Evatt: A Great Opportunity To Pay Our Respects

Ian Evatt will welcome the chance for Wanderers and football to pay their respects and show their appreciation for the life of The Queen when football resumes on Tuesday night.

Following the postponement of all football fixtures last weekend in the aftermath of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the EFL has confirmed that the schedule will return from tomorrow night.

The Whites play at MK Dons and Evatt says his team will be ready to play and pay tribute to Her late Majesty.

“That’s our job and that’s what we’re paid to do. We’re ready and fully focused for tomorrow night,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“It’s a great opportunity for us, as a football club, to pay our respects to The Queen.”

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Evatt was not surprised to see last Saturday’s fixtures called off as he was preparing his team to go to Cheltenham Town.

And he's glad football will now be able to follow the likes of Test cricket and Formula One in a public show of respect for Queen Elizabeth II.  

“I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer. I think it was a really difficult decision for the authorities,” Evatt added.

“What I would have liked to have probably happened is that all sports are in or they’re not.

“It would have been nice for everybody to show their appreciation for someone who served our country so well.

“Whether you’re a fan of the monarchy or not – and everyone is entitled to their own opinion – what you must do is respect somebody who sacrificed so much for their people, their country and the Commonwealth for 70-odd years.

“It’s an incredible achievement and we will be very respectful on Tuesday.

“It’s a great opportunity for football to show an outpouring of love and appreciation.”

The EFL has confirmed that a minute’s silence will be held before Tuesday night’s matches, with black armbands to be worn by participants, flags to be flown at half-mast and the National Anthem to be played in stadiums.

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