2020/21 season curtailed

The Northern Premier League season has been curtailed for a second successive season, the FA has confirmed.

The Yellows had played just nine league games when the season was suspended in November, and despite a brief attempt at restarting, it has now been written off.

It follows on from the 2019/20 season, which was declared null and void – albeit in much different circumstances, with a large part of the season having already been played.

Yellows chairman Toby Macormac said: “The club and I personally welcome the decision. I publicly stated before Christmas that null and void was the only option ahead due to situation we were all in, this gives some clarity on the season and enables clubs to plan for next season and at the same time keep costs as low as they can.

“For us we have to plan and decide now for the reopening of the club in either May or June and get things back on track for what will be a very difficult next season ahead.”

More than 76% of all clubs said they would like to curtail the season if it could not be restarted with limited spectator numbers and hospitality before April 1.

An FA statement said: “Taking into account the survey results and the ongoing impact of Covid-19, which continues to adversely affect incomes for clubs due to restrictions on both spectators and hospitality, The FA’s Alliance and Leagues Committees have reached a consensus that subject to the approval of FA Council, the 2020-21 league season for Steps 3-6 of the NLS should be curtailed with immediate effect, with no further league matches taking place this season.”

The club will provide appropriate information to Season Ticket holders and sponsors as soon as possible.

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