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Sam Reddington, 17, of Flintham, saves soccer Saturday for East Bridgford under-18s

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The last remaining football team from a village in the Advertiser area faces its biggest challenge yet.

East Bridgford under-18s, a team made up of players who have been together since their primary school years, has lost its manager and management committee, which could spell an end for the age group.

Former manager and village resident Matt Allan stepped down after 12 years in the role while all the current committee will also leave their positions ahead of the new season.

Sam Reddington in the under-12 cup final back row, second left. Credit: Spike Photography Ltd (48090010)
Sam Reddington in the under-12 cup final back row, second left. Credit: Spike Photography Ltd (48090010)

Team captain Sam Reddington, 17, of Flintham, is leading the fight to keep the club going for at least one more year until his team-mates spread their wings for university and pastures new.

Determined to spend another season at East Bridgford, Reddington offered to be the player-manager with support from his dad, Paul Reddington, who has agreed to act as the club’s secretary.

“Matt has worked hard over all these years running the team, taking us for training in sun, snow and rain, sticking with us through thick and thin, even marking out the lines on the pitch, so it’s a shame he’s stopping,” Sam said.

Sam Reddington. Credit: Spike Photography Ltd (48090004)
Sam Reddington. Credit: Spike Photography Ltd (48090004)

“I want to carry his good work forward and have a go at taking the team to the top of the league in what will probably be our final year together.”

Two other parents have also come forward as club chairman and welfare officer, however, a treasure is still needed to keep the club running.

Reddington, who has played for the village side since he was four, is also in the midst of recruiting players aged 16 to 17, as four team-mates have moved on due to the league’s age restrictions.

The team is also searching for a treasurer and has asked the sporting community to share their message.

The person doesn’t need to be a parent of a player, but does need to understand and control the flow of money that is coming in and out of the club.

If you can help, contact Paul via the details below.

To find out more or to register your interest, phone or text club secretary Paul Reddington on 07973 379448 or email sales@spikephoto.com

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