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An appeal from the CEO ahead of Tuesday’s game

A message from Joe Palmer

29 October 2020

Our Chief Executive has issued the following message to our supporters ahead of Wimbledon’s first match back at Plough Lane.

Joe Palmer said: “The club has become aware that there are some fans planning to congregate outside Plough Lane next Tuesday when we officially play our first game there. It is imperative that this doesn't happen and we urge you, as strongly as we can, to stay at home. Your presence could lead to severe repercussions for the club and cast a shadow over what should be an historic occasion.

“Any gathering outside the ground will trigger a security and safety response. This could result in us losing our safety certificate - the licence which allows matches to be played at the stadium. It would be disastrous for all concerned if that were to happen, especially as we have struggled for so long to make our return home a reality.

“Naturally, all of us have dreamt about this moment and seeing our new home packed to capacity was an integral part of what we imagined. We know you want to be there. We all feel the same way, but it is imperative that fans respect not just the Covid-19 protocols set by the government, but the need for the club to show its council and community that it can host matches responsibly.

“So much has gone into making this dream a reality and we’ve all given everything to get here. Please, let's not trip up at the finishing line. We will be confirming a project to help bring that first event into your homes, so please, stay at home and enjoy the moment with your friends and family.”

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