SPECTATOR GUIDANCE – COLFC V Morpeth Town

City of Liverpool FC

SPECTATOR GUIDANCE

FA Cup First Round Qualifying

City of Liverpool FC Vs Morpeth Town

Tuesday 22nd September 2020, 7.45pm, Berry Street Garage Stadium, L30 1NY

 

City of Liverpool FC has now held two home fixtures that have been organised in accordance with the latest guidance from the FA for the “Limited Return Of Spectators For Clubs At Steps 3-6” and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport “Return to Recreational Team Sport Framework”:

https://www.thefa.com/news/2020/aug/19/updated-guidelines-for-return-of-spectators-190820

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation/return-to-recreational-team-sport-framework

The club wishes to place on record its thanks to all supporters who attended these matches and complied with both the guidance issued and the directions of our stewarding team when in the stadium.

Having successfully hosted a Stage 1 fixture (with capacity capped at 200 spectators) and a Stage 2 fixture on Saturday (with capacity capped at 400 spectators), the club was looking forward to welcoming another 400 attendance to Vesty Road for this exciting FA Cup tie.

However, the introduction of increased local Covid-19 related restrictions from Tuesday 22nd September now mean that this is not possible.

At the time of writing, the specific details of these restrictions are still to be published. Accordingly, the club has sought expert advice from public health professionals. On the basis of the information that we have been able to gather at very short notice, it appears that semi-professional football can be played, but that supporters will be “advised” not to attend semi-professional football matches from an as yet to be published time on Tuesday. However, there may be a caveat in that the FA Cup tie is organised under the auspices of a professional body. We are awaiting further guidance on this point.

City of Liverpool FC fully, and without equivocation, supports the introduction of stronger local measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. However, in the absence of specific guidance to the contrary, we feel we must complete this FA Cup match. The alternative being to forfeit the tie and effectively resign from this season’s FA Cup.

In deciding to hold the match, the club has considered three options:

  • Hold the fixture as originally planned under Stage 2 DCMS and NLS Guidance (i.e. 400 stadium capacity limit); The club feels that this option may be perceived as encouraging many spectators to ignore the advice not to attend semi-professional football matches. Accordingly, while we believe that our Stage 2 measures offer a safe environment for spectators, which could be enhanced by mandatory face coverings, we do not wish to undermine the message that our public health officials are trying to communicate.
  • Hold the fixture under Stage 1 DCMS and NLS Guidance (i.e. revert to 200 stadium capacity limit); The club believes that this would offer spectators a safe environment and, with attendance restricted to approximately 10% of the stadium’s full capacity, distancing would be further reinforced. This option also actively prevents most of our supporters from attending the fixture.
  • Hold the fixture behind closed doors (i.e. only club officials and staff present); While this option does appear to meet the guidance with regard to playing semi-professional football and complies with the local advice for spectators not to attend such matches, it does present a significant financial obstacle. In FA Cup ties, both the revenues and costs are shared between the clubs. With no spectators present there will be no revenues to share, however the costs are significant for clubs at this level – including the cost of travel for our opponents and the costs of match officials.

Following careful consideration, the club has decided that the match will take place under Stage 1 DCMS and NLS Guidance, with stadium capacity capped at 200 spectators.

In practical terms, this means that supporters will once again be required to co-operate with the club in the implementation of our measures to ensure a safe environment for all in attendance:

  • Do not attend if you have any Covid-19 symptoms
  • There will be temperature checking prior to entry
  • The hand sanitiser provided must be used upon entry to the stadium and upon passing the barriers before and after the clubhouse
  • Face coverings are compulsory
  • To protect our gatehouse volunteers, entry will be by pre-paid e-ticket only
  • There will be a one-way system in place, see plan attached
  • Follow the signage and co-operate with stewards at all times
  • Comply with social distancing guidance at all times
  • Observe queueing systems for all facilities and follow signage
  • Keep designated passing areas around the pitch perimeter fence clear
  • To maintain social distancing, terracing at each end of the stadium will be compartmentalised to hold no more than 6 spectators per designated area, as directed by the match stewards
  • The right to refuse admission sits with City of Liverpool FC

Any supporters who feel that they cannot comply with these reasonable, and necessary, regulations are welcome to not attend matches until “normality” returns.

Please note that all areas outside of the clubhouse are under the jurisdiction of City of Liverpool FC for the duration of our home matches. As such, all supporters are requested to comply with the directions given by the club’s stewarding team.

This advice may be subject to change at short notice should further definitive public health guidance be made available to the club. Please follow the club’s social media channels for the latest updates.

CITY OF LIVERPOOL FC Vs MORPETH TOWN

7.45pm, Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Berry Street Garage Stadium, Vesty Road, Bootle L30 1NY

 

STAGE 2 FIXTURE – ONE WAY SYSTEM

> Cashless entry at turnstiles

> Follow one way systerm anti clockwise to designated terrace/stand area as directed by stewards

> Covered terracing to be filled by “compartment” from furthest barrier at the Romans End, followed by The Shed, then the Dodge Kop

> Seating to be filled to limited capacity, by those requesting a seat, from the stand nearest the Romans End to the stand ajacent to The Shed

> No pitchside standing outside of the Romans End, The Shed or Dodge Kop

> Pathway around the pitchside perimeter fencing to be kept clear to enable unobstructed passing

> Unless capacity determines otherwise, decking to be kept clear to enable distanced queuing for facilities and unobstructed exit from facilities

MATCH PREVIEW: Morpeth Town

COLFC V MORPETH TOWN

FA CUP 1ST QUALIFYING ROUND

TUESDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 19:45 KO

COVID-19 GUIDELINES

Due to local lockdown restrictions coming into force we are returning to a Phase 1 capacity of 200 for the Morpeth Town game.

In order for non-league football to be back playing regularly we have new rules we have to adhere to concerning Covid-19. Capacity is limited to 200 and it is an ALL TICKET MATCH. If you havent bought a ticket online please don’t turn up as you will be refused entry.

Please be respectful of our volunteers who will be trying to ensure people stick to the guidelines. It is important for everyone’s health that these are adhered to particularly as there has been a rise in cases recently and so we can all keep watching the Purps in as safe an environment as possible.

As per previous club communications, there will be a one way system in place around the ground, and temperature checking will take place at the turnstiles. It is compulsory for all supporters attending the match to adhere to social distancing and attendees must also wear a face mask, unless they have a medical exemption.

 

 

PREVIEW

City of Liverpool began their league campaign with a 4-2 home defeat to Marske United on Saturday. 3-0 down at one stage they fought back to 3-2 through a Nathan Burke penalty and a 25 yard Jack Hazlehurst free-kick. Marske however made sure of the victory by adding a fourth goal in the last few minutes.

 

Last season in the 1st Qualifying round we took Warrington Town to a replay after a 2-2 draw away at Cantilever Park. A spectacular Jack Hazlehurst brace (He does love an FA Cup goal!) put us within touching distance of the next round before a Warrington equaliser deep into injury time.

 

The tie went to a replay which unfortunately proved a step too far as we lost 4-0, with new Purps signing Tony Gray on the scoresheet for the Yellows that night. Notably that night we lost centre back Danny Dalton to a season ending injury after only 30 seconds. Its great to see him working his way back to full fitness during pre-season.

Morpeth Town are a Step 3 club, playing 1 league higher than the Purps in the Northern Premier Division.  Based in Northumberland, they have had recent success in FA competitions winning the FA Vase at Wembley in 2016. Last season they reached the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup before losing 1-0 to Nantwich Town.

Before the null and void Morpeth where 9th in the Northern Premier Division. However they were looking to make a push for the playoffs as they were only 5 points adrift but with an incredible 7 games in hand.

The Highwaymen officially began their league campaign on Saturday with a 1-1 draw at home against Grantham Town. The fixture against City of Liverpool will be their second match of the season.

 

PAST RESULTS

This is the first meeting between City of Liverpool and Morpeth Town.

 

TRAVEL

Car– For the Sat Nav use postcode L30 1NY

Train– They are every 15 minutes from Liverpool Central. Board the Ormskirk train and alight at Aintree. Ground is a 5 minute walk from there.

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