Barnsley Saturday League folds

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The Barnsley Saturday League has disbanded after just 3 teams signed up for the 2021 season. There were concerns about the League last year when only 8 teams contested the competition but it seems that COVID-19 has claimed another victim. Whether that will lead to a rescue and reformation in 2022 is very uncertain and currently there is no indication that this is the intent. The League has been in existence for well over 100 years with records going back to 1905.

The Doncaster League has reacted quickly in offering Barnsley teams places in their League for the 2021 season. The table below shows that Saturday Leagues have been particularly hard hit over recent years with a drop of a third of teams from 2019 across the 12 leagues listed below.

All eyes are now on the Huddersfield Saturday League to see what numbers have survived the pandemic as they are due to publish their fixtures and team numbers this week.

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