Pitch problems and player availability have been cited as the main reasons behind Machno United’s decision to take a step back from football for a season.
But manager Owen John Davis stressed this is certainly NOT the end of the club, which this week resigned from North Wales Coast East Division One for the 2021-22 campaign.
Machno United formed in 1947 and have won 12 Vale of Conwy League titles, the NWCFA Junior Cup twice and lifted championships in the Caernarfon and District and Vale of Clwyd and Conwy leagues.
A statement from Davis said: “Apologies to those of you who may have already read of this news, but we have put this statement together as soon as we possibly could.
“This morning we received confirmation that the NWCFA had received the notice of our intention, as Machno Utd FC, to withdraw from this season’s North Wales Coast East League.
“This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make as a club, and has caused much heartache for all involved.
“There have been a number of contributing factors which have led us to this decision and in all honesty this has been a delayed announcement which we could have made 12 months ago.
“Firstly we must apologise to everybody involved in the club, and especially our fantastic followers.
“Please rest assured that this is CERTAINLY NOT the end of Machno United FC, more a sabbatical period whilst we regroup. We will be back….of that there is no doubt.
“Most people will be aware that we were fortunate enough to purchase our home ground a few years ago and subsequently undertook work to level the field and carry out pitch improvements in line with upcoming FAW guidelines.
“Unfortunately 4 years later our pitch is still unplayable due to drainage issues which have resulted in much of the pitch now looking as if the grass has died off completely.
“We are currently in consultation as to how we resolve such issues but it is clear that there would be no possibility of having a home ground available this season. (On this note if any rich benefactors, Russian oil oligarchs etc, wish to throw money at us to resolve these problems…we are open to discussion!! Though local sponsors would also be a welcome alternative!!!)
“We have also recognised that the current Coronavirus pandemic has also contributed to our decision.
“Situated where we are, many of our current squad work within the tourism and hospitality sector. With the predicted forthcoming boom in the summer holiday season it is highly unlikely that many of our players working within the leisure/adventure tourism industry are able to commit to being available on a weekend, and similarly for predicted midweek matches.
“We have therefore taken this decision early so as to spare any potential embarrassment on behalf of the club or the league mid-season.
“As stated earlier, this is certainly NOT THE END for Machno United FC.
“We actually had a similar situation around 20 years ago and came back stronger than ever!
“We envisage 12 months where we hope to rectify the pitch issues, and just as importantly create the foundations for a recruitment drive and team rebuild which will do justice to this very proud club.
“Finally, we wish all the very best to all clubs currently preparing for project restart in grassroots football, it has been a long time coming.
“We hope to be rejoining you all again very soon.