A new football fix
Life as we know it took a big step to getting back to some semblence of normality this week as kids across the land started back at school. Whilst some attended throughout the height of lockdown, others won’t have seen the inside of a classroom for almost six months.
Another facet of life getting back to normal is the return of football. The professional leagues are a week away from resuming, although still in empty stadiums, but the amateur game has been gradually getting back in to shape since the start of August. Friendlies have been played and this week the FA Cup got under way with the Extra Preliminary round taking place a mere 30 days after Arsenal beat Chelsea in the final at Wembley.
Non-league clubs are now permitted to admit fans to their games following protracted discussions between the FA and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Coronavirus has impacted the lower reaches of the football pyramid drastically, with last season being expunged from the records and clubs having lost all of their revenue streams since March.
With the professional game remaining behind closed doors and any return of fans likely limited in numbers, it has never been a better time to get out and support the local game. With admission a fraction of what it might cost to go and watch a professional game, any new support and custom will be gladly welcomed across the grassroots levels in County Durham.
We have compiled a list of the fixtures taking place, with the caveat we have been using all summer; please check with the home club in advance for ticket information. Most clubs can comfortably accommodate the reduced capacities but some are selling tickets in advance. It is well worth the few seconds it would take to find yourself a game. If you are looking for suggestions then Durham City are ‘hosting’ their landlords Willington in the Northern League Division Two whilst newly formed Durham FC are playing their first ever competitive game at King George Field in Framwellgate Moor.
Have a look at the list below and see if anything catches your eye and keep an eye on footyindurham.com throughout the season for fixture info, news and features.