Pompey chief holds out hope over delayed Wembley trip
Tuesday, 5th Jan 2021 22:17 by pompey-fans.com
Mark Catlin remains hopeful Pompey will get to play their EFL Trophy final against Salford - possibly with some fans in attendance.
Pompey's chief executive stressed that the fate of last season's final - which was postponed last spring after the first national lockdown - was completely out of the club's hands.
More than 50,000 Pompey fans have bought tickets for the final and there is no sign at present of any refund scheme.
Catlin told The News he expected the 2020 final to be played before the 2021 final - which is still another Wembley showpiece that Pompey may be involved in.
He told the paper: ‘I cannot envisage the situation where this year’s final will take place before last year’s final. You couldn’t do that. About 3-4 weeks ago, as fans were coming back, it looked like the plan of getting supporters in to watch the final was taking shape and coming to fruition. However, the current spike seems to have kicked that further into the long grass.
‘Yet it has been the EFL’s intention to play the final – and also with fans. With the roll-out of the vaccine, the government can see a return to some sort of normality, as early as spring.
‘Hopefully that will tie in with the ability to get the game on – and with fans in attendance. I haven’t seen, read or spoken with anyone at the EFL that has suggested last year’s final takes place after this year’s final.’
Catlin added: ‘I honestly don’t know what will happen. It’s not within our control, it’s totally at the mercy of the government’s view - and advised by the scientists at that particular time.’