Fans allowed into the Bloods beer garden as club looks for ‘little pinch of normality’

PUBLISHED: 17:38 17 August 2020 | UPDATED: 09:41 18 August 2020

A general view of Saffron Walden Towns Catons Lane ground. Picture: JAMES WHITE

A general view of Saffron Walden Towns Catons Lane ground. Picture: JAMES WHITE

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Saffron Walden Town will welcome fans back into the clubhouse even though pre-season friendlies remain behind closed doors.

Saffron Walden Towns beer garden is ready to re-open. Picture: JAMES WHITESaffron Walden Towns beer garden is ready to re-open. Picture: JAMES WHITE

Like other non-league football clubs, the Catons Lane side have been struggling through the coronavirus and club director James White has said the re-opening has come at the perfect time.

He said: “This has been authorised, it has been run past the appropriate people. That is the important thing. We don’t want people to think we are flouting the rules or bending them.

“It’s what the town and the club need. We need a little pinch of normality and it will be a good way of getting much-needed cash.

“We’re lucky and it’s purely because of where our facilities are and the hard work the volunteers and the other board members have put in. They have been amazing, they really have.”

Saffron Walden Towns beer garden is ready to re-open. Picture: JAMES WHITESaffron Walden Towns beer garden is ready to re-open. Picture: JAMES WHITE

The club have taped off part of the beer garden, with benches set-up to allow for social distancing, and there will also be an outdoor bar and hand sanitisers as every precaution has been taken.

And White believes it is a small token of thanks the club can give the community who supported them during the lockdown.

He said: “It’s not been easy, it’s obviously been very difficult and there have been times when looking into depths of the abyss has been closer than we’ve ever wanted or expected to be.

“If it wasn’t for the generosity of the fans and the community who helped with the JustGiving page I think we’d be looking at very different circumstances.

“But now more than ever we need the community and the fans to rally round us otherwise we are not going to meet our ambitions of getting promoted in the next couple of seasons.

“We want to kick on from last season and get back to the most important thing about being a football club and that’s getting the fans in and letting them enjoy a good game of football.”

The Bloods play Bury Town tonight (Tuesday) while Romford and Bishop’s Stortford are the next visitors to Catons Lane on Saturday and Tuesday.

The start of the Essex Senior League season meanwhile may be delayed if a positive response isn’t received by the government by the end of the week.

At the moment it is scheduled to begin on September 5.


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