In a league of their own? Tigers lose NPL appeal

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Worksop Town have been left looking for a league play in next season, after the Northern Premier League rejected an appeal to rescind their resignation.

The Evo-Stik Northern Premier League released a statement this afternoon confirming that the league committee had considered the appeal, but chosen to stand by the original resignation decision.

The statement said: “The Northern Premier League has confirmed the resignation of Worksop Town from the competition.”

“The League will now await instruction from The FA as to its revised constitution of clubs for Season 2014-2015 which when received will be published on this website.”

Tigers boss Mark Shaw was in the Guardian office when the news came through and called it a ‘catastrophic blow’ but he and the board of directors have already begun to investigate their options.

Along with the possibility of a further appeal, Tigers could find themselves in the Northern Counties East League next season – or in the absolute worse case scenario, without a league to play in.

The news comes less than 24 hours after Tigers held an emergency meeting with the fans, to talk about the way forward for the club.

Around 150 supporters quizzed the board of directors on financial backer Jason Clark’s departure and the decision to resign from the Northern Premier League.

Fans called for more transparency, and were assured by chairman Ian Smith that the board wanted the fans to be part of future decisions.

The board, meanwhile, asked for unity and for everyone to draw a line under the past so they can move forward.

First team boss Shaw delivered a presentation on his ideas for the club’s survival, including a membership scheme and associations with other local sports clubs.

The proposals were well received, with many supporters signing up for fundraising roles along with the membership programme.

Tigers also hope to become involved with the Vesuvius development again, and work hand in hand with local MP John Mann and Bassetlaw Council.

Meetings have already taken place between the club and local politicians.

Next season Worksop Town will ply their trade at Sandy Lane, having renewed their agreement with leaseholder Pete Whitehead.

The Windsor Foodservice supremo has also offered the club a £10,000 sponsorship deal, provided they can pay their rent – a sum of £19,600 – up front in July.