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.


West Auckland Town’s players and staff have thrown their support behind the NHS in their battle against coronavirus with an incredible gesture.
The Ebac Northern League club saw their 2019/20 season brought to a premature end by the Football Association last week.
Gary Forrest’s side finished in ninth place in the Division One table and they progressed to the last 16 of the FA Vase before a 2-1 defeat at Plymouth Parkway ended their hopes of securing a third visit to Wembley Stadium in the last decade.
Their performances throughout the season saw West’s players rack up over £3,000 in their bonus pool.
After a meeting between the management team of Gary Forrest, Paul Connor and Brian Atkinson and a players committee fronted by club captain Lewis Dodds, West have decided to donate their entire pool to the NHS.
Goalkeeper coach Craig Turns explained why key figures at the club decided to hand over their bonuses.
He said: “The decision came from the club’s management, club captain Lewis Dodds and the players committee.
“We wanted to give something back to the NHS for all of the hard work they are putting in with everything that is going on at the moment.
“Once we had a chat about it, we asked all of the players and we unanimously agreed that it was the right thing to do.
“The players put money into a pot every week and that normally gets dished out at the end of the season with each player getting a share.
“But we all agreed to do this for such a great cause.”

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.

After taking all advice into account and giving the matter careful consideration, the league management committee has decided to suspend all scheduled fixtures with effect from Saturday 14th March 2020 up until Friday 3rd April 2020.
Although the decision itself was a difficult one, the fact a growing number of clubs were reporting players, management and officials as self-isolating, meant the effect on the health and well-being of everyone concerned was the most important consideration.

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.