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Northern Premier League wants to terminate Stamford AFC's season - but must wait on National League's intention




Stamford's Northern Premier League campaign looks set to be terminated - with the Daniels facing a further wait to see if they have secured promotion from the South East Division.

The Alliance Leagues held the latest of several conference calls this week after Northern Premier League officials had spoke at the weekend with their counterparts from the Isthmian and Southern leagues.

The Southern, Isthmian and Northern Premier Leagues revealed that they are unanimous in wanting to terminate the 2019-20 season immediately.

Stamford were 5-1 derby winners over Spalding United in their last outing. Photo: Alan Walters (32311560)
Stamford were 5-1 derby winners over Spalding United in their last outing. Photo: Alan Walters (32311560)

But, whether that is done on the basis of determining final placings via average points per game or the season is declared null and void, cannot be decided until the National League decides how it wishes to proceed.

A league statement said: "The Northern Premier League has been working alongside its fellow step three and four leagues, via the FA Alliance committee, to find a solution for the 2019/20 season that can, ideally, apply across all of the National League System.

“The NPL, Isthmian and Southern Leagues are unanimous in wanting to terminate the 2019/20 season immediately.

“Whether that is done on the basis of determining the final placings via average points per game or the season is declared null and void cannot be decided until the National League’s intentions are confirmed.

“The NPL, Isthmian and Southern Leagues have made the FA aware of their wish to terminate the 2019-20 season, although any such decision has to be ratified by FA council.

“While this process is on-going, competition issues can then be decided, together with the implications for promotion and relegation.

“The league, via the Alliance, is lobbying the government, the Premier League and others for additional financial assistance. A recent survey amongst NPL clubs estimated the impact of Covid-19 on those clubs to be over £3.25m.

“The NPL will continue to provide its member clubs with as much information, support and guidance as possible to assist them during this difficult time.”

Stamford are currently second in the South East Division, two points behind league leaders Leek Town and 13 clear of Cleethorpes in third spot.

The top team usually gains promotion automatically with those who finish between second and fifth places in the play-offs.


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