The board of 1874 Northwich FC wish to inform all supporters that, as previously agreed this fixture will be played behind closed doors.
We are aware of the recent changes to guidance relating to allowing supporters inside stadiums. However much consideration has gone into the planning of this fixture in order to ensure that it is conducted in a safe manner in accordance with Government advice. The fixture had always been planned as a dress rehearsal to test and adapt the clubs response to Covid-19. It is the clubs responsibility to ensure the health, safety and well being of our supporters and to ensure that all necessary safeguards are in place and have been tested before allowing supporters through the turnstiles.
It is regretful that given the short notice of the changes to guidance, and the limit on numbers who would be allowed to attend, we do not feel that it would be fair to either side to selectively admit supporters.
The club understands the disappointment that many will feel, but ultimately the long term success of the return of supporters to watching football is paramount.
1874 Northwich are currently arranging an additional pre season warm up game to be played at Townfield on Thursday 27th August 2020. Details of this game and arrangements for admission will be announced shortly.
As always we appreciate the assistance and support of our supporters in ensuring that we can all return to watching football in a safe manner.
On behalf of the board of 1874 Northwich FC