Nantwich Town have said that they were not consulted over the decision to cancel the current season – and to their knowledge, nor were others in their division.
The Dabbers are in the Northern Premier Division, the top tier of the Step 3-6 section of non-league that has had its 2019/20 seasons rendered null and void, with the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down football.
The club have released the following statement:
Following weeks of uncertainty, we have today learned, only via the FA and League web site and national news, that The FA has today announced and confirmed that the for all clubs in the national league system steps 3 to 6, the current 2019/20 Season has now been brought to an end and all results will be expunged, with no promotions and no relegations.
Whilst everyone at Nantwich Town recognises that the health and well-being of everyone at this time is of prime importance and way beyond sport, it is none the less, a devastating blow for the majority of Clubs within the NLS system and more importantly their supporters, players and volunteers, who have committed months of their time and hard earned money, to support their local club’s with the hope of seeing them achieve success, which now amounts to nothing! And without financial support many clubs, like a lot of business’s within their respective communities, will struggle to recover from this, as aside from investing in their playing squads and the associated costs that go with this, they also have the overheads and obligations of running their stadiums and with the season now curtailed two thirds of the way through, the non-league landscape, could look a lot different in the immediate future.
It’s clearly a difficult and challenging time for everyone throughout the world at this time and there are difficult and disappointing decisions having to be made in all areas of life on a daily basis, though to our knowledge none of the Club’s in our league were consulted as part of this decision making process, as we certainly weren’t.