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NEWS: Coventry City statement regarding pilot games and return of fans

16 September 2020

Ten EFL Clubs will be permitted to admit spectators into Sky Bet League matches this weekend as part of the ongoing ‘return of fans’ pilot programme.

As per the current guidance, crowds will be capped at a capacity of 1,000 as discussions continue with the Government about return for supporters’ in greater numbers post 1st October, 2020.

The move to extend the programme follows a successful pilot staged at Cambridge United last week when fans were in attendance at a professional football match for the first time since March.

The confirmed games for the weekend of 19/20 September are as follows:


Luton Town v Derby County

Norwich City v Preston North End

Middlesbrough v AFC Bournemouth


League One

Charlton Athletic v Doncaster Rovers

Blackpool v Swindon Town

Shrewsbury Town v Northampton Town

Hull City v Crewe Alexandra


League Two

Forest Green Rovers v Bradford City

Carlisle United v Southend United

Morecambe v Cambridge United


On Tuesday morning, the EFL sent an email inviting clubs to apply to stage a limited number of pilot events by 2pm that day.

We have been in regular consultation with the Safety Advisory Group for St Andrew’s and they have confirmed that staging of a pilot game this weekend would not be possible. Birmingham is also subject to local lockdown measures which would also have stopped a pilot game taking place this weekend.

We at Coventry City are pleased to see some fans able to return to matches in the EFL.

We wish those Clubs and their supporters well in the staging of games, and will monitor these games in the hope that Sky Blues fans will also be able to return soon.

We will continue to keeps fan updated as the situation develops.

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