After a majority vote by member clubs the National League has agreed to terminate all scheduled remaining league fixtures in the 2019/20 calendar meaning a clear-cut end to Notts County’s dream of promotion at the first time of asking.
The latest league statement said “National League clubs were asked to support an ordinary resolution on 9 April to end the playing season for all fixtures scheduled up to and including 25 April 2020. With almost 90% of responses returned it is evident a clear majority of clubs are in favour” (of closing the campaign).
Notts County, unhappy with the decision by the National League have released a statement themselves suggesting “We would like to place on record our disappointment that the 2019-20 Vanarama National League season has been brought to a premature end.”
“While we appreciate the views of other clubs and respect the overall outcome of this vote as a representation of opinion across the three divisions, our stance has always been that the National League should operate in tandem with the EFL due to the intrinsic link between the two leagues.”
“We were therefore opposed to this vote being imposed – particularly as there was no clear indication of what the next steps would be in terms of deciding the conclusion of the season, including end-of-season play-offs and matters concerning promotion and relegation.”
The club have written to the National League to relay their status whilst commenting “we look forward to hearing from the National League with regards to what the next round of voting will entail, with the continued hope that our fight for an immediate return to the EFL isn’t over.”
Notts County also pointed out that “We’d also like to advise our supporters that no decision has yet been taken by the FA on how this season’s Trophy campaign will be concluded. We’re mindful that hundreds of our fans purchased tickets for the first leg of our semi-final away to Harrogate Town and appreciate their patience. As soon as we have an update on what’s planned for the competition, we’ll circulate it.”
*Main image @Official_NCFC Meadow Lane last saw action on the 14th March when Notts beat Eastleigh 4-0.