Well there we go then!! Not that it's relevant, but City would have finished 3rd if, rather than null & void, it had been on p.p.g. at this point.
Opinions will vary enormously on the situation, but personally I think the season should have continued. Step 2 was deemed 'elite' after pressure from (some of) the clubs (I didn't particularly agree with that decision at the time!) and, having taken that step, and accepted money from the govt. I reckon, as Justin Merritt said in his statement, that every effort should be taken to see the season through to some sort of proper conclusion. In hindsight, it might have been better if Step 2 hadn't become 'elite'. What if the 'Roadmap' out of the lockdown allows some spectators back again...I wonder how that might have affected some decisions.
Anyway, there's still the FA Trophy! None of this 'concentrating on the league' stuff to distract from a famous victory at Meadow Lane now.
Happy Birthday to me; it's not a happy one. I've seen incompetence and selfishness and rule breaking beyond words, bullying accusations that should be dealt with if true, if not the said club removed from the league immediately. The vote was close, a couple of clubs who we had beaten may have changed their vote, now this is purely my opinion, but leaves a bitter taste...
The open letter (CLICK HERE) from 18 NLN/NLS clubs to the NL setting out reasons why they feel that the season should continue in some form or another. It would be difficult to argue against the points they make...but who knows what will happen?!
"We have a top QC on this and they have set out several points where we believe the league has ignored regulatory framework and legal framework.
“We intend to intervene between the vote outcome and the FA ratification.
“Our legal counsel will make the case to the FA about what frameworks haven’t been followed and then we want the FA to make what we believe is the right decision of not ratifying the league’s proposal.
“We are also reaching out to Mark Bullingham, the chief executive of the FA, Nigel Huddleston, the Sports Minister, and Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport.
“We’re doing that because we believe there is a vested interest that the National League in creating this obscene voting system, have also been happy to flip away the Lottery money that was given to us as a good cause; to keep community clubs being able to play football.
“So we are engaging the Government, the top of the FA and the FA council. We have several irons in the fire.
“You can’t be part of a majority and then cease to trade. It’s ridiculous.”
Sounds the same without taking any responsibility for calling it a day; a bit like the National league now asking how clubs feel, thats all the 66 National league clubs think about the National league carrying on announced in winter survival package: I thought that had been voted on but apparently they want " opinions " Nothing to do with legal action. yes??no??
Post by City since the fifties on Feb 28, 2021 12:33:34 GMT
Here is a "Baldrick".City, Hemel and St.Albans join the 6 teams from the north to make a division of 9,the other 9 teams make up the south, 9 teams equals 16 games. Starting at Easter and playing twice a week you could finish on the original end date of 29th May.The winners are promoted as usual and 4 team play off semi's played on 1st June, finals on 5th June.Does this make sense, any thoughts.?
There are a number of scenarios being discussed, but those of course who wanted the season to end are not interested, except for Concord who now have a change of heart with £60k to play for in last year's trophy final, (funny that) the others want the vote honoured, I hope that sanity prevails and those who want to play on can maintain the integrity of the league promotion relegation status at least one step of section.
Failing that even if promotion is taken out of the equation, you could have a one off trophy to play for in a tournament, and offer it up for sponsorship: And have prize money paid accordingly.
Mr Ives is currently in discussions with clubs on the situation, before the FA conclude, and make a decision later this week.