'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 supporters'
This is going to seriously test the cash flow of some clubs.
I made the suggestion on Twitter that, should GNE need to boost cash flow during the suspension of the league fixtures, maybe they could offer the opportunity to purchase season tickets for next season a little earlier. I would happily pay for my season ticket now if the club needed the money during this uncertain time
This is a very sad time for football and the society in general. On a personal level I am gutted. I was seriously looking into investing in a club in the non league prymiad. Let's hope the situation resolves itself very soon and we can get back to enjoying football again.