Sholing FC Heads Towards A Brave New World

One of the few remaining works clubs playing senior football in England, VTFC, severed their ties with the company that gave birth to them last month, and set off for pastures new under the name of Sholing FC. Neil Cotton takes a moment to mark the separation of a local employer from the football club that it gave birth to, but will this be a new chapter for this particular club? In the depths of the pyramid the disappearance of another name from the league tables is an occurrence so regular it generates less attention than the noise from a tree collapsing in the middle of a forest. Only a few would surely lament the announcement that the Zameretto Division 1 South and West play-off semi final defeat to Bridgwater Town had been the last time VTFC would appear in the results section of the local paper much less attach any importance to it. This though would be an oversight of drastic proportions for VTFC were one of the last of an endangered species clinging on to survival like the red squirrel; the works team. The club although officially formed in 1960 as Vosper Thornycroft FC can trace its lineage as far back as a works team from 1884; claiming along the way successive post-war sides associated with the Thornycroft shipyard famous for its warship production on the banks...

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