Sunday League outfit Shirley Rose withdraw from their League due to lack of players'

Monday 14th October 2019

A Sunday League team based in Bromley has been forced to withdraw from their league due to a lack of interest within their squad of mainly 19-20 year-old amateur footballers.


Shirley Rose FC played their games at Norman Park on Hayes Lane and have had to withdraw from the Orpington & Bromley District Sunday Football League Fourth Division after playing only four games this season.

Their campaign kicked-off with a 9-4 home defeat to Brockley Reserves on 1 September 2019, before suffering a 5-2 home defeat to Royal Southwark in the Presidents Charity Cup.

Thameside Albion then thrashed them 9-0 at Sydenham Sports Club before Shirley Rose pulled out of their league following a 3-1 defeat at AFC Croydon Town Reserves on 29 September.

Shirley Rose were rooted to the foot of a 10-side Fourth Division table without any points from their three league games. The League has seven divisions.

“Unfortunately we will be folding so early into the season,” said a club statement.

“It’s a struggle for the management team to put in so much effort to run the club but only have less than 11 players willing to play each week when there’s a squad of 25+ players.

“That being said, we have a few reliable individuals who are willing to continue playing week in week out, so if you’re a team that need players, please contact us on our Twitter account.”

Thameside Albion and New Beckenham currently lead the league table with maximum points from their opening three league outings.