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Fans shocked as 7th tier club resigns from league with immediate effect and chairman stands down

Fans have been left shocked as 7th tier club Coalville Town resigns from their league with immediate effect and their chairman stands down.

Coalville Town have withdrawn themselves from the Southern Football League with immediate effect as chairman Glyn Rennocks announces he will stand down.

Filling the vacancy in Premier Division Central will be the responsibility of the FA Alliance Committee. Early rumours from fans on social media is a reprieve for Hitchin Town, but yet to be confirmed.

Coalville finished the 2023/24 season sitting 11th in the Southern League Premier Central with 55 points from 40 games played.

The club have reached the first round of the FA Cup twice in their history, in 2004–05 where they lost 1–0 at Second Division Wycombe Wanderers, and then again in 2022–23, losing 4–1 at Charlton Athletic.

Their best FA Trophy performance was a quarter-finals for the 2023–24 season, losing 3-0 to Macclesfield, and their best FA Vase performance saw them finalists in 2010–11, losing 3-2 to Whitley Bay.

In the Northern Premier League Division One South, they finished runner-up, but were not promoted after playoffs (SF Coalville Town 1 Chasetown 2), it happened against in 2013-14, Northern Premier League Division One South runner-up but not promoted after playoffs (SF Coalville Town 2 Mickleover Sports 3).

In 2015-16, they were promoted to Premier Division after playoffs (SF Coalville Town 5 Basford United 0, F Shaw Lane Aquaforce 1 Coalville Town 3), before joining the Southern League in 2018-19 and missed out on promotion in 2021-22, losing in the playoffs (SF Coalville Town 3 Rushall Olympic 0, F Peterborough Sports 2 Coalville Town 0) and again in 2022-23, Southern League Premier Division Central runner-up (lost title on goal difference) Not promoted after play-offs (SF Coalville Town 1 Rushall Olympic 1, Rushall Olympic won 4-3 on penalties) as per FCHD.


Coalville Town Chairman Glyn Rennocks would like to issue the following statement regarding the Senior Men’s team who currently play in the Southern League Central Premier Division.

 “I first got involved with the club in the early 1980’s when we were in the nearby village of Ravenstone. At the time the club were in all reality a pub team. Over the next 40 years the club has progressed without ever suffering a relegation. Along the way we have enjoyed Promotions, FA & FA Trophy Cup Runs, became the first club from Leicestershire to appear at the new Wembley Stadium but more than all of that on field success we have become a real focal point for the town and local community.

Over the last 2-3 years the costs of running a football club at this level have spiraled and the income has not matched the rise in costs.

Also in recent years the once fantastic support we received from North West Leicestershire District Council has diminished, especially since a certain councilor came to prominence, and he has allegedly said that I personally should come under more scrutiny and has changed the council representative from Cllr Geary who has been for many years a fantastic representative for both council and football club. I feel this is totally unwarranted given the positive impact I and the club have had on the town, providing a facility and structure for almost 900 local children through our 90 junior teams to enjoy football coaching in a safe and healthy environment along with painting the town in a positive light through our success that has received nationwide publicity.

I have always said I am a supporter and it just costs me a lot more than most to go to matches. However as I approach my 70th birthday I can no longer continue to subsidise the club. I have always ran it in a sustainable way, never cut budgets and the club has no debts, However, after much thought and discussions I have taken the difficult decision to step away. The club will withdraw it’s men’s senior team and resign from the Southern League with immediate effect.

I have no doubt that this will disappoint a lot of people, no one more so than me, but there is no other alternative. Along with the financial impact, the running of the club falls on a small group of people, myself, Luke my son, Joy my wife and Steve Cartwright. Whilst we have a fantastic group of volunteers on match days, there is a huge amount of time needed from the four of us everyday and that can no longer continue. Over my tenure I have registered over £140,000 of director loans into the football club to help with its infrastructure, this I will never get back nor do I want back but I also dread to think of what this total would look like if I included every time I have had put money in to the day to day running. As mentioned I am not getting any younger and right now I am at a point where I would rather spend my time and effort on my family, particularly my two and three year old granddaughters – retirement from work also beckons!

Thank you to our great sponsors and people like Mick Jordan who have helped ease the burden over the years as long term supporters of the club.

Current management have been informed earlier today and we wish them all the best moving forward. 

The Girls, Juniors, Inclusive, Ladies and Youth teams will all continue as normal and will benefit from the fantastic facilities at the Owen St Sports Ground that have been created over the last few years.

Lastly I would like to thank all the great players who have represented the club, the Managers Lee Harriman, Tommy Brookbanks and Adam Stevens who have all delivered unwavering success and helped make the journey enjoyable most of the time, the volunteers which no club can function without, the magnificent supporters who have followed us up and down the country, to Adams Park, Meadow Lane, Wembley Stadium and The Valley it has been massively appreciated.  But to those core supporters who have stood beside me on cold winters nights in the Leicestershire Senior League, The Midland Alliance, The Northern Premier League and the Southern League they are the people I have done this for and I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart.

Whilst I appreciate the news will come as a huge shock, I hope one day you will all understand and respect the decision taken. Thank you”

At this point the club will not be making any further comment.

Closures (as per Non League Matters)
Colne Athletic
New Salamis
Norwich CBS
East Thurrock United

Cardea and Stanground Sports merge to form Stanground Cardea Sports
CB Hounslow United and Hillingdon Abbots merge to form CB Hounslow & Abbots
Henbury and Rockleaze Rangers merge to form Henbury & Rockleaze
Route One Rovers absorb Athletico
Yaxley absorb Peterborough City

Name changes
K Sports change their name to Sheppey Sports
Wokingham & Emmbrook change their name back to Wokingham Town
Woodford East change their name to Waltham Forest Borough

Leagues Closing
North Lancashire & District League (remaining clubs being taken in by the Mid Lancashire League)
Crook & District League
(Remaining clubs likely the Wearside or North Riding)
Stratford-upon-Avon League

Reforming or reintroducing their first team after temporary closure
Hamworthy United
Marske United
Norwich United
Nuneaton Town (to replace the defunct Nuneaton Borough)

Withdrawn/Voluntary Relegation (7th and 8th tier of Non League)
Coalville Town
Loughborough Dynamo

As mentioned, fans were shocked as the 7th tier club resigns from their league with immediate effect and the chairman stands down…

@bradderz2205: What on earth, really enjoyed the visit with Telford last game of the season hopefully it can be resolved

@Trokey_Lou: Really sad to read this, some of the best days watching non-league were following Coalville, the club has always been the blueprint for how a club should be ran to me and that is testimant to @GlynRennocks and the volunteers! Enjoy retirement and a well deserved rest! ❤️

@Tommybrookbanks: Very sad day. I had some of my best times in football with Glyn. I wish you all at coalville nothing but the best and Glyn you are one of the best chairman ive ever had. Thankyou for putting up with me and being a friend as well. Good luck !

@dash71_: This is incredible. Such a shame for all concerned, and Chairman Glyn mustn’t be judged by this, he clearly has put so much into the club over the years.

@dylzyy1: The Leroy Lita effect

@CrosenderWay: Sorry to hear, let’s hope you find your feet and climb back quickly!

@Keano80: Wow Loughborough now Coalville 🙁

@MarkAll41646650: Sad news, a club of this size. I feel sorry for all the volunteers, fans and anyone connected to the club

@leewindram: Wow what a sad day. Had 15 years as manager at the club Some good times there

@bilski_ryszard: Shame on the council . They have no idea how much this club has done for the local community. Football at this level is just not financially sustainable

@Smit_18: Holy shit! Devastating news! 😢 a Club i came through from U18’s to First Team.. such a sad day 😢

@Donsw112: Feel terrible for all the fans. Nothing worse than when a community club winds up. Best of luck to you and hope you get a new club up and running

@Bluedeano359706: Blimey 🙄 didn’t see this coming…#nonleague

@EthanPeppy: Can’t believe I’m reading this 😔, many memories made ⚫️⚪️

@JSM1884: Did not see this coming. Fucking hell

@fin34436631: Awful news to wake up, we’ve been signing players everyday almost and everyone’s been looking forward to next season, so many questions? No matter the league, Coalville I’ll be massive 🖤🤍

@charnwoodsman: Feel for the fans, and understand what they’re going through. 😞 The running costs for a non league club are so high and so many clubs are struggling. Makes you sick to then look at the inconceivable wealth that’s pooled at the very top of football. 😡

@hinckleyafcfan: Well, I wasn’t expecting that.

@CardyFreddie: Could this affect @HitchinTownFC I wonder?

@KierenGuicey: Well, this is a shock that’s come from out of nowhere. I’m really sorry to hear this has happened. I’ve been here quite a few times. Hope they can get back up and running soon

@NMFCJC08: Oh that’s a surprise great team all the best for the future

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