The financial and emotional cost to Peterborough United of a Boxing Day postponement

Peterborough United will be without a Boxing Day game for the second year in succession.

Covid has caused the postponement of Boxing Day football at Posh.
Covid has caused the postponement of Boxing Day football at Posh.

Last season Posh called off their entire festive programme after a spike in Covid cases at London Road.

Reading’s request to postpone the trip to Posh because of positive Covid tests is a blow for the club coffers.

“We’ll lose £80k for the game being called off,” Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony said. “But there’ an emotional loss as well as a financial loss.

“The Boxing Day game is one of the highlights of the season and families often come together to watch.

“My own family was coming to a game for the first time in two years.”

Posh were due to play at Gillingham on Boxing Day last season.