Clubs protest over non-league shutdown

SEVERAL LOCAL CLUBS are amongst those putting their name to an open letter to the Football Association, questioning the decision to void the 2019/20 season.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, football has been suspended at all levels. However, a decision from the FA to decreed all domestic matches from steps three to seven null and void has provoked an aggrieved response from clubs, mostly those concerned that their ambitions to climb the pyramid have been overlooked.

The document, dated March 30 explains;

This statement is a joint letter to the Football Association from clubs in steps three to seven of the non-league, as well as from clubs across the respective women’s leagues. The supporting clubs are listed as signatories at the end of the statement on behalf of their respective chairpersons or official club representatives. 

The Letter in full can be found here

Ed Garty, Chairman of BetVictor Isthmian League North Division leaders, Maldon & Tiptree, backed the club’s concerns, as has Spencer Carmichael-Brown and Andy Perkins, Chairmen of Essex Senior League promotion hopefuls, Hashtag United, and Walthamstow FC.

Speaking to after the FA’s initial decision had been made, Walthamstow manager, Max Mitchell, said: “Since the decision was made I’ve had a few days to think about it and I’ve tried to take the emotion out of it on our end, which was very difficult to do given how strong a position we were in.

“All the hard work that the players and the club have been through this season… it’s a real tough one to take. 

“There’s a real level of uncertainty on when this is going to end, so I think it’s hard to judge whether it’s been the right or wrong decision.”

More than 130 clubs have already signed the letter – including EFL outfits, Peterborough and Lincoln City. Other local teams include May & Baker Eastbrook Community, White Ensign, Little Oakley, Leigh Town, AFC Basildon Women and Bowers & Pitsea Ladies.


Brian Jeeves

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