What date will we be back watching live football at SJP Thread.

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tonykellowfan

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Having had a lengthy chat with my old man over the weekend (retired academic who worked on viruses) the UK and more widely, the European situation does not currently look good. Infections are increasing at a very fast rate, this fact does not seem to have penetrated into the population. The government is desperate to keep schools open and will therefore throw almost anything else under the bus to avoid having the close schools. This means that spectators at sports events in the UK is extremely unlikely for the foreseeable future. I would be very surprised if we get any fans back in stadiums this winter.
 

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Given how frit the Government is, February.

Of course the fact that no of cases, and hospital admissions in the South West and in Exeter specifically remain incredibly low won't be taken into account

More people died on the M5 at the weekend than from Covid in the South West in the whole of the last week.
The M5 remains open, St James Park remains shut
Well of course it's somewhat easier to socially distance in a car on the M5, rather than at SJP.

You are right of course the incidence of cases and hospital admissions is significantly lower in Devon than some other parts of the country. However to add some additional context, in early August the daily number of new cases in Devon was consistently in single figures. By early September the figures have increased to the 20's. Over the past week or so, the numbers appear to be in decline again, however that's probably due to the lack of testing availability and therefore new cases are not being picked up. Schools and Colleges are back and people are slowly drifting back to offices. It's also Fresher's week at the Uni and there will be an influx of 20k students into Exeter in the next couple of weeks. The weather will get colder in the coming weeks, forcing people indoors. All of this is why the Rule of Six was introduced.

I don'think it's surprising that the spectators at sport test events have been cancelled, although I find it bitterly disappointing. The Government's priority is keeping schools open. The real answer of course to the OP is that no one knows. It will depend on what happens in the coming weeks and months with both cases and hospital admissions.
 

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May be a good shout Billy with this fear struck, panic driven government
Which is why any club without money set aside for a rainy day will be in serious trouble. Gloomy outlook maybe but imo we need to expect the worst but hope for the best.
 
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We should have enough cash to get us through this thanks to our brilliant academy and development of young players.
We've had an unbudgeted cash windfall of over £4m. If we cannot survive this crisis, then the vast majority of lower league Clubs will go pop, and football as we know it is dead.
 

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People often talk about lost revenue when things are not going to plan, they conveniently forget about the costs normally incurred, what is the lost profit on an average matchday, anyone know a rough net profit figure on a crowd of 4.5k ?
 

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Football wont be dead, clubs will convert back to being semi professional with players having to have jobs on the side like the old days.
 
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