Dreams of promotion

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver is still hopeful that the dream of promotion to the football league may be on the cards.

  • Before the season was suspended due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Town lay just four points off leaders Barrow.
  • Harrogate Town were one of just four clubs who voted for the season to be completed in a safe environment after lock-down is lifted.
  • Clubs will be given a say in how promotion and relegation is decided.

Over a month ago, Harrogate Town’s away fixture at Solihull Moors was postponed due to four members of Town staff self-isolating and just a few days later, the National League suspended all matches due to the pandemic.

Fast forward six weeks and having never tested positive for coronavirus, all staff at Harrogate Town are fit and well and like the rest of the football world, awaiting to hear the outcome of their delayed season.

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Yesterday’s statement

Following a vote, in which 90% of National League clubs responded, it was announced yesterday (22nd April 2020) that all remaining matches are cancelled, leaving those who were enjoying life at the top of the table and the teams who were far less happy at the bottom, scratching their heads as to whether any further movement will take place.

Harrogate were just one of four clubs who voted for the season to be completed once safe to do so, but that was not the view of the majority and so now a further vote will take place in a few days to determine the outcome of possible promotions and relegation from football’s 5th tier.

Town manager Simon Weaver has understandably expressed his desire for the team’s valiant efforts to be rewarded with the ultimate dream of league football given that the club lie second in the table, just four points off leaders Barrow.

Depending on how the EFL decide to conclude their season though, it may yet play a part in the conclusion of a season that nobody could have forecast and whom all involved, agree, that although football is their biggest passion, there are currently more pressing matters the country and world is facing.

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