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Spearing: Happy To Play Our Part

Skipper Gets On The Phone And Speaks To Supporters

28 March 2020

Jay Spearing has emphasised the importance of stepping up and supporting the fan-base during the current Coronavirus pandemic.

The skipper joined CEO Ben Mansford, Head Coach Neil Critchley and team-mates Chris Maxwell and Liam Feeney in making phone calls to supporters stuck at home and self-isolating yesterday, with more calls planned in the days and weeks ahead.

“The fans have been fantastic in supporting us all year round and it’s important that we show that same support back, especially in times like this,” Spearing said.

“We understand how tough it will be during this period of isolation and want to make sure that people are coping well and keeping their spirits up.

“It’s been nice to chat to the supporters I’ve spoken to, and I know they’re all looking forward to being back at Bloomfield Road and cheering the lads on in the future.”

As well as the phone calls, some of the players have also challenged fans to a game of FIFA 20 online, with eight-year-old season ticket holder Luca playing against Marc Bola on Friday. Ben Heneghan and Matty Virtue have demonstrated exercises to get involved in at home, while key health messaging during this Coronavirus pandemic has also been emphasised by the players.

“The level of energy from the players to do their bit and to speak to people – whether it’s a call, to play FIFA against them or just put out some content – has been great,” CEO Ben Mansford said.

“It’s incumbent on us to do it and I’m delighted that we’ve got a set of staff and a set of players that truly appreciate that and actively want to play their part.”  


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