NEWPORT County AFC are backing moves to introduce a salary cap in the English Football League as they brace themselves for losing almost half their income through having to play behind closed doors until 2021.

The League Two campaign was officially ended on Tuesday after clubs had been sidelined since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Exiles, who finished 14th in the table after leapfrogging Grimsby on points per game, had 10 games left and four fixtures at Rodney Parade.

On Wednesday they pleaded with season ticket holders not to ask for refunds and now they have outlined their financial position in a comprehensive Q&A for supporters.


With lower league clubs facing a fight for survival, it has been suggested that a salary cap should be introduced and County are in favour.

“Despite the pandemic there have still been business-as-usual activities to handle,” read the statement. “The salary cap proposal is one of those subjects and the club has contributed accordingly to the wider EFL debate.

“The board is supportive of this measure as it will contribute to making football at our level more equitable and sustainable, and that can only be good for the game.”

South Wales Argus:

Flynn, his coaches and players are currently on furlough and County don’t expect them to be back on the field until the autumn, playing in empty grounds.

“Our current assumption is that we will not see the season commence until October and that crowds will not be permitted until January 2021,” read the statement.

“These are working assumptions based on what we know today and, of course, may well change now the season has been formally curtailed.”

League Two clubs ended the season early because of their reliance on gate receipts and matchday revenue.

Now they are braced for financial pain through not being able to sell seats for 2020/21.

South Wales Argus:

“The biggest challenge facing the club – and indeed all clubs at our level - is not being able sell season tickets in the traditional way and knowing it is highly likely we will be playing behind closed doors for a period of time,” read the statement.

“When you then add in our commercial revenue, this amounts to around 40 per cent of our traditional income.

“This is as a direct result of the global pandemic. That is the scale of the challenge the club and indeed football at our level faces.”