I’ve been meaning to add a reply to this thread for months, but now I’ve only just got round to it. I just wanted to add my thoughts and feelings to the death of Angmering Football Club. I played for the club for nearly 15 years and lived locally, so the club was very dear to my heart.
As many of you have said before in this thread, it’s such a great shame Angmering FC folded. I cannot believe after 101 years of existence the club has folded, those previous years have brought the club a lot of success and most importantly provided a team for players to play for each Saturday afternoon.
I, like many others was very annoyed and upset that Angmering Football Club was allowed to fold and both teams to fall out of the league, I have asked various people connected to the club, why this happened and the common explanation was; not getting the ground improvements approved, which then caused an exodus of players wanting to play for other local county teams, when it become apparent that Angmering FC would not be granted promotion to the County League Three.
Granted that players want to play at the highest level they can, so there’s always an option to play for other local county teams in higher divisions. What has become apparent that a select few of the ‘Angmering-based’ thought the grass would be ‘greener on the other-side’ to join these other local county teams, turning their back on Angmering FC (there’s definitely no loyalty in Football anymore at any level) I have to ask the question to those players who left: What is the point of going to a county team to sit on the bench each week or play in their Reserve Team? Surely that’s a drop down in standard to what you were playing at Angmering the season before?
In previous seasons players have tried their luck at their local county neighbours and when things didn’t work out, those players had the safeguard of returning back to Angmering FC for regular Football, when things didn’t work out. Unfortunately there is no Angmering Football Club for these players this anymore. Like I said before, I know loyalty doesn’t exist in Football, but those local-based players owed Angmering Football Club some loyalty for all the years of arranging Football for you each week and also to enjoy some memorable times, not just on the pitch but in the Bar as well. Angmering Football Club had one of the best match-day facilities outside the County League, it’s such a shame those facilities will not be enjoyed by local-based Angmering/Littlehampton players anymore.
A phrase to those players who left in pre-season ‘You don’t know what you’ve got until its gone’ I hope those players who deserted Angmering Football Club in pre-season realise what a mistake it was and the repercussions since.
I would like to thank all the Managers, Secretaries and Treasurers who gave up so much of their time, money and effort for Angmering FC, without those people the club would have not existed for 101 years. I’m, sure those people know who they are.