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Club captain backs plans to allow supporters to be admitted safely to matches

12 October 2020

Club captain Nicky Adams has called for supporters to be allowed back in to matches as soon as possible.

Adams says the Cobblers are missing their supporters, as all clubs are, and his words back up the plans - revealed by the club last week - that have been put in place in readiness for the return of fans to matches.

"We need the fans at matches back up and down the country," he said.

"The stadium would have been packed on Saturday and that is what makes football special. I am hoping something can be done soon to sort things out. It is not just the atmosphere that we miss though, it is people's jobs and livelihoods that are at stake here.

"So many local businesses around here are suffering. How much have the restaurants, cafes, petrol stations etc all missed out on in the last few weeks. People work hard all week for the joy and the escape of coming to watch football at the end of each week and it is important for their mental wellbeing that they have that opportunity.

"I don't understand why supporters can't be here. If the Royal Albert Hall can stage events indoors, if the O2 Arena can stage events indoors, if cinemas can open, why can't outdoor sports stadiums? If it is a concern about people travelling to and from matches, how are people getting to and from events at the Royal Albert Hall or the O2 Arena? If we need to stagger arrival and departure times then that is possible and the club have got plans in place to do that.

"Of course health and safety is important but life has to go on and if we can get fans back in a safe way then we have to do that for so many reasons.

"I am sure with so many intelligent people involved we can find a way to get supporters in to matches in a safe way. If we don't, it isn’t just football that will suffer, all of the businesses around a football club will too. I have seen it at Bury, people have lost jobs and lost houses and there are a lot of good clubs, all organised, all ready to go. Plans are ready, so let's get supporters back in the safest way possible."

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