Posted: 26.03.20 at 16:34 by The Editor
Frome Town Football club has given its initial reaction to the news that all lower league results are being effectively wiped, dashing their hopes of promotion.
Their instant reaction; " It's terrible for us."
The shock news leaves fans and players in limbo and as the Frome season had been powering ahead until coronavirus took hold, disappointed is too small a word.
In a statement by the Football Association late afternoon on March 26, the news was delivered:
"These are challenging circumstances for English football and all decisions taken are in the best interests of the game and in consultation across key stakeholders.
“Our primary concern will always be for the safety and welfare of clubs, players, staff, officials, volunteers and supporters during this unprecedented time.
“Today’s steps take into account the financial impact during this uncertain period, whilst considering the fairest method on how the sporting outcomes for the season will be decided with the integrity of the leagues in mind.
“With the 2019-20 FA Cup, Women’s FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Vase all at advanced stages, we are reviewing all options as we seek to complete these competitions whenever it is safe and appropriate to do so.
“Clubs involved are close to reaching a major final and for those clubs and supporters we will do all we can to keep the Wembley dream alive.
“In respect of The FA Youth Cup, The FA County Youth Cup, The FA Sunday Cup and The FA Inter-League Cup, we are also seeking to complete these competitions if it is feasible to do so.
“We will also continue planning for FA competitions to take place for the 2020-21 season.”
But then the sentences that leave Frome fans, who had loyally followed the action up on the Hill, in the words of one of them "totally gutted."
"In addition, decisions have been made regarding the National League System, with steps three through to seven seeing their results for the 2019-20 season expunged and thus no promotions or relegations will take place."
More reaction from the club operations director when we have it.