FOOTBALL clubs across the area have reacted with shock and sympathy after Droylsden decided to resign from next season.
The Butcher’s Arms club will now not take part in Northern Premier League Division One North/West or any cup competitions for the 2020/21 campaign.
That decision has seen messages of support and understanding from the likes of Hyde United, Stalybridge Celtic and Mossley.
Droylsden admitted the lack of income from the social club and function rooms, which had to close because of the Covid-19 pandemic, caused the call to be made.
Having no money from the club’s main sponsor as they spelled out their reasons.
The club said in a statement: “Droylsden FC have as of today resigned from the Northern Premier League and will also take no part in cup competition this season.
“In a letter sent to the Northern Premier League, chairman Dave Pace described the decision as the most difficult he has ever had to make.
“However, the disruption caused by the Covid-19 crisis has left him with no alternative.
“The closing of the social club and its function rooms since the start of the pandemic, the main income source with no indication of any restart on viable trading terms along with a loss of income from the club’s main sponsor has left the club with no visible alternative income stream during the crisis.
“The club may hopefully survive this crisis and continue into the future in less challenging circumstances than we find ourselves in during the present”