The Ebac Northern League 2022/23 season will start on Saturday, July 30.

Subject to approval by the FA, it is proposed that the season will end on April 22.

Because of the increased number of teams in Division Two, the League Management Committee has decided that there will be a First Division Cup and the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup (for Division Two teams) to alleviate fixture pressure on Division Two teams.

These two separate cups is what happened this season, but in previous seasons there has been a league cup for teams from both divisions.

With Consett FC promoted to the Northern Premier League, Frank Bell is stepping down as the league treasurer, with chairman Glenn Youngman taking over the treasurer’s responsibilities.  Frank will still be helping the league and its clubs as an FA consultant.

Glenn said:  “On behalf of the management committee and the league I’d like to thank Frank for all the work he has done over the years.  Apart from looking after the league’s finances he has also provided invaluable help to our clubs in drawing up business plans and securing funds for their grounds.”

Frank added:  “Promotion for Consett means I will be standing down as treasurer, but I will miss being involved in the day-to-day running of the league and in particular the wonderful people at our clubs.

“I wish everyone all the best and I’m sure the league will continue to thrive.”

The Cleator Cup will take place on Saturday, July 23, with the details of the venue/participants to be confirmed.