JOINT STATEMENT | National League North clubs on 20/21 season

    Chester FC and fellow National League North clubs have released the following joint statement…

    A meeting was held by Zoom at 17.30 on Wednesday 23rd September 2020 with representation from the majority of member clubs from the National League North to discuss the financial implications of the government’s announcement that supporters will not be allowed entry in to stadiums from the 1st October 2020.

    During the meeting a set of anonymous polls were conducted with the most important question being asked of clubs:

    Given the simple option, no caveats attached, of starting the season or not without crowds, what would your answer be?

    The majority verdict of 81% from clubs in the National League North would be to NOT start the season, unless there was a financial support package in place for member clubs.

    The meeting considered the impact of the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round on the contractual status of players, many of whom have contracts that begin on the ‘commencement of the football season’.

    We are sure you are aware that clubs wrote these contracts based on information provided by the FA via the National League.

    The issue is, that should there be a delay to the National League North season then these contracts would be activated by the FA Cup fixture. This would leave clubs exposed to having to pay these players for the rest of the season with obvious financial implications.

    Elite status was debated at length, because as you are aware National League North and South clubs were granted elite status in July 2020.

    Therefore, the question was asked why do clubs from Step 1 receive one vote per club and Step 2 only receives four votes per league? We believe the decision regarding when to start the National League should be democratic across all members due to the financial implications of any decision on member clubs. This is never more apparent following the government’s decision on Tuesday and we request that we should be treated equally and have one vote per club across the whole National League system.

    These are views shared by the majority of clubs in the National League North and we ask that they are represented at the National League Board meeting taking place today.


    AFC Fylde: David Haythornthwaite
    AFC Telford: Luke Shelley
    Alfreton: Wayne Bradley
    Blyth Spartans: Anthony Platten
    Boston United: David Newton
    Brackley Town: Pat Ashby
    Bradford (Park Avenue): Martin Knight
    Chester: Andrew Morris
    Chorley: Graham Watkinson
    Curzon Ashton: Rob Hurst
    Darlington: David Johnston
    Farsley Celtic: Joshua Greaves
    Gateshead: Neil Pinkerton
    Gloucester City: Alex Patheram
    Guiseley: James Pickles
    Hereford: Martin Wilson
    Kettering Town: Dave Mahoney
    Leamington: Jim Scott
    Southport: Ian Kyle
    Spennymoor Town: Tony Wilson

    *Kidderminster Harriers: No response was received at time of announcement.