Football League programme hit after heavy rain sweeps country
13:26 GMT, 22 December 2012
Blackburn's npower Championship fixture against Brighton was the first match of the day in English football's second tier to be called off as wet weather disrupted today's sporting programme.
The heavy rainfall affecting much of the country forced the cancellation of the Ewood Park clash due to a waterlogged pitch.
A post on Blackburn's official Twitter feed read: 'Today's match against Brighton has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch. A new date will be arranged in due course.'
Off: York's match against Gillingham has been postponed
Football matches off
Blackburn v Brighton
npower League 1
Hartlepool v Portsmouth
Brentford v Stevenage
Scunthorpe v Carlisle
Crewe v Bournemouth
Doncaster v Milton Keynes Dons
npower League 2
York v Gillingham
Wycombe v Bradford
Torquay v Exeter
Oxford Utd v Fleetwood Town
Bristol Rovers v Rotherham
Morecambe v Dag & Red
Port Vale v AFC Wimbledon
Blue Square Bet Premier
Gateshead v Stockport
Newport County v Braintree
Alfreton v Barrow
Cambridge Utd v Nuneaton
AFC Telford v Luton
Woking v Forest Green
Tamworth v Newport
Macclesfield v Lincoln City
The Irn-Bru Scottish Second Division
Brechin v Ayr
A further statement on the Blackburn
website said: 'Referee Robert Madley made a pitch inspection at 12.15pm
and with player safety paramount, deemed the pitch unplayable due to the
heavy rain experienced in Lancashire over the last few days.'
The lower league fixture list was
decimated by the sodden conditions, with the League One meetings between
Doncaster and MK Dons and Crewe and Bournemouth the latest games to
fall by the wayside.
Brentford, second in League One, were
denied the chance to go top of the table for Christmas when their clash
with Stevenage at Griffin Park was called off.
Crewe had held a second pitch
inspection at 12.15pm, an hour after the surface was first assessed, but
were left with no option but to call the match off, while coaches
carrying the Cherries fans had already been advised to stop on their way
north before a decision was made.
That left just five games set to take place in the third tier, at Coventry, Crawley, Notts County, Walsall and Yeovil.
In League Two only the games at
Northampton and Accrington were set to go ahead, although the former
were set to hold another pitch inspection before making a final
A statement on York's official
website read: 'After a pitch inspection was conducted this morning by
match referee Stephen Martin, today's match between the Minstermen and
Gillingham has been postponed.
'After heavy rain overnight, the pitch is now waterlogged and deemed unplayable by the match official.
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'A new rearranged date for the fixture will be announced later.'
Northampton confirmed their game would go ahead after an inspection by referee Tim Robinson at 12.30pm.
In the conference Kidderminster's game with Dartford was the only fixture to survive the weather, while in Scotland the Irn-Bru SFL Second Division match between Brechin and Ayr was postponed yesterday.
Racing was also affected, with this afternoon's meeting at Navan cancelled because of a waterlogged track.
Officials at the County Meath circuit were left with no other option following an early-morning course inspection.
The day's Aviva Premiership rugby fixtures were set to go ahead as planned although Wasps, who host Sale tomorrow, advised fans to check the club website in the morning for information on whether that match will take place.
A post on Wasps' official Twitter account read: 'Tomorrow's game at the moment is still on! Any final decision would be made in the morning so make sure you check the website first thing.'