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FSA statement: Droylsden resign from NPL

Non-league side Droylsden have pulled out of the Northern Premier League saying the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has left them “no alternative”.

The Greater Manchester club say they will be unable to continue to fulfil their fixtures and as well as withdrawing from the league, won’t be participating in cup competitions either.

In a letter sent to the Northern Premier League Chairman Dave Pace described the decision as the “most difficult he has ever had to make”

“However the disruption caused by the COVID-19 crisis has left him with no alternative,” the club said.

“The closing of the social club and its function rooms since the start of the pandemic, the main income source with no indication of any restart on viable trading terms along with a loss of income from the club’s main sponsor has left the club with no visible alternative income stream during the crisis.”

Non-league clubs reliant on matchday income have been hit hard by the COVID-19 public health crisis, an issue that could worsen as the resumption of non-league football remains unresolved.

Following the Droylsden announcement, the FSA said:

“Droylsden FC have become the latest club to fall victim to the continuing uncertainty caused by the public health emergency.

“The FSA believes that decisive leadership is required from Government if we are to avoid seeing a growing number of clubs going to the wall due to financial uncertainties.

“The football authorities have been pressing Government for weeks to make a decision about when supporters can be allowed back in to watch matches. Lower league football and many other sports cannot survive without spectators in grounds, playing behind closed doors is not an option.

“Recent FSA surveys of clubs and supporters confirm that everyone places public safety is the main priority but the lack of a confirmed date for fans being allowed into grounds will lead to job losses and dozens of clubs folding.”

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