Hot topic of the week – When should fans be allowed back in grounds?

This week the FSA published article “Government holds line: no return for fans planned”. https://thefsa.org.uk/news/government-holds-line-no-return-for-fans-planned/

Quote from Damian Collins MP, vice chair for the APPG for Football Supporters, said that “community football clubs are bleeding to death” as a result of the continued lock-out and lack of support from Government and the Premier League.

Collins said: “Here we are in November with the Football League back and the Premier League back, but there are no fans in the grounds and there is no financial support package.

“There will be up to 10 clubs that will not make their payroll in November, and we need to think about what kind of support will be there. Those football clubs have survived the first world war, the great depression, the second world war, and deindustrialisation. Are we going to let them die because of COVID, with the impact that would have on local communities?”

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6 thoughts on “Hot topic of the week – When should fans be allowed back in grounds?

  1. Philip stanley

    Lower league team are going to fold if we don’t see fans allowed back in the grounds.
    Should be seated apart but in the ground for safety and anyone who breaks the rule should have a ban imposed on them.
    Smaller clubs rely on the money through the gates to survive so need the help that small businesses are getting.

    1. Tracy Wright

      Thanks Philip for taking the time to comments and observations

  2. Not A Penny More

    I feel that the owner and directors of Oldham want to delay the return of fans for as long as possible, as they do not want to face the wrath of the loyal supporters that have been treated with nothing but contempt.
    Financially, they want them in, poor or unprofessional engagement with fans, many will stay away.

    1. Tracy Wright

      Thanks Not a penny more. I have had to edit our the names out but I don’t think it distracts from your feelings. We all hope a return to BP will happen when it is as safe as possible as we are all missing our latics family on the terraces. Sometimes, it is not about the football, its about the people we see pre, during and post match. I know I have missed the group I sit with.

      1. Not a penny more

        If supporting Oldham is solely about the social side of things, then fold now, restart as a non league club (where crowds have been allowed) and all is hunky dory.
        But Oldham should mean more to people than just a chinwag on a Saturday. It should be about pride in the town and celebrating success that it desperately needs.

        1. Tracy Wright

          Agreed, its about getting the pride back and how we do this. The Trust is thrashing some ideas about and are open to suggestions as well as volunteers too

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