Wayne Bradley reveals Alfreton Town finances will be hit next season
Alfreton Town chairman Wayne Bradley has confirmed that the club finances will be tighter following the global pandemic and the abrupt ending of the 2019/20 season.
The season ended following the outbreak of the Corona virus with Alfreton 14th in the National League North table.
The ending of the season has been detrimental to the finances of most non-league clubs as they miss out on the matchday revenue that they were expecting.
But Bradley confirmed that the Reds will be fine following this period, but they will need to be careful going forward.
“Alfreton are financially sound and debt free,” he said. “It is the unknowns that are the current issues that we need to solve.
“Finances will be tight for the next season and I believe they might well be beyond. Player costs balanced with stadia income will be a fine line to walk going forward.
“We have plans of action in place, but we currently await on a perspective of the time frame within which we will have to carry these plans out.”
The decision to end the National League season early was one made by the representatives of the league alongside the clubs themselves, with Alfreton voting to end the season.
Bradley added: “We voted to call a halt and cancellation to the season, mainly due to the duty that we have to protect the fans and players from the Covid 19 pandemic.
“Due to our mid table position, we would not be affected dramatically so that made the decision easier. But there are still clubs, mainly those occupying play-off and promotion positions, still debating a desire to play on.
“The National League have been reasonable with us and have been regular with their communications to league member clubs. But they are between a rock and a hard place with the decisions that they must make.
“The league is currently awaiting direction from the EFL and the FA on clarity of how to play out the conclusion, as there are ramifications for all leagues with every decision made.”
The Premier League and Championship have begun preparations for the season to continue behind closed doors, with the leagues starting on June 17th and 20th respectively.
But Bradley believes that this would not be an option for the clubs of the National League.
He said: “Whenever football is viable to recommence, there must be spectators in attendance for us. Playing behind closed doors is not a viable option for us as we don’t receive the television money and sponsorship that the higher leagues do.
“We will need adequate time to prepare for the new season to enable the plan for player recruitment to move along with plans of operation.
“Club volunteers currently aid progress with pitch and ground developments. As social distancing rules change, this will trigger further club actions in those areas.”
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