Consett AFC have revealed an encouraging update from the FA regarding crowds being allowed back to football matches in England.
The Durham-based side are awaiting to hear how their FA Vase campaign will conclude, with the FA keen to complete the competition, along with the FA Cup and FA Trophy, with fans present.
The finals for all three competitions look set to be held at Wembley stadium after The Mirror announced talks were ongoing with the government about the possibility of 20,000 fans being allowed into the national stadium for the FA Cup final on August 1.
It comes after forecasts suggest crowds will be in place for September. Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said, “I would really hope that by the return of the new season we might be in a position whereby some fans could return to stadiums.”
The encouraging news was topped up yesterday when Consett AFC announced they had received contact from the FA confirming plans for a return to football in front of crowds, but only if social distancing restrictions are lifted.
Consett AFC chairman Frank Bell confirmed the Steelmen were preparing their home ground Belle View for any eventuality.
In a statement on the club’s official website, Bell said: “We are in the hands of the Government over when it is safe to play in front of a crowd again, and The FA over when the games can be scheduled, but we are just glad our dream of playing at Wembley is still alive after the unprecedented events of the last few months.
“Since lockdown restrictions began to be lifted we have carried out an in-depth risk assessment of measures which need to be in place in readiness for a restart, and have been preparing Belle View Stadium for a safe re-opening, with all the necessary social distancing measures in place.
“Our first team will begin socially-distanced training soon, and whenever The FA give us the green light to play again, I’m sure Terry and his staff will have the lads ready for the biggest game in the club’s history.”