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End of an Era for Leyton FC

8 years ago

The chairman, secretary, management and players have all reluctantly departed the club.

"It is a very sad time at the club, with the loss of the club chairman and club secretary, two men who have been with the club for many years through the good times and bad times, two guys who are real club men, due to the club's financial restraints this has lead to league suspensions, which to be honest nobody at the club saw coming or now actually see's being lifted and if it is how long for.

The chairman Tony Hardy told me the situation and what sort of situation the club were in and how it will massively effect the first team and due to debts, lack of finances and the league suspending the club from first team football, that he can no longer act as chairman of the club, which after years and years of being involved in the club was the hardest decision he has had to make and if he knew this was going to happen, he would have never got me involved at the club.

His departure is a big loss for the club- the hours he put in along with the secretary Steve Bellanoff another long standing member of Leyton FC, now with the two of them gone and after a long meeting with my players and explaining the situation at the club, the whole squad decided as they don't recieve any type expenses, they would get together and try and figure out ways of helping generate money for the club to help with the finances, but after learning the actual financial situation and no longer being able to play football anytime soon, they all decided it was also best to leave the club and seek football else where.
That left me and my management team with the rug being pulled from under our feet and having no choice but to also depart as there will be no point in anyone staying without any football being played and especially no guarantees that Leyton FC will kick another ball in the Ryman League for the remainder of this season.

This decison wasn't taken lightly and with all the problems the club currently has it is a massive shame as the reason me and my team coming to lowly Leyton was to help the club find their feet and build again, stablise the football team and get back up the league and we were all working towards that goal and actually started to make head way in a short space of time, with the new players coming and everybody working at the club for nothing, no expenses at all, we were all there for the cause.

It is a massive shame that the club are at this point, after only being there for a short space of time and with the weather playing havoc over the Christmas period that didn't help football wise, and for a club in Leyton's situation it didn't help massively financially.

The future of the club is up in the air and only time will tell what the outcome will be but with no football being played it doesn't look good and we all wish Leyton FC well as it is still a well respected club."

Where next?

Withdrawal from the League Leyton FC have withdrawn from the Division One North of the Ryman League with immediate effect.
Leyton Suspended From Ryman League Leyton have been suspended from playing in the Ryman League by the league until further notice

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