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Brian Caldwell Update

19 March 2020

Brian Caldwell provides a Town update on the extension of football postponement.

Shrewsbury Town Football Club and the football community recently received the news that fixtures have been further postponed until at least April 30th. 

An EFL statement said: "Following further discussion between the football authorities after their respective meetings this week, the EFL will be joining the Football Association, Premier League and PFA in making a joint statement to confirm that all domestic (and European) League and Cup matches are to be postponed until no earlier than 30 April."

Town CEO Brian Caldwell caught up with ShrewsWeb to provide the following update on the club's position. He said: "This information has recently just been communicated to us from the EFL. None of us expected the season to resume on April 4th.

"This news has given us a bit of clarity going forward. From a financial perspective, it’s a blow but again, we knew it was unlikely that the season would commence on the 4th April. This does give Sam and the players some help in terms of looking at what they are going to do moving forward. 

“From the player's point of view, they need to keep fit and make sure they are ready for when the season recommences. At the moment, we have to just sit tight and wait for positive news.

“Obviously the main focus now is public health and safety. The government is trying to minimise the peak as quickly as possible. That will then determine where we go from there. This is unprecedented water for everybody – the whole nation, not just football but it’s a difficult time for football clubs too."

The EFL also announced that end of season payments will be paid to clubs in order to support clubs during a tough time for the footballing world. 

“The monies that were due to be paid over the next three months are being paid now to clubs to ease cash flow concerns," said Brian.  "It’s a helping hand and there is also the potential to get interest free loans as well.

“We haven’t got any further details on that as it came out last night. We will look at everything that is available to us. As a football club, we have to look at every single thing that is out there and available to us.

“We still want to encourage season tickets. If you can help the club, please do. We do have reserves in place, but the last thing we do want to do is dip into those reserves.

"We want to retain the reserves for the purposes that we have it there for. We have no income now really, other than season tickets and the money given to us by the EFL.

"These monies were due to come anyway in April, May and June so we haven't attained any additional funds - we are just getting them a bit earlier than they were due."


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