Ottery St Mary resign from the South West Peninsula League
PUBLISHED: 10:21 31 May 2012
Ottery St Mary AFC have withdrawn from the South West Peninsula League.
The shock news means that the Otters will now apply to play in the Fresha Devon and Exeter League.
It also means that both Exmouth Town and Budleigh Salterton will each have one less East Devon derby to play next season.
The SWP League released a short statement on it’s website www.swpleague.co.uk on Wednesday afternoon.
It read : “Ottery St Mary AFC have withdrawn from the SW Peninsula League and will seek a place in the Devon & Exeter League. The clubs reasons are best left for the club officers to respond to but finance was the principle reason given to the league. The withdrawal was well beyond the required date of 31st March and as such the club have been fined and I can confirm that has now been paid today, meaning they have no remaining obligations to this league. This withdrawal has left the proposed constitution for the East Division down to 15 clubs. However league officers have moved fast to liaise with the three Devon based clubs currently operating in the 17 team West Division with the purpose of transferring one to the East Division so that both East and West have 16 clubs each. We have found a club willing to transfer to East whilst a further club has declined and the remaining club have a meeting this week. Until we know the outcome from this third club we cannot confirm which club will be transferring, but clearly one club will be and therefore both divisions will run with 16 clubs. We hope to announce the name of the club transferring by the weekend.”
There is yet to be official news from the Otters with regard to the reasoning behind it although finance and costs are thought to be very high on the reasons for departure list – we’ll bring you more news on this when we get more.
What is clear is that finance is getting ever tighter and football, certainly as we know it, may continue to change over the next few seasons as more and more clubs come to terms with the difficulties of funding club football – be at whatever level the club plays in.