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BUMBLE: I don’t go to the game until there’s a Covid-19 vaccine and I’ve had it

BUMBLE: I don’t go to the game until there’s a Covid-19 vaccine and I’ve had it … football remains an iFollow experience – but not on my big TV!

  • I’m not going to watch Accrington Stanley next week when fans are allowed
  • It would be a risk to go to the ground before getting a Covid-19 vaccine
  • Football will remain an iFollow experience for the foreseeable future

I fully understand the need for EFL clubs to have supporters back on the ground as soon as possible to generate income and secure their future, but I will not be looking at my beloved Accrington until a Covid-19 vaccine is available – and I’ve had it.

Accrington Chairman Andy Holt fully understands the importance of this happening not only from a financial standpoint but from that of a fan – as he is – and smaller clubs like ours are so important to the local community. They bring people together.

But if 1,000 fans are allowed to enter the site again next week, I will not be there. Why? Because I’m 73, so according to the medical experts I’m in the vulnerable group.

I'm not going to watch my beloved Accrington Stanley until a Covid-19 vaccine is available - and I've had it

I’m not going to watch my beloved Accrington Stanley until a Covid-19 vaccine is available – and I’ve had it

Up to 1,000 fans could regain access to the League One club next week after the lockdown ended

Up to 1,000 fans could regain access to the League One club next week after the lockdown ended

Up to 1,000 fans could regain access to the League One club next week after the lockdown ended

A lot of people suffer badly from colds and flu, and I’ve been on stage with dengue fever in my day, so going to football doesn’t cross my mind. It would be foolish for me and the people in my stage of life to do that.

In normal times, when I’m not out on cricket tours in England, that’s where I am – not in the boardroom but decked out in a club scarf and flat cap, behind goal at Clayton End.

My wife Diana is a season ticket holder in York City, so when I’m not cheering Stanley on, I’ll be out on the terraces with her.

Football matches will remain strictly an iFollow experience for the foreseeable future

Football matches will remain strictly an iFollow experience for the foreseeable future

Football matches will remain strictly an iFollow experience for the foreseeable future

When it comes Saturday, I’m usually there with bells on – a band playing pre-match, you mingle with visiting fans because there’s no segregation, and get so close to the action that you have to chicane around the dugouts.

But for the foreseeable future, football will remain strictly an iFollow experience for me, as it did for our League One match against Crewe on Tuesday.

Although not on my large TV. However I might try during these most unusual years, I have yet to master the technology.

I am now aware of a callback ‘1471’ on my phone, but streaming from one device to another? Well, that’s a bit beyond me.

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