A FOOTBALL club that last kicked a ball almost 75 years ago looks set for a phoenix-like resurrection next season.
Ambitious plans are afoot for Skegness United to join the Lincolnshire League next season, 72 years after the outbreak of World War Two brought the original club to a premature end.
And the new set-up looks set to enjoy plenty of links to its historic heyday after it was announced that the club’s chairman, former Skegness Grammar teacher Geoff Farrar, will be holding the same role that his grandfather once filled.
He said: “The background work still has a way to go but we feel that a new team in Skegness linking the town’s name with the ‘United’ tag would blend significant links with the past while looking forward to a bright future.
“We are fiercely determined that our ambitions will be realised and are aiming to progress quickly up the football pyramid while bringing FA Cup football back to the town.
“We are fully aware that our results have to do the talking but we are confident that we can attract the calibre of player who will share our vision and along with the support of the people of Skegness, we believe we can achieve all our goals,” he added.
If Skegness United succeed in their aims then they will resurrect what was, in the early half the the 20th century, the main team in Skegness.
It enjoyed great success from 1909 through to 1939 before the war brought about its untimely demise.
The club hopes to play at the newly-refurbished Wainfleet Road playing fields and as a committee, they are hopeful that the team they will put together will make a positive impact in the forthcoming season.
Geoff added: “The committee is made up of local ‘football’ people, all of whom believe that the club can eventually be an important part of the local community sporting scene as it develops and grows junior sections, which provide pathways for young footballers into the adult game.”
For further details about the club visit their website at www.skegnessunitedfc.co.uk.