National League Statement: Season Ends
The National League have today issued a statement announcing that all remaining 2019/20 matches have been cancelled, therefore the current season will not be finished.
CEO Joshua Greaves commented on the decision, as he said: “As a club, we supported the vote to end the season to avoid any further uncertainty for the football club, so that we can try to start moving on in these unprecedented times.
“We feel that the correct decision has been made and it gives us some clarity on how to move forward.
“There will now be another vote to see how the decision is made on final league placings, and we will follow protocol as that decision is made.
“We can now start the hard work that goes in every pre-season, as the Management and staff look to prepare for the new campaign as and when that commences.
“I hope all supporters are well and are staying safe, and we look forward to welcoming them all back to the club as soon as is safe to do so.”
NATIONAL LEAGUE STATEMENT
National League Clubs were asked to support an ordinary resolution on 9 April to end the Playing Season for all fixtures scheduled up to and including 25 April 2020. With almost 90% of responses returned it is evident a clear majority of Clubs are in favour, including a majority of Clubs in each of the National League, National League North and National League South divisions.
In the knowledge that the ordinary resolution has passed, the League’s Board has chosen to communicate the decision now and before the last few responses are received, which will not change the outcome, to enable Clubs to make business decisions with greater clarity as soon as possible. Clubs yet to respond still have an opportunity to do so, and the League wishes to include as many preferences as possible before the final voting result is declared.
National League Chief Executive Officer, Michael Tattersall, commented, “At a time when the entire country is wrestling with the devastating impact of Covid-19, the cancellation of the remaining normal season matches brings a degree of certainty to our Clubs coping with the business implications of the virus.”
In consideration of the very serious and unprecedented national public health emergency caused by the coronavirus, National League, National League North and National League South football activities have been suspended since 16 March. The options concerning the sporting outcomes of the 2019/20 season remain under careful and timely consideration, and further updates will be given in due course.