Lewis United president George Copland has many happy memories from over a half century with the club.
But he admits they couldn’t continue in their current state and that folding was the best option.
Copland has been with Lewis United in some capacity for 55 seasons, first being involved in 1963 after getting married to his wife Elsie, whose father John Mulgrew had helped found the club in 1942.
Despite his love for United Copland admits folding was something that had been coming.
He said: “I had kept it going for quite a while and had been on my own at times.
“We just don’t have the money now. Other teams are paying big money for players and we couldn’t get sponsors or people to come on to the committee.
“We pushed a couple of times to get new people to join the committee and nothing happened.
“We knew it was going to be very difficult this season but we decided to see how we would get on.
“At Christmas time it was touch and go as to whether we would continue but we decided to go until the end of the season.
“But folding was coming. We had to do something, we couldn’t continue the way it was going.
“I would like to thank all the parents, players, coaches, managers and helpers who have been involved with the club over the years. There are so many memories from over the years at the club with the people who have been involved.”
After being formed by John Lewis Shipbuilders in Aberdeen as a Juvenile side, the club stepped up to the Junior ranks in 1947.
Over the years United have won plenty of honours and a number of top stars have turned out for the team.
They won the Aberdeen and District Junior League Championship in 1964 and had plenty of success in cup competitions, particularly in the 1970s.
In the 1971/72 season Lewis won the McLeman Cup, the Archibald Cup and the Duthie Cup and during 1974/75 they won the League Cup, the Dryborough Cup and the Archibald Cup.
Another claim to fame is that Rod Stewart has a soft spot for the club as a result of the green and white hoops of United which are similar to those of his beloved Celtic.
Current Scotland boss and Gothenburg Great Alex McLeish spent part of the 1976/77 season on loan.
Former Dons skipper Duncan Davidson played for Lewis and others like Willie Falconer, Hugh Robertson and Derek Young have turned out for the team.
Copland added: “Alex McLeish was with us for quite a while but then Ally Macleod recalled him and we lost the league that season by one point. If he had stayed we could have won the league.
“Derek Young played for us. His first game was at Banchory and he scored seven goals, I remember that well. Willie Falconer was another who played for us and Hugh Robertson as well.
“We’ve had some good times, but they have come to end.”