A non league club have announced that they have had no choice but to fold after seven months in existence.
Wakefield United, who formed in December 2018, announced the news yesterday on their social media, putting some blame on the council too.
The club was set up and aimed to “increase participation in sport and encourage refugees and asylum seekers living in our community to be active” and since then had been “blown away” by the positive reaction they received.
They got a huge amount of attention a following on the back of having ‘The Cribs’ band logo on the front of their new shirts, sponsoring Wakefield United for what was planned to be their debut season.
Also this year, a new separate ambitious club Wakefield AFC was launched and will be playing in the Central Midlands Northern League for the 2019-20 season and are to play home games at Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre before eventually moving to the new Belle Vue stadium.
Wakefield United stated on Twitter: “Apologies for the silence. We regret to inform you that for a number of reasons the club will not be continuing its plans. Firstly let us thank the many thousands of you who have joined us on our journey, your support out in the world has been incredible.
“Sadly though we were hit by the formation of not one but two Wakefield football clubs in the same season, in a city with no real football heritage or venues to call home. We reached out to various local clubs to form a partnership to host our games, they declined.”
“And commercial venues were charging way beyond what we could realistically pay, bearing in mind we can’t charge players subs to play or train. Wakefield Council similarly offered no support here either, they refused to discount venues owned by them. No home, no games, sadly.”
After learning of the news, a huge amount of fans expressed sadness with lots hoping it wouldn’t be the last time they saw of them, others disappointed with the council – check out what they had to say on the next page.