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National League North club ask own fans if they would take voluntary relegation (two divisions)

National League North club Alfreton Town have took to ask their own fans if they would take voluntary relegation (two divisions).

Journalist Joshua Smith revealed that this was put to the supporters club meeting on Thursday night, and it left some rather concerned.

The response from fans were that this was unanimously voted against with Joshua Smith adding that he ‘was told more than once over the years the gates would be higher due to locality of other teams, and expenses would drop, less travel, lower wages etc.’

Since these tweets merged, Chairman of the Board, Wayne Bradley wrote via Twitter: “Honoured to have been the chairman of @AlfretonTownFC for the past 25yrs. The club is debt free, it has no aged creditors. It controls its own destiny. No sensationalism to see here! The annual question relating to voluntary relegation was this year put to the supporters association”

Twitter users reacted to claims the National League North club decided to ask their own fans if they would take voluntary relegation (two divisions)…

@lukeCFC25: It’s a strange one because you can see the logic, as Matlock manage to get great attendances but probably because they’ve got great links with Chesterfield and Derby, they seem to be a lot of fans’ second team. Do Alfreton get many fans going that support other local teams?

 

@SmithJournalist: Something I suggested a while ago was half price entry/season tickets for people holding a season ticket at any other club. Would get the gates up, some might start going there instead and hopefully people bring kids with them, the future fans.

 

@lukeCFC25: It would be shame if it Alfreton do see voluntary relegation as preferable eventually, especially considering they were doing well in the conference not so long ago.

@AdamStands: Having seen place when you first took over & the heights you have taken it to, still unbelievable to this day. While livin within your means, never in debt to anybody & being realistic. Fantastic memories, will be hard to match. You’ll always have clubs best interests at heart!

@s_w_hatt: Wayne, thank you for everything you have done and being so open and honest about the future and for giving the fans a say in the future. We will move on 👍

@ashley_0407: So basically for the next 2 seasons we are going on a downward spiral

@SmithJournalist: I think that was the argument for VR. Drop down, save money, re invest and come back stronger, vs fight in NLN.

@prime1959: There is no argument we want to stay in this league but our chairman dose not have a bottomless pit of money and we need to get the people of Alfreton and surrounding villages to get behind the club for us to do that we are Alfreton

@prime1959: The fans said they would fight to stay in the league and would do all we can to keep Alfreton we’re we are. It was agreed that we have been punching above our weight for many years and that our chairman had done a fantastic job

@StaveleyMWFC: Wonderful job by @waynebradwayne and his colleagues – managed to maintain the club at Step 2 with so many teams around with different financial modelling to @AlfretonTownFC. Good luck whatever is decided

@GlosCityFans: Interesting news coming from fellow NLN north club Alfreton. Don’t know enough to comment fully but assume it’s due to financial issues. Alfreton currently average 468 at home games this campaign.

@somecaIlmejesus: Why even pitch this braindead idea? They are closer to the playoffs than the drop and a game in hand on sides around them.

@DeanSpencer11: We at Worksop have felt the pain of this in recent years – stay at your current level with a minimal budget would be my advice. Even if you get relegated you’ll still be in a better position than if you dropped 2 🤷‍♂️

@JackBarker27: I think we made the correct decision, we won’t go down without a fight. Ultimately though, it’s not our choice as we’re not putting in the huge sums to sustain us at NLN. Time will tell.

Paul Taylor: Well this doesnt make for good reading, especially if thats even something you have considered asking fans

Ryan Oakley: Jeez didnt see this coming just hope they can get themselves sorted to the point supporters dont have to be asked such a thing

Tim Goodlight: Got to admit, when I look at their crowds, I’m gutted to see them so low, just want to see those numbers increased, can only assume due to amount of clubs near them

Harry Edwards: Worrying time is questions like that are put to fans

 

ALFRETON TOWN’S LEAGUE HISTORY

SEASON    LEAGUE     P    W    D    L    F    A    P      POS

1925-26   MID       40   17    7   16   99  102   41      9/21
1926-27   MID       38    8    5   25   59  143   21     18/20

1961-62   MID       34    6    4   24   48  100   16     18/18
1962-63   MID       38   18   14    6   83   50   50      5/20
1963-64   MID       42   22   10   10   88   56   54      4/22
1964-65   MID       42   21    8   13   91   67   50      7/22
1965-66   MID       42   19    7   16  100   87   45     10/22
1966-67   MID       42   20    7   15   77   74   47      8/22
1967-68   MID       40   18    6   16   84   71   42     10/21
1968-69   MID       34   13   13    8   62   46   39      7/18
1969-70   MID       34   30    3    1  119   19   63      1/18
1970-71   MID       34   18    6   10   83   39   42      5/18
1971-72   MID       34   22    5    7   85   39   49      2/18
1972-73   MID       34   17   10    7   80   44   44      4/18
1973-74   MID       32   22    5    5   77   37   49      1/17
1974-75   MID       34   22    6    6   80   40   50      3/18
1975-76   MID-P     34   19    6    9   76   41   44      4/18
1976-77   MID-P     34   24    5    5   79   33   53      1/18
1977-78   MID-P     32   20    2   10   52   37   42      4/17
1978-79   MID-P     36    6   13   17   39   61   25     17/19
1979-80   MID-P     34   11   13   10   45   46   35     10/18
1980-81   MID-P     34   16   10    8   73   40   42      2/18
1981-82   MID-P     34   20    7    7   64   24   47      2/18
1982-83   NCE-P     38   16    3   19   47   55   35     13/20
1983-84   NCE-P     34   18    6   10   56   32   42      4/18
1984-85   NCE-P     36   20    6   10   69   39   66      4/19
1985-86   NCE-P     38   21    2   15   66   47   65      6/20
1986-87   NCE-P     36   25    6    5   74   29   81      1/19
1987-88   NPL-1     36   13    8   15   53   54   47     11/19
1988-89   NPL-1     42    8   11   23   44   92   35     20/22
1989-90   NPL-1     42   13    8   21   59   85   47     18/22
1990-91   NPL-1     42    7   12   23   41   84   33     22/22
1991-92   NPL-1     42   12    2   28   63   98   38     20/22
1992-93   NPL-1     40   15    9   16   80   80   54      9/21
1993-94   NPL-1     40   18   10   12   83   70   64      6/21
1994-95   NPL-1     42   25    7   10   94   49   82      4/22
1995-96   NPL-1     40   23    9    8   79   47   78      2/21
1996-97   NPL-P     44    8   13   23   45   83   37     21/23
1997-98   NPL-P     42    3   13   26   32   86   22     22/22
1998-99   NPL-1     42    9    8   25   53   86   35     22/22
1999-00   NCE-P     38   17   11   10   73   49   62      5/20
2000-01   NCE-P     38   23    4   11   71   44   73      3/20
2001-02   NCE-P     38   27    5    6   94   36   86      1/20
2002-03   NPL-1     42   26    9    7  106   59   87      1/22
2003-04   NPL-P     44   23    9   12   73   43   78      4/23
2004-05   CONF-N    42   15    8   19   53   55   53     14/22
2005-06   CONF-N    42   10   15   17   46   58   45     17/22
2006-07   CONF-N    42   14   12   16   44   50   54     14/22
2007-08   CONF-N    42   12   11   19   49   54   47     16/22
2008-09   CONF-N    42   20   17    5   81   48   77      3/22
2009-10   CONF-N    40   21   11    8   77   45   74      3/21
2010-11   CONF-N    40   29    5    6   97   33   92      1/21
2011-12   CONF-Nat  46   15    9   22   62   86   54     15/24
2012-13   CONF-P    46   16   12   18   69   74   60     13/24
2013-14   CONF-P    46   21    7   18   69   74   67 *   11/24
2014-15   CONF-P    46   12    9   25   49   90   25     21/24
2015-16   NAT-N     42   15   13   14   58   54   58     10/22
2016-17   NAT-N     42   11    9   22   62   95   42     18/22
2017-18   NAT-N     42   14    7   21   67   71   49     17/22
2018-19   NAT-N     42   13   12   17   53   67   51     15/22
2019-20   NAT-N     32   12    4   16   48   55   40     13/22
2020-21   NAT-N     15    2    6    7   15   27   12     ABAND
2021-22   NAT-N
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