Grimsby Town chairman, Philip Day brings up to date after today's EFL meeting.
I attended the video meeting today on behalf of the Club. The 71 clubs in the EFL agreed to new regulations proposed by the Board of the EFL which enable each division to decide whether to complete the season or curtail it. The proposals by Barnsley (no relegation from any division), Tranmere (margin of error statistical model), Lincoln (different calculation for deducted points), Stevenage (no relegation from League2) and Ipswich (greater number of clubs in play offs) were all rejected.
League 2 Meeting
Following the EFL meeting there was a video meeting of all League 2 clubs which overwhelmingly agreed to curtail the season. As a consequence, I can confirm that the League 2 season has now ended. The only outstanding matters for the League are the play offs but no date has been fixed for the matches and relegation. Until the outstanding disciplinary proceedings against Macclesfield are concluded the relegated team will not be known. The only proviso on relegation is that there must be a National League for the relegated team to play in. If there is not there will be no relegation.
At the League 2 meeting following the decision to curtail the season there was a general discussion on if and when next season will commence. No decision was reached but a variety of opinions were expressed about the practicalities and costs of starting the season. As and when further information is available I will update you.
Now that the season has finished we can proceed with refunds for season tickets. I know from social media that a lot of supporters have said that they would rather donate the refund to the Club. We are extremely grateful for this support. To save the cost of writing to each ticket holder we will in the next few days be putting a portal on the website on which you can either request a refund or make the donation by saying that you do not require one.
Can I repeat what I have said in press interviews? The staggering response to the crowdfunder initiative and the Mariners Trust fundraising is phenomenal and is yet another example of what a terrific and supportive fan base we have. You make us the envy of many other clubs in the way that you have rallied round to help keep us going. I promise you that the Board will do everything in it’s power to justify the faith you have placed in your club.
Whilst the majority of shops will be able to open from 15 June, we will not be opening the Club shop but will continue to operate online. The practicalities of two-metre social distancing and the very limited space available in the shop are determining factors in this decision. Please continue to support the shop as you have done so well since lockdown began. The new shirts will be with us soon and details will be on the website as soon as they are.
Once again thanks for your support and thank you to all of those involved in fundraising. Together we will get through this crisis and we look forward to the day when we are all behind the lads at BP and the chant of Fish is once again heard loud and clear. Keep safe.