Cupset In The South West: Mangotsfield And Chippenham’s Early Exit

The FA Cup hasn’t even reached the second qualifying round yet but already a second club in the South West has been kicked out of the competition. Mangotsfield United, who play in the Southern League Division One South and West, are already out – thanks to player ruled ineligible due to a a fine from a previous club,  a fine which the club were not made aware of by either the player or the Gloucestershire FA. And now Chippenham Town are out as well (with the added worry of possibly losing league points too). In August, Chippenham signed a 24-year-old full back called Curtis Jack. What the club (and the Wiltshire FA) didn’t know that he was suspended from playing back in May because he owed £95 to an old club, Somerset County League side St George Easton-in-Gordano. He was also suspended from playing by the Gloucestershire FA back in August for owing £50 to Wick FC, who play in the Bristol Premier Combination League – only the Gloucestershire FA had the player listed as Jack Curtis, not Curtis Jack. Jack has played six games in the Southern League Premier Division so the Bluebirds could be docked points, he also, crucially played against Somerset-based Wells in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup and today an FA Cup Sub-Committee decided that because Jack was suspended by two other county...

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