Wealdstone FC Statement
Following the ground grading appeals hearing that took place at FA Headquarters at Wembley Stadium today (Wednesday 26th April), we have been informed that the decision of the FA panel is that our appeal for eligibility for the National League South play-offs this season has been unsuccessful even if we reach 7th place in the table after Saturday’s results.
All four clubs appeals (Darlington, Poole Town, Hungerford and Wealdstone) were not allowed by the FA Panel on the basis of league rule ground grading rules with specific reference to play-off seating requirements.
Wealdstone were the only appealing club to have the required number of seats installed – and more – but the FA ruled these were not installed by 31st March deadline and therefore we are not eligible for the play-offs this season.
Wealdstone FC Chairman Peter Marsden and Vice-Chairman Nick Archer attended the consolidated hearing with the other clubs that had appealed their non-eligibility for the play-offs. Peter said: “Whilst this is disappointing news, as a club we have done everything to make our case as strong as we possibly could in very unusual and constantly changing circumstances. The players and management team have done a fantastic job in bringing us as close as possible to a play-off position but, most importantly, we are ready for a promotion challenging campaign next season with more than the required amount of seating already in place, and, with it, greatly enhanced match day facilities for our fans. We are all looking ahead to an exciting future at Wealdstone”