Sunday football decline continues as new season kicks off

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Another blow has been delivered to Sunday morning football on the eve of the new 2014/15 season, which kicks off this weekend.

For the Notts Sunday Morning League has lost another division.

The league, which used to comprise four sections with several divisions in each, is now made up of just five divisions -- one fewer than last term.

It reflects the curious decline in the popularity of Sunday football, which was glaringly reflected in Hucknall last season.

Former league champions and county cup winners T8’s disbanded before the campaign finished. And long-standing Plough Barflys were relegated from the top flight.

Now known as Barflys H2O, they are one of four Hucknall sides in Premier Division One -- the others being AFC H2O and also Athletico T8’s and The Empire, who clash in the first local derby of the season this coming Sunday.

However the main flag for the town is being carried in the Premier Premier Division by Green Dragon and Station Hotel, both of whom have new names for the new season.

Dragon, who are led by one of the few women managers in the Sunday game, Norma Hatfield, have switched to Half Moon to reflect a fresh sponsorship deal.

While Station are now known as Hucknall Town Sunday and will play their home matches at The Yellows’ Watnall Road ground.

They help to make up a 12-team top flight that includes the leading four from last term, champions Gedling Inn, Carltoin Top Spot, Trentside and Nuthall.

Three divisions in the league’s Senior Section i nclude The Nabb Inn and newly-promoted Bestwood Miners Welfare in the Second Division, plus newly-formed AFC Dowhan in the Third Division.

AFC Dowhan have been set up in memory of car-crash victim Craig Dowhan and will play at the home of Linby Colliery Welfare FC, whom he supported.

THE Notts Sunday Combination season also starts this weekend, with 32 teams in three divisions.