Northampton Town have welcomed news they can begin to allow fans into games, and have confirmed details of their plans to start doing so over December.

The news came after the county of Northamptonshire as a whole was placed into tier 2 under the UK’s covid restrictions, which will allow up to 2,000 supporters into games.

Fans that will be let in will be the first to see Northampton play in person since March, when just over 5,600 fans attended a match against Mansfield Town the week before UK football stopped due to the coronavirus crisis.

Northampton Town have confirmed that they will first hold a pilot event to ensure the safety of bringing their fans back, and that this will mean around 1,000 season ticket holders will be admitted for the game on December 5th against Doncaster Rovers, with a full 2,000 crowd for the following home game against Lincoln City two weeks later.

The club said, “Northampton Town Football Club are delighted that, following the latest Government announcement, we will be able to welcome season ticket holders back to matches after the latest national lockdown ends on Wednesday December 2nd.

“The news comes as a huge boost to both the club and our loyal season ticket holders, and we cannot wait to see you again!

“We understand supporters will have many questions and while of course all of these plans remain subject to change in line with any changes in Government restrictions at any time, we have planned for the return of season ticket holders as follows.

“In accordance with regulations from the Safety Advisory Group, the club are required to stage a pilot event with around 1,000 season ticket holders in attendance and that pilot event will be our first home fixture after the end of lockdown, the Sky Bet League 1 fixture with Doncaster Rovers on Saturday December 5th.

“The club will conduct a ballot to determine which season ticket holders can attend the Doncaster game, and any season ticket holder not selected to attend the pilot game, will be able to attend the following home game, against Lincoln City on Saturday December 19th. We will be contacting season ticket holders to advise in the coming days, and if you have been chosen to attend the pilot at the Doncaster Rovers game, we will have been in touch before noon on Wednesday December 2nd at the latest.

“Northampton is currently in tier 2 of Government restrictions and while we understand this will be reviewed every two weeks, under tier 2 regulations, we anticipate each season ticket holder being able to attend two out of every three home league games.

“We cannot begin to tell you how happy we are to be able to welcome you back to the PTS Academy Stadium. While we are still having to operate within carefully controlled conditions, these are huge steps forward. In the meantime, to hasten the day when we can welcome all supporters and season ticket holders back to all matches, please continue to follow the latest Government guidelines and let’s all work to keep the infection rates as low as possible. With that in mind, a spectators Covid code of conduct for attending matches at the PTS Academy Stadium will be published ahead of the games.

“For as long as matches are played with reduced capacities, iFollow will remain an option for season ticket holders who are not attending. So, if a season ticket holder makes a personal decision not to attend, for as long as the limited capacity restrictions are in place, the season ticket holder can watch the games on iFollow. The service will only stop when capacity restrictions are lifted.

“Thank you again for your support and we cannot wait to see you soon!”