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Ambitious non league club fold and have results wiped

Last night it was confirmed that Blyth AFC have resigned from the Northern League and have folded.

It comes after weeks of doubts on the club’s future which the league had be aware of for some time.

Owner Barry Elliott, who strongly wished to see the club reach the Football League, has put the issues down to low attendances after having no choice but to groundshare at Ashington’s Woodhorn Lane.

The local council blocked them from moving back to Blyth with Elliott claiming he had asked Blyth Spartans about a groundshare with them, however the National League North denied those claims

Blyth were founded in 2015 and had an impressive journey, winning the Northern Alliance twice, finished eighth in their first season in the Northern League Division Two going on to won it in their second season. They then started the 2018/19 season winning all of their league matches.

A Northern League statement said: “Blyth AFC today officially resigned from the Ebac Northern League.

“The league has been aware of the situation that the club was in for some time but was not in a position to comment publicly.”

League chairman Glenn Youngman commented: “It’s another very disappointing decision – especially coming after they played only four league games and so soon after Team Northumbria’s decision to resign.

“We spoke to Blyth’s owner Barry Elliott to see if there was anything that we could do to help, but ultimately it was a matter for him.

“Like the Team North decision, this resignation has an adverse effect on clubs, players and spectators.

“In particular in means less income for the clubs that remain in the first division, which will now have to run with 18 teams for the rest of the season. All of Blyth’s results will be removed and the table adjusted accordingly.

“Blyth’s decision will be discussed by the League Management Committee which meets next Thursday (September 6).”

Blyth are the fourth Northern League club to fold in the last two years, they unfortunately join Norton and Stockton Ancients, Jarrow Roofing and Team Northumbria on calling it quits.

 

The football world and non league community have expressed their sadness at the club’s news, there was also anger at how the club had been treated – check out some of that reaction on the next page.

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