First and foremost we hope you and your friends and families are all keeping safe and well during this current lockdown, we know how tough it can be during the lockdowns so if you need to speak to anyone then please reach out to us, we are always available on the end of the phone for a chat.
Our last game was on boxing day and it is looking increasingly likely that the 2020/21 season will again be null and void as is what happened to the 2019/20 season.
As a club, we where given a survey by the FA with a number of different permutations, based on the rules attached to each of these we voted to ‘Null & Void’ the season. At the time of the vote, the infection rate and death toll across the country and also on a local level was significant and much higher than during the 1st wave at the start of 2020. We took into account the welfare and safety of the playing and management team, staff, the clubs volunteers, as well as fan safety on return, and with us being in a 3rd national lockdown with no projected date and new more infections strains of Covid-19, we felt there was no other option.
There has been talk of a possible scenario where the FA reopen the previous seasons results and combine them with this season to allow promotions to take place on a PPG (points per game) basis, this would also allow the restructure of the non league pyramid to take place. This is something we would support if it was tabled as an option by the FA. As of yet, we have received no news from the FA on what action they will be looking to take, as soon as we receive any information we will push this out immediately.
We have in the past week also received notification that we have been approved for a grant of £15,000 from Knowlsey Council. We are currently looking through the terms and conditions of this prior to agreement. This funding will predominantly cover the losses the club felt in the autumn when we where asked to play behind closed doors for a period by the council. We are incredibly grateful for this and would like to thank the council for their continued support to the club. Discussions regarding this have been going on since October and it is good to finally see the grant come to fruition.
The club is also in the process of applying for the grant made available to non league clubs as part of the ‘Football Winter Survival Package’, the maximum amount for a step 4 club is £15,000 and we will be hoping to receive this in full.
We have a number of issues that need to be taken care of, the main ones of these are replacing the outside toilets as well as renewing the flooring in the function room, we currently estimate this will cost in the region of £12,000 and will put the club in a great position to pass our next ground grading inspection.
We hope with the vaccination programme moving ahead, that this will mean a return to football in the summer and allow us to have a normal pre season, hopefully with either restriction free or a higher level of allowed attendance that previously. We also hope this mean that at some point soon, we will be able to open the function room so that people can begin to celebrate times they may have missed in the lockdowns.
Matt Roberts and Jamie Weston will be taking part in the ‘Talking Bulls’ series on Facebook Live in the next couple of weeks, if you have any questions this would be a great time to ask them.