Non-league Gainsborough Trinity allow football fans in stadium after five months

Football supporters have been allowed back into stadiums in non league for the first time in five months.

The move comes after Government released new guidance which allows clubs in the seventh tier and lower to allow some fans back in, in a socially distant manner.

The turnstile's have reopened at Gainsborough Trinity Credit: Editorial

More than 200 spectators watched Gainsborough Trinity's preseason friendly against Workington AFC at The Northolme on Saturday afternoon.

Fans stood two metres apart, with six members from the same household allowed in a social bubble.

Having supporters back through the door is the financial lifeline clubs at non league level desperately need.

With debts of £20,000 Gainsborough Trinity are grateful for any income.

The uncertainty off the pitch has also been felt on it as players and staff didn't know if or when they'd play again.

Despite fans coming back in clubs are still faced with a huge financial burden. Bradford Park Avenue's Adam Nowakowski has offered to play the upcoming season for just £1 a week.

Adam Nowakowsi will play for just £1 a week Credit: Editorial

Watching football socially distanced isn't what fans are used too but they're just glad to be back.

Seeing fans return is a small step in the quest of the old normal but it's a giant step in securing the future of non league clubs.