2020/21 football season should be declared null and void, says Northern Premier League Board

The 2020/21 football season at steps three and four in the non-league pyramid looks set to be declared null and void.

Friday, 8th January 2021, 1:31 pm
Updated Friday, 8th January 2021, 1:36 pm
Non-league season at steps three and four looks set to be declared null and void

The board of the Northern Premier League met with its counterparts from its fellow Trident Leagues to discuss the implications of the latest national lockdown.

The Leagues have decided to postpone all fixtures until at least March 6, but has recommended that the season should be cancelled immediately.

The final decision on the future of this season rests with the FA Council.

The statement issued by the NPL Board said: "The board of the Northern Premier League has, together with our fellow Trident Leagues, reviewed the implications of the latest Government lockdown. The matter was also discussed at length by the FA’s Alliance Committee earlier this week.

"In order to reach a decision that will apply across Steps 3 & 4 in the National League System, and which is informed by the views of all clubs at Steps 3 & 4, clubs will shortly be asked by the Football Association to provide their views on whether the 2020/21 season should be terminated and, if not, what the alternative should be.

"Independent of that survey, all three of the Trident League’s boards hold the view that the season should cease immediately and be declared null and void.

"The ultimate decision lies with The FA Council, following a proposal made by the Alliance Committee but no proposal will be drafted until clubs’ views have been collated and assessed.

"In the meantime, the Northern Premier League is postponing all fixtures up to and including Saturday 6th March since there is no suggestion that the national lockdown will be lifted prior to this date.

"The League will continue to provide its Member Clubs with updates as and when it is able to do so."

Bamber Bridge, Lancaster City, Clitheroe and Kendal Town all ply their trade in the Northern Premier League.