National League clubs vote to end season

The National League have announced an end to the season with immediate effect.

The three leagues, which directly fall below the EFL, saw 90% of its clubs vote in favour of ending the season with a further decision to be made on its outcome. 

This comes just weeks after Steps 3 to 7 of the Non-League pyramid declared their season null and void, meaning all results and statistics are scrubbed from the system. 

Holker Street, home of Barrow AFC, who currently sit top of The National League. Picture: Henry Deacon

Michael Tattersall, CEO of The National League said in a statement: “At a time when the entire country is wrestling with the devastating impact of Covid-19, the cancellation of the remaining normal season matches brings a degree of certainty to our Clubs coping with the business implications of the virus.” 

Barrow, Kings Lynn Town, and Wealdstone are top of the three respective divisions with Bluebirds manager Ian Evatt believing his side deserve promotion to the EFL on a points per game basis. 

“Anything other than us being promoted would be being harsh.” He told the BBC. 

“We’ve proven we were the best team over a long period of time. We were top for more or less for five months and no one has really got within punching distance.” 

How the National League final table would look if points per game was adopted across the three leagues.

Meanwhile, AFC Fylde chairman David Haythornwaite, whose side sit second from bottom in The National League table, believes the season should be scrapped if it can’t be completed.

I’d be very unhappy (if the league was frozen) because we have nine games to go and that’s a hell of a lot. We were starting a good run and were always confident we’d get out of it.

“Everyone will accuse me of bias but I think the season should finish and be declared null and void, with no relegation or promotion.

“That’s really the only fair way because so many combination of results could have happened.”