Football League programme falls foul of freezing conditions

AFC Wimbledon

The Football League programme this weekend has been decimated by the freezing weather that has gripped the country.

The Sky Bet Championship game between Ipswich and Hull was called off for safety reasons following heavy snow around the Portman Road area and that followed Thursday’s postponement of Sheffield United against Burton.

Town’s club secretary Stuart Hayton told the club’s official website: ‘The groundstaff and stadium staff have worked around the clock to get the game on but there has been no let up in the freezing conditions and more bad weather is expected.’

A raft of fixtures have gone in League One with the games between AFC Wimbledon and Charlton, Blackpool and Northampton, Rochdale and Plymouth and Peterborough’s visit to Shrewsbury all falling victim to the cold snap on Friday.

Games between Bradford and Portsmouth, Gillingham and Rotherham and Oxford and Fleetwood were called off on Thursday.

League Two has been similarly affected with a spate of Friday postponements.

The fixtures between Barnet and Port Vale, Cheltenham and Notts County, Crewe and Forest Greem, Chesterfield’s long trip to Exeter, Morecambe’s clash with Colchester, Stevenage’s visit of Mansfield and Swindon’s game with Yeovil have all been wiped out.

Newport’s home game with Accrington was called off on Thursday.