Jersey Bulls: Threat of second cancelled season grows

THE chances of Jersey Bulls having a second consecutive season declared null and void have increased dramatically, following news that National Leagues North and South have both been scrapped.

Jersey Bulls secured promotion from the tenth tier of English football before play was halted in March 2020 – but their season was subsequently voided Picture: ROB CURRIE
Jersey Bulls secured promotion from the tenth tier of English football before play was halted in March 2020 – but their season was subsequently voided Picture: ROB CURRIE

The Island club, who play in Step 6 of the National League system – the tenth tier of English football – hope to discover the fate of their Combined Counties League campaign next week, once Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces his roadmap for easing Covid restrictions.

However, Bulls director Ian Horswell says the decision to declare leagues further up the ladder null and void could be the crucial factor.

Clubs in National Leagues North and South – the sixth tier – voted 24-19 in favour of ceasing the current season with immediate effect, amid growing concerns over the financial cost of completing a full fixture schedule.

‘If one league is declared null and void then you cannot have promotion or relegation,’ Horswell explained. ‘That has an instant impact on the leagues below and above.

‘There is no news yet but we are hoping to hear something next week.’

Meanwhile, clubs in the National League – the top-tier of non league football in England – voted 13-7 against cancelling their season, meaning they will continue.

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