The final whistle for Welfare

A GRASS-ROOTS football club has folded after it was unsuccessful in its search for a manager.

Stobswood Welfare have been forced to resign from the Pin Point Recruitment Northern Football Alliance.

David King, who played for Welfare – who were due to start the 2011/12 season in Division One – said: “After the previous manager left, three of us decided to help out but the lads who were helping out decided enough was enough.”

The 25-year-old from Widdrington added: “We advertised for a manager but we didn’t hear anything. We couldn’t find a manager. The club has folded.”

The news was another blow for Division One, which had lost Berwick United Ultras shortly before Welfare’s resignation.

The Ultras stated that the loss of a significant number of players to teams in the East of Scotland League had left them no alternative but to resign.

After Welfare quit, a statement on the Alliance website said: “At the Fixture and Handbook Meeting held on 21/7/2011 member clubs were informed of the resignation of Stobswood Welfare.

“After an emergency meeting of the League Management Committee it was unanimously agreed that Division One will operate with 13 clubs in season 2011/2012.”

The Northern Alliance season kicks-off on August 13.