Blues to stay in Northern League

Date: Friday 25th May 2018

PENRITH AFC will stay in the Northern League next season.

There had been talk of a move to the North West Counties League as part of a non-league football shake-up, but it was announced today that the Blues will remain in the North East.

Club secretary Ian White said: "There were different views within the club, but at least we know and we can now plan for the future with some certainty. We just had to accept the FA's decision."

The FA also announced the names of the clubs that will be relegated from and promoted to the Ebac Northern League for the 2018/19 season.

Redcar Athletic and Birtley Town are promoted to Division II from the Wearside League and the Northern Football Alliance respectively.

Blyth AFC, Hebburn Town and Whickham are promoted to Division I, with Billingham Synthonia and Washington relegated to Division II. The moves are subject to appeals by clubs.

It has already been announced that Marske United and Morpeth Town will be promoted from Division I to the Northern Premier League.

This means that both divisions in the Northern League will run with 20 teams, in line with the FA restructuring of non-league football across England.