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25 December 2021

Club News


25 December 2021

Supporters urged to arrive early for Sunday’s game

- The December 2021 Monthly Board Update
- Operations Director Ann Hough discusses Plan B measures
- Supporters urged to arrive early on Boxing Day

As I’m sure you are all now aware, the introduction of ‘Plan B’ by the government means that you will need to show your proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative lateral flow test inside the last 48 hours, or your medical exemption when you arrive for Sunday’s game against Blackpool.

Since the announcement by Boris Johnson last week, the football club has worked closely with our colleagues at KSDL to get everything prepared for what is a completely new situation for everyone.

All the information you need on what is an acceptable form of vaccine passport, or how to show proof of your negative test, can be found on the article HERE. Our Communications team is constantly updating that page with helpful information, so please keep an eye on it throughout the week.

As well as the introduction of these entry requirements, I would also remind you that mandatory mask wearing is also in force upon entry and whilst in internal areas. In fact, we’d encourage you to wear them throughout your day, as far as is practically possible.

We’re doing our best to ensure that message is out there, but I’d also ask you to speak to the Town fans that you know to help them get setup for Boxing Day. Perhaps you have an elderly neighbour who you know comes to the games, or a relative who might have been away? If so, please give them a call and help them to be prepared. We’re all in this together as we navigate the pandemic!

The main reason that I have asked to write this month’s update is to ask you all to come to the John Smith’s Stadium as early as possible on Sunday. We’re opening the turnstiles at 1pm and, as we go through the process of checking all your documents for the first time, it would be immensely helpful if you can come as early as possible.

We will have extra stewards on hand in front of every turnstile this weekend, but it will still take time to visually check every supporter over the age of 18. The last thing we want is to suffer delays getting you all into the ground.

We’ve tried to put some things on for when you do enter the concourses earlier than usual this weekend. There will be catering kiosks open in every stand from 1pm, and they will have a few offers on food and drink between 1pm and 2pm. We’re also planning to play the ‘We Are Premier League’ 2016/17 season review DVD so there’s something to watch too!

We’ve spoken to other clubs who have already been running this system, such as Cardiff City, and the overriding message is that, with additional staffing and the cooperation and understanding of supporters, this does work. Ultimately, these measures have been brought in by the government for everyone’s safety.

If you’d like any more information, please email or ask @htafchelp on Twitter.

Ahead of Sunday, I would like to thank you all in advance for your help and support, and finish by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas ahead of the big day on Saturday!


Ann Hough

Operations Director

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