Defiant Durham Alliance League looks to bright future, refuting rumours it will fold

Murton (red) take on Birtley in a recent Durham Alliance League clash
Murton (red) take on Birtley in a recent Durham Alliance League clash
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THE Durham Alliance League has strongly dismissed rumours of its imminent demise.

The Saturday afternoon league is enjoying a renaissance season, with 15 teams on board, but has seen the Wearside Combination League announce that it will close for good at the end of the campaign.

We have had quite a number of enquiries and the league management committee is very confident for the future

The league last night issued a statement, emphasising their determination to continue developing as “one of the best grassroots leagues in the county”.

The statement read: “Contrary to the rumours circulating and emanating from various sources regarding the league’s future, the Durham Alliance League management committee would like it to be known that the league is NOT folding and not amalgamating with any other league. It will continue next season, and for many seasons to come, regardless of what is happening elsewhere.

“If anyone wants to know what is happening with the league then get in touch with the league secretary or any league official.

“We have had quite a number of enquiries and the league management committee is very confident for the future. The league has been going since 1936 (Washington League) and is still very strong with a lot of excellent clubs and a very strong management committee.

“The league has had a number of enquiries for next season and would like to speak to any club which fancies the challenge of joining an affordable and high-standard league.

“Every match in the league has a referee and two assistants appointed, with the costs being shared between both clubs in every match. The standard of refereeing is excellent with a lot of up and coming referees alongside the more experienced ones.

“We have been developing clubs for a long time and will continue to do so while encouraging any club to move to a higher standard if that is what they are aiming for.

“No club has left this league to join another league without being able to hold their own on the field and with their administration.

“This is one of the best grassroots leagues in the county and will continue to be so.”

Any clubs interested in joining should call secretary Bob Sinclair on 07502 404053 or email bob.sinclair@durhamallianceleague.org.uk