The coronavirus outbreak has abruptly ended a busy season for Southwell City’s first team. Football was suspended with the men’s team sitting in second place in the Notts Senior League table. How the season would have finished will never be known, as it looks certain that the 2019/20 season will not now be resumed.
Manager Jonny Upton and the lads are grateful for the high level of support that the team has had this season. Attendances at home games have been higher than in many years. All at the club hope that this can be kept up next season!
With the league being cancelled, the team must also focus on next season. Jonny is determined to keep much of his talented squad together, whilst looking for new players to strengthen his side for a title challenge, once football starts again.
Finances will be a major concern. With the suspension of football in March, the club lost thousands of pounds in income from player membership fees. Lockdown also means that income from the club’s presentation day and tournaments could also be lost.
Before next season begins, the club will be looking for sponsors to help support the first team, as well as the developments at Brinkley and the Memorial Ground.
With many businesses struggling now, it’s certainly not a great time to be asking for money. However, the club is determined not to lose sight of its ambitions for the future and continues to plan for happier times ahead!
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