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Durham FA and Northumberland FA announce reduction to 15% of fans (stage one) at both men's and women's Steps 3 to 6

Step 7 and below to have no fans at all at training or matches

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2 hours ago, Karen Browne said:

Step 7 and below to have no fans at all at training or matches

Is that for the Step 7 leagues in Durham and Northumberland ??

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1 hour ago, Savagebee said:

Is that for the Step 7 leagues in Durham and Northumberland ??

Yes

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9 hours ago, Karen Browne said:

Yes

Many Thanks 👍

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The National League have a dilemma on their hands at the moment don't they, the League is due to start tomorrow week (Saturday 3 October), however currently no spectators are being allowed to attend 'elite-football' which Steps 1 and 2 has been classed to be. There is hope of a financial package being put in place, through the Government, which will hopefully allow all National League Club's to cope with playing without fans however, apparently, the cost of playing behind closed doors totals around £3/4 million every month so can you see Boris Johnson happily signing off that amount of money every month for the forseeable future:

Billede

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There's an interesting thread on another Forum entitled 'Clubhouses', Tring Corinthians AFC are mentioned and praised for their proactive stance:

https://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/forums/index.php?threads/clubhouses.2651/

Tring Corinthians were very hot on the issue yesterday - admission vis the NHS Covid app if you've got it, a forehead temperature check, hand gel, and only six people allowed in the compact and bijou clubhouse at any time.

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I see that there is another meeting between the FA and Step 5 and Step 6 Leagues tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at 6.30pm, I am not sure what good these meetings are doing or the point of having them as nothing seems to be happening or changing, it's just the blazers at the FA wanting to look as if they are doing something which they are not:

Billede

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Although I have no sympathy whatsoever for Wealdstone after what they 'criminally' did to Ruislip Manor this is still laughable, particularly for their first game back as a Step 1 Club on Saturday since the old Alliance Premier League and Conference days in the 1980's before being relegated in 1987/88:

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2 hours ago, Rhodes said:

Although I have no sympathy whatsoever for Wealdstone after what they 'criminally' did to Ruislip Manor this is still laughable, particularly for their first game back as a Step 1 Club on Saturday since the old Alliance Premier League and Conference days in the 1980's before being relegated in 1987/88:

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😂 A joke!

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9 hours ago, Savagebee said:

😂 A joke!

Savagebee - I wonder if it could be 'karma' though for what Wealdstone did to Ruislip Manor, they say that 'the Lord works in mysterious ways' don't they.

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There's debate on another Forum following the Government's agreement to 'bail out' the National League so they can commence their season on Saturday without fans present, I gather a 'rescue package' deal of £20 million has been agreed however that's not going to go very far and I can see it all ending in tears if Covid-19 drags on and on, the Government won't be willing to stump up again if the National League go back to them cap in hand:

https://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/forums/index.php?threads/taxpayer-to-bail-out-the-national-league.2736/

Not sure what to think of this but it raises a number of questions. Is the VNL really elite, thereby justifiably prevented (by current criteria) from having spectators? Should the taxpayer pick up the tab because the VNL believes it is elite? Will this funding be enough? Will it end up giving a free pass to badly run clubs and/or effectively penalise well run clubs who've cut their cloth accordingly? Does it establish a precedent by which the taxpayer will bail out the EFL too? Etc etc.

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23 hours ago, Rhodes said:

There's debate on another Forum following the Government's agreement to 'bail out' the National League so they can commence their season on Saturday without fans present, I gather a 'rescue package' deal of £20 million has been agreed however that's not going to go very far and I can see it all ending in tears if Covid-19 drags on and on, the Government won't be willing to stump up again if the National League go back to them cap in hand:

It's a 'done deal' but only £10 million, that's not going to last five minutes is it:

The National League season will start as planned tomorrow after the government pledged £10 million to help the 67 clubs play matches behind closed doors. 

The government said on Tuesday it would support Non-League’s top two tiers and now the National League has received confirmation of their aid.

The NLP understands the £10 million grant will be split between the National League, North and South over the first three months of the season before the situation will then be reviewed, with the government committed to continuing its support beyond then if needed.

A National League statement read: “In recent weeks, The National League and The Football Association have been engaged with Government to address the revenue shortfall expected by member clubs caused by the pause to the safe return of spectators. 

The National League has now received confirmation of significant financial grant-aid support from the Government to compensate clubs for essential revenue lost from fans not returning in October, and has communicated with its member clubs to provide reassurance ahead of the season start. 

The 2020/21 National League season will now commence on 3 October as planned with clubs playing ‘behind closed doors’ in compliance with the elite sport protocols.”

https://www.thenonleaguefootballpaper.com/latest-news/31570/the-national-league-to-receive-10-million-rescue-package-from-government/?utm_medium=onesignal&utm_source=push_notifications&utm_campaign=web_push

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Does anybody actually understand the Government's so called 'Tier System' that was introduced recently, what is it all about. It seems like just another forlorn 'dreamt up' idea, probably by Dominic Cummings, to make out Boris Johnson is at least trying to do something constructive:

 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know

Billede

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The beleaguered North West Counties League have been particularly hard hit of late due to the local rise in Covid-19 cases and their Club's are being asked to vote on three options, namely, 1.Suspend the season until end of Oct, 2. Suspend games for Club's in ‘tier 3’ lockdowns, 3. Continue with the campaign. I hope it will never come to that situation with the SSML:

Billede

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1 hour ago, Rhodes said:

The beleaguered North West Counties League have been particularly hard hit of late due to the local rise in Covid-19 cases and their Club's are being asked to vote on three options, namely, 1.Suspend the season until end of Oct, 2. Suspend games for Club's in ‘tier 3’ lockdowns, 3. Continue with the campaign. I hope it will never come to that situation with the SSML:

Billede

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Talk about a 'cop out' folks, the FA have advised that their 'guidance remains unchanged however', wait for it, 'local FA and local Council rules should be adhered to':

https://www.thefa.com/news/2020/oct/16/football-guidance-update-161020

Billede

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On 02/10/2020 at 22:10, Rhodes said:

It's a 'done deal' but only £10 million, that's not going to last five minutes is it:

The National League season will start as planned tomorrow after the government pledged £10 million to help the 67 clubs play matches behind closed doors 

Surprise surprise, the £10 million of funding in order to bailout National League Club's will now come from the National Lottery's 'promotional fund' rather than the Government and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, you couldn't make it up could you. I can see it all ending in tears and acrimony as it is £10 million less for Camelot to 'cream off', they won't be too happy to suddenly, at short notice, be asked by the Government to part with that sum even though it's just a drop in the ocean to them:

https://www.miragenews.com/10-million-lifeline-from-national-lottery-for-national-league-football-announced-by-culture-secretary/

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The situation certainly seems to be getting worse if you read this artcle, I guess we were warned about a second wave of the virus a while back but nobody really took it seriously. Lets hope there isn't going to be a disruption to the SSML campaign, particularly in Division One which is shaping up to be the most exciting for years:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12959216/uk-covid-cases-rise-30-per-cent-week-positive/?utm_medium=browser_notifications&utm_source=pushly

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It seems to have started up north and is slowly spreading South.

I don't think we've seen the end of it by a long chalk.

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Here we go folks, like i said you really couldn't make it up, some National League Club's are getting more than others where the National Lottery funding is concerned, that's going to ruffle feathers isn't it:

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/54629239

https://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/forums/index.php?threads/taxpayer-to-bail-out-the-national-league.2736/page-2

National League confirms funding split, with ex-English Football League clubs receiving more

The National League is to distribute the government's £10m support package on an average attendance basis, meaning seven former Football League clubs will receive a larger sum.

Chesterfield, Hartlepool, Notts County, Stockport, Torquay, Wrexham and Yeovil will receive £95,000 a month, with the 16 other clubs receiving £84,000.

National League games are currently being played behind closed doors.

The first payments of National Lottery funds is scheduled for next week.

In National League North and South, the majority of clubs will get £30,000 a month, although Chester, Dulwich Hamlet, Hereford, Maidstone and York will receive £36,000 a month on the same distribution model basis.

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I see that there is yet another meeting between the FA and Step 5 and Step 6 Leagues tomorrow (Thursday) at 6.30pm, what good are these meetings actually doing and what is the point of having them especially as, apparently, no Agenda has been e-mailed to the Leagues, it's just the blazers at the FA wanting to look as if they are doing something which clearly they are not:

Billede

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9 hours ago, Rhodes said:

In National League North and South, the majority of clubs will get £30,000 a month, although Chester, Dulwich Hamlet, Hereford, Maidstone and York will receive £36,000 a month on the same distribution model basis.

Despite receiving £6,000 more than other Club's, National League North side Chester are still unhappy with their allocation of £36,000 a month and they are quoted as saying "our allocation is significantly lower than anticipated and will not cover the matchday revenue our club has lost from playing behind closed doors for three months, we will therefore be seeking clarification about the formula the National League has used to determine the monthly allocations, which in the opinion of our club has resulted in unfair and unjustified distributions across the three divisions".

https://www.chesterfc.com/2020/10/21/club-statement-financial-support-from-the-national-lottery/

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There really is a stink at present, to put it mildly, about the distribution of National Lottery bailout funding for the National League Club's, rather than being 'grateful for small mercies' in these difficult times there is bickering and back biting regarding the different amounts being shared out between Club's which, admitedly, does seem to be grossly unfair and a totally uneven plaing field. Maidstone United are the latest National League South Club to take umbrage at the £36,000 a month awarded to them and you will need a builders hard hat to read the article below by their co-owner

http://www.maidstoneunited.co.uk/2020/10/directors-blog-stones-co-owner-hits-out-at-misuse-of-grant/

The Government was specific in that the money they brokered for our football clubs, via the National Lottery, was designed to ’replace lost gate revenue.’ Clubs agreed to start the season, taking on trust the promise to cover these lost revenues. This has not happened.

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A number of Step 3 Club's have now come out of the woodwork and expressed their disappointment in not receiving Government funding, this one is going to run and run isn't it:

Billede

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Continued joint statement from FC United of Manchester, South Shields and Scarborough Athletic:

Billede

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