The Non-League Paper hits newsstands today with Notts County boss Neal Ardley calling on fellow clubs to keep his side’s promotion dream alive and let the play-offs go ahead.
Former AFC Wimbledon manager Ardley piles on the pressure on the front page of Sunday’s paper, 48 hours after the National League board met on Friday to decide their next steps in the wake of clubs voting by a clear majority not to play another game of the regular season.
They will now be consulted this week on the feasibility of running the promotion play-offs and the possibility of handing leaders AFC Barrow automatic promotion to the Football League, already set to start next season a team short following the demise of Bury.
The EFL would need to approve any plan but there is more hope for football’s eventual return this weekend after the government confirmed it was in ongoing talks with the Premier League about playing their final games behind closed doors for a television audience.
GIVE US A SHOT!
Neal Ardley issues plea as National League discuss playing the play-offs
— The Non-League Paper (@NonLeaguePaper) April 25, 2020
All the key reaction from the National League’s clubs after their historic vote and the latest news from across Non-League after another dramatic week are covered inside. As always, there’s much more than Non-League’s fight to come through the public health crisis and football’s lockdown in this weekend’s NLP.
Packed with more exclusive interviews, features and top columnists than ever, Tim Sills gets top billing hailing the influence of Terry Brown and Paul Buckle as he settles into the dugout at Step 5 Hamworthy United.
Elsewhere, Steve Parmenter tells how he went from FA Trophy winner to kitman, cop and current National League assistant referee, Grant Holt remembers his North West Counties roots and Steve McNulty is honoured as our latest ‘Non-League Icon’.
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