Kidderminster Harriers urge National League to let them play after vote ends their season

Kidderminster Harriers have joined forces with 18 other clubs to urge the National League to let them play on.

Kidderminster Harriers urge National League to let them play after vote ends their season
Kidderminster Harriers urge National League to let them play after vote ends their season

The season was declared null and void for those in National League North and South earlier this week after a vote of clubs in the two divisions. But Harriers and others believe those who want to play on should be allowed to do so.

Kidderminster chief executive Neil Male gave his backing to an open letter, sent to National League manager Mark Ives on behalf of the clubs who wish to play on.

The letter outlined the reasons for playing on, including:

“Promotion and relegation within the National League system is a fundamental value which the league has worked hard for over the years and which was the motivating driver in reaching a sporting conclusion to last season.”

“Last year, although the clubs voted to curtail the season, the playoffs and automatic promotion places were sanctioned, and we believe a similar approach should be adopted this season to maintain the integrity of the overall competition.”

“All clubs have accepted financial support from the National Lottery for the months of October, November and December and also FA grant funding in order to prepare and proceed with league matches behind closed doors.”

“We have all invested considerable sums, by entering into contracts and taking on liabilities on the basis the season would progress to a full conclusion whether behind closed doors or not.”

“A null and void season would require either substantial refunds or carrying over the commercial and ticketing revenue into next season.”

“We believe that a null and void scenario would negatively impact the mental health of our supporters and communities.”

The letter concludes: “In summary, we respectfully request that the league strongly consider that the two divisions at Step 2 continue playing their seasons, either separately or as one.

“We believe that this is in the best interests of all National League members allowing the league to cater to the needs and drivers of all clubs in a sympathetic manner, allowing those who wish to continue to do so, and those who cannot or do not wish to continue to end their season.

“Promotion and relegation can be maintained between the National League and National League North and South in order to recover a full National League of 24 clubs next season, as well as maintaining the integrity of our relationship with the EFL.”

Harriers themselves added: “We encourage all Harriers fans to give the proposal their support and to help share the news on social media using the Hashtag #LetUsPlay.”

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