New football team set up in Morley

The new Morley AFC team, which has been sponsored by Manning Stainton.
The new Morley AFC team, which has been sponsored by Manning Stainton.

A new football team has been formed in Morley to be based at the Scatcherd Lane Cricket & Sports Club.

Declan Parnell is the man behind the creation of Morley AFC as he aims to reverse the decline of football in the town.

He said: “Growing up in Morley in the 90s you had teams running from every pub. Nowadays with the cost of running a football club being really expensive, this hinders everyone’s fun to get playing football.

“To try and get the people of Morley interested, I placed a feeler out on a local Morley Facebook page to see if people would be interested in playing football. I was astonished with how many people came to me and said that they would be interested.

“Creating the social media pages came first, website second. Then I needed the players and the sponsors. Within two weeks I had 25 people saying they would like to sign up to the club. The first training session was a hit and we have kept steady numbers for three weeks in a row now, with pre-season starting in July.

“We found a sponsor in Manning Stainton, who are the sponsors of our home kit and I couldn’t be happier at this point as the little idea I had was becoming real.”