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Sheffield FC given shocking reprieve from relegation playoff as rivals kicked out of division UK News

The Dronfield-based side finished third in the table, one point behind Lincoln United and Pickering Town, and faced the prospect of a survival playoff at Stage Four level.

But it was ruled that the Leeds-based Yorkshire Amateur failed to make the necessary improvements on the ground to stay at this stage and were kicked out of the league, ensuring Sheffield FC would live to fight another day after a difficult season.

The decision proved controversial among followers of non-league football, although club supporters celebrated the reprieve, with one social media user describing it as “the kind of luck you need in football”.

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Sheffield FC have been given a reprieve from the possibility of relegation. (via Joe Smart/@SheffieldFC)

Led by former Rotherham United striker Ryan Cresswell, the oldest football club in the world will shake off and go again.

A statement from the NPL read in part: “In the Eastern Division, bottom-placed Pickering Town have been relegated, along with 18th-placed Frickley Athletic.

“The Yorkshire Amateur will also be relegated following a decision by the FA Alliance committee that they would be relegated from Stage 4 for failing to meet the E-ground classification criteria.

“An appeal was heard by the FA Appeal Committee on Friday but was unanimously rejected on all grounds, and we are now able to confirm that, unfortunately, Yorkshire Amateur will be relegated from the NPL.

“Sheffield FC, who finished third in the play-offs, are also pardoned.”

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This notice was published: 2022-04-24 23:00:00

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