Saturday resumption postponed as season on hold again PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Thursday, 17 December 2020

northern leaguelogo.pngSaturday’s planned re-start for the Ebac Northern League has been postponed following an emergency meeting of the League Management Committee.

A number of clubs were prepared to resume fixtures with effect from December 19 and attempt to carry on under what are extremely challenging Tier Three restrictions.

Some clubs have been told by their local councils that they are not permitted to sell refreshments and the majority of clubs indicated that it wasn’t financially viable for them to play games with attendances set at 150.  

Without any income from food and beverages, clubs would still have significant levels of expenditure with no grants being made available to cover any deficit.

Some clubs felt that a change to Tier Two restrictions allowing attendances to rise to 300 could allow a return, but any such decision is now unlikely to come before today or possibly later this week.

As a consequence the management committee decided to postpone this week-end’s fixtures.

Should the region remain in Tier Three the situation would be reviewed again by the LMC on Monday 4th January 2021 with a possible resumption date of Saturday 9th January; but if there were any unexpected easing of restrictions before then, the situation will be reviewed to see if an earlier return may be possible.

The committee fully understands and shares the frustration at the situation and is grateful for the patience of officials, volunteers, players and spectators.

In the meantime the League will be writing to all the relevant local authorities to see if they are willing to address the issue of the sale of refreshments at grounds in their area, as this provides such crucial revenue for clubs.

Tier Three restrictions limit the number of spectators to 150, with Tier Two the limit is set at 300 for our clubs.

Both Penrith and Carlisle City should have resumed with home games but like everyone else will have to wait. Penrith were due to entertain Thornaby in Division One with City hosting Billingham Synthonia in a big Division Two game.


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