A BID to bring Selkirk FC back from the dead has failed.

But local football officials are hoping to create a community club in its place.

As we reported last month, talks had taken place between former committee members of the Yarrow Park Club and the Scottish Football Association.

And a licensing officer from Hampden carried out an inspection at the former Lowland League ground in the middle of November.

But a list of requirements subsequently published by the SFA for the club to achieve its licence has proved too costly.

On Monday former secretary Sheree Davison and former chairman Jaydee Sharkey met with local SFA development officer Drew Kelly and Scottish Borders Council's estates officer Annabel Scott to wind up the current lease.

Mr Sharkey released a statement a short time later.

He said: "In light of confirmation from the Scottish FA that Selkirk FC have failed with their application to retain their Scottish FA Licence, it is with great sadness that the club must announce that it has no choice but to close its doors with immediate effect.

"Every effort has been made to try to retain the licence with the Scottish FA but unfortunately, the recent ongoing discussions with a financial backer have proved fruitless as nothing could be completed within the short timeline that was available.

"I will continue to work with Drew Kelly and Annabel Scott to complete the winding up of the club and the return of the facility to Scottish Borders Council."

Selkirk had ran up debts of over £180,000 in recent seasons.

And an inability to field a team during the opening weeks of this season's Lowland League led to to sanctions and eventually dismissal.

The keys for the Bobby Johnstone Pavilion are now with Scottish Borders Council.

And the future of Yarrow Park, where Border Amateur team Selkirk Victoria still plays and around 100 children train and play each week as part of the junior section, remains in doubt.

But it is hoped that a community club can be formed.

SFA development officer Drew Kelly told us: "Both Sheree and Jaydee should be commended for their efforts in trying to bring Selkirk back but it has proven to be a step too far.

"It is now a time for everyone to support Selkirk Victoria and the junior committee and hopefully by doing this a community club can be created to take over the running of Yarrow Park.

"I will be meeting with both the Vics and the juniors to try and establish a way forward."

Scottish Borders Council confirmed that it has been in talks regarding the lease of Yarrow Park, but no decisions over its future had yet been made.

One option which has been suggested is for local sports and culture organisation Live Borders to take over the management of the facility.