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'National League vote to immediately end season due to coronavirus crisis'

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:39 am
by Chobham Card
According to an exclusive in the Daily Star:
The National League have voted to end their season now due to the coronavirus crisis.

The League held a board meeting yesterday and decided to vote in favour of declaring the season null and void with immediate effect.

League bosses are now holding crunch talks with the FA in a bid to get them to ratify the decision - and confirm the remaining positions to decide who is promoted and relegated.

If the FA agree to the proposal, it means the National League will become the first in the UK to fail to complete the season due to the pandemic that has turned the sporting world upside down.

Current leaders Barrow, along with second placed Harrogate Town, would be promoted to League Two, while Fylde and Chorley would be relegated to the National League North.

But if the Football League campaign fails to reach a conclusion due to the pandemic and no-one is relegated or promoted, the proposal means League Two would have 26 clubs next season.

All professional football has been suspended until April 30 at the earliest, with members of the Premier League and EFL voting last week to try and finish the current campaign - no matter how long it takes.

But those in the National League want to do the opposite - despite the unprecedented move being set to cost hundreds of people their jobs and send clubs in financial meltdown.
EDIT: Similar in The Standard

Re: 'National League vote to immediately end season due to coronavirus crisis'

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:49 am
by Lurker
The article is clearly contradictory. If the season is declared "null and void", then clearly the top two clubs can't be promoted or the bottom clubs relegated because the season effectively hasn't happened.

Re: 'National League vote to immediately end season due to coronavirus crisis'

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:53 am
by KT15 Card
Always trust the Daily Star.

Re: 'National League vote to immediately end season due to coronavirus crisis'

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:35 pm
by Cardinal96
All it really says is that they may cancel all remaining fixtures, and the papers are only speculating on what that would mean for the league table.

Doesn't make much sense to promote Harrogate in 2nd, when they'd normally have to go through a playoff anyway. I can see Barrow being promoted and Stevenage being saved, unfortunately.

Perhaps bottom placed Chorley relegated and 1 up from each north and south would be fair?

Re: 'National League vote to immediately end season due to coronavirus crisis'

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:02 pm
by TripWookiees
Sure, a strong case could be made for Chorley going down with them being thirteen points adrift but if I was AFC Flyde I'd have something to say given that they're only two points behind Maidenhead with a game in hand. Seems a little unfair and way too "shooting from the hip", if you ask me.

Re: 'National League vote to immediately end season due to coronavirus crisis'

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:10 pm
by BonnybridgeCard
No need to impact Fylde at all, TripWookiees.

If Barrow go up (and no one comes down from L2), and Chorley go down, we need 2 teams up to replace them (1 from each NLN, NLS as suggested) to remain at 24 clubs in the league.

It sounds an adequate (but obvs far from ideal) suggestion, given every other suggestion I've heard has been rubbish or hard to justify for some heavily (and somewhat unfairly) impacted clubs.

Re: 'National League vote to immediately end season due to coronavirus crisis'

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:33 pm
by AndyT
BonnybridgeCard wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:10 pm
No need to impact Fylde at all, TripWookiees.

If Barrow go up (and no one comes down from L2), and Chorley go down, we need 2 teams up to replace them (1 from each NLN, NLS as suggested) to remain at 24 clubs in the league.

It sounds an adequate (but obvs far from ideal) suggestion, given every other suggestion I've heard has been rubbish or hard to justify for some heavily (and somewhat unfairly) impacted clubs.
Even if you attempted to finalise the League by using the PPG method Barrow would finish top and Chorley would finish bottom. Therefore the suggestion to promote Barrow (with no relegation from L2) and relegate Chorley does seem a sensible way to conclude matters for the National League.

However if you use this method to decide which team finishes top of North & South and therefore are promoted could cause some fierce argument. The South would be settled as it is now with Wealdstone finishing comfortably ahead of H & W. However York City are currently top but Kings Lynn have 2 games in hand and only 2 points behind. Using PPG these two would swap and Kings Lynn would be promoted. I can't see York agreeing to this without a fight..............

Interesting times ahead me thinks.

Re: 'National League vote to immediately end season due to coronavirus crisis'

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:38 pm
by Cornwall Card
What may decide it is when clubs say they are in danger of folding without help or an immediate end.
How many in the National League can afford to plod on paying wages and overheads for three months without a bean coming in by way of gate money, and attendant revenues?
You can't have a league without clubs. If the board told its members the same, how could they reasonably object to a halt?
It might not be fair to some, but this is a unique set of circumstances.