The Covid-19 crisis has obviously led to a huge reduction in income with sponsors tightening their belts, the clubhouse closing and the loss of matchday receipts, says Ramsgate chairman James Lawson

Tuesday 31st March 2020

RAMSGATE chairman James Lawson says the club are experiencing a tight financial position during the current football shut-down.

 

The Rams were in the bottom three in the Isthmian League South East Division at the time of the football suspension, brought on by the coronavirus.

Ramsgate were 10 points clear of the relegation zone but The Football Association expunged all results and said that there will be no promotion or relegation from the National League South downwards.

“The FA face a decision on a matter which is without precedent which obviously puts them in a very difficult position,” said Lawson.

“I've heard it said that one of the many contributing factors to the decision was to reduce the chance of social gatherings in the form of training. This is because there was a real risk that clubs with something still to play for would be keen to arrange sessions. I can understand this and I'm just grateful that I didn't have to make such a tough decision!

“Moving forward I hope that legislation is put in place to give absolute clarity about what is to happen if the season is forced to stop for any reason.”

When asked if Ramsgate were in favour of The FA’s decision, Lawson said:  “We’ve really been enjoying our football recently and would love to still be playing.  However, we understand the critical need to be compliant with any decisions made in the interests of public safety.

“As with most clubs at our level and of our size our final (financial) position is always tight. The Covid-19 crisis has obviously led to a huge reduction in income with sponsors tightening their belts, the clubhouse closing and the loss of matchday receipts.

“As many other clubs have done, we will shortly be opening a donations page which will give fans the opportunity to support the club through such a difficult time.”

Lawson added: “Just like most of the country most of us are at home with our businesses fastened down. The group chats are full of football chat and I personally have never done so much gardening!”

Visit Ramsgate’s website: www.ramsgate-fc.co.uk





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