FOOTBALL: Lack of players could see crisis-club Letcombe fold

First published in Local Football

Letcombe FC could be forced to fold if they can’t find more players to register before the start of the season.

The Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1 West side, which was founded in 1961, only completed extensions to their £140,000 clubhouse in June after receiving finance from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund.

But they may be unable to meet their commitments this season after an exodus of players over the summer.

“There’s no loyalty in football these days,” said chairman Dennis Stock.

“At the end of the season players go looking elsewhere for other clubs who will pay them money without giving any thought to all the effort we’ve put in.

“We’ve only got 17 players registered for the two sides we run.

"Two of those are going away to soccer schools in America and another two are goalkeepers.

“The facilities here are fantastic, the pitch is looking great and it’ll just be such a shame if all that hard work is wasted.”

The club finished bottom of the league last season after struggling to assemble a competitive side.

And Stock said that if more players aren’t registered before the end of the week, the club could be left with no choice but to withdraw from the Hellenic League, ending the club’s unbroken 20-year membership.

“We’re holding a committee meeting on Friday and if we can’t get enough players of Hellenic League standard we’ll look to drop back into the North Berks League and just run one team,” he added.

“I’d be devastated if it comes to that, I’ve been at the club for 38 years.

“But the last two seasons have been the worst we’ve ever had.

“There must be players of Hellenic League standard still looking for somewhere to play next season.”

Didcot Town’s proposed friendly with Wantage Town scheduled for Saturday has been shelved as the clubs could meet in the FA Cup.

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