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Twelve National; League North Clubs Call for Season Suspension
Twelve National; League North Clubs Call for Season Suspension
Following a meeting with the Vanarama National League Board and the FA to discuss the options presented, twelve clubs from the National League North made the following statement.
Friday 22 January 21 I 08:53:25 I Photo by

“Whilst the integrity of the National League is important, we do not value this above the safety and wellbeing of our families, staff, volunteers or that of our heroic workers who are tackling this pandemic on the frontline.  Furthermore, we have now been asked to consider loans against our clubs and we are quite simply not prepared to trade whilst insolvent. 

 

“Therefore, we are calling for the immediate suspension of the league competition to allow the National League, FA and the DCMS time to find a solution that is acceptable to all.  This suspension will allow us the time to lobby our respective MPs and carry out our own financial risk assessments against avoiding a null and void scenario. 

 

“An inability to secure acceptable funding to cover COVID testing, and the loss of fans will continue to render us insolvent and we are not prepared to prolong this beyond January 29th, 2021. 

 

“We are duty-bound as mere custodians of our clubs and will do everything we can to ensure we do not place any avoidable further financial burden now or in the future upon our community assets.

 

“Quite simply, 66 clubs would not have willingly participated in any footballing competition which initiated playing contracts, without assurances”.

 

The chairmen with whom the statement concerns are:

 

AFC Telford United – Andy Pryce

 

Alfreton Town – Wayne Bradley

 

Bradford Park Avenue – Martin Knight

 

Blyth Spartans – Anthony Platten

 

Curzon Ashton – Wayne Salkeld 

 

Darlington – David Johnston

 

Farsley Celtic – Joshua Greaves

 

Gateshead – Neil Pinkerton

 

Guiseley AFC – Gary Douglas

 

Kettering Town – David Mahoney 

 

Southport – Ian Kyle

 

Spennymoor Town – Tony Wilson

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Twelve National; League North Clubs Call for Season Suspension
Twelve National; League North Clubs Call for Season Suspension
Friday 22 January 21 I 08:53:25
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“Whilst the integrity of the National League is important, we do not value this above the safety and wellbeing of our families, staff, volunteers or that of our heroic workers who are tackling this pandemic on the frontline.  Furthermore, we have now been asked to consider loans against our clubs and we are quite simply not prepared to trade whilst insolvent. 

 

“Therefore, we are calling for the immediate suspension of the league competition to allow the National League, FA and the DCMS time to find a solution that is acceptable to all.  This suspension will allow us the time to lobby our respective MPs and carry out our own financial risk assessments against avoiding a null and void scenario. 

 

“An inability to secure acceptable funding to cover COVID testing, and the loss of fans will continue to render us insolvent and we are not prepared to prolong this beyond January 29th, 2021. 

 

“We are duty-bound as mere custodians of our clubs and will do everything we can to ensure we do not place any avoidable further financial burden now or in the future upon our community assets.

 

“Quite simply, 66 clubs would not have willingly participated in any footballing competition which initiated playing contracts, without assurances”.

 

The chairmen with whom the statement concerns are:

 

AFC Telford United – Andy Pryce

 

Alfreton Town – Wayne Bradley

 

Bradford Park Avenue – Martin Knight

 

Blyth Spartans – Anthony Platten

 

Curzon Ashton – Wayne Salkeld 

 

Darlington – David Johnston

 

Farsley Celtic – Joshua Greaves

 

Gateshead – Neil Pinkerton

 

Guiseley AFC – Gary Douglas

 

Kettering Town – David Mahoney 

 

Southport – Ian Kyle

 

Spennymoor Town – Tony Wilson

Copyright Non League Today. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to the Non League Today website as the source and a link back to the Non League Today website.
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