EFL crowds to return in small numbers at select ‘pilot’ games

Turnstiles will click at EFL matches for the first time since March with nine clubs allowing up 1,000 supporters to attend games on Saturday as a part of the government’s crowd pilots.

The stands have been eerily quiet for six months following the COVID-19 outbreak. However, it is hoped that further dialect between the EFL and the government could see more fans returning to football grounds from October 1.

Amongst the matches chosen is Southend United’s Sky Bet League Two clash at Carlisle United, while Yellow Sport will be amongst those at The Valley where Charlton Athletic take on Doncaster Rovers.

The EFL matches chosen as a part of the government’s crowd pilots are as follows:

Middlesbrough v AFC Bournemouth
Norwich City v Preston North End

League One
Blackpool v Swindon Town
Charlton Athletic v Doncaster Rovers
Hull City v Crewe Alexandra
Shrewsbury Town v Northampton Town

League Two
Carlisle United v Southend United
Forest Green Rovers v Bradford City
Morecambe v Cambridge United

Brian Jeeves

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