While it wasn’t a total surprise, it was still a shock to see a second season chalked off as null and void.
For the majority of clubs in National League North and South my sense is that tonight’s news will come as a huge relief. The financial grim reaper was circling and several well run clubs were teetering on the edge of financial ruin, the worst kind of defeat that could befall them.
Those who voted to continue playing will be naturally disappointed. This is not a situation of anyone’s choosing, we all started the season with every intention of seeing it through, believing the grant funding would be there to support us while fans weren’t allowed in.
I see there is already talk of legal challenges, it’s like Brexit Mk 2! Should we have the best of three? A game of paper, rock, scissors? Where does it all end?
A bit like Brexit, had this vote gone the other way, I am sure those who’d voted to continue would have implored those who didn’t to carry on.
We were prepared to and huge credit to Hakan who had assembled a squad to enable us to fulfil our fixtures.
So, that’s two squads in one week we’ve had to say goodbye to. I’ll say more on that in the next couple of days but can I put on record my thanks to Hak, Terry, Jim, their backroom staff and all our players.
Thanks also to everyone who supported us during the past 12 months – season ticket holders, sponsors, advertisers, match day volunteers and more. More on those to come too.
A lot to think about in the next 12 to 24 hours. Give us time to let it all sink in and I’ll update you in the next day or so.