THE chairman of Salisbury FC has said the club will survive the immediate financial risks posed by the pandemic.

It comes after the the FA has finally ratified the decision to curtail the 2020/21 Southern League Premier South season.

Whites Chairman Ian Hammond said “there have been financial pressures” over recent months because of the lack of income from tickets and match day revenue, coupled with ongoing expenses which have to be paid for, such as rent, utilities, insurance and pitch maintenance.

But he added: “By taking advantage of grants and arrangements that have been available from the government, local authority and FA, we have been able to meet all our liabilities and can continue to do so through to the start of next season.”

'I know Steve is optimistic about our potential for success'

Steve Claridge.

Steve Claridge.

Focus now turns to the 2021/22 season, and Mr Hammond says manager Steve Claridge is "optimistic" about the clubs potential for success.

When the season was paused, Salisbury were third in the table, just two points behind league leaders Poole Town.

He also addressed the issue of season tickets purchased for a season which saw just four home leagues played.

He added: "In order to be as fair as possible, we will be offering an up to 80 per cent discount to those season ticket holders renewing their season tickets for next season.

"There will be no increase on the basic season ticket prices. Although as I have said we have weathered the financial problems resulting from the lockdowns, this significant reduction of our usual pre-season takings from season tickets will hit our finances.

"So to try and limit the impact, supporters will be able to advise what discount they wish to apply up to the maximum of 80%. Any portion of the 80% discount not taken will be accepted as a donation to the club with a big thank you from the Board."

Season Tickets will go on sale from July 1, assuming there is no change to the League’s statement that next season will start in mid-August.

The statement concluded: "On behalf of the Board, keep safe, enjoy the summer months and we look forward to welcoming you back to watch the Whites next season".

To read the statement in full, click here

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