A NON-LEAGUE football club is planning to attract observant Jews to its games on Shabbat.
Salford City, which plays in the National League North, is situated in a densely populated Orthodox Jewish area in Kersal.
And, after the Jewish Telegraph suggested to co-owner Gary Neville that Salford’s Jewish fans could pay for a ticket before — or after — a Saturday game, the club is going to introduce a special system on its website.
Chairman Karen Baird told me: “We have a web designer working on a page on our website at the moment where Orthodox Jewish people can pay online and buy tickets in advance.
“I know there are a lot of Jewish people living in the area and that many of them would like to come and see us play.
“After the JT suggested it to Gary, we had a meeting and discussed the situation. It is all in-hand.”
Neville, who owns Salford with fellow Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, said: “Jewish people, if they cannot hand over money on their Sabbath, will be able to pay earlier in the week or even after the game.”
JT reader Tony Sheldon, who runs Salford’s club shop at its Moor Lane ground, said Orthodox Jewish fans often attend midweek games.
He explained: “Because there is an eruv around the ground, perhaps our Orthodox fans can carry a season ticket and hand a ticket over, without using cash.
“I know, though, that it is probably not, for some charedi leaders, in the ‘spirit of Shabbat’.”
Former England defender Neville, a Sky Sports pundit, is one of the names behind a £250 million redevelopment project in Jackson’s Row, Manchester city centre, which includes the demolition and reconstruction of the Manchester Reform Synagogue.