Paul Cooksey wrote:For example, Maidenhead play in both Berks and Thames Valley. If both are running MO schemes, how do they know who to enrol, without duplicating?
Going back twenty years to the registration scheme, you had to have local agreements between clubs and counties as to which league was the main man. For example I had to agree with the Berks Registration Sec that Bourne End players would always be registered with Bucks. The Thames Valley league being non-territorial (in the county sense) could freeload on the back of registrations through Bucks, Berks, Surrey and Middlesex. None of this helps with players who are members of more than one club. As no-one knew apart from the local registration officers who was registered and who wasn't, any attempts by the BCF to enforce a membership closed shop were doomed to failure. And just as well, because the Fischer boom could never have happened under compulsory or universal membership. The BCF's old scheme worked on calendar years from Jan 1st , so you could get the season under way before worrying about who was or wasn't going to be registered.