AFC Bridgnorth chairman, Mark Wheale responds to the impending national lockdown with resulting postponement of all ‘non-elite’ football until December 2 2020.
3 November 2020 @chaguejones
Chairman of the club, Mark Wheale gives his thoughts on the lockdown and how after a positive response from fans at the non-league scene, many clubs will fear the worse going into the national lockdown.
On the financial implications:
“There will be financial setbacks that the club will have to deal with, not for the first time either. We rely on the bar and function room to raise the revenue that we have go in to the club, so the lockdown will definitely take its toll.
“It’s not all negative as we will use the downtime to work on our facilities and better them for the return of football in a month’s time. We planned to facilitate a disabled access which will now go ahead and we will continue to provide a takeaway service for Sunday dinners from our carvery.”
On the break in football:
“The break will come at a hard time for us as this team has just started to pick up some form and we have been able to extend our FA Vase run, which is brilliant for the lads and the club. Several players have also, just returned from injury, so yes, the timing is poor but we hope the squad remain fit and can recover fully over the next month to prepare for what will be a hectic schedule when we hopefully return in December.”
A message to the fans:
“We have had a fantastic response from supporters this season. Many of whom have travelled home and away with us, notably to Harrowby on Saturday. I personally want to thank you all for attending and showing the non-league scene the support it truly deserves and hope to welcome you back when safe to do so when we will go again- stay with us and stay safe.”