We now know our opponents in the play-off semi-final on Saturday and the lucky ones have secured their tickets to be inside Plainmoor for one of the biggest matches in the club’s recent history.
We have seen this past weekend what an impact a noisy, supportive home crowd can have and TUST calls on all those present on Saturday to provide a positive vibe and loud support for our beloved team.
Unfortunately, the crowd at the last home game against Barnet were rather subdued, probably because of nervous tension around the fixture and one couldn’t help feeling this was reflected on the pitch.
We now have the opportunity to get fully behind the team on Saturday and cheer them on to the final at Bristol the following Sunday. A vibrant, positive crowd really can be Gary’s 12th Man.
To help us provide this atmosphere TUST has asked the club to consider the following steps:
Relaxation of the mandatory requirement for face masks.
We have all seen how many fans at games elsewhere have chosen not to wear masks which enables them to offer the all-important vocal support. Our understanding is that there is no statutory requirement to do so at outdoor sporting events as set out in the Government’s guidance for the return of spectators to elite sport and confirmed by the national SAG office. The club and the local Safety Advisory Group have some discretion in the matter. With the low incidence of Covid in Torbay, temperature testing upon entry to the stadium and social distancing within, we would ask the club to consider relaxation of the requirement for masks.
Drum up support
Allow drums and other appropriate instruments in to the stadium.
Pump up the volume!
Play suitably stirring music at high volume in the build up to the game, hiring a louder PA system if necessary. The players use this technique to get themselves fired up for the challenge so why not the crowd?