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Isthmian League club fight for survival

Isthmian League club Dereham Town spoke in a recent interview on their fight for survival due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Chairman Ashley Bunn, who has been with the club for just seven months, talked about the struggles with Dereham Times reporter Abigail Nicholson.

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The Magpies sat in 8th position in the Isthmian League North Division  table before a decision was announced to terminate the non league season in March.

Bunn said: “I don’t think anybody knew what this [coronavirus] would become. We lost all income streams immediately – This included the obvious from match days such as gate receipts and bar spend but we also lost the whole of the business side in terms of room hire, meetings and events.

“This needed to be managed alongside the continual outgoings that we had at the time such as utility bills.

“It was a case of looking at how long this could go on for and making sure we could survive and looking at how we can survive this.”

The Magpies have been helped by the government’s furlough scheme along with other grants that were made available by the FA.

Bunn added: “The players came to me and said they didn’t want paying in March, which was amazing. I don’t think every club’s players would have done that and I think it shows what culture the club is trying to build.

“There has been lots of support available to us from the FA and government, we have just had to sort it out.

“If we do have to wait longer to get back onto the pitch, then more help is going to have to be available.”

The club have announced that prices have been frozen for the 2020-2021 season and are priced as follows:

Adult £90 (£4.74 per Isthmian League game)

Over 65 £50 (£2.63 per Isthmian League game)

More can be found out on that by clicking HERE.

The Isthmian League club fight for survival like many clubs up and down the country across all levels of football.

Many live in hope that they will receive extra funds from either the FA and/or the government.

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