AFC Epworth appealing for new players or club could fold

Burton (gold) vs AFC Epworth (hoops).
Burton (gold) vs AFC Epworth (hoops).

A community football club is in danger of folding unless new players can be found for the forthcoming season.

AFC Epworth has lost seven players recently due to either retirement, family commitments or team members going off to university.

The club has been running for ten years but could close unless new squad members can be found.

Club secretary Neil Walker, aged 57, of Epworth, said: “We are down to about 12 registered players now.

“It’s fair enough if people can’t play through other commitments such as going off to university, work or family reasons, but we need to replace those who have left otherwise there’s a chance the club will have to fold.

“We got promoted last year because some other teams had to fold due to a loss of players.

“It seems to be happening to quite a few teams in the region.”

The club plays in the fourth division of the Scunthorpe and District Sunday League.

It was established in 2006 because Mr Walker’s son Matt and his school friends wanted to form a team.

Matt, now aged 26, still plays for the team.

Mr Walker added: “We play to win but we are also about having fun.

“You can make some great friends through playing football so the social side of it is really good.

“We have friendly matches scheduled from the end of July through to August ahead of the season starting in September.

“All the lads here have a great laugh. We have a really good team spirit.

“I would urge anyone interested to come training with us to see what it is all about.”

The team is based at Carrside playing fields in Epworth and the first training session is scheduled for Sunday, July 17, at 10am.

Anyone aged over the age of 16 is welcome to attend.