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Football Postponed for Yorkshire Coast

Football Postponed for Yorkshire Coast

Published by Jon Burke at 4:54pm 16th March 2020.

The leagues in which Scarborough Athletic, Whitby Town and Bridlington Town compete have suspended all matches, because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Here is a statement from the BetVictor Northern Premier League, which Scarborough Athletic and Whitby Town are in:

"The Northern Premier League has today decided, reluctantly, to suspend all fixtures until further notice in light of the escalating Covid-19 outbreak.

The League would like to congratulate the players, officials, volunteers and fans of clubs able to stage games at the weekend and notes the excellent attendances at those fixtures. Whilst the primary responsibility of the League is to the financial sustainability of its member clubs, the number of clubs reporting players or officials in self-isolation has now reached a point at which continuing to play games would severely undermine the integrity of the competition.

In consultation with the partners Eliteform, all NPL Football Academy fixtures have also been suspended until further notice.

The NPL is well aware that clubs and fans need clarity around whether the 2019/20 season is to be suspended temporarily or permanently, and the full implications of either eventuality. The NPL will be working with the other Alliance Leagues and the Football Association, to assess the various options and to agree a way forward.

As soon as we are able to, we will share that information with member clubs and their supporters."

Here's  the statement from the Toolstation Northern Counties East League, which host Bridlington Town:

"After careful consideration, the management board of the Toolstation NCEL has decided to postpone all scheduled Premier Division, Division One and League Cup matches with immediate effect. 

This decision has not been taken lightly but the health and well-being of all of our players, team officials, volunteers and supporters is of paramount importance.

The Board will continue to monitor the Coronavirus situation whilst taking advice from the Government and the FA and will issue further updates as necessary.

A date for the resumption of fixtures will be announced as soon as it is considered safe to do so.

We hope everyone will understand the reasoning behind this decision and thank you for your co-operation."





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