New Alport co-chairman, Tony Rogers, has been speaking about his appointment and his sympathies for those clubs affected by the decision to scrap an entire season.

Rogers was appointed as chairman earlier this month, in a dual role with Luke Goddard before he steps down.

He admitted to feeling emotional when the call came through confirming his election.

He said: “I must admit to having a tear in my eye when Luke told me that every person who had been given a vote had been in favour of me being appointed as co-chairman.

“Luke is an infectious character who is an absolute legend at this club and has achieved miracles as far as I’m concerned.

“He and I have been having various chats since I decided to throw my hat in the ring and maybe there might still be enough time to persuade him to stay at my side for a bit longer.

“In a matter of a few short weeks I’m assuming there will be another vote to determine whether I remain in the post myself. If asked to become sole chairman then it wouldn’t take me long to make up my mind.”

The league’s decision to scrap the 2019-20 season was confirmed earlier this month, and Rogers admitted to feeling some sympathy for the FA.

“It’s not something that I’ve ever felt for them before but there has been no precedent for them to follow and these are strange times for us all,” he added.

“As a club we’ve stayed tight-lipped on this but I know how we would feel if we had played 29 league matches and worked ourselves into a position where promotion was a likely outcome, and then have a season’s records expunged.

“For a club like 1874 Northwich who have been the best side in our division all season, it makes a mockery of all the hard work done by their volunteers, staff, managers and players.

“We were in mid-table, and personally I felt it would have been hard to have picked up where we left off, but my heart goes out to the likes of Vauxhalls and Lower Breck who would have Premier Division football next season but now won’t get the chance.”