Statement from National League

The National League wishes to place on record its gratitude to the Premier League for an advance in its annual solidarity payments.

The Premier League unanimously voted to send funds to The National League three months earlier than originally scheduled.

Reflecting on their decision, National League Chairman, Brian Barwick, said: “I am delighted that the relationship between the Premier League and The National League remains so strong.

“We are very grateful that the Premier League have advanced us monies to be able to distribute to our clubs in the coming days.

“It is a gesture that will bring some welcome relief to many of the clubs in our league. It is appreciated”.

Owner Mark Goldberg comments that “It is obviously helpful that the Club is being advanced money that it would normally not have received until September to help with on going costs that the Club is incurring whilst having no income. It does not hide the fact though that significant challenges will lie ahead, not just for Welling United, but we suspect for many non-league football clubs.”

“Having been starved of income for a number of weeks and with no sign of an end in sight, it is difficult to see how the relevant football authorities can expect local non-league teams to continue without any additional support when they all have significant fixed and ongoing costs which come with operating such a large business premise as a football stadium”.

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