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macchiavelli Posted on 09/06/2018 09:51
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Shaw Lane FC, who have warranted a few mentions on our sites in the past, have effectively folded.

'Non-league Yorkshire side Shaw Lane have resigned from the Evo-Stik League.

Club owner Craig Wood said that "he has taken the club as far as he could".

Wood said: "It has cost me personally well over one million pounds to achieve what we have."

The club, who were only founded in 2012, have failed to find new investors to keep the first team going - but they will keep their junior section going.'

A reminder, if any were needed, of how ephemeral non-league football can be.

How lucky are we to have had the Silkmen to support since the 1870s?
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bollingtonblue Posted on 10/06/2018 01:19
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The problem for Shaw Lane (Aquaforce) was that they were a local pub side in Barnsley that had no ground and support of about 200. The owner who bankrolled them up about 6 leagues never had a sensible longer term strategy to create a sustainable club. I wonder if Forest Green Rovers may go the same way one day?
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boomer22 Posted on 10/06/2018 11:21
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Or Salford City when the owners get bored.... yes we have a tradition and no one can take that away. Proud to be Macc and that's the way it will be for life.
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lythamandblues Posted on 10/06/2018 14:43
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... and Colne Dynamoes - who like Shaw Lane didn't have a ground (their owner's idea was for their 250 supporters to ground share with Burnley!), so could spend all their money on inflated salaries.

Whilst Eastleigh have a ground it will be interesting to see how they prosper, now their 'sugar daddy' has gone to Sunderland; whilst Billericay fans must be concerned that their 'temperamental' owner could "spit out his dummy", and "take his ball home at any time.

In addition to the over inflated wages that have skewed the system, Shaw Lane's demise has also had knock on effects with at least 3 teams being moved to different Leagues at this stage of the summer.

Hednesford Town who were in the NPL last year, had been moved to the new Southern League - Central, so had been re-shaping their team to include more part-time players who could handle trips to the likes of Kettering, Lowestoft etc., e.g. adding players based south of B'ham, rather than north; only to be told last night that they're going to be moved back to the NPL...

Not surprisingly they have appealed, especially as Coalville and King's Lynn are both (slightly) more northerly than they are.
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metz1984 Posted on 10/06/2018 15:40
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Not salford City they are aiming high...
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metz1984 Posted on 10/06/2018 15:42
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Plenty of shaw lane players to look at then..[;)]
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saltpie Posted on 10/06/2018 15:59
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Nuneaton are another side who I think have released all their players and are struggling for survival.
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