BREAKING NEWS: Boston Sunday League is disbanded, following a five-year absence from action

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Officials have blown the full time whistle on the Boston and District Sunday Football League... after 51 years.

The league has not been in operation for the past five seasons, due to a lack of teams taking part.

But the Boston and District Sunday League committee originally decided to suspend the competition, in the hope that interest would pick up.

But despite strenuous efforts from the committee and the Lincs FA, their work was to no avail.

However, at Wednesday’s league AGM, the decision was taken to disband the league.

Formed in 1963, attracting teams was not a problem in the early years for the Sunday League.

At it’s peak in 1983, it had 41 teams and five reserve sides operating in four divisions.

However,since 1995 there has been a steady decline culminating in the League being suspended in 2009, when only three entries were received.

Sunday League chairman Roger Gell said: “It is a sad day, but has been inevitable for sometime.

“The Sunday League has been in a suspended state for five years during which time there has been no interest shown in Sunday football whatsoever.

“The management committee have done all they can and were left with no alternative other than to disband the league.

“I would like to express my appreciation to all the league officers, management committee members, clubs, players and referees who have been an integral part of the Sunday League during the 51 years that it has been in existence.”

This is in stark contrast to The Saturday League, which has nine new teams seeking membership for next season.