Garstang FC boss is left in limbo as the season's suspension continues

Garstang FC manager Richard Cookney admits the suspension of the season has left him waiting for answers in more than one respect.

Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 8:00 am

The North West Counties Football League campaign was placed on hiatus at the end of December.

Clubs from steps three to six have been surveyed as to their views on how the 2020/21 season should be resolved.

However, a decision on that won’t be due until after next week’s expected government announcement on the country’s present lockdown arrangements.

Garstang FC last played on December 28 Picture: Adam Gee

It could be the season is extended or declared null and void, while there is also the question of how many players are able – or want – to return to action.

Behind the scenes, clubs will also be taking the financial side of things into account with the pandemic affecting how many fans could attend matches earlier in the season.

Cookney said: “I don’t have a clue who’s going to stay, who I can keep or what my budget is going to be.

“Keeping lads motivated for all this time is going to be difficult and I can’t even go to them and say we’ll be playing this team or that team.

“Are they going to be playing Bury AFC again or Lower Breck, who possibly would have gone up this year?

“Can we attract players to sign for us? These are things that we have to consider.”

Garstang have also announced the passing of two former players.

Paul Bradley featured for the club in the 1970s and 1980s before moving into management with the junior teams.

Martin Stafford played for the club in the 1950s and 1960s and once scored 14 goals in a game against Lostock Hall.

A club statement said: “Our thoughts are with their families at this time.”

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