Inside the reason Masters Football was axed back in 2011 after 11 glorious years

Tony Woodcock dropped a bombshell on Monday morning as Masters Football was announced to be returning to TV screens.

It's been over a decade since Sky Sports last broadcasted the iconic TV show that pitted legendary footballers against each other.

And it is now being relaunched by sports documentary streaming site 360 Sports Television – co-owned by former Arsenal star Woodcock.

"It just feels fantastic to bring Masters Football back to life. It has real history and there’s been a tremendous buzz over social media recently," he said.

And Daily Star Sport is looking at why Master Football stopped in the first place.

At the height of its fame, Masters Football generated genuine intrigue and interest as former fan favourites donned their clubs' colours one more time.

But as time went on, attendances started to dwindle.

There was still an appetite for the product on TV screens, but crowds visibly wained inside the sports centres of Birmingham and Manchester.

And with players needing to be paid, the small attendances left the writing on the wall for the much-loved product.

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Masters Football had its final year on Sky Sports in 2011.

In front of a visibly small crowd, Rangers prevailed over Leeds United to win the final tournament in over a decade.

Gone were the superstars of the past, and Leeds' Darren Huckerby was crowned as the Golden Boot winner at the MEN Arena.

Huckerby had only played for Leeds for one season at the turn of the Millennium.

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"I played in the first-ever series of Masters Football which immediately caught the attention of fans up and down the country who delighted in watching their heroes from the past showing off their skills once again.

“Now I'm so thrilled to be playing a part in bringing this iconic tournament back to the viewing public with live coverage of this brand-new event on," Woodcock added.

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