League set to score a stay of execution

Morpeth Sunday League.
Morpeth Sunday League.

An under-threat football league which was facing extinction may be given a stay of execution after a number of teams have expressed an interest in joining.

Last month, the Gazette reported that the future of the long-standing Morpeth Sunday League was in the balance after the amount of sides competing had fallen dramatically.

During the last five years, the league – formed in 1962 – has gone from having 46 teams across four divisions to the prospect of having just 11 in one division next season.

But president Syd Johnson – who said in May that the league was at crisis point – has indicated that there could well be light at the end of the tunnel.

“The threat of extinction, which the league was facing, has receded in the last few days,” he said.

“Sterling work by my successor as secretary, Alan Parker, has begun to pay off, as there are signs that the league will continue to function next season.

“The league management committee has approved some radical changes, both financial and football-wise, and this has resulted in several inquiries from the Morpeth area, as well as quelling the doubts that some current members were having.”

Anyone interested in joining the league, which has its AGM on Monday, will find that drastic cuts have been made, making membership one of the most competitive in the county, as well as help with team and player-to-player cover.

The league has also succeeded in getting pitch fees on a two-instalment system.

Anyone interested in joining the league can call secretary Alan on 01670 819459.