END OF SEASON CUP CANCELLED

The League Management Committee (LMC) has decided not to proceed with an end-of-season cup competition.

The FA has issued guidance about the return of football next week but is still waiting for further guidance and information from the Government about the next stage in April, including the attendance of spectators.

League chairman Glenn Youngman said:

“I know people will be disappointed but there is too much uncertainty for us to proceed.  It’s better to make a decision now so that everyone knows what the situation is as early as possible and so that clubs can start planning for the future.

“Hopefully we can now look forward to later this summer when we can start a new season afresh.”

It was also confirmed at the League Management Committee meeting that Ebac has continued its sponsorship of the league.  Glenn added:

“We are very grateful to John Elliott and the team at Ebac for their long-standing support of the league.  The sponsorship means that we can run such a successful league, helping clubs to run, develop and grow.

“The sponsorship is particularly welcome in such challenging times for football.

“Finally, we wish good luck to our teams still in the Buildbase FA Vase and in particular Consett and Hebburn who can finally contest last season’s final, although it’s a huge disappointment that their fans can’t be at Wembley to see such a historic match for both clubs.”