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Runaway non league leaders threaten legal action after season is voided

Runaway non league leaders threaten legal action after season is voided, which was revealed by the Football Association on Thursday.

South Shields, of the Northern Premier League, looked certain to win promotion into the National League North after opening up a 12 point lead over second place FC United of Manchester who they beat 5-3 in front of a record crowd of 3,274 before the league was stopped two weeks ago.

The club had invested thousands of pounds into a promotion push this season only for their hopes to be shattered by circumstances beyond their control.

Chairman Geoff Thompson has vowed to appeal and, if necessary, go to court.

“South Shields will be writing to the FA in the strongest possible terms and will seek an appeal or will take legal action,” he said.

“Whatever the outcome following this appalling decision, the club will continue as before.”

South Tyneside-based Shields were once members of the Football League and in 1921 actually led Division Two ahead of such established names as Leicester, Leeds and Nottingham Forest.

They were eventually replaced by neighbours Gateshead but today’s directors have aspirations to regain their place.

“There is no denying this decision has a huge financial impact,” added Thompson.

“We have invested heavily this year in a host of areas and the loss of promotion will also affect some of our revenue assumptions for next season.

“My message to all South Shields fans and sponsors is ‘Sorry. It is a huge disappointment and we’ve all been badly let down.”

Gary Neville also tweeted on the matter: “Can someone explain to me what. is forcing the non-league divisions to void the season ? We’ve been down there with @SalfordCityFC for 5 years so we have some experience of it and I don’t get it !! Help 🤷🏻‍♂️”

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