A rescue bid has been launched for historic Darlaston Town FC, as a committee was set up to try to secure its future.
Fundraising will now begin to try to raise the £5,000 needed to get the long-standing team playing again next year.
It comes after the club was pulled from the league, putting its 140-year history at risk. But almost 100 people flocked to a meeting about its future last night.
They agreed to set up a commitee and have registered the club with the Birmingham County FA to make sure its proud history remains unbroken.
Scores of supporters flocked to Dalaston All Active Centre in Willenhall Road for the meeting last night. Club historian Neil Chambers, who was elected the new club chairman last night, said he had a ‘fantastic reaction’ to the meeting.
He called the meeting following news the club had allegedly folded.
“This has got some pride back into the name of Darlaston Town Football Club but this is only the first step on a long road back,” he said. “We still need plenty of help to succeed and the committee will now be approaching local businesses and individuals for assistance.”
Councillor Doug James, representative for Darlaston, told the meeting: “This is the opening of another chapter in the history of this football club. To move forward we have to have governance and local support and I will help in any way.”
Councillor Keith Chambers added: “This is a cracking idea. I am prepared to make a financial contribution on a regular basis and will cut the grass if necessary.”
Darlaston Town FC, formed in 1874 and a founder member of the Midlands league in 1962, had no team after resigning from the West Midlands Regional League this season.