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Highgate United are at risk of closure after more than 60 years

A legendary local football club is in danger of closing at the end of this season, due to dwindling membership

Highgate United
Highgate United

A legendary local football club is in danger of closing at the end of this season, due to dwindling membership.

One of the Midlands’ great names of non-league football, Highgate United, are putting out a desperate plea for helpers and backroom staff or another club to take over its name before it has to shut for good.

The Shirley-based club, formed in 1947, have already tendered a provisional resignation to the Midland Football Alliance, where they are locked in a relegation battle, as a precaution.

Back in their seventies heyday, Highgate won the Midland Combination championship three times and under, the late Worcester City boss Nobby Clark, reached the FA Amateur Cup semi finals.

They became the only amateur side ever to win the Birmingham Senior Cup.

The club even made national headlines on February 25 1967, when six players were struck by lightning during their home FA Amateur Cup quarter final against Enfield. Highgate centre-half Tony Allden died in hospital the next day.

It is only in recent years that manpower and finances have dwindled to just a handful of people left to run the club.

Highgate shareholder Robin Jones said the club represented a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious junior side or senior club, to play at the 11-acre floodlit ground under the prestigious Highgate name.

“It would be absolutely perfect for a well-supported junior club’s under 18s side wanting to progress in open age football at a serious level,” he added.

“There are three pitches in addition to the first-team pitch, and a spacious clubhouse, next to the modern village of Dickens Heath.

“The ground needs a few coats of paint and tidying up, but there is nothing that a team of volunteers could not put right over a weekend.

“There is a great opportunity here for a team which wants to progress but is being hampered by their facilities or the fact they do not own their own ground.”

Director Chris Hughes added that he was looking at either running only junior teams in future, or keeping the Highgate name alive in a Sunday side.

Anyone who can help can call club president Jimmy Merry on 0121 603 3989.

 

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