Stowmarket Town FC

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Club Statement: December 1

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Stowmarket Town chairman Neil Sharp has issued the following statement:

To all of our fans,

The club has reluctantly decided that, under the current government legislation, it is not financially viable to play league fixtures while we are unable to offer our loyal, and truly fantastic, fans any hospitality without them having to sit down to eat or drink it.

As you know, we have worked tirelessly to ensure your safety on home matchdays and I am proud to say that our strict reinforcement of our Covid-19 policy from the start of the season gave us a great base to try and bring football back to our community. Since then, the addition of the refreshment restrictions has hit us very hard. Without it, we cannot cover the cost of a match.

We are not a restaurant. We are a community sports and social club. Booking a table for a substantial meal and being chased off your seat as soon as you have had your last mouthful is not how we operate or the community spirit we promote. However, these tier 2 restrictions would force us into such a stance; as well as the expense of redesigning the spectator walkways which would greatly reduce our already limited capacity.

I am sure you are as disappointed as we are, but hopefully the government will re-evaluate and we will get back to having our kitchen open and bar open for your favourite snack or your favourite drink.

In the meantime, please all stay safe and hopefully I’ll see you on Saturday for our FA Vase game, and we will be back to pre-lockdown rules sooner rather than later.

Neil Sharp
Stowmarket Town chairman