Boost for Bowerfold as fans get go ahead to attend

FANS will be back at Bower Fold on Saturday (Aug 22) as Stalybridge Celtic host West Didsbury and Chorlton in a pre-season friendly.

Fans will be welcomed back at Bowerfold this weekend. Credit West Didsbury AFC

But with capacity limited to 300, the message is get to the ground early to avoid the disappointment of possibly being locked out.

Celtic are anticipating considerable interest as this will be the first game since March when fans will be able to watch the team.

“It will be first come, first served and when we reach 300 fans the turnstiles will shut so arrive early,” explained secretary Andrew Betts.

“We have been working to have fans back for some time and, luckily, most of our remaining friendlies are at home.”

The Government this week gave the go ahead for steps three (Northern Premier League) to six to have a phased return of spectators, starting on Saturday.

From Saturday and until August 30, NPL clubs will be able to admit 15 per cent of the minimum ground grading capacity at that level.

In the case of NPL clubs that is 15 per cent of 1,950, though Celtic’s ground capacity is listed at 6,500.

Clubs must play at least one pre-season or competitive fixture at this level before being permitted to move on to stage two.

From August 31, Celtic and other NPL clubs will be able to admit 30 per cent of 1,950 which will enable them to accommodate up to 600 fans.

The phased and limited return of spectators at these levels will be kept under constant review in line with the UK Government’s guidelines and will be amended accordingly as required.


This week’s announcement followed discussions between the Football Association, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Sports Grounds Safety Authority and the leagues.

  • Celtic fans will have two further chances to watch their team at Bower Fold as they host Ramsbottom United on Tuesday (Aug 25) and AFC Liverpool on Saturday, August 29.


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