Sunday Sport Roundup: 17/05/2020

What does the vote to end League 2 mean for Bradford City?

Whilst it's not yet rubber-stamped, the regular season in League 2 appears to be over for the 2019/20 season. News emerged on Friday that clubs had voted unanimously to bring the campaign to a close.

The big question is what happens next. Clubs put their support behind scrapping relegation to the National League but going ahead with automatic promotion and the playoffs. That means a final league table needs to be decided to determine who makes those spots.

It's been reported that it's likely a "points per game" method will be used to make this determination, where the average points a team has earned per match played is multiplied by their amount of remaining fixtures and added to their total on the league table.

There is also talk of a "weighted" points per game method, where the difficulty of each side's remaining fixtures is assigned a value and added into the equation.

Before any details are confirmed about how sides might be weighted, it's impossible to say much about what this would do to the table, so we'll park that for now.

Following the basic PPG method, Swindon would pip Crewe to the League title, though the current top three would all still secure promotion.

Bradford City would fail to make the playoffs in their first season back in League 2, finishing 9th on 67.1 points after starting the season as one of the favourites for the title.

Stevenage would still finish in last place despite Macclesfield's multiple points deductions but would avoid relegation.

The spare space in the division left after the dissolution of Bury FC is likely to be filled by Barrow who were top of the National League when it was suspended.

The decision not to relegate Stevenage will be tough to swallow for Harrogate Town who were second in the National League, just four points behind Barrow and still to play the league leaders. The North Yorkshire side have never played in the Football League before were on the verge of their highest ever league finish before the National League season was declared null and void.

The vote needs to be ratified by both the FA and the EFL before the plans are confirmed.

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