Full list of Covid postponements that have decimated EFL Boxing Day schedule


A clutch of EFL games have already been called off on December 26 due to outbreaks at clubs with the grim probability that there will be more to follow

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Football’s Boxing Day fixtures are falling at an alarming pace as a result of the coronavirus outbreaks taking place at various clubs.

As it stands there have been 20 games cancelled across the Championship, League One and League Two.

In addition, two top flight games also bit the dust on Thursday.

The Premier League have confirmed the Boxing Day clash between Liverpool and Leeds United, and Watford’s trip to Wolves have been cancelled due to Covid-19 outbreaks.

A statement from the league released on Thursday reads: “Following postponement requests from Leeds United and Watford as a result of COVID-19, the Premier League Board met this morning and regrettably agreed to call off the two affected clubs’ Boxing Day fixtures.

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“The two matches are Wolverhampton Wanderers v Watford and Liverpool v Leeds United, both due to be played on Sunday at 12:30 GMT.

“The Board today was able to make its decisions in advance of Boxing Day to give clarity to clubs and their supporters. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to those fans’ festive plans.

“The League is aware that the decision to postpone these two matches will disappoint supporters and understands their frustrations at a special time of year when fans look forward to attending and watching football games.”

Last weekend saw a total of 24 matches postponed across the Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two.

The 20 top-flight clubs met on Monday afternoon to discuss the escalating crisis, with Omicron cases rising across the whole country. A similar meeting took place involving all 72 EFL clubs with the decision made to continue for the time being.

The EFL announced last week a tightening of restrictions around training and matches for clubs to help protect players and staff.

Regular testing and social distancing are just two of the protocols that were introduced in a bid to minimise the impact on what is hoped will be a busy festive schedule.

At present in the EFL, only 13 games are going ahead on Boxing Day.

Boxing Day postponements

Premier League

Liverpool v Leeds

Wolves vs Watford

Championship

Barnsley v Stoke

Cardiff v Coventry

Fulham v Birmingham

Millwall v Swansea

Peterborough v Reading

Preston v Sheffield United

League One

AFC Wimbledon v Charlton

Bolton v Morecambe

Crewe v Wigan

Gillingham v Ipswich

Portsmouth v Oxford United

Sheffield Wednesday v Burton Albion

Wycombe Wanderers v Cambridge United

League Two

Bristol Rovers v Sutton United

Bradford City v Harrogate Town

Colchester v Leyton Orient

Exeter City v Swindon Town

Newport County v Forest Green Rovers

Northampton Town v Walsall

Stevenage v Crawley Town

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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