Brackley’s season abruptly ended
Sad day for promotion chasing Saints as it is announced the league for 2020/21 is null and void
Brackley Town’s season has been abruptly ended after fellow clubs in the National League North and National League South voted to pull the plug and abandon any further games. The remaining fixtures will now not be played and the season has been declared null and void.
The issue of promotion and relegation is yet to be resolved.
Earlier this month, The National League distributed resolutions for member clubs to consider the future of the 2020/21 season. Clubs were given 28 days to respond, but the ballot result has been announced early as enough votes have been received so that any further responses could not affect the decision.
For The Saint’s league it was proposed in the ballot that the season be declared null and void. A minimum 51% majority was required for the resolution to pass. National League North teams were in favour of the proposal by 15 clubs to 7. National League South teams voted against the proposal by 9 teams to 12. Overall a tally of 24 teams for and 19 against saw the resolution pass by 59%.
In a statement the National League said: “With the voting procedure now closed, National League North and South fixtures will cease with immediate effect.
“The Board will take the resolution outcome to The Football Association for ratification. This will include dialogue regarding promotion and relegation.”
Brackley Town are currently fourth in the National league North and occupy one of the promotion play off positions. The abandoning of the league will be seen by many Saints’ fans as extremely disappointing given the performance of Kevin Wilkin’s team in recent months and with the opportunity of promotion within their reach once more.