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Northern League side resign!

This evening it has been confirmed that Northern League side Team Northumbria have taken the decision to withdrawn from the league.

The Division One club informed the Football Association of their decision on Tuesday morning and the Northern League are expected to be notified by Wednesday.

The University explained that the reasons behind the decision were “engage more students in a broader programme of participation”.

A University spokesman said: “We can confirm that after careful consideration and review we have withdrawn from the Northern League.

“Northumbria is one of the leading universities for sport and disability sport in the UK.

“We remain committed to high performance sport and will continue to compete at the highest levels, including the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) league.

“The size and shape of our sports offer evolves every year. In a changing environment that includes a reduction in available external funding, we must ensure that we continue to offer all our students value for money and the best possible student experience.

“As a result we are rebalancing our sports portfolio to engage more students in a broader programme of participation.

“We are doing this in line with our wider sport, health and wellbeing strategy across the university.”

Founded in 1999 as Northumbria University F.C., they joined the Northern Football Alliance Second Division for the 1999–2000 season, finishing their inaugural year fourth out of 14 teams. Two years later in the 2001–02 season they finished runners-up, gaining promotion to Division One. They followed runners-up again a year later in the 2002–03 season, with promotion to the Northern Alliance Premier Division. They then changed their name to Team Northumbria.

In the Premier Division they finished second and third in their first two seasons, before being crowned Northern Alliance Champions in the 2005–06 season, gaining promotion to the Northern League Division Two, which they won in the 2011–12 season to gain promotion to the first division. In the same season, they lost 4–2 on penalties in the Northumberland Senior Cup final against Newcastle United reserves, after drawing 4–4 after extra time.

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