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Report – Diminished Crowds Could Return For Start Of Next Season

The Mirror is reporting that Newcastle fans may soon get to cheer on the Magpies at St James Park once again. Though it will not be 52,000 strong. According to the report, the whole of next season could be played with a reduced number of fans in the stands.

This claim has both an upside as well as a downside. We fully expected next season to start with the matches behind closed doors. So if when September 12th rolls around, stadiums can house fans at a diminished capacity, that would be better than initially anticipated.

However, the problem is just when are things going to return to normal. The Mirror says it could be some time before restrictions on attendance at sporting events are lifted. The Mirror cites comments from James Calder, who has been working with the government and health officials.

Calder told the BBC that he doesn’t foresee a return to full stadiums until a vaccine is not only developed but widely dispersed amongst the public.

A cricket friendly between Surrey and Middlesex was played before a thousand fans last Sunday. There will also be a limited amount of fans allowed at the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield beginning on Friday.

However, those events have a much more subdued crowd without the chanting and cheering that takes place at football matches. Calder says the spread of the virus through droplets will be a concern at football matches so socially distanced fans could be the norm for the foreseeable future.

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207 comments so far

  • Anglo Saxon

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #201

    If the FA can check back on a foul that got a yellow card, and are presented with footage after the game, and deem it should be a red card, then that situation re a goal should be the same.

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #202


    I’m still working on a list mate. They’re definitely here though, and all social media.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #203

    Jail. BSIB hasnt defended SB because he loves Ashley.

    Dont be such a muppet.

    He has merely said that things were not as bad as we feared under SB.

    Sadly for you, he did the same as your man love in one season.

    Yes allowing for crap GD etc , but we still ended up with the same league position, and luck evens itself out over a season in general.

    The long and the short was that BD wasnt as bad as some of the dross before him.

    Would we prefer Rafa – yes
    Has Rafa a better career – yes
    Did rafa do more for us – yes
    Is Rafa a better manager – Yes

    But am I going to lampoon a man who was lampooned from day 1 by some on here with an agenda – Nope.

  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #204


  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #205

    Well, we are where we are because of the original leak of course.

    No leak, if a bid is accepted and solid we just wake up one day to discover the club is sold.

  • Davas28

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #206

    Hawkeye didn’t pick it up due to the melee on the goal line so didn’t send the signal. Either the ref, if he’d seen it, or the VAR officials should have intervened but for some reason didn’t. Not sure why they didn’t though.

  • Unused Substitute

    Jul 28, 2020 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #207

    Bruce basically destructured the team that was developing over the past few years. Except GK, we aren’t comfortably placed in any other position IMO. Even our backline has lost solidity. Also, the team hasn’t enough of depth and we’re saddled with the worst injury management in the league. . Question is do we have large enough transfer budget and an eye for value so that we could be through the first half og 2020/21.

    CoViD-related depreciation might stretch this year’s transfer budget a bit more than earlier. Considering Lallana’s weekly wage only went down 11% this year the £35M could stretch at most to £40-45M. Sale of surplus manpower may give an additional £15-20M. If these estimates are added, we’re still way short of what was available at the beginning of 2019/20.

    Unless our scouts have lined up values like Cisse and Diame to plug two gaping holes in our lineup, we may be in trouble. I’m also afraid if the takeover doesn’t materialize before the bunch of clowns controlling us now gets a chance of getting in deadwoods on long term contracts our discomfort would persist much longer despite the takover.

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