A STUDY has revealed that Basingstoke Town Football Club could lose at least £23,000 as a result of fans not attending matches due to the Covid outbreak.

The potential losses of the club was created as a result of it losing fan-generated income.

Calculations were based on the club having an average of five home games left un-played when lockdown was first introduced, according to Business Rescue Expert.

It was based on the premise of one adult attending a match and purchasing the cheapest on-the-day ticket (with no concessions).

Basingstoke could now face losing at least £23,908 of revenue purely from the matchday tickets/food and beverage purchases.

Basingstoke Town first team manager, Dan Brownlie, said he missed having fans through the doors.

He said: “The biggest thing is the network of supporters.

"We pride ourselves on being a community club and with that we have a responsibility to be active in the community and ensuring we are the hub of all things positive around the local area.

"People use football, as they do in every corner of the country, as escapism, a degree of social identity and a way of feeling part of something - we've missed being able to offer that and we can't wait to have everyone back.

"We're hoping distance makes the heart grow fonder, because I know all the players and staff are looking forward to getting back out there and playing for the supporters once again.”