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Spalding's league matches on hold due to coronavirus outbreak




Spalding United will be without a game for the forseeable future after football authorities called off all fixtures today (Monday).

The BetVictor Northern Premier League (NPL), including the Tulips' South East Division, has decided "to suspend all fixtures until further notice in light of the escalating Covid-19 outbreak".

Spalding were beaten 5-1 at Stamford and their next game would have been at Sheffield on Saturday, March 28.

Spalding United manager Lewis Thorogood.Photo: SG-110120-145TW.
Spalding United manager Lewis Thorogood.Photo: SG-110120-145TW.

But speaking to Spalding Today after Saturday's defeat at Stamford, Spalding manager Lewis Thorogood said: "We don't know whether we'll be playing after Monday as there's a big meeting taking place to review the situation.

"We want to keep play football but I'm going to let the dust settle on today first."

In a statement, an NPL spokesman said: "Whilst the primary responsibility of the League is the financial sustainability of its member clubs, the number of clubs reporting players or officials in self-isolation has now reached a point at which continuing to play games would severely undermine the integrity of the competition.

The BetVictor Northern Premier League has suspended all matches 'until further notice'.Photo: SG-291019-065TW.
The BetVictor Northern Premier League has suspended all matches 'until further notice'.Photo: SG-291019-065TW.

"The NPL is well aware that clubs and fans need clarity around whether the 2019/20 season is to be suspended temporarily or permanently, and the full implications of either eventuality.

"The NPL will be working with the other Alliance Leagues, and the Football Association, to assess the various options and agree a way forward.

"As soon as we are able to, we will share that information with member clubs and their supporters.

The Tulips' under-23s' game against Grimsby Borough at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, due to have been played on Wednesday, has also been postponed.


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