King’s Lynn and District Sunday League forced to fold after almost six decades
A long-standing football league stretching back almost six decades has been forced to fold.
The King’s Lynn and District Sunday League, which first started in 1963, has closed its doors due to a lack of interest.
Fifty-six years of history went down the drain during a ten-minute meeting earlier this week.
Chairman Nigel Moulton was involved with the league from the early 1970s, having also been a player, manager, referee and committee member.
League spokesman Rob Bunting said: “We have tried anything and everything over the last three or four years to increase numbers, being very pro-active to try and stave off the inevitable.
“We introduced equalisation fees on referees so everyone paid the same over the season. We offered free kit initiatives.
“We’ve been lenient on administrative fines to keep costs down.
“Having conducted some online research, it became very clear there were two main reasons for the decline in teams; player commitment and volunteers and start-up costs.
“We started a grant fund, appealing for donations and we matched all donations to double them.
“We had £300 donated and we made up this to £600. This was offered to new teams to cover start-up costs, but yielded zero interest.”
Only three years ago, the league ended the season with 21 teams, comprising of sides from Lynn, Wisbech, Necton, March and Tydd, covering three counties.
But the decline has been sharp and sudden with the league, which only had one Lynn-based team in it last season, ending with just five sides.
The league are donating £1000 each to MacMillan and Tapping House out of their funds with the rest being held by Norfolk FA for the next five years, so should anyone wish to resurrect Sunday football in Lynn then they will have a financial head start.
Bunting added: “I’d like to say thanks to, past and present, all committee members, referees, secretaries, managers, players, press, Norfolk FA and anyone else who has supported the league.”