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The football team leaving 100 women and girls without a club

Over 100 women and girls have been left without a football club after officials decided to disband its female section.

The committee of the Teesside-based Thornaby FC took the contentious step after an emergency meeting, citing that the day-to-day operations of the club "is in doubt" due to low staffing levels.

On Facebook, the women's section announced that the club's under 7s, 8s, 10s, 11s, 15s, and women's teams would be disbanded.

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"This leaves over 100 girls without a club," they said.

"We are all devastated to hear of the Thornaby FC decision and would like to thank the members of the club who voted to keep female football."

Despite the committee's resolution to scrap the female section, club chairman Garry Morris has publicly opposed the move.

He stated on social media: "I have made my feelings known to the board, have asked them to reconsider their decision, and also to consider their positions on the board as patrons and trustees of the football club."

"We are empowered by the fans of the club to make the right decisions for the future of the club, and all those who show their unwavering support to both the male and female teams of all age groups deserve better."

"I firmly believe this decision made yesterday does not do that, and will be making this clear to the remaining members of the board."

Andy McDonald, Labour's candidate for the newly formed Middlesbrough and Thornaby East constituency, has labelled the decision to disband the female teams as a "wrong and regressive move". He stated: "Now as a community we need to come together to support the club and work out how we keep the teams for girls and women in the

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