Following last night’s announcement from the FA regarding the league constitutions for the 2022/23 season we can confirm the football club has received a reprieve and will continue to play at Step 6 this coming season within the NCEL Division 1.

New Venue:
Firstly we would like to confirm our new ‘home’ which will be in Askern, Doncaster (subject to ground grading visit imminently).

As everyone in the NCEL knows, we have been actively looking to secure a long term home and we have explored every opportunity over the past 18 months in the East Yorkshire region. Having been unable to secure a venue good enough for Step 6, one that’s financially viable and longer than a season tenure we have had to look further afield.

New Name:
As with a long term home now secured, we also have to announce yet another name change to the club. For the 2022/23 season and foreseeable future the club will be known as Askern Miners FC and all will be ratified by the NCEL & County FA’s in the coming weeks.

Askern Miners Football Club:
Having spoken to everyone at Askern Miners Football Club, the passion for football on both sides of our respective clubs ultimately led to a quick decision for us to be based in Askern on a permanent basis. When both Clubs discussed their development plans it was clear all parties wanted the same outcome. FC Humber United wanted a long term ground and a junior setup, Askern Miners FC wanted to work towards having a Step 6 first team.

Askern Miners Football Club have built up a fantastic youth set up over the years which is made up of nearly 20 teams making it one of the biggest youth set ups in the Doncaster area. They have provided opportunities for all and have had a lot of success in the process, on and off the pitch with a vast amount of Coaches, Volunteers and huge community backing.

The club also has two senior men’s teams, the 1st team played in Step 7 for the 2021/22 season having won the Doncaster Senior League the season before. They too have some fantastic coaches/volunteers and have also have a large backing from the community with large attendances at games etc. all the way through the club there are talented, committed players.

The Club has grown rapidly over recent years and it’s now time to join forces and ensure the Club continues to go from strength to strength, A fantastic pathway for all junior players associated with Askern Miners Football Club has now been strengthened with the opportunity to play at semi-professional level in the years to come.

A fresh start, this time with a long term home and strong club structure behind us.

Chairman, Richard Smales comments “It has been another interesting period for the club since the final game of last season. We knew we always had to find a permanent home and I am pleased to finally be able to secure this for the club. Yes we know, another name change but this time it has more substance and meaning behind it.

We are pleased to be working with a group of likeminded football people, they are hard to come by these days in non-league football, however everyone involved at Askern has done a fantastic job in creating 20 junior teams and now aligning a senior team in Step 6 we can begin to create a long term pathway for players to aspire too and play at semi-professional level.

Since initial conversations started only a few weeks back we have built a strong relationship and I am confident Marc, Danny and Sarah can form an amazing working relationship with everyone at Askern for the whole club to flourish in the coming years.

We have also been able to secure the future for the FC Humber United brand as this will be based in Hull and compete in the East Riding Counties League and more details on this will be released in the near future. We look forward to a long term partnership with everyone at Askern”.

Director of Football, Marc Brown comments “As always in football, the close season is always the busiest period off the pitch. Last season was a difficult one with several challenges but the biggest one has always been the long term venue, so we could lay our foundations and build. Our Club Development Officer, Danny Lydiate, highlighted Askern as an area of interest and to be honest the rest is history. Within a 24 hour period we had managed to have initial discussions and a meeting on site with further meetings lined up shortly after. The Askern Miners FC committee have been fantastic and it’s clear to see the passion they have for football and the community. A special mention to Jaimi, Bracken and Lewis who we spoke to on day 1 and have been absolutely brilliant from the get go.

The work everyone has done at Askern over the years is absolutely brilliant and despite this coming earlier than planned for them, it’s clear to see they are looking forward to it as much as we are. As much as they were building towards step 6 anyway, this has given us a huge lifeline which I’m truly grateful for and I’m looking forward to what we can all achieve by working together. There are some really good players in the senior section already and some fantastic juniors coming through and I am sure we will be stronger together and will continue to grow Askern Miners FC in the community and within the wider area.”

Askern Miners FC Secretary, Jaimi North comments “I would like to take this opportunity first and foremost to offer our thanks to the community for their continued support of Askern Miners Football Club and to our supporters, volunteers and families. Without you, we would not be the club we are today. To our players of all ages, you are amazing, talented, committed and our biggest asset. We are so proud of you all. We hope to see many of you at our upcoming end of season celebrations. The 2022-23 Season will soon be upon us. We are confident with your continued support, we will meet any challenges with the strength and might we always do and have many, many successes on and off the pitch. #getready 

For the 2022-23 season and for the foreseeable future we are proud to announce the merging of FC Humber United with our club under the AMFC umbrella. The merging of the team into our club is a positive coming together of our club and a prestigious side who play semi-professional football in the Northern Counties East Football League. They were seeking a permanent home and the support of a community and we are thrilled to welcome a Step 6 Team into our club. Our current First and Youth Teams will work alongside their new associated team colleagues to continue to promote an inclusive, successful face of adult football, providing positive role models for our juniors. Aspirations and goals are important to everyone, particularly children. We are confident that our supporters, volunteers, families and our community will extend their welcome too and support this coming together. It will be a seamless transition for the team into AMFC. The club will continue to wear the same club colours, kits and training range.

It has been a whirlwind of activities and meetings to make this happen. The AMFC committee have already struck up positive relationships with the leadership members of FC Humber. They have embraced our aims, objectives and ethos of the club and are excited to work alongside our already successful club adding their wealth of knowledge and experience in Step 6 football.
Step 6 football was always an aspiration of AMFC and we have been fortunate to secure this much sooner than anticipated. Exciting time ahead for everyone.”

We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Welfare Ground at Askern during the 2022/23 football season to support the adult teams and across all age groups. We cannot wait for to welcome new Doncaster rivals Armthorpe and Rossington for some tasty local derby fixtures. #uptheminers.

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May 13, 2022

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