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EFL Pilot Programme

18 September 2020

Following an update earlier this month, the club would like to provide some clarity and additional information ahead of the potential return of supporters to Boundary Park.

With a number of EFL Clubs now allowing spectators into Sky Bet League matches tomorrow and next weekend as part of the ongoing ‘return of fans’ pilot programme, unfortunately Oldham Athletic will not be allowed to take part in this.

This is due to the local lockdown rules remaining in place and the increase in the number of cases which means any application from the club would be rejected.

Respecting and following strict advice, it now means the club will not be applying to take part in the initiative until it is safe to do so and the number of infections in the local area drops dramatically.

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

If it is safe for supporters to return to Boundary Park in the near future then a balloting system will be in place for season tickets holders only due to the number sold being over the guidance threshold, with further details communicated in due course when appropriate.

The move to extend the programme to other clubs in the division follows an initial successful pilot staged at Cambridge United this month when fans were in attendance at a professional football match for the first time since March. 

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