• Rory Kuypers

One step closer for Wealdstone fans being back at the Vale

WEALDSTONE Football Club have increased their spectator capacity to 1,932, while allowing home and away fans to freely roam around the stands without restrictions.

This comes after the barrier collapse at their ground earlier in the year which resulted in the club have to play home matches behind closed doors.

The club said in a statement: "Following further discussion with the local council, the capacity has been increased again, there are no longer restrictions requiring you to remain in one place for the duration of the game.".

This means they were able to welcome a few more fans at the Vale for Wealdstone’s game against Chesterfield on April 9.

The reduced capacity is mainly made up of season ticket holders at the ground that can normally facilitate up to 3,200 fans.

As we reported last month, the club had been forced to play home matches behind closed doors as a result of the pitch perimeter barrier failing in Wealdstone’s loss back In February to Wrexham.

They played one game behind closed doors, but were then allowed on March 10 to permit 1,185 fans back in after initial repairs had been carried out.

Hillingdon Council said in a statement to The Hillingdon Herald on Friday April 1: “The club’s management is responsible for maintaining safety measures at the ground, for both their players and spectators. We are pleased that they have taken the necessary steps to install new barriers which are stronger and will provide crowds with a safer environment to enjoy the sport.”.

“We received the barrier inspection report last week and have carried out a full inspection ourselves. We are satisfied that the new barriers are compliant and will review the capacity allowance and amend the prohibition notice accordingly.”

The repairs were said to the cost ‘at least a five-figure sum’. Wealdstone’s directors released a statement saying: “We apologise sincerely to our supporters and to the away fans for the inconvenience; we have been working hard to try resolve the situation.”

We will update this situation on our website when more details emerge.


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