RETURN OF FANS “CRITICAL”, SAYS CHAIRMAN

Wednesday 5th May 2021

THE return of supporters to the C&G Systems Stadium on a matchday from next season is “critical”, Dumbarton’s chairman John Steele has said.

Sons have been playing matches behind closed doors all season, with fans watching from home through the club’s streaming service.

With cases of Covid-19 declining across Scotland, it is cautiously hoped that there may be some return for fans to stadiums in the not too distant future.

The prospect depends on the gradual relaxation of restrictions, with some matches down south already having seen limited, socially distant crowds.

But Mr Steele was also keen to express his appreciation for the support the club has enjoyed, despite the empty grounds.

The chairman said: “It is critical for the club, both from a financial perspective and for the well-being of the club.

“Without spectators in reasonable numbers, like all clubs, we start to wither. We have got to redress that.

“We are hoping optimistically that there will be some spectators available to us in the stadium for next season.

“If I wasn’t heartened by the support we have had over the last year, and prior to that, I would not be carrying on in my current role.”

However, Dumbarton FC continues to request that while restrictions remain in place, supporters continue to watch matches via the streaming service and do not attend the C&G Systems Stadium or its grounds while games take place.

We can’t wait to have you back in the stadium when the rules allow, but if there are any further games this season, the best and safest place to watch them is at home via live streaming.

Andy Galloway

Leave a comment