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Sarumio
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May 4, 2018, 6:57 PM

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Right starting this thread a bit earlier this year as theres been quite a few announcements already affecting the new season, and hopefully we've seen the last of the resignations and expunged records in 2017-18 now.

I am concentrating on those clubs at Step 1-7 at present but as always please report on ANY club of note further down.

Lets hope this thread is less busy this year, but sadly I don’t think it will be.

Closures
AFC Brodsworth Welfare
AFC Southgate
Buckingham Town
Olney Town
Thurrock

Mergers
Killingworth Town and Killingworth Young Peoples’ Centre merge to form...name not yet released
Ossett Albion and Ossett Town merge to form Ossett United

Name changes
Radcliffe Borough change their name to Radcliffe
Waltham Forest change their name to Walthamstow

Unknowns / Futures in doubt
Aigburth People’s Hall - Last seven games of the season awarded to opponents.
Swanwick Pentrich Road - Resigned from the Central Midlands League but intentions beyond that not yet known. They'll either fold or re-join the MRA.

Leagues Closing
Luton & South Bedfordshire League
Maidstone & District League

And still eagerly anticipating the annual name change for Woodford Town 2017!


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southend statto
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May 4, 2018, 11:00 PM

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outside steps 1-7 but very strong local rumours that Essex Olympian League side Southend Sports will be known at Wakering Sports next season - to be confirmed.


Tykeoldboy
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May 4, 2018, 11:12 PM

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I wonder if Brodsworth are considering a return to the Doncaster Senior League for 2018/19?


Bigaitch
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May 4, 2018, 11:21 PM

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outside steps 1-7 but very strong local rumours that Essex Olympian League side Southend Sports will be known at Wakering Sports next season - to be confirmed.


And let me guess, a groundshare with Great Wakering Rovers thereby allowing them into the new Step 6 Eastern Senior League ?


southend statto
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May 4, 2018, 11:23 PM

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No. Staying in the EOL and slowly doing up their Cupid's Corner ground.


Bigaitch
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May 4, 2018, 11:28 PM

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Interesting, as I heard they were looking to be ESL next season. Thanks for the reply.


Haywain
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May 23, 2018, 6:11 PM

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Closures
Buckingham Town

Leagues Closing
Luton & South Bedfordshire League


The closure of the Luton & District South Beds Football League has been confirmed this week. On the other hand it seems from news today that Buckingham Town has been brought back from the brink and will be in the UCL next season.



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dseagull
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May 23, 2018, 7:39 PM

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Clymping are changing their name to Littlehampton United



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kivo
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May 23, 2018, 8:28 PM

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I'm still not entirely sure whether Brodsworth Welfare have folded.


Dribble!
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May 23, 2018, 8:41 PM

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Suffolk and Ipswich League - AFC Orwell (financial reasons) and Stonham Aspal 'A' (site redevelopment) will also be missing from the SIL for next season


But possibly at least 6 new sides joining



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Richard Rundle
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May 23, 2018, 8:41 PM

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I'm still not entirely sure whether Brodsworth Welfare have folded.



A weird thing has happened with their record on the CML Full-time pages, their record in the table remains but get the fixture grid up and all results have disappeared!

Edit: The same thing has happened with Swanwick PR reserves from Division One


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Sarumio
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May 23, 2018, 10:28 PM

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OK So here is where we are at, at Steps 1-7

Closures
AFC Southgate
Jarrow Roofing Boldon Community Association

Montpelier
Northbank
Olney Town

Thurrock

Mergers

Hebburn Town absorb Hebburn Reyrolle - continuing as Hebburn Town
Killingworth Town and Killingworth Young Peoples’ Centre merge to form AFC Killingworth

Ossett Albion and Ossett Town merge to form Ossett United


Name changes

Clymping change their name to Littlehampton United
Radcliffe Borough change their name to Radcliffe

Waltham Forest change their name to Walthamstow

Unknowns / Futures in doubt

Aigburth People’s Hall - Last seven games of the season awarded to opponents.
AFC Brodsworth Welfare – resigned from the CML

Oxford University Press – resigned from the Oxfordshire Senior League
Pelsall Villa – last 8 games in Midland Division Two not fulfilled.
Ringmer – resigned from Southern Combination
Swanwick Pentrich Road - Resigned from the Central Midlands League but intentions beyond that not yet known. They'll either fold or re-join the MRA.


Leagues Closing

Luton & South Bedfordshire League
Maidstone & District League


SpiderBee
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May 24, 2018, 7:07 PM

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Staines Lammas (CCL1) and Laleham FC (Surrey Elite) are merging but playing as Staines Lammas FC in 2018/19



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gcnc
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May 28, 2018, 6:22 PM

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Upper Cwmbran FC of the Gwent Central League have reformed as Pontnewynydd FC.

https://mobile.twitter.com/...013708378114/photo/1


simonsm
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May 29, 2018, 11:50 PM

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Rockware of the Warrington & District League Div 1 are merging with Blackbrook, also of Div1

https://twitter.com/.../1001475050070073345


HollowTalker
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May 30, 2018, 8:20 AM

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Technically Oakengates Athletic are merging with Wellington Amateurs in the WMRL 1.

Does this count?


Sarumio
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May 30, 2018, 9:29 AM

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Technically Oakengates Athletic are merging with Wellington Amateurs in the WMRL 1.

Does this count?


I am not entirely certain/convinced it is a merger in the true sense.

On the face of it, it just appears that last year’s Oakengates Athletic management team are upping sticks, saying they cannot take Oakengates any further, and are moving to Wellington Amateurs. As a result, the general feeling at Oakengates is that they’ve all taken the club as far as it can go now, and are packing in.

I’m not convinced its anything more than that at present. Certainly, it seems Oakengates Athletic as a club is closing, but whether any of their resources, equipment, players, committee members, etc etc are actually merging with Wellington is another matter entirely.

Maybe someone else can shed some light.

You would expect maybe a name change, badge re-design, proper announcement etc if it were an actual merger, and not just a disbanding club’s remnants being absorbed by a neighbouring club!


HollowTalker
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May 30, 2018, 11:18 AM

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Technically Oakengates Athletic are merging with Wellington Amateurs in the WMRL 1.

Does this count?


I am not entirely certain/convinced it is a merger in the true sense.

On the face of it, it just appears that last year’s Oakengates Athletic management team are upping sticks, saying they cannot take Oakengates any further, and are moving to Wellington Amateurs. As a result, the general feeling at Oakengates is that they’ve all taken the club as far as it can go now, and are packing in.

I’m not convinced its anything more than that at present. Certainly, it seems Oakengates Athletic as a club is closing, but whether any of their resources, equipment, players, committee members, etc etc are actually merging with Wellington is another matter entirely.

Maybe someone else can shed some light.

You would expect maybe a name change, badge re-design, proper announcement etc if it were an actual merger, and not just a disbanding club’s remnants being absorbed by a neighbouring club!


I see your point. It's almost like a takeover of a club whilst the old club dies.

Or is killed.


adamsquire86
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May 30, 2018, 3:56 PM

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I saw a post on Facebook recently saying that Maesgwyn had played their last game following the council's decision to evict them from where they played last season. Further down there was a comment saying that the group of players were staying together but not under the name Maesgwyn.
Don't know if this constitutes a name change, or Maesgwyn folding and a new club comprising of the same players being formed. In the meantime the main man at Maesgwyn has been appointed reserves manager at FC Queens Park.



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Digdagdog
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Jun 1, 2018, 6:48 PM

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Tweeted today by Melksham Town that they are going to close down their 'B' team who play in the Trowbridge & District Div 2 with the management team moving up to manage the 'A' team who will still play in Division 1.
The Sunday team has formally disbanded too as Mike Rogers, the manager, has retired and so they will cease playing in the Chippenham & District Sunday League.
All partially to do with "expense" of running 5 teams but also to free up Pitch #2 at Oakfield for more games



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2018-19 Games: 5 Goals: 32 GPG: 6.40 New Grounds: 3


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Ipeland
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Jun 1, 2018, 7:18 PM

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Hazlerigg Victory are folding their Saturday side, Sunday team still going. They've tweeted that their place in the Northern Alliance Premier (they finished in a promotion place in Division One last season) will be taken by Newcastle Blue Star. No idea if there's any deeper connection than that, or if the new Blue Star is any relation to the old one.



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Digdagdog
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Jun 3, 2018, 9:32 AM

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In the Trowbridge & District, Luxol St Andrews are tweeting that, if they don't find a new manager by the end of this week, the club will fold. Great shame for a magnificently named club and a shame for the Rec at Lacock which is one of the more restful places to watch football.



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Bantam Cymraeg
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Jun 3, 2018, 9:50 AM

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In Staffordshire, Norton Development and Goldenhill Wanderers are merging to form Norton Wanderers.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhPlfakAE64/


Karen Browne
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Jun 4, 2018, 4:04 PM

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Loughton Manor have changed their name to New Bradwell St Peter and will now be playing at The Recreation Ground, New Bradwell.



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simonsm
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Jun 4, 2018, 9:10 PM

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Thanks to Burnley United tweeting about a pre-season friendly with them, I spotted that Mid Lancs Div2 champions AFC Sherwood have changed their name to AFC Anderton.

https://twitter.com/.../1003706650883223552

Can't find any other reference to AFC Anderton though!

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