Oxford United boss Karl Robinson meets NHS staff, Rochdale’s Robbie Stockdale and Eoghan O’Connell welcome fans of the military veterans while Neil Warnock is back to sign pictures of himself! How EFL clubs helped launch the new season
- Fans were invited to meet managers and players from various EFL clubs
- Karl Robinson welcomed fans who have worked for the NHS
- Billy Sharp was on hand to meet the Rainbow Blades supporters group
- An Ipswich Town fan got his season ticket from manager Paul Cook
- Rochdale’s Robbie Stockdale and Eoghan O’Connell also met fans
Fans across the country were invited on Tuesday to meet managers and players from various EFL clubs as part of the official launch of the 2021-2022 season.
The new season – which will host a packed crowd for the first time since March 2020 – kicks off this weekend as Bournemouth take on West Bromwich Albion in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday.
In celebration of the new season, fans were invited to meet Oxford United Manager Karl Robinson, Sheffield United Captain Billy Sharp, Reading Manager Veljko Paunovic and more.
Fans across the country were invited on Tuesday to meet managers and players from various EFL clubs as part of the official launch of the 2021-2022 season
Oxford United’s Karl Robinson welcomed fans who have worked for the NHS
The Oxford United Manager welcomed fans who have worked for the NHS during the pandemic.
While the Sheffield United Captain was on hand to meet the Rainbow Blades and Senior Blades supporter groups.
Rotherham United manager Paul Warne and captain Richard Wood were also invited to meet fans of their Disabled Supporters’ Association.
At the event, which took place across the country, Ipswich Town Manager Paul Cook and CEO Mark Ashton also surprised a young fan with Crohn’s disease.
While Rochdale’s manager Robbie Stockdale and captain Eoghan O’Connell were seen with fans of military veterans, walking footballers, Fit Dale and Dale Ladies among others.
Reading Manager, Veljko Paunovic, signs the first Young Royal of the summer
Billy Sharp was on hand to meet Rainbow Blades and Senior Blades supporter groups
Rochdale Manager, Robbie Stockdale and Captain, Eoghan O’Connell met fans from the likes of Military Veterans, Walking Footballers, Fit Dale and Dale Ladies
Rotherham United manager Paul Warne and captain Richard Wood met fans of their Disabled Supporters’ Association
Ipswich Town Fan, Mason, got his 2021-2022 season ticket from Manager Paul Cook
Trevor Birch, CEO of the EFL, said of the event: “It is fantastic to see our clubs welcoming some of their fans to their stadiums and training grounds today as part of the EFL’s season launch.
“In just a few days, thousands of supporters will be going through the turnstiles on the EFL grounds across the country as we embark on what will be another exciting, unpredictable and compelling EFL campaign.
“Supporters make our game special and nothing can replace the match day experience that returns in all its glory this weekend.
“Football has a unique ability to connect communities, bring people together, and it will be a day to remember when we welcome fans across the country safely.”