Northern Ireland legend Gerry Armstrong fears the famous Windsor Park roar could disappear this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Although football is returning, it is being played without supporters in attendance and it's unclear when Windsor Park will once again be bouncing on an international night with more than 18,000 following the action.
Northern Ireland's next scheduled fixtures are Nations League games in Romania on Friday, September 4 and then home to Norway the following Monday.
The Euro play-off semi-final with Bosnia-Herzegovina could also be fitted into the autumn schedule, with a final between Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland still possible at Windsor Park.
But the Covid-19 pandemic has left everything up in the air and the Irish FA expect to learn more from Uefa on June 17.
It's unclear whether the international programme will resume in September and there are understandable fears Northern Ireland fans could be left frozen out of Windsor for health reasons.
1982 World Cup hero Armstrong said: "I doubt whether we could get a full house at Windsor. Fans will be cautious and I would be very surprised if we had any games in September in front of a big crowd at Windsor.
"The games may not even go ahead but I would put a cap on the attendance and perhaps only allow 10,000 rather than 18,000 to attend. That may be worth looking at, it's difficult to make decisions like that but we are living in difficult times.
"I don't want to imagine a Northern Ireland game without fans at Windsor Park but I can see it happening. You are talking just over three months away.
"I think we are right to worry because we have never experienced anything like this before. In my opinion you need to be careful and it's better to be safe than sorry."
Armstrong added: “I’m fully supportive of people going back to work and playing sport again but it needs to be done correctly.”
While we haven’t heard the fans in full voice yet, the sound of sport has returned and it’s sweet music to our ears after several weeks of lockdown.
News that the Premier League is set to restart on June 17 lifts spirits further but Armstrong is looking to the future with cautious optimism.
“Behind closed doors is not ideal, the atmosphere is non-existent but it’s a start and we have to accept the circumstances we find ourselves in,” he added.
“It’s a start and hopefully we can build on that.
“I just don’t want us to get too cocky because we are not through this yet.
“Let’s see if football can return without too many problems.
“In Majorca they have opened bars and restaurants with half capacity as their way of feeling their way back. We may reach a stage where we have to play games in front of reduced crowds.
“If it works you can build things up over time. Nothing should be rushed, it should be a gradual return to normality.
“We can’t put people’s lives at risk.”
The former Spurs frontman, who won 63 caps, has been entertaining supporters through his Facebook Live show on Thursday evenings, featuring a host of other Northern Ireland legends including Jimmy Nicholl, Sammy McIlroy, Pat Jennings, Martin O’Neill and Billy Hamilton.
It’s light relief from the boredom of lockdown, while Gerry’s 20-year-old daughter Caitlin is home from Glasgow University and working part-time as a care assistant in a care home in Dunmurry.
Until we are back in stadiums watching football matches again, it won’t feel like our lives are back to normal.
“I’m generally an optimistic person but I’m not sure football will be back with crowds this year,” he added.
“A lot depends on what happens in the next six weeks.
“It’s about moving forward cautiously.”