Northern League chairman: FA were in a no-win situation

Sunderland RCA (red/white) v Stockton Town (yellow) at Meadow Park, Ryhope.Sunderland RCA (red/white) v Stockton Town (yellow) at Meadow Park, Ryhope.
Sunderland RCA (red/white) v Stockton Town (yellow) at Meadow Park, Ryhope. | JPIMedia
Northern League chairman Glenn Youngman believes the FA were in a no-win situation after they expunged all results for the 2019-20 season across steps three to six of the non-league pyramid.

As the coronavirus epidemic continues to impact on clubs across the country, the FA’s decision to bring a premature end to the campaign and void all results was announced in a statement on Thursday afternoon.

That has led to disappointment for the likes of Stockton Town, Shildon and West Allotment Celtic, who were amongst the sides that looked well placed to gain promotion from the Northern League’s two divisions over the coming weeks.

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Youngman admitted that the FA had a “difficult decision to make” as he thanked key figures at clubs for their hard work throughout the season.

He said: This will be a huge disappointment to clubs, players and fans across our league.

“Our preferred option was that we should try and finish the current season, but if that was not possible then determine final positions on a points per game basis.

“However, it must have been a very difficult decision for the FA to make and whatever the outcome was, they were never going to keep everyone happy.

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“Clubs and players in particular will feel frustrated that months of hard work and commitment will count for nothing. I’d like to thank everyone for all the work they have put in.

“We hope everyone connected with the Ebac Northern League stays safe and well.”

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