Blackbrook ARLFC, who in the past have nurtured the early talents of such world class players as Saints skipper James Roby, former England captain James Graham and Man of Steel Paul Wellens, have been forced to quit the Kingston Press National Conference.
The long-established club handed in their resignation on Friday after it become clear they couldn’t raise a team for the following day’s third division fixture at Beverley.
They had also been struggling to field a full strength side from the opening day of the campaign and also faced similar problems in 2017 when they failed to fulfil their final two fixtures of the season.
It’s a massive body blow to officials - and their dedicated band of supporters - and questions must be asked as to why such a great amateur club has fallen on hard times.
Late chairman Harold Swift, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2004 Honours List for his outstanding services to services to amateur Rugby League, and one-time backroom workaholic George Morrison will both be turning in their graves at recent events.
But hopefully Brook will rise again and regain their status as one of the most progressive and forward-thinking clubs in the amateur game.
It would be a crying shame if the club, which was formed in 1952, goes to the wall but I’m sure there are people out there willing to help resurrect their fortunes.
Time to stand up and be counted !