"Season is over" - Chesterfield's 'next opponents' will "stand down" after April 25

The National League season “is over” for Chesterfield’s ‘next opponents’, Boreham Wood, according to the club’s chairman

Monday, 23rd March 2020, 1:45 pm

All National League fixtures have been suspended until at least April 3 because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The FA and National League clubs are set to discuss how to proceed with the rest of the season via a video conference on Tuesday but it seems likely a further postponent will be announced.

Chesterfield are due to play fifth-placed Boreham at the Proact on April 4 but chairman Danny Hunter said the club’s players will not be back in training until April 25 at the earliest for their own safety.

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He also revealed they have 10 players who become free agents on April 25 as well as five deals for loan players which end on the same day.

“That leaves us with just six players to complete the season and as such the season for us is over,” he told the club’s official website. “So on April 25, my players will be stood down with new offers made to them all and with only their health and safety of any concern to me.”

The Hertfordshire side are in the play-off mix and are only three points behind Notts County in third but Mr Hunter said it was “irrelevant” to him.

“As I see it, the season is over for Boreham Wood FC,” he said. “It’s not a discussion, there are no if’s or maybe’s which I know is disappointing for everyone who loves our club.

Chesterfield are due to play Boreham Wood on April 4 but the Hertfordshire club's chairman says their season "is over"

“I appreciate in regard to the play-offs, that this is the strongest squad we’ve ever had and we’re right in there amongst it. But in truth it’s an irrelevance to me, compared to my community and the wider world losing their lives and livelihoods.”

He also said the National League must now show “clear leadership” and put “any club’s self-interest aside.”

“That is not going to be easy as our board are, of course, made up of people who may have self-interest at heart as some of their clubs will have huge financial black holes,” he added.