Delia & Michael will watch City games at home to show solidarity with supporters
PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 June 2020
Majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones won’t be attending Norwich City’s upcoming matches, to show their solidarity with supporters watching the Canaries’ remaining fixtures from home.
Smith and Wynn Jones could have attended matches should they have wished, despite suggestions that their age would prevent them from doing so.
With Smith aged 78 and Wynn Jones 81, both fall into the vulnerable category outlined by the government’s guidelines.
However, under new Premier League protocols, each club will be given 10 tickets for members of the board and executives within clubs.
Despite City’s owners being permitted to watch games behind closed doors at Carrow Road, both have declined and will watch the remaining fixtures this season at home. The Canaries owners are renowned for their loyalty, and are avid watchers of City both at Carrow Road and away from home.
City resume their Premier League campaign this Friday at home to Southampton - with Daniel Farke’s squad looking to stage a great escape.
The last round of matches to be played in the top flight took place in March, with City’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United the last time they played competitively.
Smith and Wynn Jones are said to be eager to return to their seats inside the directors box at Carrow Road - but will wait until supporters can also return to the terraces as well.
They will also be absent for the Canaries’ first FA Cup quarter-final in 28 years against Manchester United - with City looking to advance to the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since 1992.
City did record a positive test for coronavirus over the weekend, with the unnamed player in question undergoing a seven day period of self-isolation. He must test negative before returning to training.
The player was one of two positive cases from 1,200 tests and played in City’s friendly with Spurs on Friday.
Players from either club who may have come in contact with the player will not have to self-isolate, as they are not deemed to have been in contact for long enough, according to government advice.