Football fans from across the country got behind a tweet from Glebe FC this week that showed it’s disgust at the ‘Super League’ idea being touted by the ‘Top 6’ teams in the land.
The news broke on Sunday of a potential European Super League and the fallout has certainly been emotive, as proved by the reaction to the Glebe tweet.
Glebe referenced that they produced a lot of top talent in their ranks during their 26 year history, with some going on to play at the highest levels, yet the local Super League Clubs have never so much as even “offered a bag of balls” their way, despite the fact these teams are now heading for a £300m per season windfall.
Emile Smith-Rowe, who is now at Arsenal, is one of many youngsters that has passed through the youth ranks at the Chislehurst-based Club before making it to the big time – Arsenal being one of the ‘Super League 6,’ alongside Spurs, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United, that are looking to form this unpopular breakaway franchise.
In 26 years we have sent our best talent to @Arsenal @ChelseaFC and @SpursOfficial – in return we have never been offered even a bag of balls . ⚽️⚽️ these clubs have NO interest in our grass roots . Now they’re set to make £300 million per season in new super league .
— Glebe Football Club (@glebefootball) April 19, 2021
The Tweet that grabbed the attention was posted on Monday afternoon and just 24 hours later had received over 2000 likes and almost 500 retweets.
Comments left after it applauded the sentiment that these clubs at the top of the football pyramid have more interest in money than the Grassroots level of the game that provides it’s vital foundations.
Alex Warner wrote: “This is a brilliant tweet, Glebe has always been known to produce talent and you have great people at the club. And you can’t even get a £100 bag of balls in return. Look forward to watching a Glebe first team game soon”
Rob Zanders replied; “Super League… I’m more interested in seeing Gary Alexander and the lads take on Sheppey United again. That 2-2 at their place just before lockdown was a true classic.”
Zech Tyler commented: “Glebe is a great non league club I’ve had the pleasure of watching many times over the last 8 years I’ve been following my local team Tunbridge Wells. They’re 100% right the “top 6” have no interest in grassroots football.”
Southwark Town FC: “Tweet of the day goes to Glebe football.”
Glebe have certainly hit the right spot with the Tweet and they and many other football fans across the country will now be watching with great interest to see if the European Super League will actually go ahead, despite the disgust towards the money-grabbing idea.
Glebe FC were founded in 1995 by the present Chairman & his wife, Rocky and Grace McMillan.
From humble beginnings with just 1 Under 8 Team, the club has progressed to one of the biggest and most successful clubs in SE London /Kent area with over 300 locally based members. Today they host over 20 Junior Teams, a Ladies Senior Side and, of course, the First XI, manager by Gary Alexander, who play in the SCEFL Premier Division, as well as competing in the FA Cup and FA Vase competitions.
Lyle Taylor, Ethan Pinnock and Mitch Pinnock are among others that have received their grounding at the Club before heading on to League football in recent years.
Glebe can be followed on Twitter here