Following extensive discussions with our Board of Directors over the last couple of weeks, I feel that now is a good time to advise our fans on the current situation at Bayview.
As you will all appreciate our first priority is for the health & well-being of all of our employees including players, management, club office staff and, of course, our volunteers. There has been a lot work going on behind the scenes and no doubt this will continue for a good while yet.
The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has caused an enormous amount of disruption to both the football club, and more importantly, the wider community. As you will be aware, all domestic football has been postponed until 30th April 2020 at the earliest, however, we realistically expect the shutdown to run well into the summer.
As a club we have implemented the following actions to safeguard our employees:
As you can imagine, the postponement of all matches will have a substantial impact of the club financially. At the time of the shutdown we had 4 home league matches to play which has resulted in loss in revenue from gate admissions and sold-out hospitality as well as losses from club shop and bar sales. Our final scheduled home match of this season against Falkirk would have generated income of around £20,000 on its own. We are also in a promising position within the league & were very much in contention for the promotion play-offs this year, matches which would have also generated a considerable amount of revenue for the club.
Following a lot of hard-work by the Board of Directors over the last few years, East Fife Football Club are in a relatively safe financial position however the losses detailed above put a significant strain on club finances and we will begin to struggle should the shutdown continue into August as some within the game have indicated. East Fife do have Business Interruption insurance, including closure for diseases, however, when we enquired about this last week, we were advised that we would not be covered by that insurance as the stadium hadn’t been closed due to an incident of this coronavirus on the premises. We are currently checking whether our position changes now that we’ve entered a government mandated shutdown.
I have been heartened by the number of supporters who have contacted the club wishing to contribute financially. I have so far been reluctant to ask supporters for donations as I know many will be struggling with their own position at this time. We have, however, given our backing to a Gofundme campaign set up by Melanie Lothian & Mandy Stevenson. You can donate to the page here.
I would also encourage all supporters to sign up for our Goldmine Lotto which you can now do online. The current jackpot is £1,450 and the draw takes place every Wednesday at 1pm. For more info & to play click here.
East Fife TV and our media team having been doing a fantastic job keeping you informed and entertained over the past couple of weeks and have plans in place for future features. Last weekend I’m sure many of you tuned in to watch their “live” match & I’m sure you’ll do so again this weekend; I hear we’re going to have the chance to relive another memorable encounter! East Fife TV are showing all of these matches for free but donations can be made if you wish here. All monies donated will come directly to the club.
Finally, I encourage all of you to adhere to all advice issued by the government to help fight this virus and I hope you & your family remain safe & well.
East Fife Supporter Melanie Lothain has set up a GoFundMe page for any supporters who wish to make a donation to the club.
Mel has asked us to post the following message. Anyone who wishes to donate can do so here
Due to the recent shutdown of all professional and domestic football due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus, many businesses, including East Fife Football Club, will face an uncertain future.
With 4 home first-team matches still to play the club will have lost out on a significant sum on money from gate receipts and sold-out hospitality as well as having to cancel the Big Band Fundraising night scheduled for the end of this month.
I’ve spoken to many fans who would like to help out financially so I have set up this Crowdfunding page, with approval from the club, as a means for fans, who are in a position to help, support the club (with an initial target of £5,000).
I know that they will greatly appreciate any support you are able to provide.
Our matchday programme, The Bayview, from last weekend’s postponed match v Montrose is now available to buy online here for £2.
All regular subscribers will still receive their copy.
UK postage - £1
Overseas postage - £2
Note: postage differs to our usual club shop postage prices; any over payment will be refunded.
In the 40-page issue:
With all domestic football suspended until further notice, East Fife TV will be showing a classic & memorable match every Saturday at 3 pm. As this was scheduled to be a Fife Debry weekend, we’re kicking off with a match to remember from last season, so join us on Saturday to relive the action from Saturday 10th November 2018.
Classic matches are free to view however donations would be greatly appreciated. Any money raised will be donated to East Fife Football Club to help alleviate some of the shortfall incurred by the postponement to the season. You can donate, via PayPal, here.
Further to the decision of the Joint Response Group (SPFL & SFA) to suspend all domestic professional and grassroots football, the SPFL board has today postponed the playing of Ladbrokes League fixtures pending any Government order and/or further direction from the Scottish FA.
The full statement from the SPFL can be viewed here.
We will continue to keep supporters updated as more information becomes available.
The Joint Response Group (SFA & SPFL) confirmed on Friday (13th March) the suspension of all domestic professional and grassroots football until further notice.
The full statement from the SPFL can be viewed here.
As a result, today’s scheduled Ladbrokes League 1 match against Montrose will not take place. Last night’s Under 20s match against Cumbernauld Colts was also suspended.
The club fully supports the decision to postpone all matches as the health and wellbeing of supporters, players and staff is paramount. We appreciate that supporters may have questions regarding season tickets and hospitality bookings, however we politely ask the fans and customers hold off contacting the club until a decision is reached regarding the remainder of the 2019/20 season.
In addition to the postponement of all football matches, the upcoming Supporters Club Quiz night (20th March) and Big Band Night (27th March) have also been postponed.
We will keep supporters up-to-date via the club’s official channels as more information becomes available.