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Season closes for lower league football teams

Season closes for lower league football teams

by By Mike Dawber (March 2020)

THE 2019/2020 football season for Northern Premier and North West Counties Leagues in which Marine, Bootle, Skelmersdale, Burscough and several other local teams play in has been declared closed with all results expunged.

There will be no promotion or relegation for any clubs at this level which will be a blow for both Marine and Bootle who each had realistic chances of going up.

Marine were third in the Betvictor Northern Premier North West division while Bootle were third in the North West Counties Premier Division.

A statement from the FA said: "These are challenging times for English football and all decisions are taken in the best interests of the game.

"Today's steps take into account the financial impact during this uncertain period while considering the fairest method on how the sporting outcomes for the season and will be decided with the integrity of the leagues in mind."

No final decision regarding the National Leagues has been made yet. 

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