Norwich Sunday League side AFC Wanderers drop out of Premier Division

AFC Wanderers celebrate winning the Norfolk Sunday Senior Cup final at Carrow Road in 2014. Picture:

AFC Wanderers celebrate winning the Norfolk Sunday Senior Cup final at Carrow Road in 2014. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

Fifteen years of Sunday League team spirit and success has had to be put on the back burner by Norwich team AFC Wanderers.

Problems with player commitment and reliability have forced the Norwich and District Sunday League Premier Division side to pull out – after the Eaton Park-based side failed to fulfil their last four fixtures – leaving 11 teams in the division.

Founder member and secretary Jason Bush admitted his disappointment but said he hopes the club may one day be revived.

'It's a great shame but hopefully people haven't seen the back of us yet,' he said.

'We've kept the kit and training tops and enough to get started again but the player commitment was low and the level of players you need to sign is high, and you can't just sign young players because in the end it'll knock their confidence.

'You need senior players in the Premier Division because it's still a good standard.'

The club's downfall comes soon after a great season of success for the club in 2013/14, including finishing as runners-up in the Premier Division, winning the League Cup and the Norfolk Sunday Senior Cup, beating Windmill 2-1 in the final at Carrow Road.

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That made it a third successive season as runners-up in the top flight, having won the 1A title and the League Cup in 2008.

'We started up 15 years ago as a youth team,' Bush added. 'Then the first league available to us was the Crusader League and then obviously joined the Evening News Sunday League and never looked back.

'We've had a lot of players since their early teens all the way through and I think the commitment is just not there any more.'

The league's committee has warned other clubs that players registered with AFC Wanderers will not be able to sign for other clubs in the league until money owed to the league has been paid – with any club breaching this to be charged.