Jack’s House quit the league

Jack’s House AFC have withdrawn from the Rochdale Online Alliance due to a shortage of players.

A club which had two teams last season, found itself unable to raise one side to play at Rochdale Sacred Heart 12 days ago and has tendered its resignation from the Saturday competition.

Jack’s House landlady Sue Landale confirmed that the team had disbanded and said the severe winter weather had taken its toll.

She said: “After a big lay-off since Christmas people have found other things to do.

“Between the end of October and January the team hardly played at all, although the league did stage a five-a-side competition to try to keep things going.”

She said the pub had run at least one team for the last five years and the side had won the middle section of the three-division league two seasons ago.

This season Jack’s House have run only one team, in Division One, and after a bright start had faded. They played home matches at Todmorden High School.

Manager Gary Brierley, who took over the reins this season, could not be contacted but player Thomas Barnes said: “We started okay and were second not too long ago but things have petered out.”

Landale, though, is hoping that isn’t the end of football at Jack’s House.

“There would be nothing to stop a team being set up again come August - we have the equipment and the kits,” she said.

Jack’s House had an even record from 10 league games this season with four wins, four defeats and two draws and a goal difference of plus five.