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Kelvin Thomas said feedback helped club earn shot at promotion as they prepare to take on financial commitment of the play offs

18 May 2020

Northampton Town Chairman Kelvin Thomas has moved to thank supporters who have said they will not be looking to claim any form of season ticket refund from the club.

When football was suspended, the Cobblers had four of the scheduled 23 home games remaining and many supporters have already contacted the club to say they won't be looking for any pro-rata refund.

The Chairman has extended his thanks for that as the club prepare to take on the financial commitment of the play offs, and has said the club will announce more details if and when the provisional indicative vote taken by League 2 clubs on Friday becomes ratified by the EFL Board.

"Our supporters have backed us tremendously in terms of contacting us either by trying to buy season tickets for next season, or by many saying they don't want refunds for this season," he said.

"On that, we are working on making an official update on the refund issue soon, once things become official, about also maybe giving supporters who wish the chance to donate any pro-rata refunds to the academy or the Community Trust. To be honest the number of people who have already contacted us to say they don't want a refund helped us vote the way we did on Friday, to make the financial commitment to go for the play offs and to give ourselves a shot at promotion.

"Once the League 2 decision gets ratified by the EFL we can put some procedures in place. As a club I think people know our reputation is strong that we try and do the right thing and take the reasonable view and this won't be any different. I think most supporters will look at things the same way, but that is something we will work on and have a plan for if and when the League 2 decision is ratified. Once that happens and we get some dates for the play offs we can then focus our minds on looking to become as successful as possible in those play offs while ensuring we follow all the health and safety protocols and guidelines.

"The financial commitment to playing in the play offs is considerable. Normally at this time of the season you are talking about big crowds but that won't be the case this time. It is a very different proposition. There isn't any of the income but there is the increase cost of bringing people back from furlough and testing players and staff a number of times each week but we have taken a view that we want to give ourselves the best possible shot at promotion."

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