The harsh reality of fruitless efforts: RIP Almondsbury Town

The FA is all about supporting grassroots football isn’t it? Well not if you are Almondsbury Town FC and they evict you… Almondsbury Town FC have been enjoying a great season. They are playing at the highest level in the club’s history with a decent squad of good local players. Unlike so many clubs at their level (Zamaretto South & West) and even more in the leagues above they are debt free. They have a loyal following and are holding their own in the league. They play Cinderford Town on the last day of the season, and then that’s it. Almondsbury Town FC will drop out of the Southern League. They won’t be relegated, they are currently just outside the play-off places – the first team will just disband. Thanks to an off-the-field wrangle, which has seen the team effectively evicted from their ground at Oaklands Park the club have no home, and according it seems no future for the first team. The reserves will continue, for now. The statement on the club’s website says it all: “The harsh reality of fruitless efforts to secure a viable future for the Club came to an end today.” And who are the landlords who have forced a club, with more than 100 years of history (in various guises), to withdraw from the league? Well that would be the Gloucestershire Football Association....

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