Garstang FC manager speculates as clubs are surveyed on the season's outcome

Garstang FC boss Richard Cookney is braced for their season to be scrapped amid the ongoing disruption caused by Covid-19.

Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, 8:00 am

It comes as clubs at steps three to six – including North West Counties Football League sides – took part in an FA survey about the potential outcome of the 2020/21 season.

Clubs were reportedly asked whether they thought the campaign should be declared null and void or whether they thought another way of concluding it should be looked at.

An FA statement said: “Submissions were made by 99.1 per cent of clubs at steps three and four and 95.8 per cent of clubs at steps five and six.

Garstang FC last played at the end of December Picture: Adam Gee

“The FA would like to thank the clubs for submitting their views and the time taken in providing responses at what we appreciate is an incredibly challenging time for everyone.

“The FA’s Alliance and Leagues Committees now have a large amount of data and information to consider before determining a proposed way forward.

“Ultimately any proposal made by the committees will be put to FA Council for consideration. FA Council will then make any final decision on a way forward.”

The Riversiders played seven of their 36 NWCFL First Division North matches before the season was placed on hold, though other clubs had only played as few as three.

In the top flight, Longridge Town had only played four times though, again, others had only played three games.

“My feeling on it is they’re going to declare the season null and void,” Cookney said.

“I hope they don’t. There’s been a lot of talk that they’re going to start again in August but I’ve also heard the FA wants promotion and relegation this year.”

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