Boreham Wood FC has promised to provide updates every step of the way to you our supporters, to our players, staff and of course to the wider community, in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects, not only on the 2019/20 National League season, but also its resulting effects on the following 2020/21 season.
Since the Club’s recent update from the Chairman on Monday 23rd March, the National League board have subsequently met via three conference calls with each other, the FA and other Non-League executives. Those discussions have led to the National League’s CEO Michael Tattersal to issue the following statement to all member Clubs.
As many of you will know, The National League held a Board discussion yesterday (Monday), which was the third such meeting in 11 days. The broad consensus was that our Clubs wish for a decision to be made to close the season as soon as possible.
The National League attended a further meeting last night (by video conference) with The Football Association, and The FA have been asked to assist us with making the decisions to officially postpone all remaining National League fixtures and to end the season as soon as possible for the purposes of player contracts.
The National League is also working with the FA to define all reasonable and practical options for the determination of the 2019/20 season, and to provide guidance to Clubs on dealing with player contracts, player registrations and the application of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. We will continue to press for updates and will ensure that any further information is relayed to Clubs as soon as it is received.
The League is very aware that Clubs are looking for answers and greater certainty, and we remain focused on delivering these in the most timely manner possible. Please keep the flow of information going with the League’s Directors and staff, and be assured that we will respond as soon as we can when updates are available on the various issues.
Finally, thank you to all Clubs for submitting financial questionnaires. The data and comments have been reported to The Football Association, and we will continue to press for urgent additional assistance to be made available to National League and other non-league clubs.
Above all we wish everyone a safe and healthy passage through these turbulent times.
Due to the nature of this statement and following its circulation to members clubs, we can confirm that Boreham Wood FC Chairman Danny Hunter, has had further detailed discussions with Michael Tattersall, in order to clarify the League’s hopes and it’s position going forward, and to ascertain exactly what this statement might mean to member clubs, to our staff, players, supporters and to our wider communities.
As such following that conversation, please expect a statement from the Chairman interpreting this statement’s contents and his conversations with Michael, to clarify certain points to our supporters, players, staff and wider community in due course.