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Update emerges on ex-Conference club who last played match in 2020

An update seemingly emerges on ex-Conference club Droylsden who last played a match of any kind back in 2020 pre-lockdown.

The Bloods haven’t been part of the English football system since they resigned from the Northern Premier League Division One North West, the eighth tier.

On the 6th of August 2020, Droylsden withdrew from the NPL, citing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the club.

On the 26th of May 2021, Droylsden announced they would not field a team in any competition for the 2021–22 season, due to the financial impact of the pandemic.

Fans expected possibly some kind of update for the 2022/23 season, however no official word had come from them and fears still remain for some over whether they have a future at all. Though there might just be life in Droylsden just yet.

In 2020, they wrote via their website: Droylsden FC have as of today resigned from the Northern Premier League and will also take no part in Cup Competition this season

In a letter sent to the Northern Premier League Chairman Dave Pace described the decision as the most difficult he has ever had to make.

However the disruption caused by the Covid-19 crisis has left him with no alternative.

The closing of the social club and its function rooms since the start of the pandemic, the main income source with no indication of any restart on viable trading terms along with a loss of income from the club’s main sponsor has left the club with no visible alternative income stream during the crisis.

“The club may hopefully survive this crisis and continue into the future in less challenging circumstances than we find ourselves in during the present”

The club will be making no further statement at the present time.

– STATEMENT ENDS –

May 2021 saw Coun David Mills, Tameside councillor for Droylsden East, told the Manchester Evening News: “It’s a massive loss and it is devastating for Droylsden that they won’t be taking part in the upcoming season.

“Dave and [wife] Stella are cornerstones of the community, they have a great club. Dave has been there a very long time.

“We are obviously worried about the future of the football club as this is the second season they won’t be able to take part, but hopefully with the easing of restrictions in a few weeks the financial situation at the club will improve.

“The council works very closely with the football club and all our other businesses with support throughout the pandemic, and if the club needs further assistance they know where we are.”

In the statement issued (May 26th 2021), Mr Peace said he had ‘heavily subsidised’ the club since taking over as chairman more than 30 years ago.

In a letter sent to the league, Mr Pace said the decision was ‘the most difficult he has ever had to make’, but insisted the Covid crisis had ‘left him with no alternative’.

He added: “The club may hopefully survive this crisis and continue into the future in less challenging circumstances than we find ourselves in during the present.”

Droylsden was founded in 1892 and played home matches at the Butcher’s Arms Ground – though since 2020, the stadium has been home to Stretford Paddock FC.

The Bloods reached the fifth tier of English football back in 2007, and placed 16th in the Northern Premier League Division One North West table when the 2019-20 season was halted due to the pandemic.

In April 2022 however, there is a slight glimmer of hope, as @CharlieBunyan tweeted: “Just bumped into Dave Pace. First time I’d seen him since March, 2020. He said he’s not ready to speak yet but he does have plans to bring back @Droylsden_FC.”

LEAGUE HISTORY (SINCE 2003)

2003-04 NPL-Prem | 44 PLD | 86 PTS | 2/23 POS
2004-05 CONF-North | 42 PLD | 79 PTS | 3/22 POS
2005-06 CONF-North | 42 PLD | 72 PTS | 4/22 POS
2006-07 CONF-North | 42 PLD | 75 PTS | 1/22 POS
2007-08 CONF-Nat | 46 PLD | 24 PTS | 24/24 POS
2008-09 CONF-North | 42 PLD | 68 PTS | 7/22 POS
2009-10 CONF-North | 40 PLD | 64 PTS | 5/21 POS
2010-11 CONF-North | 40 PLD | 60 PTS | 8/21 POS
2011-12 CONF-North | 42 PLD | 59 PTS | 9/22 POS
2012-13 CONF-North | 42 PLD | 22 PTS | 21/22 POS
2013-14 NPL-Prem | 46 PLD | 9 PTS | 24/24 POS
2014-15 NPL-1N | 42 PLD | 63 PTS | 10/22 POS
2015-16 NPL-1N | 42 PLD | 39 PTS | 19/22 POS
2016-17 NPL-1N | 42 PLD | 54 PTS | 13/22 POS
2017-18 NPL-1N | 42 PLD | 50 PTS | 13/22 POS
2018-19 NPL-1W | 38 PLD | 43 PTS | 14/20 POS
2019-20 NPL-1NW | 30 PLD | 27 PTS | ABAND

CLUB RECORDS:

Record league attendance: 15,000 vs Hyde United – Manchester League, 1921
Record cup attendance: vs Grimsby Town, FA Cup 1st Round, 1976 – variously given as 4,250, 4,500 and 5,018
Record defeat: 1-13 vs Chorley, NPL Premier Division 5 April 2014
FA Cup best performance: Second round proper – 1978-79, 2008–09 (expelled for fielding an ineligible player), 2010–11 (eliminated AET in the replay by Leyton Orient)
FA Trophy best performance: Third round proper – 1998–99, 2007–08
FA Vase best performance: Third round – 1986–87, 1989–90

As mentioned, an update emerges on the ex-Conference club who last played any kind of match in 2020…

@the_tinkerman: Any update for this season? 22-23

@PaulRoo6Times: Something I’d love to see/hear that 🤞 Brilliant Non League Club and would be great to see them back 🙏🙏🙏

@DroylsdenAle: Free entry to all the people who gave to the Go fund page for the first 10 matches???

@Droyjfc: Great to hear that kind of news.Anything positive is a buzz

@ianmccormack: Fingers crossed, walked past the ground t’other day and sad to see it empty. Still looks clean and tidy from what I could see though.

@Brianhesmondha2: Truely hope so

@GaryGar50994862: So nice to see them back. Hoping they clean up the stand behind goal full of pigeon poo on hand rails and dead pigeons in roof last time I visited there hygiene

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