Salford City’s rescheduled 2020 Papa John’s Pizza Trophy final game against League One Portsmouth is not going to take place in front of a crowd of 10,000 at Wembley Stadium.
The game is set for Saturday, March 13th, as part of an ‘EFL Weekender’ that will see last year’s final and the 2021 final between Sunderland and Tranmere Rovers played over two days.
Tranmere Rovers submitted a formal request to the EFL to push back the final.
The request would have seen the game moved beyond the potential date of lifted restrictions on crowd attendance on May 17th, as announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last Monday night.
The PM’s announcement detailed provisional plans to welcome 10,000 fans back into grounds of 40,000 capacity or lower. Or a quarter of the capacity in smaller stadia, whichever is lowest.
Would be fantastic if the Papa John’s Trophy final could be pushed back to allow fans in too … we asked informally last week and have formalised the request today. Govt are saying 10,000 allowed in Wembley from 17th May🤞#TRFC https://t.co/1nyyDib4gQ pic.twitter.com/yXiaP7wXfJ
— Nicola Palios (@NicolaPalios) February 22, 2021
Nicola Palios, Tranmere Rovers co-owner alongside husband Mark, tweeted after the announcement to confirm that they had formally submitted a request to postpone their fixture after informally suggesting the idea last week.
The EFL has since rejected Tranmere’s request.
The route to the final
Salford advanced from their group after defeating Tranmere Rovers and Aston Villa U21’s.
The Ammies secured a place in round three with a 3-0 win against Wolves U21’s.
Round three saw Salford ease past Port Vale with another 3-0 win.
In the quarter-finals, Salford met Accrington Stanley, beating them 2-1 and moving on to the semi-finals.
The Ammies reached the final by defeating fellow League Two side Newport County in the semi-final, 6-5 on penalties after a 0-0 draw.
Salford City’s next game is a home clash with struggling Port Vale, on Tuesday 2nd March, at the Peninsula Stadium.
The Ammies will be looking to get back to winning ways after their devastating stoppage time 2-1 loss to Morecambe and drab 0-0 outing against 22nd place Southend United.
Salford could move up to 5th place with a win, if results go their way elsewhere.
Kick-Off is at 19:00. Match passes are £10, and streaming of the match is available at www.live.salfordcityfc.co.uk.