On Thursday, the FA announced that due to the ongoing Coranavirus pandemic, the current season will be made null and void and all results expunged. This applies to both our First Team and Reserve Team. It means there will be no promotions or relegation’s for the season and that the proposed non-league restructure for next season will now be deferred until the 2021/2022 season.
This means our First-Team are likely now to play in the North West Counties Premier Division next season (whenever that may be), something we were not expecting to happen – whether through a lateral movement to an equivalent league or by relegation to the NWCFL First Division South. For those who’ve asked and are wondering, despite the season abruptly ending with Hanley bottom (and liable for relegation), we would in fact have stayed up, had the other preferred method of ending the season using points per game (PPG) been applied by the FA.
The FA released statement can be found here.
The North West Counties released statement regarding the above can be found here.
Despite the season ending abruptly, we have archived the results, appearances, goals and other statistics as they were. See the ‘Archive’ tab.
Who knows when the next season will start, but in the meantime stay safe and look after yourselves and we’ll hopefully see you again in the near future.