Future is bright for clubs as merger is approved

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I have talked a lot this season about the ‘bad’ side of football, with finances, discipline and poor football often hitting the headlines.

So it is particularly pleasing to say something good for a change - namely a merger between Handsworth FC and Worksop Parramore, who will become Handsworth Parramore after being granted FA permission.

The ‘new’ club will play at Sandy Lane, Worksop, in the NCEL Premier Division, with the reserve side continuing in the Pete’s Patisserie County Senior League’s top flight.

John Ward, chairman of Handsworth, will chair the merged club, while Parramore chairman Peter Whitehead and Max Ross will act as trustees and committee members.

“Over the past year we have worked closely together,” Whitehead said.

“And to prove our point Worksop Parramore have included six of Handsworth’s highly successful Under 19s players in our North Counties East League side during the season.

“The merger went ahead a year ago and it is proving a great success.”

The club are now searching for a new ground, which will be located in the “heart of Handsworth”.

“John and I have over fifty years of experience,” Whitehead added, “which will be put to good use.

“The ground will be one that could see our new club go all the way up the football pyramid.”

The club will also enter a youth team into the County Senior League’s U21 Division next season.

The Easter holidays brought few treats for our local clubs, meanwhile.

Hallam’s last home game this season saw them crash to a 3-1 defeat, while Worsbrough Bridge lost 2-1 at Hall Road Rangers.

That was Chris Hilton’s last game, as he resigned afterwards.

Sheffield FC lost 3-2 to Loughborough Dynamoes on Saturday, and then fell 3-1 to Belper Town.