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Local fans go to the polls in coronavirus survey

By Liam Keen | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion fans have have welcomed the prospect of playing matches behind closed doors if it meant the season could be finished, according to an Express & Star poll.

Poll results are out

Fixtures across the Premier League and EFL have been suspended until April 30, extended from an initial ban until April 3, following the spiralling coronavirus pandemic in the UK.

The governing bodies have insisted they are intent on finishing this season, despite its future being thrown into doubt as the April 30 return could yet be extended further.

Baggies fans are eager to see the season completed as they aim for promotion back to the Premier League.

Of those that took part in the Express & Star survey, an overwhelming 75 per cent would welcome playing games behind closed doors to ensure that the season was completed.

In the same vein, 88 per cent said they would scrap this season’s and next season’s cup competitions to allow more time to finish the league.

Albion currently sit second in the Championship, one point behind leaders Leeds, and are on the verge of promotion with nine games left to play.

Meanwhile, of the 3,987 Wolves fans that took part in the Express & Star poll, a majority of 64 per cent believe the current league table should stand as the final table, if the season cannot be finished.

This means the club would finish sixth, above Sheffield United on goal difference, despite having played a game more than them.

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On that same question, 24 per cent preferred the season was deemed null and void, while 12 per cent voted Liverpool should be crowned champions but that no teams were relegated.

According to the poll results, Villa fans believe the current downtime without fixtures could prove beneficial for their players currently sidelined.

Tom Heaton and Wesley were both previously ruled out for the remainder of the season, while John McGinn hasn’t played since December. Sixty-nine per cent believe the delay in the season could help them as they battle to survive in the Premier League.

Walsall players have put on several memorable moments this season and of those that took part in the poll, 77 per cent of them insist their memories from the current League Two season would not be tarnished if this campaign could not be completed.

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Sports Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Sports journalist at the Express & Star, primarily covering Walsall FC and grassroots sport across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319456.

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