King's Lynn Town skipper wants fans to return to stadiums
King’s Lynn Town have been handed a dream home start in the National League – and club skipper Michael Clunan is desperate to see supporters back at matches as quickly as possible.
The Linnets are set to entertain last season’s play-off semi-finalists Yeovil Town at The Walks on October 3, but whether fans will be allowed to attend remains up in the air.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that test events for fans have been suspended in a major blow to Premier League, Football League and National League clubs as coronavirus cases continue to rise.
Supporters have been returning to selected sporting events since July as the UK Government planned to get fans back in stadiums on a limited capacity basis permanently from October 1 at the earliest.
But a rise in coronavirus cases across the country has led to the UK Government making the call to suspend those test events pending a review.
Clunan said: “As long is at is safe, we want to see fans back through the turnstiles.
“We went unbeaten for 17 or 18 months at home and our supporters played a huge part in that. They do give you that extra 10 per cent out on the pitch.
“It’s a big season for everyone with it being our first one at this level and you want them to be a part of it.
“It is a bit strange having some fans at Royston last Saturday, but because we play a level higher we can’t have any at home this weekend.
“You want them behind you, not just at home, but when you are going to places like Notts County, Wrexham and Stockport too.
“We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. It’s so difficult for everyone with planning ahead as nobody saw this new restriction coming in.
“We’ve got such a good squad and there’s plenty of competition for places all over the field. We’re training three times a week and are chomping at the bit to get started.”
The National League chose an October start because many clubs can’t afford to play without fans and, before Wednesday, the Government’s aim was to have them back by next month.
Following their league opener against Yeovil Town, Lynn face trips to Maidenhead and Solihull.
Boxing Day sees Notts County travel to The Walks in what promises to be a bumper attendance should circumstances allow.
“Yeovil at home is such a big game, but they’re all big games in this league,” admitted Clunan.
The season sees first competitive visits for Boreham Wood, Chesterfield, Dagenham & Redbridge, FC Halifax Town, Hartlepool United, Notts County, Sutton United, Torquay United, Woking, Wrexham.
The Linnets continue their pre-season preparations with a behind-closed-doors friendly against Braintree Town on Saturday.