Evo-Stik Premier Division club Shaw Lane AFC have announced their withdrawal from football.

The Barnsley outfit made headlines last season as they reached the FA Cup first round, ultimately losing 3-1 to League Two Mansfield Town. However, without the necessary backing, the club have outlined their withdrawal from competition in the following statement:

‘It is with great regret and sadness that Shaw Lane AFC (first team only) have informed the relevant bodies of their withdrawal from all Football matters with immediate effect. It has been well publicised that the club has been trying to attract inward investment in the last few weeks to take the club forward. This announcement does not affect the Junior Section, which remains unaffected by this news.

Chairman Craig Wood, the club’s owner, feels that he has taken the club as far as he could and was seeking fresh investment to take the club to the next level. This was not forthcoming within the timescales necessary therefore; exploratory talks had taken place with a Wakefield based consortium, which again could not provide the required guarantees necessary for the club to compete in step 3 of the football league pyramid.

The objective when Shaw Lane FC started was to give Barnsley a non-league football club, which could work together with Barnsley FC and the council to become an asset for the community and a development club for the Borough’s promising players. Unfortunately neither of these bodies shared his vision and Craig has decided to retire from the club and concentrate on developing his business and spending more time with his young family.

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