We have taken a look at all of Away Attendances at the Weekend and listed which matches saw the biggest travelling support.
It was a busy few days with Premier League, EFL and non league sides in action, lots of away supporters attending fixtures up and down the country.
Fans are being welcomed back to grounds without restrictions for the first time since March 2020; to stand or sit in their regular spot, put on their lucky shirts or scarves and meet again as friends in cafes and pubs.
There will of course be mixed emotions, especially as we continue to live in what is a very different world now due to the pandemic, and some fans will be returning or travelling without old friends, without family members, without trusty companions.
The return of fans at stadiums up and down the country has been a welcome sight this season, however, halfway through the season, Welsh clubs have had to s=play behind closed doors.
The threat of Coronavirus remains has serious as it’s ever been, so match-attending supporters are encouraged to follow a simple set of rules.
This has been outlined by the UK’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam (also a Boston United supporter), to help stop the spread of the virus.
In a recorded video, below, he urges fans to get two doses of the vaccine, stay at home if they are showing any Coronavirus symptoms and advises early arrival at stadiums, as well washing and sanitising hands regularly.
— EFL (@EFL) September 13, 2021
The EFL have decided to scrap on-the-day Covid testing to try and halt last-minute postponements, so that’s a welcome boost to fans getting to games.
Under the new protocols, no player will be tested on a matchday unless they are showing symptoms.
The move is coming into force immediately after a number of games were called off on the day of the match – providing a lack of clarity to supporters travelling to games.
The move is backed by the medical experts who do not think there is any risk involved by avoiding the ‘on-the-day’ tests.
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Following the UK Government’s introduction of its Autumn/Winter Plan, the EFL is asking football supporters to Be Prepared before they travel to watch their teams in action.
From Wednesday 15 December, Covid-19 Certification will be mandatory for entry into settings where large crowds gather – including unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees.
As a result, supporters will need to be prepared to provide evidence of Covid-19 Certification to enter football stadia where the attendance will exceed 10,000 seated or 4,000 standing.
Similar legislation is already in force in Wales, with Cardiff City, Newport County and Swansea City already operating these measures.
To ensure that fans can continue watching their teams in person this season in a safe manner, it is imperative that all football supporters play their part by ensuring they have valid COVID-19 Passes or proof of certification in advance of match day.
For full details about the NHS COVID Pass, which includes information on how to obtain valid certification of the COVID-19 vaccine, please CLICK HERE.
To Be Prepared, those of you who are attending fixtures, where COVID-19 Certification is mandatory, are advised to:
Check the Club’s latest COVID-19 guidance in advance of matchday and read its COVID Code of Conduct.
Ensure you have a valid form of COVID certification in your possession before you leave for the ground or you will not be permitted entry.
The best form of Certification is the COVID pass. You can download the COVID digital pass using the designated NHS App or to your wallet or camera roll in case there is no signal.
Bring your original printed NHS COVID Pass on the day of the fixture if you are unable to use the digital version.
A negative Lateral Flow test result will be permissible should you be unable to provide a COVID pass
Make sure your passes are easily accessible to ensure efficiency and speed of access when approaching the turnstiles.
TEST BEFORE TRAVEL
Full details on how to obtain a COVID NHS Pass can be found above, but for supporters who are not yet double vaccinated, you will need to take a lateral flow test within 72 hours of attending the match.
If the test returns a positive result, then supporters must NOT attend the fixture and follow the correct procedures as advised by the NHS. Further information about COVID-19 is available HERE.
DON’T TRAVEL IF UNWELL
Even if double-vaccinated, supporters must not attend if they, or anybody attending with them, is suffering from COVID-19 symptoms, feels unwell, or is required to self-isolate.
How to get an NHS COVID Pass – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/
How to download a digital NHS COVID Pass – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/get-digital-covid-pass/
Further information about COVID-19 – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Through Lifebuoy’s partnership with the EFL as Hygiene Partner they have been helping clubs set themselves up for the safe return of fans as they know what an integral role football plays in the lives of so many families.
Lifebuoy have a dedicated ‘Tips & Advice’ portal on their website, providing useful information on why handwashing matters, when to wash your hands, and advice on the products that best suit you.
You can visit it here: https://www.lifebuoy.co.uk/tips-and-advice.html