Bideford AFC begin to plan for 2021-22 season

Bideford AFC's Adam Carter and Toby Down celebrate against Weston

Bideford AFC's Adam Carter and Toby Down celebrate a goal against Weston - Credit: Matt Smart

Bideford are making plans for the 2021-22 season, which they hope to start with a friendly against Truro on August 6.

The FA Council ratified the decision to curtail the 2020-21 non-league season at steps 3-6, with no further league matches taking place this season, and also confirmed the same for Bideford Ladies.

And a statement on the club website said: "Directors and officials at Bideford AFC would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the coaches and players who represented the club for the short time this season and wish our men's reserve team and Youth sides all the best as they look to resume this season next month.

"The men's first team only played six Southern League Division One South matches, however some wins in the FA Cup and FA Trophy meant we did enjoy some entertaining football at the end of the summer and into the autumn.

"We also thank our loyal supporters for paying their money to watch the matches that were played and we hope it gave some respite from the strange world we are all in at the moment. We are in the process of contacting our season-ticket holders to give them some options with regard the money we hold for non-played matches."

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Commercial manager Peter Ellis will be contacting sponsors to thank them for their support and to discuss working together for 2021-22.

And the statement added: "Without our band of amazing volunteers the short season would not have been possible at all. We cannot thank them enough for working to Covid-19 laws, regulations and guidelines and doing everything they could to keep us all safe at The Sports Ground. Let's hope that when football does return to The Sports Ground, it can be done in a more social manner!"

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The Bideford AFC 400 Club and committee were also praised for their hard work as it was explained how grants from Torridge District Council, the Premier League and Football Foundation had helped pay bills and ensure the Supporters Club can open the doors to the Robins Nest again when allowed. 

"More work is to be carried out on the pitch at The Sports Ground this week as we continue to invest in the playing surface using the very kind donations to the Crowd Funder last spring," added the statement.

"Representatives of all Bideford AFC sections continue to work with TDC with regard a long-term lease of The Sports Ground and we look forward this gathering pace as restrictions are relaxed.

"Football plans are also being made with Truro City provisionally booked in to visit The Sports Ground on the evening of Friday 6th August 2021 for a pre-season match."

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