BERKS & Bucks FA have postponed all of their remaining cup competitions, including finals, because of Covid-19.

Their decision will almost certainly be supported by all other Saturday and Sunday competitions in the Reading area and I doubt if we will see much more football this season.

It may be possible to complete those cup competitions that are well advanced as pre-season games in July and August before the new season kicks off.

Had the B&B Senior Cup gone ahead, Reading U23s would have played Slough in the semi-final, giving them an opportunity to gain revenge for their defeat in last season's final.

B&B have also closed their Abingdon headquarters with staff now working from home.

With the threat of Covid-19 expected to hang around for several more months, it is going to have an impact on the cricket season.

Thames Valley Cricket League fixtures are due to start on May 9, but chairman Richard Thomas has told clubs the start is likely to be delayed.

Berkshire Cricket have cancelled all of their remaining indoor net sessions for seniors, women and youngsters, but hope to make up for it with outdoor nets and practice games as soon as the Government sound the 'all-clear' claxon.

READING FC's period of Championship inactivity due to coronavirus look set to continue for several more weeks and maybe go on even longer than their previous longest break during a season.

That came in 1962-63 when they went seven weeks without playing due to a big freeze which was one of the coldest winters ever recorded in the UK.

Club historian David Downs informs me that Reading's Boxing Day game with Bristol Rovers was abandoned in the second half by Ken Aston and it wasn't until February 23 when they were able to resume playing.

During the time, Reading parted company with manager Harry Johnston and appointed former England and Chelsea forward Roy Bentley.

He had to wait seven weeks before seeing his side play and that was against Brighton & Hove Albion, which Reading lost 5-4.