Harrow Borough FC have welcomed news that lower league teams will be allowed to play in front of fans again.

The club's chairman Peter Rogers was delighted when Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sport Nigel Huddleston MP announced that football clubs at the seventh tier and below of English football are to be allowed to reopen their matches for paying spectators, acknowledging that crowds at this level are relatively modest.

The news came after a nationwide campaign headed up by former Ministers Tracey Couch (Lab) and Cheryl Gillan (Cons).

Borough Chair Peter Rogers said: "We pride ourselves on the friendly welcome that we offer at Harrow Borough, and now look forward keenly to both our regular fans returning and first-time visitors coming along to our games."

Extensive arrangements and protocols regarding Covid security for both players and spectators, in keeping with government guidance, have been put in place by the South Harrow club over recent weeks in the anticipation and hope of this happening.

Borough now await the Southern League Premier South's fixtures being published on Friday, with the league programme commencing on Saturday September 19.

The club views this as an opportunity, as clubs above them in the football pyramid remain restricted to 'behind closed doors' action. So, for the first few weeks of the season at least - and maybe longer if Football League grounds reopen but only with attendance numbers restricted - football fans in Harrow who might normally travel into London or elsewhere to see a live game will have the chance to see good quality action on their doorsteps instead.