I said at the start of the season, that some of our clubs could be facing a hard season, with finances very much to the fore. Well sadly that is certainly the case at Dinnington Town, who are facing a very bleak future.
The club was formed in 2000 and have been highly successful, either winning a cup or promotion in each of their 10 seasons. They started out at Phoenix Park with barely more than dressing rooms but the players, under manager Steve Toyne, soldiered on together and built up the ground to what it is today.
Dinnington started in the Central Midlands League and progressed to the North Counties East League, where they won the Division One title and were rewarded with a place in the Premier Division. Last season saw them reach their pinnacle with a great 5-2 League Cup Final win over favorites Armthorpe Welfare, after playing the best football I have ever seen from a Dinnington side.
Sadly, instead of moving forward, it only served to knock them back this season. They’re currently next to bottom and with finances at an all-time low, gates falling alarmingly and players leaving, Toyne has stated that without financial help the club is in grave danger of folding at the end of the season.
Secretary Chris Dearns told me: “We’re having a torrid time and we’re desperate to find some sort of financial backing from a sponsor or individuals, while we also need people to help run the club.”
If anyone can help, contact Chris on 07802-542335.
On the field, Dinnington have lost all eight games in the new year and have taken just two points from their last 13 games. They suffered another setback when they crashed 4-0 at home to Hall Road Rangers and it looks ominous for them on Saturday when they travel to in-form Selby Town.