Some Island football cup finals to be completed when shutdown ends

Brading and Shanklin Football Clubs have been told they will be able to play their Hampshire Intermediate Cup Final once the restrictions caused by coronavirus have been lifted.

The clubs created history by becoming the first to make it an all-Island final. It was due to be played at Cowes Sports ground at the end of this month, but has to be postponed. However, the Hampshire FA have indicated that all cup competitions that have reached the semi-final or final stage will be completed, hopefully during pre-season, but if not, then as soon as possible.

That is a boost to both Brading and Shanklin, who will be playing for Island bragging rights, at a venue to be decided, but probably at Cowes Sports’ ground.

It has also been confirmed that the outstanding matches in the Isle of Wight Football League will not be played this season because of the coronavirus outbreak. It mean no league titles will be awarded, and there will be no relegation and promotion tis season.

However, a number of cup competitions that have already reached the semi-final or final stages, will be concluded once the lockdown is lifted. The cups games include the IW Challenge Cup and the Junior B Cup, but neither the IW Senior Gold Cup nor the IW Memorial Cup will be completed. These decisions were taken at a special general meeting of the Isle of Wight Harwoods Renault Saturday League.