After learning that Bury could potentially cease to exist for next season due to huge financial concerns, football fans of clubs from the EFL have been left asking what it means if it unfortunately happens.
Newly promoted Shakers have avoided numerous winding up petitions from the High Court over unpaid bills and total dept up to £8m, the case has now been adjourned until the 19th of June with talks three parties are interested in buying the club.
A group of Bury fans recently headed to the club’s current chairman Steve Dale’s home to protest and urge him to sell the crisis side.
Notts County crashed out of the EFL after 131 years this season, many have wondered that if Bury go under, would it mean they would get reprieved and have another season in League Two.
This however is said to be unlikely but instead will see League One have three relegation spots instead of four next season.
According to the EFL rules, it states: “During the period between the conclusion of the last play-off match and the start of the following season, its playing record (club retiring) shall not be expunged but the number of relegation places from the division in which a club would have played but for its cessation of membership, shall be reduced by the number of clubs ceasing to be members and, during that season, the relevant division shall operate with a reduced number of clubs.”
But how come Aldershot Town look set to get a reprieve to the National League from the National League South next season?
Gateshead were suspended from the National League for breaching financial rules, and those at the top of the league organisation run differently to those in the EFL. Otherwise could have been very different and potentially see Plymouth and Notts County reprieved.
That puts to bed all those rumours and fan assumptions.