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Fakenham Town chairman confident club will pull through coronavirus pandemic

“It will be tough but we will get through it.”

That’s the defiant verdict of Fakenham Town Chairman Douglas Colman after the suspension of football in England due to the Covid-19 outbreak, writes Ed Colman.

The Thurlow Nunn First Division North outfit were informed on Friday that the Football Association has suspended all football in the Country until at least April 30.

Douglas Colman (32211151)
Douglas Colman (32211151)

The Ghosts chairman was proud of how club volunteers had handled the situation and believes community spirit will be key to making it through the current situation.

“I am so proud of all the people behind the scenes who acted quickly, calmly and professional when the suspension was first announced,” said Colman.

“We have been in constant communication with all players and youth-parents and have done everything we can to safeguard everyone connected with the club.

“Everyone has been incredibly supportive of each other and it has shown just strong the team at Fakenham Town are and how committed everyone is to the club and the community we are at the heart of.

“We couldn’t have handled the situation as well as we have without a lot of very dedicated people from the committee giving up their time.

“I want to thank them all and let them know I am incredibly proud of them.”

The Clipbush Park Chief knows with no income coming into the club it is going to be a difficult time off the pitch but he told this paper that Fakenham Town will come through this difficult period stronger.

He said: “It will be tough but we will get through it. We have spoken to our suppliers and utility providers and they have been very supportive and have shown a great deal of empathy.

“The government are doing all they can to help club’s like us and I think we will come out this stronger.

“The loss of football income is difficult but we aren’t getting too negative about it, we will come out of this.”

Colman also feels the season has to be concluded.

“I think with the change to FA laws to ensure the season can be finished past June 1 for the professional game, it looks like we will be able to get our season finished,” he said.

“I think we have to, we are prepared to play Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday if we have to. The season should be completed.”

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