Buxton Taverners League calls time after 37 years

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AFTER 37 years, the once thriving Buxton Taverners Sunday Football League is to fold at the end of the season.

The decision was announced at a meeting of the league on March 12.

The league has been running throughout 2011/12 with one division of nine teams following the resignation of three teams at the start of the season. It has also been confirmed that two teams are due to leave the league for pastures new, with another looking likely to fold.

League stalwart Pete Machin said: “With practically no chance of anyone joining the league, although an appeal has gone out, it would be totally impractical to run a league of six teams.

“Several issues are to blame for the league’s demise. There is a general lack of interest among players, expensive costs to run teams efficiently, no junior players progressing to senior status at the age of 16, Sky Sports Sunday football, to name but a few.”

The loss of major clubs over the years, such as Prince ‘90, Gaslight, Dog Inn, Bakewell Manners, Bakers Arms, White Lion, etc, were a big blow to the league, and there is also a severe shortage of team managers and league administrators.

Started in 1975 as the Barstools League, under Alan Blood, Dave Preece and the late Mick Lomas, primarily based at the Sun Inn, the league steadily went from strength to strength, and since 1977/78 under Rob Morrissey, Anne Brindley and Kevin Ravenscroft, it became a serious venture.

A total of 35 committee ladies and men have served the league, up to the present day, some only hanging around for one season, others, such as Mick McMahon, clocking up 27 years.

Pete added: “Every attempt will be made to complete all fixtures, cup finals, representative games, etc, and finish off the league in the right and proper manner.”