Two non league clubs have promotion cancelled due to the FA’s decision to null and void Steps 3 and 6 with immediate effect.
Jersey Bulls and Vauxhall Motors were those teams who had already had the ‘P’ placed next to their names in their league tables.
Both Jersey Bulls & Vauxhall Motors had already mathematically secured promotion to Step 5.
This afternoon's decision by the FA to expunge the 2019/20 season means they WON'T go up. pic.twitter.com/Q1KHaUg6UD
— Ollie Bayliss (@Ollie_Bayliss) March 26, 2020
The Channel Islands outfit had won all 27 of their matches in the Combined Counties Football League Division One and were 20 points clear at the top.
A statement from the chairman read: “Dear all, We are in unprecedented times and our thoughts, as a club, first and foremost surround the well-being of all our club members, players and supporters, and of course our fellow Islanders and the wider public during these difficult times.”
It continued: “We are of course disappointed with the recent decision of the FA to null and void the current season and discount the Club’s hard work over the last 8 months and our record breaking first season. The Club was in the unusual position of having already secured promotion at the time the league was suspended and so we will be engaging further with the FA and Combined Counties League on this issue.
“We are extremely proud of the wonderful efforts and achievements of all our players, management team and club members. We would also like to thank all our supporters for their overwhelming support in our first season.
“Above all else, we hope we can all remain safe and positive during these challenging times.”
“Yours Sincerely, Russell Le Feuvre Chairman Jersey Bulls Football Club.”
For the Motormen, they had celebrated going up with 7 games left to spare, but now find themselves in the same league next year.
The NWCFL are writing to the FA to express their disappointment that the League has been made null and void.
Players had their say on the situation, Tom Mitchell wrote: “Promoted with 16 points clear at the “top, to be told this. Tough one to take but the show must go on.”
Ben Holmes tweeted: “Absolutely wounded @Vauxhallmotorfc so much time and effort went into that season, what a waste.”
Joint Chester manager Anthony Johnson simply put: “Disgrace!”
Northern Premier League Premier Division leaders South Shields were set for promotion to National League North with a 13-point gap to second, but will now spend another campaign in tier seven of English football.
Truro City were top of the Southern League Premier Division South and eyeing a return to the National League South.
Just 15 days ago, Hellenic League Division One East side Risborough Rangers were looking forward to going to Abingdon Town to seal promotion.
Kensal Town, Stockton Town, Infinity FC, Worthing, Workington and Ware had a decent lead at the top of their tables too.
We continue to wait for a decision to be made for the Premier League, EFL and National League, something which could come within the next week.
Fans reacted as two non league clubs have promotion cancelled due to FA’s decision…
This is why there should be a separate association in my opinion, clearly the FA have lost all interest about caring about the Non-League game and this just shows it!
— Brad Hicks (@BradHicks20) March 26, 2020
@CCFLRefs Agree this is a totally illogical decision in respect of those two clubs – especially @jersey_bulls . Hopefully they will appeal. Would have made sense to bring forward some/all of restructuring to allow flexibility – CCFL due to have 40 slots in our Premier.
— CCFL Referees (@CCFLRefs) March 26, 2020
Is it not rewarding failure and punishing success? We’ve had enough of the season to get a picture – PPG surely the fairest way?
— – (@Rashfordesque1) March 26, 2020
What a joke
— Mark Davison (@mdavisontafc) March 26, 2020
Absolutely gutted for you. Cowardly decision with nowhere near enough consultation with clubs, players, etc. They’ve taken the easy way out.
— Andrew Dignum (@Diguain9) March 26, 2020
Absolute bullshit decision
— Mr Crabtree?♂️⚽️???#SWA (@SimonCrabtree12) March 26, 2020
Terrible decision, easy to bully the lower leagues won’t get away with it in the higher leagues. Can we all claim our expenses back?
— Andy Starkey (@Zatopek21) March 26, 2020
Shocking decision made by ????? who run our game
— kev Ello (@kevello) March 26, 2020
You have my sympathy , As @stockton_townfc fan and photographer , we were nailed on to win our League in the EBAC Northern League div 1 , 13 points clear having lost just one game this season it is such a terrible blow as we had prerations in hand for the extra upgrade. ?
— Harry Cook (@haroldcook1953) March 27, 2020
If any club deserves to be promoted then you do, not only because technically you already have been, but clearly belong at a higher level.
— Andy Barnes (@andybarnes19543) March 27, 2020
Fingers crossed something can be done, me and my mates will be buying season tickets when it’s safe to start again, whatever league we’re in! We’ll all remember the record breaking season, even if the history books don’t!
— MarkSKMA (@Mark_SKMA) March 27, 2020
This crisis shouldn’t detract from what has been an historical first season. Jersey supporters will be rightly proud of the @jersey_bulls and what has been achieved #unbeaten #invincibles https://t.co/BRysqcTOP7
— DC (@manfromjersey) March 27, 2020
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