Boris Johnson set for announcement that could change the face of Sheffield Wednesday's pre-season

Football and indeed wider society are waiting on the next announcement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson as to the country’s continued efforts to climb out of the coronavirus crisis.

Monday, 24th May 2021, 12:24 pm

A further round of restrictions are scheduled to be lifted on June 21 as per the Government’s road map set out back in February.

Though there have been minor alterations along the way, so far these stages have been met, despite mounting concern over the threat of new variants.

Matches across the country, including at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane over the weekend, have seen supporters return in a staged process in recent weeks.

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Sheffield Wednesday supporters could be allowed back into grounds in time for pre-season.

And as reported in the Telegraph this morning [Monday], Johnson is this week poised to make an announcement that restrictions at football stadiums will be lifted as planned on June 21.

If it were to go ahead, the news would allow Wednesday fans in stadiums in time for the club’s pre-season programme, which is yet to be outlined. It would also likely see the return of away supporters.

Owls supporters have not been allowed in grounds since their away defeat at Brentford on March 7 2019. The last time fans were in Hillsborough was an FA Cup defeat to Manchester City three days earlier.

On the club’s pre-season plans, manager Darren Moore said last week:

“Things have been finalised, and probably the next time I come to address the fans I can be more clear and concise in terms of where we’re going and the games.

“There are teams, the games are there, and we have a scheduled and structure for the preseason. I’ve just got to pen them in really.”

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