Plymouth Argyle chairman Simon Hallett says his club’s supporters should thank Port Vale for helping League Two clubs finish their season.
The Pilgrims have been promoted, finishing in third place on points per game.
That was ratified by a vote of League Two clubs last Tuesday, but that was no surprise because clubs had unofficially agreed to that in talks three weeks earlier.
League Two clubs argued they couldn’t afford to play out the remaining nine games of the regular season because of costs of between £125,000 to £140,000 to test players – plus the cost of taking players and staff off the government’s furlough scheme.
But the decision to end the season on points per game, promote the top three and allow the next four to complete in the play-offs, meant Port Vale and Bradford giving up their chance of making the play offs.
That was particularly painful for the Vale who were just outside the top seven, with five home games still to play, when the campaign was called to a halt in March.
Vale owner Carol Shanahan said she was shaking after the vote after the decision, having decided to put Vale’s promotion campaign to one side to vote for the wider interests of clubs in the division.
That came amid fears that some League Two clubs could struggle to survive the financial problems caused by the coronavirus crisis.
Now that’s been recognised by Hallett in an interview with Chris Errington, Argyle reporter at PlymouthLive.
He said: “I think it’s worth pointing out that a number of clubs in League Two acted in a very grown up way to make sure that we (ie, all the clubs in League Two) weren’t put under financial pressure from having to play the season out.
“I look at what Bradford and Port Vale, who were just outside the play-offs, did to support the ending of the season with a points per game. Frankly, Argyle fans need to thank them as well.”