Latest NewsNational League suspends fixtures

16th March 2020

Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Stefan Willoughby

FOLLOWING a board meeting this afternoon the National League has decided to suspend play until at least April 3 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The League’s full press release is below..

At its Board Meeting on Friday, The National League decided to use its best endeavours to keep its season going in the face of unprecedented adversity. However, with the current coronavirus (COVID-19) reaching global pandemic levels it has to accept that the situation is now out of its own control.

In the knowledge of the government measures now announced including not to support sporting events with emergency services workers it is clearly not practical for its fixtures to be fulfilled in the immediate future.

In those circumstances and in line with The Football Association and the Professional Game, at a Board Meeting today, The National League has decided that its competition is now suspended until at least 3rd April 2020.

The National League will continue to monitor the situation, but trusts that its loyal clubs, fans, players, officials, staff, volunteers and sponsors will accept that it has had no other choice but to reach this decision.

It wishes everybody connected with the competition and indeed the whole country a safe passage through these turbulent times.

The announcement means our next two matches – AFC Fylde (h) and Solihull Moors (a) – have been postponed and at present our next fixture will be at Victory Park against Sutton United on Saturday, April 4 (3pm).

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