Three-time champions missing from Chesterfield Sunday League's big kick-off
A notable absentee will mark the new Chesterfield and District NAPIT Sunday League season when it kicks off this weekend.
For one of the league’s leading sides, Hasland Devonshire, who have been crowned champions in three of the previous four campaigns, have folded and are not among the roll-call of clubs ready for 2016/17.
Nevertheless, there are 67 clubs competing across six divisions and it’s clear that while many Sunday leagues across the country are suffering through declining numbers, the Chesterfield league remains relatively healthy.
As well as the league action, two cup competitions, the Alma and the Chatsworth, are sure to be keenly contested.
Five new teams have joined the league. They are FC Brimington, who will play in Division One, FC Badger and Birdholme, who will tackle Division Three, and Blue Bell Hasland and Hasland Community A, who will line up in Division Six.
Several clubs have also adopted new names for the 2016/17 action. In Division Two, Hady Villa will now be known as Shoulder Of Mutton, while in the Third Division, Crispin Casuals will now be known as Black Swan.
In Division Four, Brimington Arms have changed their name to New All Inn, while Evolution have evolved into Bridge Inn and Royal Oak Rangers will now be known as Chesterfield Rangers. In Division Five, the new name for Astwith All Stars is Holmewood Park Rangers, while Hasland Community have switched to Hasland Community Eagles. Finally, in the Sixth Division, New Bolsover Social Club have changed their name to AFC Cavendish.
You can follow the league’s news and results in the Derbyshire Times every week.