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Joint Statement From NL North Clubs

Following a meeting with the National League board and the FA to discuss the options presented to us, we are making the following statement;

‘’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 the 29th January 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’’.

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 – Gary Douglas 

Kettering Town – David Mahoney  

Southport – Ian Kyle 

Spennymoor Town – Tony Wilson 

Joint Statement From NL North Clubs

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