One of the island’s oldest football clubs, St Mary’s AFC, has announced it has withdrawn from this year’s senior leagues and cups.

The five time league champions announced on their social media pages that the decision has been made because of a shortage of players.

The statement said: ‘It’s with a heavy heart that St Mary’s have decided to take a year out of playing football in the Isle of Man FA leagues system. We will remain affiliated to the Isle of Man FA with the intention of starting afresh next season.

‘Despite St Mary’s efforts over the last few years the committee, sponsors and players have worked tirelessly to ensure that the club was as financially stable as ever. But unfortunately due to a shortage of players we have been left with no other choice but to make this tough decision.’

The club said it intends to return to the leagues for the 2022/23 season. 

While St Mary’s is the club to struggle this year, previous years have seen a range of clubs including Braddan and Pulrose pull out of the Premier League or only function with one team. The FA has not yet indicated whether another team will take St Mary’s place in the Premier League.

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