Football matches postponed due to snow

Big freeze wipes out football fixtures as snow wreaks havoc with schedule

By
Tom Sheen

PUBLISHED:

11:02 GMT, 18 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:07 GMT, 18 January 2013

Football fixtures up and down the country are being called off as the adverse weather conditions wreak havoc with the schedule.

But Chelsea players John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic didn't seem overly concerned with the cold weather, as they took their tops off and signed them for fans who were waiting at Chelsea's training ground, Cobham.

Five nPower League One and two nPower League Two matches have already suffered with more expected to be called off as snow blankets the UK.

One Premier League game is also at risk with Southampton reported to have suffered burst pipes to their undersoil heating.

But with heavy snow affecting all parts of the UK, many more games are expected to fall foul of the weather.

At Harlington, QPR's training ground, a lone groundsman had the sorry job of clearing the pitch, while Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini did not look to happy as he arrived at a snow covered Carrington.

Meanwhile, horse racing meetings have also been affected. Today's meetings at Chepstow, Liungfield, and Wolverhampton have all been called off.

Also gone are Saturday's cards at Taunton and Haydock with the one remaining jump meeting, Ascot, also under threat.

Sportsmail will continue to keep up to date with all the latest news as games get cancelled throughout the day.

Scroll down for a full list of the football games called off

Bit cold, boys: Chelsea's John Terry (left) and Branislav Ivanovic (right) donate their shirts to waiting fans in the snow at Cobham training ground

Bit cold, boys: Chelsea's John Terry (left) and Branislav Ivanovic (right) donate their shirts to waiting fans in the snow at Cobham training ground

Tackling the weather: A lone QPR groundsman attempts to clear the snow at the training ground

Tackling the weather: A lone QPR groundsman attempts to clear the snow at their training ground, Harlington

Cold welcome: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini (pictured) arrives at Carrington

Cold welcome: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini (pictured) arrives at Carrington

Cancellations: Newcastle United's Fabricio Coliccini (left) and Jonas Gutierrez (right) train in the snow earlier this week

Cancellations: Newcastle United's Fabricio Coliccini (left) and Jonas Gutierrez (right) train in the snow earlier this week

Adverse: Chelsea cancelled a match a couple of years ago because of dangerous conditions around the ground

Adverse: Chelsea cancelled a match a couple of years ago because of dangerous conditions around the ground

Matches off so far:

NPOWER LEAGUE ONE

Scunthorpe v Portsmouth

Crawley Town v Carlisle

Bury v Stevenage

Southend v Plymouth

Hartlepool v Colchester

NPOWER LEAGUE TWO

Accrington Stanley v AFC Wimbledon

Rochdale v Gillingham

More to follow…