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Club Statement-Droylsden Football Club to resign from the League and all Cup competitions

Droylsden FC have as of today resigned from the Northern Premier League and will also take no part in Cup Competition this season

In a letter sent to the Northern Premier League Chairman Dave Pace described the decision as the  most difficult he has ever had to make.

However the disruption caused by the Covid-19 crisis has left him with no alternative.

The closing of the social club and its function rooms  since the start of the pandemic, the main income source with no indication of any restart on viable trading terms along with a loss of income from the club’s main sponsor  has left the club with no visible alternative income stream during the crisis.

“The club may hopefully survive this crisis and continue into the future in less challenging circumstances than we find ourselves in during the present”

The club will be making no further statement at the present time

 

 

 

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Fixtures suspended over Coronavirus outbreak

The Northern Premier League has today decided, reluctantly, to suspend all fixtures until further notice in light of the escalating Covid-19 outbreak.

In a statement issued this afternoon they said:

“The League would like to congratulate the players, officials, volunteers and fans of clubs able to stage games at the weekend and notes the excellent attendances at those fixtures.  Whilst the primary responsibility of the League is to the financial sustainability of its member clubs, the number of clubs reporting players or officials in self-isolation has now reached a point at which continuing to play games would severely undermine the integrity of the competition.In consultation with the partners Eliteform, all NPL Football Academy fixtures have also been suspended until further notice.”

They added:

“The NPL is well aware that clubs and fans need clarity around whether the 2019/20 season is to be suspended temporarily or permanently, and the full implications of either eventuality.  The NPL will be working with the other Alliance Leagues and the Football Association, to assess the various options and to agree a way forward.As soon as we are able to, we will share that information with member clubs and their supporters.”

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Matches to go ahead this weekend.

Northern Premier League Matches will go ahead this weekend

The League have issued the following statement

Further to our communication of yesterday regarding the Coronavirus crisis, and following the Premier League and EFL deciding to pause the season until April 9th , the NPL has today been in discussion with the National, Southern and Isthmian Leagues to try and agree a common approach, but this did not prove possible.  The FA has today stated that it is each League’s decision as to what approach it wishes to take, so each league at Steps 3 & 4 will do what it believes best for its member clubs.

 

Accordingly, and in common with the National League, the NPL’s board has decided that all matches will go ahead this weekend, with future fixtures being reviewed on Monday 16th March.

 

Our primary concern, as always, is to protect the financial stability of our 62 clubs.  This means playing as many games as we can, so long as clubs wish to do so.  This is not contrary to the League’s and clubs’ duty of care considerations to players, officials or supporters but, in a season where clubs have been severely impacted by weather-related postponements, the NPL board believes that pausing the season right now would prove disastrous for many clubs.  The situation is changing daily, so our approach to Covid-19 must be flexible, recognising the very genuine concerns around the health of players, officials and supporters.

 

The League has consistently urged clubs to follow government advice, which is that football matches should go ahead as planned for now.  Having carefully weighed up all options, and mindful that we are between a rock and a hard place on this issue, all NPL matches will therefore go ahead as planned this weekend unless a club is directly affected by players, referees or volunteers who are self-isolating or have serious concerns.  

 

Please refer to the FA’s guidance notes, issued earlier this week and re-attached here.  If an infection occurs, or is suspected within a team group, government advice should be followed and the individuals with whom the victim is in direct contact should be advised to self-isolate.  In these cases, details should be provided to the League soonest and affected games will be postponed.  No club may simply call a game off; that is a decision for the League alone, however all requests will be dealt with sympathetically.

 

The Alliance leagues have requested urgent advice from the FA with regard to the impact of any short or medium term implications for payments to contract players.  As soon as we receive this guidance, it will be issued to all clubs.

 

In closing, the League acknowledges this is not a decision that will meet with universal approval.  Although our current stance may have to be reviewed as events escalate, it will be business as usual for as long as possible.

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Farewell Danny, Rhys and Reece

Danny Wilkins has left the club and has joined Clitheroe over the weekend while Reece Webb-Foster after a short stay has returned to Colne.

Rhys Clooney who joined us at the start of the season has left with mutual consent and his contract has been terminated.

However some good news as defender Sam Oliver, currently on work experience from Sheffield Wednesday has agreed to extend his stay with the club until the end of March

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The price to pay for following the Bloods

We all know the pain and emotion in following the Bloods but new research out this week suggests that Fans who are ‘fused’ with their team are more likely to experience intense – potentially dangerous – levels of stress while watching live football.

Football fans around the world know the strong emotions brought on by watching their teams on match day, but particularly zealous fans are more at risk of experiencing dangerous levels of the ‘fight or flight’ hormone cortisol, commonly associated with stress. Researchers at the University of Oxford have now verified a scientific link between fans’ intense group bonding with their team and levels of cortisol (stress hormone) while they watch football.

‘Fans who are strongly fused with their team – that is, have a strong sense of being ‘one’ with their team – experience the greatest physiological stress response when watching a match,’ says Dr Martha Newson, researcher at the Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion, University of Oxford. ‘Fans who are more casual supporters also experience stress, but not so extremely.’ This study was published in the journal Stress and Health.

The study was conducted with Brazilian spectators during the 2014 World Cup, hosted in Brazil. The fans’ saliva was collected before, during and after matches, including Brazil’s historic semi-final loss (1 – 7) to Germany. ‘Cortisol rocketed during live games for the fans who were highly fused to the team,’ says Newson. ‘It was particularly high during games where their team lost.

‘Interestingly, there were no differences in cortisol concentrations between men and women. Despite preconceptions that men tend to be more bonded to their football teams, women were in fact found to be slightly more bonded to their national team than the men.’

‘This study has shown how people who are highly bonded to their football teams (and likely any other group identity) have a unique psycho-physiological profiles,’ says Newson. This can be seen in the well-known antics of football fans, from ritualised chanting and singing through to violence. ‘We can clearly see where these reactions are coming from, due to their surge in cortisol during a match compared to fans who merely support their team, but are not fused with them.’

There are many health conditions tied to extreme stress that hardcore football fans should be aware of. While cortisol is essential to responding to life’s daily stresses, too much cortisol over time can result in a suppressed immune system (more coughs and colds and even allergies), weight gain, and heightened blood pressure with a significant risk of heart disease. Indeed, previous research has established an increase in heart attacks among fans on important match days, at both the regional and national level. ‘From our research, we may be better equipped to identify which fans are most at risk of heart attacks,’ says Newson. ‘Clubs may be able to offer heart screenings or other health measures to highly committed fans who are at the greatest risk of experiencing increased stress during the game.’

The findings could also be relevant to improving crowd management strategies. ‘Strategies that aim to reduce stress hormones following particularly intense matches could help reduce incidents of hooliganism and violence,’ says Newson.

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Four new players for the Bloods

A flurry of activity on Friday saw four players brought into the club as injuries put pressure on the size of the squad.

Midfielder Keano Deacon joins us from Burgess Hill and right back and right sided midfielder Matthew Williams joins us from Mossley.

The Bloods have also taken midfielder Kyle Wych from Oldham’s academy while striker Demell Cumberbatch was also drafted into the squad for Saturday’s game at City of Liverpool