Saturday, 26 December 2015

Eva Batters Boxing Day Games

Boxing Day’s football schedule has been hit by the weather as heavy rain from Storm Eva in the north of England and in Scotland caused a raft of postponements.

The Championship fixture between Blackburn and Middlesbrough has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch at Ewood Park, which is due to host Carlisle v Plymouth in League Two on 2 January.

Carlisle’s trip to Accrington on Boxing Day is also off, just days after the Accrington manager John Coleman criticised the Football League for allowing Carlisle to play three home games at other venues after their Brunton Park ground was flooded.

In League One, Blackpool v Oldham, Wigan v Sheffield United, Bradford v Burton, Rochdale v Crewe and Bury v Barnsley have all fallen victim to the weather, with inspections planned at a number of other grounds.

In League Two, the matches at Hartlepool, York and Morecambe are off in addition to the game at the Crown Ground, while National League games at Guiseley, Barrow and Altrincham are postponed, also due to waterlogged pitches.

In Scotland, the Premiership match between Dundee United and Motherwell at Tannadice is off, as well as Partick v St Johnstone and lower-league matches at Raith Rovers and Cowdenbeath.

Postponed Boxing Day fixtures

Blackburn Rovers v Middlesbrough

League One
Blackpool v Oldham Athletic
Bradford City v Burton Albion
Bury v Barnsley
Rochdale v Crewe
Wigan v Sheffield United

League Two
Hartlepool United v Notts County
Morecambe v Mansfield Town
York City v Northampton Town

National League
Guiseley v Grimsby Town
Barrow v Gateshead
Altrincham v Chester FC

Scottish Premiership
Dundee United v Motherwell
Partick v St Johnstone

Scottish Championship
Raith v Alloa

Scottish League One
Cowdenbeath v Albion Rovers

Scottish League Two
Arbroath v East Stirling

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