Northern League club Washington survive to play again – with a new-look set-up

Washington (red) take on Guisborough Town earlier this season.

Washington (red) take on Guisborough Town earlier this season.

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Washington have withdrawn their resignation from the Ebac Northern League – with a new-look behind-the-scenes set-up.

The Mechanics, based at Nissan Sports Complex, will again compete in Division One next season.

Outgoing Washington chairman Derek Armstrong

Outgoing Washington chairman Derek Armstrong

A statement, from outgoing chairman Derek Armstrong, said: “As the number of volunteers running the football club dwindled, it was decided from the end of the 2016/2017 season to resign from the Ebac Northern League.

“An appeal was subsequently made in the local press/social media etc, to find help to take over/assist with the administration of the club.

“I am delighted to say that we were approached by Washington AFC, who are a long established junior club in the town.

“They are a well-run organisation with a wealth of administrative experience (currently running 48 teams).

“The two clubs are now joining forces. Although the clubs will continue to run independently, members of the AFC committee will be taking over the main administrative roles (chairman and secretary), with more assistance provided by others in their set-up.

“Everyone connected to the clubs are now looking forward to the 2017/2018 season.”

Rob Cutler is the new chairman, with Lee Holmes secretary.