Gravesend Football League closes after 108 years

PUBLISHED: 09:13 16 July 2012

Assistant secretary for the Gravesend Football League has told how officials ‘did everything possible’ to try and prevent its demise.

It was announced on Wednesday that the league would be folding, ending 108 years of Saturday football in the borough.

Peter Danzey, 67, said: “The number of teams has been declining over the years. We put adverts in the paper, flyers on cars and even went into local pubs. It’s a great shame that none of our efforts paid off.”

He added that the wider community would also be affected by the league’s collapse.

“Local councils will lose revenue as we won’t be hiring pitches and local charities will be affected too. We used to pride ourselves on the amount we’d raise for charity each season.”

Officials chose to end the league after only five teams turned up to the annual meeting on July 3rd.

These have now been transferred to other leagues.

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