Harrogate Town’s managing director Garry Plant has admitted that the club are “very worried” about the financial implications of the suspension of football due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With confirmed UK cases of highly-contagious COVID-19 increasing by the hour, the National League belatedly opted to follow the lead of the Premier League and English Football League in suspending all competition until at least April 3.
As a result, Town’s first team will not be able to fulfill scheduled home fixtures against Notts County and Barrow, and will have to manage without the revenue from ticket sales at those games, as well as bar and food takings, plus money that they would have received for matchday corporate hospitality.
In addition, the cancellation of grassroots football means that the 3G pitch at the CNG Stadium can no longer be hired out, and thus another stream of income has ceased.
“It’s very worrying, but every single football club from Manchester City down to teams beneath us in the pyramid are in the same situation,” Plant said.
“Put the football to one side, Harrogate Town is a business and we’re dealing with the complete suspension of all of our revenue streams.”