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Today’s (7th September) National League Meeting

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No firm news yet on supporters being allowed into stadiums

Maybe the expectations were set a little too high !  There was a belief that there would be some firm news today (7th September) on a plan which would have seen spectators gradually returning to stadiums.  

In fairness to The National League they are making strong representations to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to allow at the very least pilot events and defined attendances for pre-season friendlies but with no apparent breakthrough as yet.   Things can of course change very quickly and suffice to say that should there be a sudden change of heart from Government, then we will be ready to play our part in the process in getting supporters back into stadiums in a safe manner.

Dave Netherstreet, Chairman of Tonbridge Angels said today : “It is somewhat strange to see clubs one step below us in the non-League pyramid now allowed crowds of up to 600 on their terraces and in their club houses, and despite ourselves following to the letter all the protocols presented to us and the local authority indicating they are satisfied with our arrangements, our gates and turnstiles have to remain locked.  I shall be contacting out local MP Tom Tugendhat who has already shown support for getting fans back into stadiums to see if he can help in unlocking this impasse.”

Published Monday 7th September 2020