A NEW era at Belle Isle WMC will begin this Sunday with the crestfallen County Sunday Cup champions sensationally reforming around 48 hours after folding.
Leeds Combination League outfit Belle Isle became West Riding FA County Sunday Cup champions at Woodlesford in April but could field just six players nine months later for Sunday’s fourth round clash at Hope Inn Whites.
The club, who are still third in their league’s Jubilee Premier, subsequently announced their intentions to fold but Belle Isle secretary Don Chadwick then revealed on Tuesday morning that the club had been rescued.
The secretary says the club had been hit by no-shows on Sunday morning – hence the weekend’s six-player turn-out – but a new manager has been recruited to the club and will meet the players this Sunday morning. The identity of the new man at the helm has yet to be made public.
Chadwick explained: “The problem was players saying they were turning up on a Sunday morning and Sunday came they didn’t bother for one reason or another.
“But we got a new manager on Monday night and he is going to bring new players in.
“He wants quiet until Sunday when he meets the Belle Isle players who know we have a new manager but don’t know who. We will not be folding and still playing under the Belle Isle banner.”
The regrouping of Belle Isle has been music to the ears of both Leeds Combination League general secretary Mick Druce as well as Daniel McGeachie, of West Riding County FA Press and Communications.
“The way in which Belle Isle WMC have managed to continue as a club is testament to the hard work and resilience of those involved,” said McGeachie. “We will continue to support the club and ensure they come back from this episode even stronger than before.”
Druce added: “Don has confirmed that they are carrying on, so good news.”
Now the only imponderable is the identity of the new manager. Asked if it was Jose Mourinho, Chadwick quipped: “No, it’s Rafa.”