Sunday League ready to celebrate 50th season

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The Burnley and District Sunday Football League have announced they will soon begin a 50th year of competition in the town.

The league’s chairman John Pilling, who was involved with the founding of the league, said: “It’s a great milestone to reach – the league was only started to give amateur footballers the opportunity to play football on Sundays, as well as Saturdays.”

Treasurer Jeff Sumner who has been associated with the league for a mere 40 years, agreed: “We are happy to announce our 50th year as a league – it’s a great achievement.

“There has been a drastic decline of adult football in Burnley – the Burnley and District Amateur Saturday Football League fell by the wayside some years ago, due to the lack of interest from teams wanting to join their league, and that left the Burnley Sunday League as the only amateur football league within the borough.

“The Burnley Sunday Football League has also seen a decline in teams joining the league over the years, but we are committed to keeping the league going while there is enough demand from teams to continue.”

The pair added: “Over the time since the league was formed, we have had many previous sponsors who have helped the league to survive, and we would like to thank them all for their support through the years, as well as the present set of sponsors, the Burnley Miners Welfare Club, Vintage Clarets, Alderson and Horan Funeral Services, Charlie Briggs and Fixings North West.

“We thank them enormously – without their donated support the league couldn’t survive.”

The league are hoping to celebrate the 50th anniversary with a football tournament later in the year , and details will be published at a later date.

If any teams are interested in joining the Sunday League, they need to contact John Pilling on 433754 or Heather Lane on Bly 702212. Fingers crossed for another 50 years!