and my pipe if they were successful.

This attempt to artificially resurrect their fortunes does them no favours and I repeat my thoughts of last week, it’s just embarrassing.

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I’m so disappointed that two local London 2012 gold medallists almost certainly won’t be competing at the Rio Games in  August.

Canoe sprint K1 200m champion Ed McKeever has failed in his bid to defend his title and now says he will reflect on his future in the sport.

I fear the mild-mannered Wooburn Green man may call it a day.

Marlow Rowing Club member and Maidenhead resident Katherine Grainger might still be on the plane to Rio as part of GB Rowing's women’s eight after her double with Vicky Thornley was dissolved.

However, that is far from a given for this winner of a memorable gold medal at Eton Dorney four years ago and three previous Olympic silvers.

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