End of era as United collapse

Amble United have resigned from the Northern Alliance and folded as a club.

The final whistle has sounded for The Seasiders because of a lack of committee members.

The decision marks an end of an era for the club, which played its final match on Saturday.

Manager Derek Atwell explained it was a heartbreaking decision to make, but one which became unavoidable.

“There was a lack of committee members and it was becoming too much,” he said.

“Ron Falkous, who has given so much to the club over the years, hasn’t been well and since then there has only been about two or three of us helping out. We had put the word around for help, but people we asked weren’t able to do it.

“The decision was made that if we couldn’t get anybody in by a certain time, then this would be the way that the club would go.

“It’s a shame, an end of an era and a blow for the town, but these things happen in football.”

Derek admitted that it was now too late to make a U-turn.

“It is the final nail in the coffin,” he said.

The decision comes at a time when the club was performing well on the pitch.

After clinching the Northern Alliance Division One title in the 2011/12 season, United put in a good performance in the top tier this term.

The Seasiders battled it out at the top of the table for most of the season, eventually finishing fourth with 56 points, mustering 18 wins and two draws from 30 league games.

Fittingly, they bowed out on a high, with a 4-2 victory over Wallsend Town on Saturday, although Derek admitted it was a sombre occasion.

He said: “There were a lot of sad faces after the match and people were downhearted because it is an end of an era.

“I have to say though, finishing fourth in the Northern Alliance Premier Division was a tremendous achievement.”

Derek admits that there has been interest in a lot of United’s players from other clubs.