THOUSANDS of Oxford United face masks are being sent to season ticket holders and NHS workers.

The football club has worked with Thai brewery Singha to make 10,000 washable fabric masks that have the U’s logo printed on.

The masks are due to arrive next week and will be shared for free to fans over the age of 55, Oxford City Council and NHS trusts.

Sporting a mask himself, the chairman of the club, Sumrith ‘Tiger’ Thanakarnjanasuth, said that players and their families would also be given one of the limited edition white masks – which cover the nose and chin and have elastic to loop round the ears.

He said: “Everyone at the club has been working so hard to help the local community and, although I am further away, I wanted to play my part as well, as do all of the board.

“We want to help our fans but also help the NHS and some great causes around Oxfordshire so we will be sending them to our older supporters and to our staff, players and their families and also delivering them to the NHS and working with the local council to make sure they go to the right people.”

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He added: “I want to thank the staff who have volunteered to help distribute the masks, but most of all I want to thank the NHS staff and the key workers across Oxford and Oxfordshire who are doing such amazing work.

“We hope that the masks help you do that safely.

“The masks will help, but the safest way for all fans to stay safe right now remains the same: stay at home a Save lives.”

Under government guidelines people are allowed to leave their homes under a list of restricted purposes like getting exercise and going shopping. Oxford United players have helped spread the message, donning their strip and filming themselves asking fans to "stay at home, save lives and stay united".