Cold weather hits Lincoln City transfer deals as match-day revenue gets postponed
Lincoln City could miss out on potential transfer targets as the big freeze puts a chill on their finances.
The Imps suffered a financial blow to the tune of more than £10,000 following the postponement of their home clash against Wrexham last Saturday.
Volunteers have been clearing the snow off the Sincil Bank surface to make sure this weekend's match with Forest Green Rovers goes ahead. If it does not, the Imps face a month without earning any match-day revenue.
"Every game varies, but not being able to play Wrexham on a Saturday is a blow to us financially," said the club's chief executive Steve Prescott.
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"We will be expecting to earn more than £10,000 against a team like Wrexham. They would bring a large travelling support and then there are the other revenue streams to be had, such as catering and hospitality.
"Some might look at it and think that the figure is not big, but over a course of a season it all adds up.
"Crucially, the money makes a big difference in what we can afford to do in the transfer market.
"If we do not get Saturday's match on then we will not have another home game until we play Dartford on February 9.
"When you think that our last home game was against Newport on January 8, that is a whole month without earning anything and that is a big problem when it comes to determining where we are with the budget.
"It is a funny situation really. If we got the crowds like we did against Grimsby on Boxing Day then we would be able to make a significant change in what we could offer for the playing budget.
"But then the crowds are not going to come unless you are challenging for the top end, so it is very much a chicken and egg situation."
The match against Wrexham has been rearranged for Tuesday, March 12 (7.45pm).
And while it will give the Imps the chance to earn some money, Prescott admitted that it may not be even half what they could earn on a Saturday.
"Tuesday night will see fewer people travel from the opposition, which makes a big dent," said Prescott.
"Then there is the chance there could be Champions League football on the television and people may prefer to watch that.
"In the end we have to accept that we may only make around £5,000 from a game which we could have got more than £10,000 from.
"So we are really grateful to all the effort the volunteers have put in to get the snow cleared off the pitch at Sincil Bank.
"We have to do all we can to get the game on and their efforts have been fantastic."
Imps boss David Holdsworth also praised the supporters as he revealed the club's players had also been involved in helping shift the snow.
The club has had volunteers down at the 12th Imp Sincil Bank Stadium since Monday morning trying to clear the pitch and training areas.
"It's been a tremendous effort and the fans have been fantastic," said Holdsworth.
"The players have done their bit too, even if Rob Duffy did have a moan that it felt like he was a teenager doing chores again.
"But their efforts mean a lot and I hope that we can get the game on."
The Imps were due to travel to Luton on Tuesday night, but it was postponed after the pitch was deemed unplayable after an inspection on the morning of the game. The match is to be rearranged at a later date.