Thousands of people have signed a petition to save Northern Premier League side North Ferriby United.
It comes after Carl and Terry, the owners of the village club, have submitted applications to change the name of the club and relocate them, 11 miles away.
The change.org petition page reads: “North Ferriby United AFC is a proud community football club with a rich heritage. We rose from the East Riding Church League in 1934 to secure FA Trophy glory in 2015 and promotion to the National League top flight in 2016. Since then we have experienced successive relegations and now play in the Evo-stik Northern Premier League.
“Now the owners of North Ferriby United (Carl and Terry Chadwick) have submitted separate applications to change the name of the club to East Hull FC and relocate it to Dunswell Park, 11 miles away. Dunswell belongs to the owner’s best friend and former Ferriby owner, Mr Jamie Waltham.
“The FA is leading a consultation on the change of name. This will be considered at the FA Council in 2019. The Northern Premier League will consider the proposed relocation separately. We also understand that the FA will consider the ground-grading of Dunswell.
“These proposals, if approved, will mean that North Ferriby United AFC will cease to exist. North Ferriby United has contributed greatly to the local and national footballing scene over the years – with many cup and league successes culminating in the amazing, victorious FA Trophy comeback in 2015. The club has a dedicated fanbase and a youth section that supports over 200 children who play football regularly.
“Currently, no statement has been made by the club on the applications.
“The FA has initiated a consultation on the name change with stakeholders, including, for example, the North Ferriby United Supporters Club, Supporters’ Direct and the Football Supporters’ Federation. View from the Allotment End, North Ferriby’s independent fanzine, will work to strongly resist this proposal and contribute to these stakeholder responses.”
One sports editor tried finding out more into the story…
I’m waiting on an official response from North Ferriby United on speculation the club have applied to change their name ahead of a move to Dunswell. However, one contact told me no new name change application has gone in and this is the same application lodged by Jamie Waltham.
— James Smailes (@James_Smailes) October 26, 2018
It was then reported that North Ferriby United owner Carl Chadwick said he will make a decision at the end of the season, he admitted the relocation plans are under consideration and that the name change application has been made.
It adds that with gates reduced and the shortfall in money, the owner agrees with the plans to move the club to Hull as it would significantly increase the attendances.
Football fans took to Twitter to give their reaction on the plans, majority backed the petition and voiced their anger at the proposed changes, many suggested they didn’t want another team like MK Dons – check those tweets out on the next page.
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