One bit of summer friendly news has just been reported, and this one will be a lot less controversial than the post-season tour in Myanmar.
Newly formed Ossett United told BBC Radio Leeds that they will be playing Leeds United on Saturday 14 July at Ingfields.
Who is Ossett United you say?
IT’S OFFICIAL! We have been fully ratified by the FA and we are delighted to formally announce that Ossett United will be playing in the Northern Premier League East next season. Thank you to all involved in making this happen. pic.twitter.com/ZiTThqB3Vg— Ossett United (@ossettunited) April 23, 2018
Ossettt United was formed just recently from the union of Ossett Town AFC and Ossett Albion. Both clubs play in Ossett, Wakefield, and as anyone familiar with non-League football knows, it’s extremely difficult to operate a club outside of the Football League, as the costs associated with running a club are rarely, if ever, covered by the receipts generated by the operation of the club.
Ossett Town AFC were founded in 1936 and have won a number of local Yorkshire trophies in their existence. They currently play in the Northern Premier League First Division North, 8th in the Football League pyramid.
Ossett Albion were founded in 1944, and much like Ossett Town AFC, have won a variety of local Yorkshire trophies in their history. And they currently play in the same division as Ossett Town AFC.
So while Leeds United’s plans last year seemed rather rushed and last minute, it seems like the club is planning ahead this year. Of course, all of the attention is being paid to the club’s questionable decision to tour Myanmar right now, and rightfully so. However, it is nice to see that the club is still paying attention to local, grassroots football at home in Yorkshire.
It will be a big boost to the newly formed Ossett United for them to host Leeds United, the big boys of West Yorkshire. And who knows? Maybe a few people will come down to the match, decide they like the atmosphere, and then they’ll stop by a few more times to see the “new” Ossett United and the non-League club will get a boost.