Tag: FA Vase

FA Vase update: The FA still aims to play the final at Wembley, with fans present

The FA has been in touch with Consett AFC and other semi-finalists in recent days with regard to its plans to complete the 2019-20 FA Vase competition.

Although all leagues at our level, Step 5, were declared null and void when the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak became clear, the game’s governing body is determined to finish the Vase, as well as the FA Trophy and FA Cup.

Consett are due to face Western League side Bitton AFC in one semi-final, while our Northern League rivals Hebburn Town play Southern League side Corinthian in the other.

This week, the FA has re-iterated its intention to play the final at Wembley, and said it is in close touch with the Government about when playing games with spectators present might be possible – though this obviously depends on further lifting of restrictions necessary to stem the pandemic.

It is understood the FA Vase and FA Trophy finals will still be played on the same day, and Wembley has been approached about available dates.

Once agreement has been reached over the finals, dates for the semi-finals will be arranged, and these are likely to be before the start of any new season.

Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell said: “We are in the hands of the Government over when it is safe to play in front of a crowd again, and The FA over when the games can be scheduled, but we are just glad our dream of playing at Wembley is still alive after the unprecedented events of the last few months.

“Since lockdown restrictions began to be lifted we have carried out an in-depth risk assessment of measures which need to be in place in readiness for a restart, and have been preparing Belle View Stadium for a safe re-opening, with all the necessary social distancing measures in place.

“Our first team will begin socially-distanced training soon, and whenever The FA give us the green light to play again, I’m sure Terry and his staff will have the lads ready for the biggest game in the club’s history.”

No more tickets for the home leg of the semi-final will be sold until we know when the game will take place.

Consett’s Northern League campaign is OVER as the FA ends the season – with no promotion or relegation

Consett’s 2019-20 Northern League season is over after the FA advised all Step 5 and 6 leagues to end immediately due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The FA decided that the ongoing restrictions on sport due to Covid-19 has made finishing fixtures impossible, and ordered that all leagues at our level conclude now.

The FA announced today that all football in England below the three divisions that make up the National League will end immediately, with all results expunged from the record.

It means there will be no promotion or relegation in these leagues, which includes to and from the Northern League’s 1st and 2nd Division.

The setting up of the FA’s new Step 4 league, due to come into effect next season, has been deferred until the start of the 2021-22 season.

The FA looked into extending the season and or use a mechanism to calculate final league tables and preserve promotion and relegation.

The FA said it is “reviewing all options” to complete the FA Cup, which has reached the quarter-final stage, and other cup competitions, including the FA Vase.

An FA statement said: “These are challenging circumstances for English football, and all decisions taken are in the best interests of the game.

“Our primary concern will always be for the safety and welfare of clubs, players, staff, officials, volunteers and supporters during this unprecedented time.

“Today’s steps take into account the financial impact during this uncertain period, whilst considering the fairest method on how the sporting outcomes for the season will be decided, with the integrity of the leagues in mind.”

Consett’s FA Vase semi-finals v Bitton postponed as FA closes down all grassroots football due to coronavirus outbreak

Consett’s two-legged FA Vase semi-final against Bitton has been postponed ‘for the foreseeable future’ after the FA closed down all grassroots football in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The club was informed today that the games, scheduled for March 21 and 28, have been postponed.

However, the FA is committed to try to complete the competition fixtures, and will be liaising with clubs about the options.

A statement issued by the FA this evening said: “Following the Government’s announcement today, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.
“Throughout this period, we have taken Government advice, with the priority being the health and well-being of all. We will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time.
“We are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review. Further updates will follow as needed.”

Consett’s home FA Vase semi-final v Bitton is an all-ticket game – they’re available from 11am on March 11 – cash sales only

Consett have decided to make the home leg of their FA Vase semi-final v Bitton AFC – the biggest game in the club’s history – an all-ticket match.

The second-leg tie takes place at Belle View Stadium on Saturday, March 28, a week after the first leg down in Gloucestershire.

Tickets are on sale from the club from 11am on Wednesday, March 11. Admission has been kept at our usual matchday rate – £7 for adults, £5 for concessions, and £2 for under-16s.

It is hoped making the game all-ticket will ease queueing on the day, as a record crowd is expected. Tickets are available in person from the ground, to cash sales only.

The attendance of 866 for the FA Vase 5th Round game v Deal Town last month was the biggest for a competitive fixture at Belle View since it opened in 2013.

Consett fans urged to book early to secure a place on the official club trip to Bitton for the FA Vase semi-final first leg

Consett AFC is taking bookings now from fans who wish to travel on the official club trip to Gloucestershire when we take on Bitton AFC in the first leg of the FA Vase semi-final.

The game is on Saturday March 21, and coaches, supplied by our official travel partner Stanley Travel, will leave Belle View at 7.30am, returning straight after the game.

Strictly no alcohol will be allowed on the coaches.

Seats are £34 per person, and can be booked in person at the club or over the phone by calling (01207) 588886.

The game at the WDS Associates Legal Services Stadium kicks off at 3pm, and supporters can pay at the gate, as Bitton have decided not to make it all-ticket. Admission is £7 for adults, £4 for concessions and £2 for juniors.

Consett’s FA Vase quarter-final at Atherstone Town is POSTPONED due to a waterlogged pitch

Consett’s FA Vase 6th Round game at Atherstone Town tomorrow is OFF due to a waterlogged pitch at The Mark Webster Community Stadium.

The game will now be played next Saturday, 7 March, kick-off 3pm, which means our scheduled league game at Seaham Red Star that day will be rearranged.

All bus seats bookings will be carried over to the rearranged fixture. Any refunds required will be issued up until 9.30pm on Tuesday 3 March via cash or card, depending how they were booked‬.

Consett’s FA Vase 6th Round tie at Atherstone Town will NOT be all-ticket – but segregation will be in place

Consett’s first-ever FA Vase quarter-final tie, away at Atherstone Town on Saturday, February 29, will NOT be all-ticket, as our hosts had previously suggested.

However, the game will be segregated, with home supporters entering the Mark Webster Community Stadium through the Sheepy Road turnstiles and Consett fans through the Rowland Way turnstiles.

A firm of professional football stewards will be employed inside the ground, and there will be a police presence inside and outside.

A party of 25-30 FA non-league delegates will also be in attendance as guests of the club, as part of their annual meeting at St George’s Park that weekend.

Bookings are being taken now for places on the club’s official supporters’ coach to the game. A seat costs £22, and must be paid for at the time of booking. Departure from Belle View Stadium will be 8.30am.

Admission to the game will be £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for children.

Consett face Atherstone Town in FA Vase quarter-final – bookings being taken now for supporters’ coach

Consett have started planning for a trip to Warwickshire to meet Atherstone Town in the quarter-final of the FA Vase after they beat Worcester City in their replayed 5th Round tie last night.

The Adders – the lowest-ranked team left in the competition – beat their fellow Midland League side 5-4 on penalties after another 1-1 draw, the same as the sides played on Saturday.

The result means Consett will travel to Atherstone’s Sheepy Road ground on Saturday, 29 February, with both sides looking for a first-ever place in the last four.

Consett will be running an official supporters coach to the game, with our club sponsor Stanley Travel.

Seats are £22 each, and must be paid for when booking. No seats will be reserved without payment. Card payments can be taken over the phone by calling 01207 588886.

The coach will leave Belle View Stadium at 8.30am, returning straight after the game.

Consett face an awayday to the Midlands in FA Vase quarter-final – but we’ll have to wait to find out our opponents

Consett were today given an away draw in the 6th Round of the FA Vase – but we’ll have to wait to find out our opponents.

We will play the winners of the Atherstone Town v Worcester City tie, who will replay this week after drawing on Saturday.

Both play in the Midland League. Worcester are mid-table in the Premier Division, and Atherstone are 6th in Division One.

The tie will take place on Saturday, February 29. Travel arrangements will be made once we know who we’re playing.

The rest of the quarter-final draw is:

Corinthian v Leighton Town

Wroxham v Bitton

Hebburn Town v Plymouth Parkway

Date set for Consett’s cup visit to ‘The Morgue’ while West Auckland game is put back due to FA Vase progress

Consett have some new dates for their fixture list as a result of progressing to the 6th Round of the FA Vase.

Saturday 29 February will now see the club contest the quarter-final of the national competition for the first time in our history.

This means the scheduled league game against West Auckland Town has had to be switched, and it will now take placeon Tuesday, 14 April, KO 7.30pm. At the moment that will now be opur last home league game of the season.

A date has also been fixed for our visit to North Shields’ Daren Persson Stadium – affectionately known as ‘The Morgue’ – for our League Cup quarter-final.

That game will take place on Wednesday, 11 March, KO 7.30pm, and must be settled on the night, with penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes.

We will find our opponents in the next round of the FA Vase at about 1pm tomorrow. The other clubs through to the last eight are Bitton, Corinthian, fellow Northern League side Hebburn Town, Leighton Town, Plymouth Parkway, Wroxham and either Atherstone Town/Worcester City, who drew yesterday.