Town defender Jon Muleba has joined Vanarama South club Hemel Hempstead Town on a dual registration basis. The Tudors continue to play behind closed doors at elite level and Jon will be available for their scheduled home league match against Oxford City tomorrow (Tuesday 19th January). Manager Andy Leese said “we were approached by Hemel who said they were in need of a full back, and I am happy for Jon to get some game time while we’re not playing”.
Pitching In Isthmian Chairman Nick Robinson has written to all clubs about Covid and the way forward:
Supporters will be updated in the light of the anticipated FA survey of club views.
The Pitching In Isthmian League have today communicated with their member clubs as follows:
“The Board of the Isthmian Football League has, together with our fellow Trident Leagues, reviewed the implications of the latest government lockdown. The matter was also discussed at length by The FA’s Alliance Committee earlier this week.
In order to reach a decision that will apply across Steps 3 & 4 in the National League System, and which is informed by the views of all clubs at Steps 3 & 4, you will shortly be asked by the Football Association to provide your club’s views on whether the 2020/21 season should be terminated and, if not, what the alternative should be. This will take the form of a short survey.
Independent of that survey, all three of the Trident League’s boards hold the view that the season should cease immediately and be declared null and void.
The ultimate decision lies with The FA Council, following a proposal made by the Alliance Committee but no proposal will be drafted until Clubs’ views have been collated and assessed.
In the meantime, the Isthmian Football League is postponing all fixtures up to and including Saturday 6th March since there is no suggestion that the national lockdown will be lifted prior to said date.”
The League will continue to provide its Member Clubs with updates as and when it is able to do so. Enfield Town supporters will be updated similarly. In the meantime, take care and stay safe.
The Enfield Town FC Supporters Society 2021 Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 21st January at 7.30pm via Zoom link. Members have been sent an agenda and background material direct via e-mail.
The provisional agenda is:
1) To receive the minutes of the AGM held on 23 January 2020
2) To receive a report from Paul Reed, Chairman, and members of the Board on current issues – including whether the season should be terminated – and a review of the Club’s progress against its business plan.
3) To receive the Accounts of the Society and ETFC Ltd for the year ended 30 June 2020
4) To receive a report on the work of the ETFC Academy – Billy Highton
5) To receive a report on the work of the Sports Development Company (Enfield Town FC Community Sports Development Ltd) – Paul Millington
6) Manager’s Report – There will be an opportunity to discuss playing matters with Andy Leese in a question and answer session.
A record of the meeting will be available in due course after the event for members who are unable to attend.
‘Non-elite’ football suspended following latest COVID-19 restrictions.
The full FA statement can be found here: https://www.thefa.com/news/2021/jan/04/covid-19-update-20200401
Further relevant announcements will appear here in due course.
The Isthmian League have issued a brief statement on 30th December, indicating, unsurprisingly, no change from the current season pause.
The statement can be found here: https://www.isthmian.co.uk/isthmian-league-covid-update-30-december-2020-64871
The Football Association have issued the following guidance – Football for adult participants across ‘non-elite’ football in Tier 4 areas is not permitted, including all training and fixtures. Full statement on the FA website:
Following the announcement on Thursday (17th December) by the Isthmian and Southern Leagues that there will be no league matches until the new year, the club’s board met to discuss the impact and ramifications. Chairman Paul Reed summarises the discussion and main outcomes of the meeting:
“A few weeks have passed since my last update and I wanted to start by repeating my sincere thanks to all Society Members and other supporters for their patience and understanding during these very difficult times. I know that there is still a strong feeling among many of you wanting to see Town back out on the pitch sooner rather than later, but of course health and safety is the overriding concern at the moment, as it has been for many months.
“The Society AGM will be going ahead via Zoom link on Thursday 21st January 2021 (7.30pm), and there will be ample opportunity for members to ask detailed questions about both on and off field issues. An agenda and joining instructions will be circulated direct to members separately. In the meantime, although there was no clubs’ vote on this occasion, the board were fully supportive of the league decision to continue with the current pause, noting that there would be 14 days’ notice in advance of any resumption.
“In addition to acknowledging a duty of care for players, officials, volunteers and other supporters there were lengthy discussions about the club’s finances which, as I say, can be examined in greater detail at the AGM. For now I think it is fair to say that the club can weather the storm of being mothballed, with little or no activity, again. We do, however, have some significant challenges, primarily around sponsorship, loss of matchday income, lack of Butler’s Bar hire income and the urgent need to hear some news – which may be some weeks away – about government support manifesting itself in the form of grants rather than loans. We also have some more immediate day-to-day issues to resolve such as problems with the heating at the stadium as well as slightly longer term issues around player retention and wages on the assumption that the season does recommence in some shape or other but extends into May or June, as seems likely. There are of course also regular ongoing costs associated with the stadium, including cleaning, not least while St Panteleimon continue to play and the club’s academy continues to operate.
“We remain acutely aware that without regular income from generous monthly donations, and the #GoToTown scheme in particular, the club could not survive. Thank you all once again for your generosity and public spiritedness. On season ticket purchases specifically, we are mindful that you haven’t exactly had a great deal of football to watch for your money so far this season! Although it is uncertain when, and in what format, the season will resume and it is therefore currently difficult to offer detailed refund options now, I can assure you all that that discussion will be had in due course once things become clearer. But, for now, if any season ticket holders would like to arrange a possible refund at this time please don’t hesitate to get in touch via : email@example.com
“I’d like to reiterate that the board, on behalf of all members and supporters, will continue to act in the best interests of the club, with a primary focus on the longer term in line with the club’s vision to be an inclusive club for all and a football and social centre for the community, with a range of teams playing at the highest sustainable levels possible.
“Finally, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of myself and the board to wish everyone connected with the club a Happy Christmas and a healthy new year – let’s all hope 2021 becomes the year of normality! Take care, everyone, and we’ll hopefully see you before too long.”
League season remains on hold…
As indicated previously the Isthmian League Board has met following the latest Government review and they have unanimously agreed to continue with the pause of the 2020/21 season.
Since the initial survey on the 2nd December the infection rate has deteriorated in the geographical footprint of their Member Clubs, which has resulted in much larger number of Isthmian League Clubs being placed in Tier 3. In reaching this decision the Board considered several factors such as the lack of income from secondary spend revenue, the reduced attendances at Tier 3 Clubs and more importantly, the duty of care the League has to Players, Club Officials, Volunteers and Supporters during this current pandemic.
The Board will continue to monitor the situation in line with the Government review dates and/or any decision that allows Government grants to become available to member Clubs. The Board has not yet set a formal re-start date but Clubs will give at least 14 days’ notice of the recommencement of the 2020/21 season allowing them preparation time to stage League matches.
It is also noted that the Southern League are taking a similar approach with their Member Clubs.
The Trident Leagues (the Isthmian, Northern Premier and Southern Football Leagues) welcome the decision to allow some fans into grounds situated in Tier 3 areas (see https://www.isthmian.co.uk/update-on-a-limited-return-of-home-spectators-for–64716) However, in light of the decision of all 224 Clubs only last week to vote overwhelmingly in favour of suspending the current season the Leagues have decided to wait to see the implications of the Government’s review of the Tier system in England due on Wednesday 16th December before making any further announcements.