CESTRIANS AND ESH WINNING READY TO HELP NHS
Jarrow offer half-price deal for next season
Chester-le-Street and Esh Winning stand ready to help the local NHS with defibrillators.
The offer follows a message from the Durham FA asking if clubs could help the Durham NHS. If needed, both clubs would lend their defibrillators for use in local hospitals.
Chester-le-Street chairman Joe Burlison said:
“As a community club we wouldn’t hesitate to make our defibrillators available to the NHS during the current crisis.
“NHS resources will be stretched to the limit.”
Esh Winning secretary Matthew Burdess added:
“We were happy to answer the call for help from the NHS. The NHS us under enormous pressure so it’s important that everyone tries to help them as best they can.”
Jarrow FC is also offering half-price season tickets for next season to current season ticket holders.
Club chairman Kevin Mullen said:
“We would like to offer our thanks to everyone for the loyal support shown through the 2019/20 season.
“Due to the premature end to the current season we would like toffer half price season tickets for next season to all current season ticket holders. We look forward to seeing you all next season. Please stay safe and well and keep your families safe over the coming weeks and months.”
To qualify, season ticket holders just need to bring their current season ticket when buying one for next season.
Responding to the decision by the FA to end the current season with immediate effect, with all results expunged and no promotion or relegation, the chairman of the Ebac Northern League Glenn Youngman said:
“This will be a huge disappointment to clubs, players and fans across our league.
“Our preferred option was that we should try and finish the current season, but if that was not possible then determine final positions on a points per game basis.
“However, it must have been a very difficult decision for the FA to make and whatever the outcome was, they were never going to keep everyone happy.
“Clubs and players in particular will feel frustrated that months of hard work and commitment will count for nothing. I’d like to thank everyone for all the work they have put in.
“We announced yesterday that we will be waiving membership fees for our clubs for next season and have cancelled the annual dinner. Both these measures will help our clubs meet the bills they are facing in the coming weeks and months.
“We hope everyone connected with the Ebac Northern League stays safe and well.”
The Football Association has decided that current season for Steps 3-6 will be ended with immediate effect and that all results will be expunged.
The Ebac Northern League’s two divisions are at Step 5 and 6 respectively.
This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between Steps 3-6, or relegation from Step 2. The measures also apply to Step 7 leagues.
The setting up of the FA’s new Step 4 league, due to come into effect next season, has been deferred until the start of the 2021/22 season.
The FA looked into extending the season and or use a mechanism to calculate final league tables and preserve promotion and relegation.
Two key decisions have been agreed to help Ebac Northern League clubs through the current situation.
League membership fees for the 2020/21 season are to be waived and the annual presentation dinner is to be cancelled.
League chairman Glenn Youngman said:
“We fully appreciate that clubs are facing a very difficult time in the coming weeks and months.
“We will do all we can to help and support them.
“By waiving fees and cancelling the annual dinner clubs will be able to put hundreds of pounds towards paying essential bills and other costs.
“We are sending regular updates from the FA to our clubs so they are aware of how the pandemic is affecting football nationally and how any developments may affect them. We will also continue to liaise closely with the FA.”
The updates include guidance about the Government’s financial help for businesses.
The league will continue to monitor the situation and take on board both government and FA advice and will issue updates as and when its received while fixtures will resume as soon as its felt safe to do so.
Tonight’s game at Willington has also been postponed.