The coronavirus crisis is taking its toll on the area’s sports teams, with Farsley Celtic’s season very much in limbo.
The men’s team play in the National League North, and the league has been suspended indefinitely. A statement from the league earlier this week said:
“The National League is currently obtaining specialist legal advice, is consulting regularly with The Football Association and other stakeholders, and is committed to involving its member clubs in a pending decision on how best to conclude the 2019/20 season.”
Today The West Riding County FA cancelled this year’s cup competitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Farsley Celtic spokesman said:
“Both our mens and ladies first teams had reached the semi-final stage of their respective competitions after excellent campaigns, with the men looking to win a third West Riding County Cup in four years.
“However, in light of current situation, and with everyone’s health the priority, the Cup Competitions Committee have brought an end to all West Riding competitions.”
Junior football ended for season
All junior and grassroots football at the club has been ended this season.
Head of Development Football Eray Altinoluk said:
“All our Farsley Celtic development teams are really gutted that the league has ended this way, as so many of our teams were enjoying successful seasons.
“Our U13s boys had already won their league before the season was suspended, whilst both our U11s and U12s girls were also so close to winning their respective leagues.
“But at this moment football is not the most important thing, and we respect the decision due to the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I am hoping that this will be over soon, and when it is we will have a big celebration for all of our Farsley Celtic development teams, and we will make sure all our teams will have the enjoyment of lifting their trophies that they deserve.”
Women’s results expunged
Farsley Celtic Ladies’ season is over after the FA ended the season and expunged all results.
With the Celts in a strong position for promotion to tier four, Manager Sam Jackson was disappointed, but also philosophical about the decision. He said:
“I am absolutely gutted, but I fully understand the decision that has been made by the FA. The wellbeing of all players and staff in football is the most important factor in all of this.
“Obviously it is hugely disappointing as we found ourselves in a very promising position in the table and had given ourselves a very good shot at getting promoted.
“We will all stick together and get ready for the start of the season again, stronger than ever.”