With a virulent virus sweeping across the world, football has quite rightly fallen into insignificance and indeed drawn to a halt. All leagues at Steps 3 – 7 were invited to discuss with the FA how the current season might conclude. On 24 March the FA advised all relevant leagues confirming their decision with regards to football at Steps 3 to 6 for this season.
The FA announced that the current season is “ended with immediate effect and all results will be expunged. This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between Step 3 to 6, or relegation from Step 2” The FA also announced that the planned re-structure at the end of the current season has been deferred until the start of the 2021/22 season.
The decision which is due to be confirmed by the FA Board on 7 April has been met with a mixed response from clubs, 180 of whom have signed a letter to the FA demanding that the decision not be confirmed, and that the season conclude in a manner allowing promotion and relegation.
Guildford City FC does feel that with so much emotional energy and commitment expended by officials, players and volunteers over 40 matches it is wrong to simply expunge the season as if it was never played. As a club we have taken the decision that in-house all club goals and appearances will stand.
It is hoped that the FA decision on Tuesday will formally allow the season to be drawn to a close so that virus or not, thought can turn to preparations for next season – whenever that might be!