United manager Gary Johnson took time out of the team’s preparations for Saturday’s season opener against Stockport County to share his enthusiasm for football returning to Plainmoor, albeit with the significant difference that there will be no fans there to support the team.

“We’ve waited a long time for this moment, of football again at Plainmoor,” said Gary after training today. “As I’ve said many times before – gutted that the spectators are not in the stadium. However, we know that most of them will be watching, and we will do all we can to give our supporters pleasurable viewing.

“It’s a tough game – Stockport are bookies favourites because they’ve made some big signings in the summer. We’ll need to be right on our game to get a result.

“Training has gone well this week and I know the players themselves can’t wait to get back into competitive football.”

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