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Memorial League fights for survival
THE Harry Dewhurst Memorial League could be forced to fold if it doesn’t find new teams.
The league, founded in 1986, is now down to just four teams and league officials fear it could have to call it a day if they cannot attract more clubs.
At its height, the league had three divisions and 36 clubs. But in recent years, numbers have dwindled and has been reduced to just one division of nine teams for the last few seasons. Initially named the Sunday Memorial League, it was renamed the Harry Dewhurst Memorial League in memory of its former secretary who passed away a decade ago.
Peter Tate, the league’s current secretary says he will do everything within his power to keep the league going and maintain the memory of Harry.
“The last thing we want is for the league to fold,” said Tate. “But the truth is that is what will happen if we don’t find new teams.
“The league was renamed in Harry’s memory when he sadly passed away and we will do everything we can to make sure the league continues in his honour.”
Tate has been with the league since it was formed, first as secretary of founder member team Station Arms before becoming registration secretary the following season.
He admitted he would be ‘devastated’ if it folded.
At its peak, the league attracted teams from Blackburn, Darwen, Haslingden and across Hyndburn.
But the steady decline in numbers has now reached a critical level.
“Our problem is that our matches have been scattered around the place compared to a league like the Blackburn Sunday League which is mainly based at one venue.
“I know we won’t get back up to the heights of three divisions but it would be wonderful if we could get one competitive division going and perhaps increase it to two in a few years time.
“I have been involved with the league since it was formed and would be absolutely devastated if we had to fold.”
Any teams who would like to join should contact Peter Tate on 01204 468718 or email email@example.com