Football is slowly making a return in England following the suspension of the 2019/20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. With League Two clubs preferring to end their season early due to the high costs they would have to pay to meet all the relevant safety measures, there is still uncertainty as to how the current season will end – although a vote in the coming days should give us the answer.
Despite the current League Two season not formally being over, attention is already turning to when the 2020/21 season might start, and Scunthorpe United chairman, Peter Swann, is optimistic that the new League Two campaign can get underway in September with some fans able to attend if social distancing is in place.
Mr Swann said, “We are hoping it is September and there is also talk of some semblance of crowds coming back if we can get our stadium in a position to do that. We will work as hard as we can in the coming months to have something in place so we can keep some sort of distance between the fans. At least if we can get 2,000 in, or even 2,500 in, it is a big help and that is a possibility. It is something we have really got to look at.”
Mr Swann would much prefer to see fans return to the Sands Venue Stadium rather than stream live games online via iFollow, so despite not knowing when this season will definitely end or when the new one will start, Scunthorpe United are continuing to sell season tickets for the new campaign.
The Iron chairman has defended this move saying that the extra income it is generating is keeping people in jobs, and should football not return next season, then people who have bought a season ticket will be refunded.
If the new League Two campaign can start in September, it would end a 6 month wait for fans of clubs in the fourth tier, many of whom have been entertaining themselves by taking advantage of the best casino bonuses at Casinohawks.
Scunthorpe have not played since a 2-0 derby defeat against Grimsby in early March and sat down in 20th position when the League Two campaign was halted. With nine games left to play, they were safe from any relegation worries, but too far down the table to make a late push for the play-offs. Whenever the new season does begin, the Iron will be hoping for a much more positive campaign.