11 Jun 2020 by Admin

Official Statement from Altrincham FC

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This statement is to respond to the announcement from the Non-League Paper that there may not be playoffs from the National Leagues North and South.

The National League North clubs are meeting this afternoon to determine the approach to the end of the season.

The possibility of playoffs for the National League North had been formally tabled by the National League and on the basis of 'points-per-game' Altrincham were one of the teams who would qualify. 

The board met last night to discuss our approach to the end of the season. Any playoffs would have to take place behind closed doors, and with a comprehensive testing regime in place for a number of weeks beforehand.

We had estimated the cost of this exercise as being perhaps as much as £50,000. That being said, the Board were unanimous in our position that our brilliant team and our superb fans deserve this shot at promotion; and we strongly committed our support to the motion for playoffs.

The National League sent out a note late Wednesday evening implying that playoffs would not now take place from the NLN and NLS "on the instructions of the Government". We await further information on this, but what we have received so far is not definitive in this matter.

The club will be attending this afternoons call with the intention of continuing to press the case for Playoffs, and therefore for promotion, from the National League North. 

The National League have always maintained the position that all three divisions will have the same approach to promotion and relegation and we therefore also expect to see this rule to be applied in any decision reached.

The club will update further after the National League North meeting this afternoon, but we will respect the confidentiality expected from all member clubs as part of this process.

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