York City dismayed by decision to suspend the season – which delays the first game at the new stadium again

22 Jan 2021 @ 5.43 pm
| Sport

The National League’s decision today to suspend the North and South division seasons for two weeks has left York City dismayed and frustrated.

The league’s decision follows talks over the financial challenges, and safety during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Clubs hope the break will save the season from being scrapped entirely.

In a statement, City said they “feel strongly that the season should have continued”, and were disappointed that this view “wasn’t shared by the National League board”.

The statement continued: “We worked tirelessly last summer to protect the integrity of football and allow our division to come to an honourable conclusion and we find ourselves in a similar position this season.

“We are equally disappointed in the way in which the DCMS funds, made available to compensate the lack of crowds, were unfairly distributed by the National League board to member clubs.”

‘We will fight to carry on’

The new LNER Community Stadium. Photograph: Jack Titley

The postponement delays yet again the first game at the LNER Community Stadium.

This was scheduled to be the home game against Curzon Ashton on 30 January.

If the season resumes after two weeks, the first game at the stadium is likely to be on 13 February, with Farsley Celtic the opponents.

But there are real fears now that the season, already beset by Covid-related postponements, will be declared null and void.

City chairman Jason McGill said: “We fought in the summer to change our division’s status to elite sport, which reflected the wishes of the whole football community to carry on playing.

“We find ourselves in a similar position again and need unity across all National League divisions to protect the integrity of football.

“We are an ambitious club who want to be successful and make our supporters proud and we will fight and lobby to continue the season to completion.”