Consett AFC have today announced arrangements for season ticket holders to obtain refunds for the curtailed 2020-21 season.Continue reading “Consett AFC offers refunds to season ticket holders”
The kick-off time for Consett’s FA Vase final at Wembley against Hebburn Town has today been confirmed as 1pm.
The game, which is held over from the 2019-20 season, will be played behind closed doors, but is being televised live by BT Sport.
It will be followed by the delayed 2020 FA Trophy final between Concord Rangers and Harrogate Town, which is also being screened live.
The FA also reiterated its decision that the game will be played with no supporters present.
It said: “Despite our best efforts to accommodate a limited number of spectators, a suitable date was sadly not available within the stadium’s calendar, and both fixtures will be played behind closed doors.”
However, a limited number of spectators will be permitted to attend the 2020-21 FA Vase and FA Trophy finals, which take place on May 22, in line with the Government’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown.
The FA added: that it “would like to once again thank the clubs and supporters in these competitions for their understanding throughout this challenging time.”
Three Northern League clubs retain an interest in this season’s competition, which resumes this Saturday. They are Hebburn Town, Shildon and West Auckland Town.
Now the kick-off time is confirmed, Consett AFC will shortly be launching a virtual ticket and a special Wembley edition of our matchday publication the Steelman for our final. Watch our social media for further details.
Consett AFC today issued an update regarding efforts to try to allow fans to attend our FA Vase final at Wembley vs Hebburn Town.Continue reading “Consett issue update over efforts to get fans into FA Vase final at Wembley”
Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell today issued a personal message to fans who were unable to get into the FA Vase semi-final, and advised how they can claim a refund.
Due to continuing restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the club was only allowed to have 300 paying spectators at the game versus Bitton on Saturday 5 September.
Now, with the FA Vase final postponed until such time as fans can attend in reasonable numbers, but no guarantees as to how many tickets we will be allocated, the club has made the decision to refund money now to those semi-final ticket holders who missed out.
Frank said: “First of all, I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ for your patience during these challenging times. The club has, during lockdown and over the last several weeks, worked tirelessly with the Government department DCMS and The FA to increase the numbers that we could allow to attend the FA Vase semi-final.
“The club has also been working to try to secure guaranteed final tickets for those fans who bought semi-final tickets, but were unable to get in. During these negotiations last week the Government issued new guidelines for Covid, meaning the total number of attendees at the FA Vase final would be reduced to 1,000.
“On the original total allowance only 6,000 tickets were being released to fans – 1,500 to each of the four finalists. The reduction of the capacity to 1,000 effectively meant no fans would be allowed in to watch the final on 27 September.
“As such we requested a delay in the final until such times as the Government and The FA could allow fans in to Wembley. Hebburn agreed with our request, and I can only thank them for their co-operation, which has been excellent throughout these difficult times. I should also like to thank The FA, who have listened sympathetically to ongoing requests to try and do what we can for the fans.
“The FA are still determined to play this competition at Wembley, as is the wish of the sponsors and everyone else involved. The club has done all that it can with regard to try to achieve the best outcome for fans, with the matter escalating as far as the Secretary of State.
“However, the club cannot give any guarantees on future tickets at this time, and as such we can announce the arrangements for fans who secured tickets for the semi-final but were unable to attend.
“The club will be open from Tuesday 15 September to Friday 25 September, from 10am to 8pm, to refund semi-final ticket holders who require a refund. Refunds can only be received at the club on the return of tickets.
“Many of you have donated your ticket money to the club, and for this and your ongoing incredible support in these challenging times the club is truly grateful. However, these have been challenging times for lots of families in so many ways too, and we should not forget that.
“The club would like to thank you for your incredible patience during this period, and going forward we will do our utmost to secure as many tickets as possible for our fans for when we do go to Wembley. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
The 2020 FA Vase final between Consett AFC and Hebburn Town has been postponed until further notice, The FA announced today.
Both clubs made representations to The FA this week after it was announced that the capacity for the game has been reduced from 10,000 to 1,000.
It was originally due to be one of the government’s pilot events for the return of spectators to live sport, but the rising incidence of coronavirus prompted the cut in capacity, and today The FA decided to postpone the game until more fans can attend.
Consett Chairman Frank Bell said: “The club has worked really hard behind the scenes with The FA so they can appreciate how important an event this is in the club’s history and what it means to the fans.
“As such, we lobbied The FA to have the Vase final postponed until such a time that would allow fans to attend in volume.
“I would like to personally thank Hebburn Town FC for working closely with us in our efforts to get this changed for the benefit of all our fans. We would also like to thank The FA for listening to our representations
“Once we are aware of any new date we will advise supporters via our website and social media outlets.
“In the interim I would like to thank everybody for their patience and ongoing support in these challenging times.”