AFC Telford United have been denied a chance to allow fans into next week’s home game as Hereford refuse to delay the match by 24 hours.
The government announced new post-lockdown measures, and it sees Shropshire falls into Tier 2, meaning the Bucks will be allowed to have 2,000 fans return from Wednesday, the 2nd of December.
The National League North match with Hereford is scheduled for December the 1st and after Telford requested to have it moved to the next day, their opponents refused.
CLUB STATEMENT: AFC Telford United can confirm our @TheVanaramaNL North fixture against @HerefordFC will be played on Tuesday 1st December after Hereford rejected our request to move the fixture back 24 hours. https://t.co/zU8GhfGczA pic.twitter.com/4vDdkMPtaM
— AFC Telford United (@telfordutd) November 27, 2020
A club statement read: “We are very disappointed with this news as we are very confident that the New Bucks Head is ready to allow supporters to return which it has been since our safety advisor group passed the stadium inspection back in October.
“We have already seen other clubs in the National League North, South, National League and EFL working together to rearrange games by 24 hours or more so that supporters, sponsors and families can watch their teams again so it baffles and frustrates us that Hereford are unwilling to move one game by 24 hours.
“The football club will now prepare to welcome supporters back to the New Bucks Head on Boxing Day when we welcome Chester. Tickets & hospitality details will be released after the 16th December government tier review.”
Telford manager Gavin Cowan was not happy at Hereford as they denied a fixture change so that fans can be allowed in. Cowan accused the club of not ‘playing ball’ as he urged them to agree to the fixture change.
In a statement of their own Hereford have cited the National League are not authorising for fixtures to be moved. It read: “When coming to this decision we have taken a whole host of factors into consideration, including the availability of our players who, being part-time, have other commitments outside of the usual matchdays.
“It is also worth noting that the Football Association and National League are yet to clarify what restrictions will be in place and that the National League themselves ‘shall not be authorising any movement of fixtures to accommodate spectator access’. We feel that sadly, it is just not feasible to agree to this change in date at this moment in time.”
So what stadiums fall into which tier as regions discover lockdown fate? Take a look below…
Full list of Tier 1
Isle of Wight
Isles of Scilly
Full list of Tier 2
Liverpool City Region
Warrington and Cheshire
Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin
Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough
Essex, Thurrock and Southend on Sea
Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes
All 32 boroughs plus the City of London
Brighton and Hove
Windsor and Maidenhead
Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight), Portsmouth and Southampton
South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor
Bath and North East Somerset
Wiltshire and Swindon
Full list of Tier 3
Tees Valley Combined Authority:
Redcar and Cleveland
Newcastle upon Tyne
Blackburn with Darwen
Birmingham and Black Country
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull
Derby and Derbyshire
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
Leicester and Leicestershire
Slough (remainder of Berkshire is tier 2: High alert)
Kent and Medway
The Top 10 areas with worst infection rates
All rates per 100,000
Swale – 539.7
Hull – 529.3,
Thanet – 491.8
East Lindsey – 470.6
Stoke-on-Trent – 453.6
Dudley – 452.1
Boston – 438.9
Sandwell – 435.7
Hyndburn – 435.6
Kirklees – 430.7
Earlier this week Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden wrote on Twitter: “Sports fans back in stadia from 2nd Dec 4K or 50% of capacity in Tier 1, 2K or 50% of capacity in Tier 2.
“A big step forward for fans as we work towards fuller capacities.
“Thanks to pilot hosts & fans for showing this can be done safely.”
The EFL said it was an “important step in achieving a return to normal” and that it would help the “revenue gap left by a lack of spectators.”
Earlier this week the Premier League said: “Fans have been greatly missed at Premier League matches and therefore we welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement today regarding the return of supporters for the first time since March, albeit at small numbers.”
Fans reacted after seeing that AFC Telford United have been denied the chance to allow fans as Hereford refuse to delay match by 24 hours…
except they have
— adam 🇬🇧 (@afctuadammm) November 27, 2020
— Finchy (@robfinch87) November 27, 2020
Tossers and I’m a Shrewsbury fan! So much for #LetFansIn
— L (@leon82uk) November 27, 2020
Can’t blame Hereford here, the National League have announced that they will not be allowing fixtures to be moved at the moment until they have confirmed the details for admitting fans with the government and the FA.
— Andrew Booth (@AndrewBooth3) November 27, 2020
— Sean (@bradderz2205) November 27, 2020
‘That’s a surprising attitude from Hereford’ said nobody ever.
— Neil Stevens-Wood (@NeilStevensWoo1) November 27, 2020
A load of bull
— michael george lane (@michael31344220) November 27, 2020
@herefordfc little bitches. Scared to play in front of the Telford massive 😂
— mike fields (@mike48683) November 28, 2020