An open letter

It is with great sadness that we must announce our dissolution as a football club. It is said that all good things must come to an end, but after only nine years from founding it may come as a shock to some that this day has arrived so soon.

The football club over the years has had a fantastic support starting from our early years at the Hamsteels Inn, to our brief glimpse of stardom at Esh Winning FC, and all the way to our final resting place of Langley Park WMC. All of these places took us in, gave us somewhere to feel welcome, somewhere to call home, and we thank everyone involved with providing us this.

We've also had a number of sponsors in our nine years starting with AAH Pharmaceuticals and J.D. Crosby Construction, to the more recent Auckland Race Trux, and even Carolyn and Wilf chipping in to support the lads. Small local taxi firm B&M have helped us stay financially stable, as well as larger organisations like Northumbrian Water, Absolute Civil Engineering, and MGF. To all of these, with the AAP as well as Councillor Armstrong and the multitude of past sponsors we've missed, we would like to say a massive thank you.

But the biggest sponsor of Steelers FC has always been the local community. The people who scramble to get the last team on a football card, who turn up to a half full hall on a Friday night to cheer the lads on, and who bring tea and coffee (and bovril) on a cold winter morning for spectators to warm up. The people who take strips to and from the laundrette, who sell a football card on our behalf, and who go to meetings on a damp Thursday night when there's something good on the TV. The people who turn up wind, rain, or shine to run the line, who run stupid distances over stupid obstacles in the name of charity, who await eagerly at HQ to hear our latest result, and who have donated a wealth of raffle gifts to help the cause.

Steelers FC has never just been about the eleven men on the pitch, and that makes this announcement all the harder.

So, to everyone we've mentioned, and to those we've missed, please accept our heartfelt thanks. Without you we wouldn't have made it this far, and especially not with so many memories.

Steelers is dead. Long live Steelers!