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Crowdfunding appeal prizes

Our Floodlight and other works Crowdfunding reward winners have been drawn. 
Prize 1- Norman Gilder wins a prize up to the cost of £10 from our club shop;
Prize 2- Rupert Baker wins Grandstand seating for 2 with HT/FT Boardroom Hospitality (when possible to ease restrictions and gain boardroom access);
Prize 3- Jon Kaushaar wins Grandstand seating for 2, with Boardroom Hospitality (again, when access is allowed) and officially select a Town Man of the Match award; and
Prize 4- Chris Noads wins a Club Shop surprise gift for up to £10, Grandstand seating for 2, with Boardroom Hospitality (subject to allowed access) and officially select a Town Man of the Match award.

Please contact ramismail65@gmail.com to arrange claiming your prize.

Well done all and many thanks for donating!

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Merstham v Town (26/9/20, 3pm) – match information

The Whisky Bible Stadium, Weldon Way, Merstham, Surrey RH1 3QB Tel: 01737 644046 Email: info@mersthamfc.com

Please note that, because of Covid-19 restrictions, particularly with regard to social distancing, there is no coach available for travelling Town supporters on this occasion; the club will keep the possibility of running coaches for away matches under regular review.

Road travel update: Please note Merstham FC have advised that Reigate Hill is closed and the M23(N) exit from the M25 is advised.

Merstham have a current Covid-19 precautions capacity of 600 (30% of full capacity) and have advised that away supporters are welcome. Tickets, which are NOT available in advance, can be bought at the turnstiles and Merstham asking that all supporters make cashless card payments, both at the turnstiles and at refreshment outlets inside the ground. Facemasks are required in the bar area and other enclosed spaces.

Merstham’s Covid-19 risk assessment can be found via: https://www.mersthamfc.com/ under the “Info” tab

Entry prices 2020/21: Adults – £10.00, Concessions – £6.00 (Over 60, Registered Disabled, Student Card Holders), Children 16 and under – £3.

Travelling supporters need to be fully aware that attendance at the match will be entirely at their own risk. You must follow government guidelines and self-diagnose before travelling. If you, or any of your household, are experiencing any symptoms which may be related to Covid-19, you should not travel, and you should follow NHS advice.

Following recent government announcements the newly launched NHS Covid-19 app arrangements are due to be in operation. The NHS Covid-19 app has a feature that allows users to quickly and easily ‘check in’ to a venue by scanning a displayed code at the venue. The information stays on the user’s phone. If there is an outbreak associated with a venue, a message will be sent to the relevant app users with the necessary public health advice. This will help to avoid the reintroduction of lockdown measures and support the country to return to, and maintain, a more normal way of life.

The app is for smartphones and for over 16s only. Alternative track and trace arrangements will be made on the day for those aged 16 and under and for those without smartphones. Further background information on the newly announced arrangements can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nhs-covid-19-app-launches-across-england-and-wales and specifically on downloading the app here: https://covid19.nhs.uk/

Any additional match arrangements notified will appear here as necessary

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Lee Chappell signs…… and so do a handful of more familiar names!

Town have signed experienced defender Lee Chappell, who has given extensive service to clubs such as Wealdstone, St Albans City and Royston Town, on occasion in a central midfield role. Andy Leese said “Lee is a player I know well. He will bring character, experience and a winning mentality to the group. Left back is a position we have needed to fill and we’ve done that with Lee”. Welcome, Lee!

In addition to the latest new face, the club can announce that additional, more familar, players from last season have committed to Town for the 2020-21 campaign. Lyle Della-Verde, Jon Muleba, Shaun Okojie, Scott Thomas and Sam Youngs have all put pen to paper, as the final pieces of the squad jigsaw for the imminent start of competitive action are pressed into place. Andy: “I’m really delighted to re-sign these players from last year; all great lads who need no introduction from me and who will give us stability and continuity at a time when we most need it.”

More recently, Sam Hatton has signed 20-21 league forms, as has former Towner Jared Small

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Floodlight appeal

The club are delighted to announce that the £11,830 raised by supporters during the recent Crowdfunding appeal has been contractually allocated towards a significant floodlight upgrading, a replacement drinks cooler system for the main clubhouse and it will also contribute healthily towards more general stadium maintenance over the coming months.

With the 2020-21 competitive campaign due to start later this month, this is timely good news following a period of activity-mothballing, balancing the books, and a good deal of recent work to ensure that the club is covid- precautions compliant on matchdays, with home friendlies against Chesham United and Welling United to come, followed by the first competitive match of the new season against Lewes on Saturday 19th September.  Many thanks are due to every single contributor – without whose help this work would never have got off the ground.

Speaking at a virtual meeting of Enfield Town Supporters Society members last night (3rd Septmber), Chairman Paul Reed said “It’s great news to be able to announce that, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Town supporters via the recent Crowdfunding appeal and a subsequent tender exercise, CU Phosco Lighting Ltd will be carrying out the identified necessary floodlight work in the coming weeks, and by next month (October) supporters should see a noticeable difference in terms of a much improved lux level which is suitable both for Step 3 and higher in the non-league pyramid. One bulb will be added to each pylon, all existing bulbs will be cleaned, and these works will contribute towards a 20% uplift in the overall matchday experience, including clearer match videos. 

“This accounts for approximately £9k of the generous donations received, with approximately £2k going towards the essential replacement of the Butler’s Bar draught drinks coolant system, and the remainder going towards essential ground maintenance such as painting, weeding and other refurbishments.  Many, many thanks to everyone who donated – we couldn’t have done any of this without you!”

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Peterborough Sports FA Cup tie

The Peterborough Sports v Enfield Town FA Cup First Qualifying Round match on Tuesday 22nd September (7.45pm) is open to spectators. The club has been notified that there are no advance ticketing arrangements but cash or contactless payment will be accepted at the turnstiles. Note: this has since been revised to cash only, correct money preferred.

Peterborough Sports FC
The Bee Arena

651 Lincoln Road

Peterborough
Cambridgeshire PE1 3HA

Adults £10

Conc >60 £7

Students with card £3

Children U13 free with paying adult

Turnstiles open 6.30

Because of Covid-19 restrictions, particularly with regard to social distancing, there is no coach available for travelling Town supporters on this occasion; the club will keep the possibility of running coaches for away matches under regular review.

The Peterborough Sports risk assessment documentation is on the home club’s website: https://pslfc.com/clubdocuments.aspx

All spectators need to be fully aware that attendance at the match will be entirely at their own risk. You must follow government guidelines and self-diagnose before travelling. If you, or any of your household, are experiencing any symptoms which may be related to Covid-19 (eg high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), you should not travel, and you should follow NHS advice.

Spectators are advised to download “evePASS”, an electronic track and trace system, which has been in use for a couple of Town’s away pre-season friendlies, and check in can be done using a mobile device. Your data is encrypted, secure and protected against misuse.  Manual recording for track and trace will be used if there are any issues with the technology.

For more information please go to:
https://evepass.app/#download-app where you can register with evePASS, download the app and obtain information on how to use QR Codes.

If we are notified of any further instructions in relation to match arrangements, any additional information will appear here as soon as it becomes available.

UPDATE: Stewards will be on site at the Bee Arena to guide cars to the limited parking available. Supporters are advised to use the Surgery End of the Bee Arena. On arrival, in addition to Peterborough Sports collecting track and trace information, temperatures will be taken, and hand sanitizers will be available. Masks are optional, but advisable. A bar and a separate food outlet will be open.

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Town v Lewes: Covid-19 precautions video; tickets now sold out

The Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division match between Enfield Town and Lewes at the QEII Stadium (Saturday 19th September, 3pm) has now sold out. Please do not arrive at the match without a ticket.

The club have put together a short video, which all supporters coming to the game should view, please, as it contains important safety information. Note: The main clubhouse including Butler’s Bar will NOT be open for the time being as the club continue to aim to ease restrictions incrementally.

Enfield Town FC Covid-precautions video

Please also read our recently published information about covid precautions and matchday facilities: https://etfc.london/town-v-lewes-important-information

All spectators need to be fully aware that attendance at the match will be entirely at their own risk. You must follow government guidelines and self-diagnose before travelling to the QEII Stadium. If you, or any of your household, are experiencing any symptoms which may be related to Covid-19 (eg high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), you should not travel, and you should follow NHS advice.

Matchday programmes are available here: https://shop.etfc.london/product/2020-09-18-enfield-town-v-lewes-match-day-programme

PLEASE BE PATIENT AS WE MAKE ONGOING IMPROVEMENTS INCREMENTALLY AND, ABOVE ALL, PLEASE COMPLY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES AND ALL OF OUR ADVICE!

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Town v Lewes IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Following the Covid-19 precautions pilot fixture v Enfield Borough earlier this week, the club’s board have discussed what went well and where improvements should be made.  Before the first competitive fixture of the 2020-21 season against Lewes at the QEII Stadium on Saturday (19th September), supporters are urged to digest the following, in order to help establish, mutually, the safest possible environment for this and subsequent home fixtures.

Tickets

There will be a strictly limited attendance capacity for this match. Please note:

* you are strongly advised to book your ticket online via https://shop.etfc.london/events as soon as possible as there are very few tickets left;
* there will be an announcement once the capacity has been reached and there are no more tickets available;
* there will be no admission on the day without a valid ticket. Please arrive as early as possible in order to allow sufficient time for your temperature to be taken and your ticket to be scanned. Please be patient if there is a queue.

As the season progresses, it is hoped that the club will be able to increase the capacity for subsequent matches. As advised elsewhere, upon booking an e-ticket you will be issued with a QR code for scanning at the turnstiles to help facilitate track and trace procedures.

Precautions
The club has been working hard to get all the necessary safety measures in place, including a comprehensive Covid-19 risk assessment and signage at the QEII Stadium. Nevertheless, all spectators need to be fully aware that attendance at the match will be entirely at their own risk. You must follow government guidelines and self-diagnose before travelling to the QEII Stadium. If you, or any of your household, are experiencing any symptoms which may be related to Covid-19 (eg high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), you should not travel, and you should follow NHS advice.

At the match

At the stadium you agree to respect others, abide with social distancing guidelines and measures that the club have put in place, and follow all advice given by stewards. This is particularly important as the club considers the possibility of increased numbers at future matches, which will be dependent to the overall success of the staging of matches incrementally.

Please remember that the matchday experience at the QEII Stadium will not be as supporters will remember from last season.  Following queuing in a socially distanced manner, you will have your temperature taken up on entry, and you should listen to and act upon all advice before, during and after the match from stewards, club officials and via tannoy announcements, as the club looks to do the right thing, with the safety of all in mind. 

Please come prepared for inclement weather as there will be strict adherence to maintaining social distancing under the limited cover at the ground. There will be no hard copy programmes (e-versions will be available to buy online – or sent direct to #GoToTown subscribers as usual – shortly), and no golden goal or 50:50 tickets for the time being.

PLEASE ABIDE BY SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES!

Facilities

The main stand, Butler’s Bar and the club shop will remain closed for the time being. There will, however, be an external bar facility in front of the main stand, and Food Lovers Delight will be providing catering on a trial basis. Please ensure that you queue in an orderly fashion, maintaining social distancing, and that you come prepared to pay via a contactless card.

There will be strictly limited seating in the north stand (opposite the main clubhouse) and, to ensure effective social distancing, seats that should not be used will be clearly marked.  Standing will be possible behind both goals but, again, with a significantly reduced capacity – with yellow markers for indicative standing positions on the steps only.  Around the perimeter of the pitch, there will be social distancing markers on fence panels for ease of standing two metres apart.  Parts of the ground will be subject to one-way systems for additional safety. Toilets will be subject to one-in, one-out measures. Please come equipped with a mask for enclosed spaces.

All these measures will be subject to ongoing review. Should there be any changes to match arrangements they will be announced as soon as possible.

Help
The club needs the help of every spectator in order to make the staging of home matches as safe as possible for everyone who attends at the QEII Stadium. 

PLEASE BE PATIENT AS WE MAKE ONGOING IMPROVEMENTS INCREMENTALLY AND, ABOVE ALL, PLEASE COMPLY WITH ALL OF OUR ADVICE!

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Town drawn away in FA Cup: Peterborough Sports

Town have an early season midweek trip to Southern League Premier Central Peterborough Sports in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup on Tuesday 22nd September (7.45pm).

At the time of the league’s March abandonment triggered by the pandemic, Sports were at the top of the table with 65 points from 33 matches.

If this match ends all-square after 90 minutes, it will go straight to extra time and, if necessary, penalties.

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Enfield Borough and Lewes match tickets: public availability

The club recently confirmed that the home friendly against Enfield Borough on Tuesday 15th September (7.45pm) would take place as a Covid-19 precautions ‘pilot’ fixture open to a strictly limited number of spectators. Subject to the experience of staging this fixture, and taking account of lessons learned, it is hoped to ease spectator restrictions for the home Isthmian League Premier Division match against Lewes on Saturday 19th September (3pm).

For the Enfield Borough “pilot” friendly and the Lewes league match:

An initial tranche of tickets has been made available, for a limited period, to Enfield Town FC Supporters Society members. For the Lewes match, 2020-21 season ticket holders are being contacted separately about their specific arrangements. Match tickets are now available for both games via online general public sale at: https://shop.etfc.london/events

For Enfield Borough, entry is £5 for all, except that one accompanied (and supervised) child (under 16) can be admitted with a full ticket holder for £1. Although a “mixed” squad match, Andy Leese has confirmed that Charles Brown, Sam Hatton, Jon Muleba and Lewis Taaffe are likely to feature in this friendly fixture.

For Lewes, entry is £11 adults, £7 concessions (over 65’s and students under 21) and £1 children (under 16). In view of the need for the club to take full account of the experience of staging the Enfield Borough pilot game, there may need to be a freeze on Lewes ticket availability after a few days of initial sale. If this is the case, further announcements on ticketing will be made as soon as possible in the days leading up to the match.

Match ticket applicants will be issued with a digital (quick response code) e-ticket which can be swiped at the gate on a mobile phone or be printed out for entry. Please note that an invoice will also be forwarded; this is not your ticket. If there are any issues with e-ticket delivery, please check your spam folders before e-mailing webteam@etfc.london

The club have taken a number of comprehensive precautions to make the QEII Stadium safe, particularly with regard to social distancing. Nevertheless all spectators need to be fully aware that attendance at the match will be entirely at their own risk. You must follow government guidelines and self-diagnose before travelling to the QEII Stadium. If you, or any of your household, are experiencing any symptoms which may be related to Covid-19, you should not travel and you should follow NHS advice. At the Stadium you agree to respect others, abide with social distancing guidelines and measures that the club have put in place, and follow all advice given by ETFC stewards. This is particularly important as the club considers the possibility of increased numbers at future matches.

Please remember that the matchday experience at the QEII Stadium will not be as our supporters will remember!  Following queuing in a socially distanced manner, you will have your temperature taken up on entry, you should listen to and act upon all advice before, during and after the match from stewards, club officials and via any tannoy announcements, as the club looks to do the right thing, incrementally, with the safety of all in mind. 

Matchday facilities

To ensure effective social distancing, seats that should not be used in either north or south stands (if either are open) will be clearly marked.  Standing will be possible behind both goals but, again, with a significantly reduced capacity – with yellow markers for indicative standing positions on the steps.  Around the perimeter of the pitch, there will be social distancing markers on fence panels for ease of standing two metres apart.  

For the Enfield Borough match, Butler’s Bar, the club shop, and the usual external catering wagon will be closed. There will be no programmes, no golden goal and no 50:50 tickets.  These arrangements will be subject to review for subsequent matches in light of the experience of staging of the Enfield Borough game.  It is likely that e-programmes (but no hard copy for the time being at least) will be available for the Lewes match onwards.

Parts of the ground will be subject to one-way systems for additional safety. Toilets will be subject to one-in, one-out measures. Please come dressed for inclement weather as there will be strict adherence to maintaining social distancing under the limited cover at the ground.

Many thanks to all who have volunteered for stewarding and other roles on matchdays.

Should there be any changes to these arrangements they will be announced as soon as possible, as will any specific changes for the Lewes match in the light of the earlier pilot fixture.

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Enfield Borough friendly arranged: 15th September

Following the recent precaution of cancelling the scheduled pre-season home friendlies against Chesham United and Welling United, the club have arranged a home friendly against Enfield Borough FC for Tuesday 15th September (7.45pm).  This match will be a wider Town squad fixture, with standard entry at £5 and U16s accompanying a standard ticketholder at £1. Society members will have the opportunity to apply for online tickets for a short period over the next day or so, before they go on general public sale (announcements to follow in due course).

This match will not involve the members of Town’s first team squad who are self-isolating following the emergence of a recent case of a positive Covid-19 test. It is likely, however, to include a number of other senior squad players supplemented by some promising Under 18s, as Andy Leese and his management team seek to make their final touches to the squad before our first competitive fixture against Lewes, again at the QEII Stadium, on 19th September.  Ticket arrangements for the Lewes match will also be announced shortly.

As mentioned at the recent virtual Society members’ meeting, the club have taken a number of comprehensive precautions to make the QEII Stadium safe, particularly with regard to social distancing.  In view of the tightening of social distancing measures announced by the government recently, Butler’s Bar will remain closed. All spectators need to be fully aware that attendance at the match will be entirely at their own risk. You must follow government guidelines and self-diagnose before travelling to the QEII Stadium. If you, or any of your household, are experiencing any symptoms which may be related to Covid-19, you should not travel and should follow NHS advice. At the Stadium you agree to respect others, abide with social distancing guidelines and measures that the club have put in place, and follow all advice given by ETFC stewards. This is very important as the club considers increasing numbers at future matches.

The Enfield Borough friendly will now serve as the club’s necessary Covid-19 precautions “pilot” fixture, and lessons from the experience will be taken fully on board for the Lewes league fixture the following Saturday.

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