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CHAIRMAN PRAISES CLUB UNITY AHEAD OF MONDAY'S PLAY OFF FINAL

Kelvin Thomas on club spirit ahead of Monday's final

27 June 2020

Northampton Town Chairman Kelvin Thomas has praised the club unity and in particular the role of the supporters as he looks ahead to Monday's Sky Bet League 2 play off final with Exeter City.

"When I talk about the unity as a club, the fans are a massive part of that," he said.

"All of our decisions have focused around the fans and our supporters and as a club we're trying to benefit everyone.

"We've worked hard to be able to get flags in at Wembley and these are the sort of things that do take a lot of work, especially at a time when the club is understaffed due to the COVID issues.

"A lot of effort goes into putting up the flags and doing the Cobbler in the Crowd initiative but it was a wonderful thing and it was great to see and read some of the stories and it means so much to people.

"I think one of our fans from our multi-disability group, Chris McDonald, has become quite famous on social media for his reaction to the game on Monday on Twitter. He was in tears and that sort of thing is what makes it all so worthwhile, to see that level of emotion from fans, and we feel all those emotions at the club as well."

The Chairman won't be at the game on Monday, but will instead be watching on from home in Florida.

"Could I have gone? Were there some loopholes? Maybe," he said. "But it wouldn't be the right thing to do to find a loophole for me at a time when COVID is still an important part of our lives and it's something we have to be careful of.

"It wouldn't be the right thing for me to find a loophole just to watch a football match, so it's one of those things. It goes along with how we've dealt with all of this and how we'll deal with it between now and Monday.

"We made a strong decision at the start to take part in the play-offs and we made a decision that we were going to hit everything head on and whatever comes at us, we'll face. And if it means I can't go to the game and the families and the fans can't be there, it's disappointing but we're going to move on and we're going to try and do what we're supposed to do and that's win the next football match.

"We're positive thinkers. It's disappointing, like for everybody, but hopefully we can get the result and that disappointment will quickly go away."


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