Lancaster City boss Mark Fell fears for the future of many non-league clubs as the coronavirus crisis grips the world.

With the football season being suspended – likely for an indefinite period – from the top level down to the bottom, many clubs will face financial hardship.

In non-league, the suspension will be most felt as club depend on the gate receipts they receive for home games to keep themselves afloat.

However, that source of income has now dried up for the foreseeable future but clubs still have player contracts to pay and bills to meet.

Fell, who believes the suspension of this season was the right decision to safeguard people’s health, said the lack of income was a concern in the mid to long term.

“The club have done loads of work commercially and they have created little income streams,” he said.

“We have things like the car park which is open to shoppers during the day and they have all these little bits and pieces and they run it properly.

“But without a doubt, the main income of any football club certainly at our level is the people who come through the gate on a matchday.”

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