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Club to take legal action if relegated from National League North

One club have said they are to take legal action if they are relegated from the Vanarama National League North after all remaining fixtures were cancelled.

Bradford (Park Avenue) finished bottom of the table on 20 points, 12 from safety, which would usually send them down to the Northern Premier League.

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The league organisation are currently in talks regarding how and if teams will go up or down.

However, in March, the Football Association voided the seasons of clubs in steps three to seven of the non league pyramid, meaning no teams would be promoted from the division below.

South Shields, the NPL leaders, are to contest the FA’s decision by threatening legal action to get it changed.

Bradford (Park Avenue)’s director of football Martin Knight said: “Tiers three to seven have already been voided so we can’t be relegated.

“South Shields are contesting but if they said they are going to relegate us, there would be a legal challenge from us. We are planning for National League North next year.”

There are plans to get a new 3G pitch installed for the start of next season, Knight believes it could have a great effect for manager Mark Bower’s recruitment as well as the football he wants to play.

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He said to the Telegraph & Argus website on Saturday: “If you have got a player like Nicky Clee, one of the most technically gifted in this league, it doesn’t help when the ball is bouncing off a divot and smacking him in the shin.

“If you know you are going to have a good playing surface, it changes the type of football that Mark might try and play.

“He knows he is going to have a good surface, therefore his recruitment might change as he might be able to look for a more technical player.”

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