Following today's announcement about the end of the 2019-20 season from the FA, chairman Paul Kelly released the following statement.

"Really disappointed at the lack of respect shown by the FA to ALL grassroots football clubs and those involved, including the committees that run the clubs, the manager, his players, the tea lady, physio, kit man and the true supporters of real football. 

"The decision to end the season is a disgrace - everyone involved has been kicked between the legs. No consideration has been given to the financial implications for clubs. 

"If the season had restarted, possibly May/June time, clubs at our level would have benefitted from bigger gates due to the summer weather, food and beer sales would be up, local communities would have supported their clubs because the pro game is priced out of people’s reach after coming out of this crazy virus situation we are all fighting.

"Completing the season would have given promotion/relegation to those who had finished in their respective positions, next season could have started mid-August with the removal of county cups and league cups, FA Cup and FA Vase/Trophy could continue, more midweek games could be played to avoid fixture congestion late on in the season due to weather or any other catastrophic situation. 

"I wonder if the FA will reimburse all affiliation fees, cup entries, club and player fines? The history of this season will say it was 'expunged'. For those who haven’t yet Googled the word it means obliterate or remove completely (something unwanted or unpleasant).

"I’m certain a lot of good people at grassroots level will be disappointed about this decision - some may even call it a day and think what a waste of time, money and effort they have wasted.

"My thanks goes out to all the players, supporters, volunteers and my committee for all their hard work and efforts throughout this season which has unfortunately come to an abrupt end. 

"I really hope you all are staying safe with your families during this hard time and remember please look out for any  vulnerable neighbours you may have.

"Please stay safe and well and we all look forward to seeing you all again next season whenever that starts. 

"Play up Portchy."


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