I see the Football Supporters Association (FSA) has just released a survey seeking fans' views on resuming non-league football, in conjunction with the Non-League Paper. I have just completed the survey and would encourage others to do so via the following link:
My personal view is that our club lends itself well to social distancing at 1 metre with risk mitigation, which can be facilitated by restricting entry to season ticket holders only, if need be. This is just my personal opinion and I appreciate there will be a wide divergence of views on this issue.
Here's hoping that the responses gleaned from this survey will enable non-league football to resume in the autumn...
Stewards outside the toilets to regulate how many poeple go in at one time. Works at Charing Cross station. Hand sanitiser 'post' outsise each toilet block. Something like that?
The large bar also lends itself to social distancing (if there's no big lunch being served) always assuming people will do that, once they've had a few. Which they possibly won't. But that problem is going to be universal.
No, absolutely no idea. Nobody has produced any guidance yet on what a socially-distanced stadium might need to look like. We are not making any assumptions about any conditions, personally I find it very hard to imagine how a stadium could open with any such conditions in place.
Thanks Dave. I must confess I did struggle to complete the FSA's survey - it's hard to comment on what contingencies should be put in place to enable the new football season to start safely, when there are so many unknown variables. My responses were based on an assumption that social distancing will not enable the stadium to accommodate our usual complement of fans (around 1,700 on average according to these figures - www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/attendance-tables) but that's just an assumption on my part. I agree that without published guidance reopening would be impossible, but it's good that the FSA is seeking to canvas opinion at this stage.
Not at our level. We need to be in a position where it's safe for paying crowds to return. More encouraging news is that expected surges from large gatherings (e.g. beaches, protests etc) have not happened.
Just as an aside, borough level data is becoming available. Since the outbreak started there have been 998 cases of Covid-19 in the LBS. Very sadly there have been 177 deaths.
On a more positive note, in the week 29th June to 5th July, there have been 2 new cases of the virus in Sutton. That's down from 5 the previous week.
Every stadium is different, what works at one location might be impossible somewhere else.
I suppose the problem, then, is that any set of rules that the Government comes up with, regarding this, will need to apply to all.
Although the tendancy seems to be to apply a handful of fundamental rules followed by a large bunch of 'regulations' that are, in fact, just advisory. It's a strange mixture of logic and buck passing. Almost 'do your best but you must do it'.
Whilst it's undoubtedly the case that every football ground in the country poses its own set of challenges, it's worth emphasising that the vast majority of super-spreading events (over 97% on the figures I've seen) take place indoors, where people are confined together for a prolonged period. In an outdoor setting, even involving large numbers of people, the risk of infection is extremely low, provided people socially distance and behave responsibly.
On that basis, I am more than happy to attend games at our stadium as soon as we reopen, although I may refrain from going to the bar if I think it's too crowded.
georgieboy: Brilliant result especially after travelling up on day. Well done all.
Jan 6, 2018 22:11:33 GMT
moatsider29: is the match tonight on media?
Feb 27, 2018 20:10:47 GMT
dos: Alright pal buzzing about Sutton need to up the atmosphere
Mar 25, 2018 4:11:24 GMT
davef: 28th April v Aldershot Town: TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ON THE DAY. Season tickets are valid but if you need to buy a match ticket it MUST be purchased in advance.
Apr 12, 2018 9:07:23 GMT
tangerinedub: I live close to bohemians ground in Dublin and am a Blackpool supporter (used to live there) and Bohs are my Irish team.
Sept 12, 2018 14:41:42 GMT
tangerinedub: I can give you any info you want if travelling, pubs, food etc just let me know.
Sept 12, 2018 14:42:57 GMT
tangerinedub: hope you guys enjoy your trip to Dublin.
Oct 2, 2018 14:41:34 GMT
merchandiser: You guys make me laugh, have you been to many away grounds, I don't think so. When we travelled up north for most of the trophy rounds last season, you would not believe, it was like going back to the seventies.
Dec 13, 2018 17:28:58 GMT
scorpioeyes: It's time to scrap play-offs,they are ridiculous.
Apr 29, 2019 20:55:21 GMT
Stewart: The NL season starts on 3rd August The fixtures are due to be released on 3rd July.
May 21, 2019 13:01:32 GMT
scorpioeyes: I predicted a relegation struggle with a totally inexperienced manager. Hope I am wrong, but it doesn't look like it. MG is out of his depth,that's obvious.
Sept 3, 2019 22:59:54 GMT
ggl: So are we now saying we have a manager who is not in favour of bringing in loan players and if the board decided to part company with him they cannot afford to do so ?
Oct 23, 2019 8:21:42 GMT
historyboy: So sorry to hear about the passing of Eddie Clack. I Remember him well.
Oct 24, 2019 17:13:12 GMT
historyboy: Sad to hear of the passing of Eddie Cack, I remember him well. I think that the said photograph publishsed by the club, of him sitting next to Dave Hermitage, isn't him at all; I think the picture shows Micky Goodall. Compare other pictures of both.
Oct 24, 2019 17:27:34 GMT