CLUB STATEMENT | National League vote

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Wed 17 Feb 2021

The Club has been approached by numerous individuals from the National League and the FA, with regard to our stated position of abstaining in the vote to determine whether the three Vanarama National League divisions should continue.

The decision to abstain was made by the Board of the Wrexham Supporters Trust, but with the full support of the new owners.

The reason behind the decision to abstain was simple, in that, the Club was excluded from any offer of financial support from the Sports Winter Survival Package for National League Clubs, and the Club was being asked to consider the same proposals as the other 65 Clubs, but on a different basis.

The Club position was, and remains, that it does not want to impose our view on others, on a matter where all Clubs are not being treated equally.

The obvious disparity of the Club's treatment has been recognised by the National League and the Welsh Government. The Government have since been in touch with the Club to gain a greater understanding of the issue and to see if they can provide some equivalent financial support.

On this basis alone, the decision to make our ‘abstention’ stance public, has raised the profile of the Club’s treatment, in a way that will hopefully prevent the unfairness of the situation arising again.

The Club has identified that we can, in fact, vote in favour of Resolution 1, which allows each of the three National League Divisions to decide their own future, and remain consistent with our original position by allowing the other 65 clubs to consider the matter on an equivalent basis.

The Club has now voted in favour of Resolution 1 but will maintain its position of abstaining on the other Resolutions.

It is our hope that the National League (Step 1) season continues and our new owners have committed to meeting the costs of the Club without any guarantee of external support, notwithstanding our view that all Clubs should be treated equally.

We await the outcome of our fellow Clubs’ deliberations with interest.

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