Just when you think you’ve seen everything, along comes another hammer blow ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup match.
In the last couple of hours, the FA have announced that where a ‘Non-Elite’ Club hosts an ‘Elite’ Club, spectators of the home Club only shall be permitted to attend the match.
Words cannot express my disappointment and frustration at this decision.
Why wasn’t this spectator guidance in place before the draw was made?
Clubs, like our opponents at Hendon, have sold tickets in good faith and four days before have to suspend sales and work out how they manage tickets that were purchased from a ME postcode, perhaps the whole of Kent or maybe a non-Hendon postcode!?
It was clear in my mind that if a National League club, in any of the three divisions, was drawn at home, those games would be behind closed doors.
The same would not apply if we were drawn against a team from Isthmian Premier or below. It was one of those rare occasions when I didn’t mind an away draw as at least some of our supporters would get to see their team in person.
This will now not happen and I feel for those who will likely have their ticket cancelled and refunded, under this new diktat.
On the subject of tickets, we are working through guidance issued by the National League this afternoon and will be in contact with supporters who’d purchased a season ticket in the next few days.
These are without doubt some of the most challenging times I’ve had in football and believe me I’ve had a few. Let’s do all we can to get through this and to that end if you’ve got any comments or ideas, please do email me.