A season like no other for Thornbury Town ends with league being declared null and void

March 30 2020

OFFICIALS, players and supporters at Thornbury Town FC have never known a season like this one.

The continuing wet weather meant that the first team only played two games after January: the last one at Shortwood on February 8.

The club were a long way behind on their fixtures and had tumbled from second place to seventh in the Hellenic League Division One West table before the season was cancelled and all results expunged on March 26.

The Coronavirus emergency saw the league suspend all fixtures, at first until the end of March, before all football in England's 45 divisions below the National League was cancelled by the FA and the declared “null and void”.

This is a harsh blow for the club, with all three senior sides pushing for promotion in their respective divisions.

The first team were looking good for at least a second or third place finish before the wet weather started, whilst the A team remained top of their division in the Bristol & District League, having not lost a league game all season. The Reserves, whilst in a mid-table position, had games in hand and could have moved into the top four.

The Reserves’ one game since the beginning of February saw them secure a resounding 4-2 win away at Brimsham Green.

Meanwhile the A team had two convincing wins in March, beating Wick A team 4-0 and Bradley Stoke 5-0.

When football does begin again, Thornbury Town will be involved in the Wildcat initiative launched by the Gloucestershire FA to introduce football for 5 to 11-year-old girls in a fun and safe environment.

The venue will be the Thornbury Leisure & Activity Centre and the scheme will be running for 16 consecutive weeks.

The Club had become aware that the town was sadly lacking in female football other than just one team of U13's, and hopes the Wildcat sessions will get more girls involved.

The initial launch on April 6 has had to be postponed but when it is safe to do so, a new date will be publicised as soon as possible.

In the meantime, the club would be happy to hear from anyone interested in helping, either as a volunteer or even taking up a Level 1 coaching course, for which there will be financial help.

For more information call Jack Harrison-Bond on 07539 471637 or Graham Smith on 07580 212496


Malcolm Carr