Thornbury Town's suspended season could be abandoned

January 25 2021
Thornbury Town's suspended season could be abandoned

UNFORTUNATELY the New Year has not brought any relief from pandemic restrictions, and the announcement of the latest lockdown has meant that “non-elite” football has been suspended at all levels until at least the end of February.

This has meant that training sessions and matches for all of Thornbury Town’s teams, both juniors and seniors, have been cancelled. Whilst previously there had been some concessions for juniors to continue training and playing, this has now been rescinded.

At this stage it is looking more and more likely that it won’t be possible for any of the club’s teams to complete the season, even if it were extended until the end of May.

The Bristol & District League, in which the Reserves and A team compete, has already confirmed that matches due to be played in the latest two lockdowns will be declared void and won’t be rearranged. It is not clear at this stage what decisions will be made by the junior leagues.

The Hellenic League and FA have also confirmed that completing the 2020/2021 season is becoming increasingly doubtful. They have committed to asking clubs their views, to see if there is any possibility to play out this season, or alternatively advise how and when the season will be concluded. It was expected that a decision from the FA Council would be made towards the end of January.

Despite the difficulties that this season has brought, club officials are still working hard behind the scenes and have secured sponsorship, from Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, of one of the newly installed spectator stands, in addition to continuing to sponsor the dug-outs.

Whilst there has been no match action for much of this season, the club committee are grateful for the understanding of all parents, players, officials and supporters during these difficult times, which has often seen “last minute” postponements of matches and training.

The Club will keep members and supporters advised of developments on its social media sites.

Malcolm Carr