New football club AFC Ludlow says don’t abandon us

Bosses at the newly formed AFC Ludlow have called on people in the area not to abandon the town’s football team as they begin the new season after years of financial woe.

Bosses at the newly formed AFC Ludlow have called on people in the area not to abandon the town’s football team as they begin the new season after years of financial woe.

Ludlow Town Football Club went into receivership last month after failing to clear debts totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The club was officially wound up and all its assets including the SBS Stadium and neighbouring all-weather pitches were transferred to receivers Begbies Traynor.

The new club, AFC Ludlow, has been formed from the ashes of the previous administration.

Mike Seaborne, spokesman for the new club and former manager of Ludlow Town Football Club, said: “We are now AFC Ludlow and are currently renting the ground and facilities off the receivers.

Mr Seaborne said: “We are approaching this as a newly formed club looking to build for the future.

“We are appealing for local people to support us. The old club has had a lot of problems but this is a new beginning.”

It was revealed last year that the old club had debts of more than £400,000 and its future hinged on a land sale deal with Shropshire Council.

However, the deal failed to materialise.

The new club was officially founded last week and Mr Seaborne said they would take their place in the new Mercian League when the season started later this month.