CUDDINGTON AFC senior team has folded this week.

The side, which first entered the Mid-Cheshire League for the 1969-70 season and has also played in the Crewe and District Football League, finished 11th on the Cheshire League One ladder in the 2019-20 season that was abandoned due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Manager Gaz Harwood said moving away from football has been the hardest decision of his life, especially after his 23 years involvement with the Oaks, but he now intends to spend more time with his family.

“It’s with great sadness and regret but I’ve made the decision to take a step back from football and fold Cuddington AFC,” said Harwood, 30, as he made the announcement on Twitter.

“CuddyFC is all I’ve known since I was seven, that’s 23 years with this amazing football club.”

There had been some recent success, as he led the team to promotion from League Two at the end of the 2018-19 season.

“It’s given me the best highs and some lows but overall I wouldn’t change a thing,” he said.

“Over the past five to six years I’ve given it my all, managing on my own with no help.



“I’ve ploughed endless amounts of my own money into it, but now it’s time for a change.

“I’d just like to thank everyone who’s ever been involved over the years, it’s been class.

“From small acorns, grow mighty Oaks.”

Clubs highlighted their sadness in response to the news.

“Sorry to hear this gents, never good to see a team fold. Good luck for the future lads,” was the message from Hartford FC.

“A sad day for local footy,” said the Broadhurst FC spokesman.

“As a Cuddington lad myself I hope this is a temp thing. Well done to the Harwoods on running a great club.”

North West Counties League club 1874 Northwich acknowledged the work gone into Cuddington AFC.

“Huge respect for all the time and effort that’s gone in over the years. Enjoy the extra time with the family,” was the message from 1874.