Saturday football postponements

All of Saturday's football postponements as several matches fell foul to the weather, including Northern Ireland v Russia.

Last Updated: 24/03/13 at 12:26 Post Comment

Many of Saturday's matches fell foul to the weather

Many of Saturday's matches fell foul to the weather

Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Russia fell foul of the weather for the second time in 24 hours, with hostile conditions rendering Windsor Park unplayable.

The Group F clash was initially due to take place on Friday night but heavy snow and plummeting temperatures in Belfast saw the fixture postponed after three inspections by Norwegian referee Tom Hagen and the FIFA delegation.

A revised kick-off time of 3pm today was set but with no let-up from the elements the referee decided to cancel the fixture, which will now need to be fitted in elsewhere in the limited international calendar.

Conditions in the Northern Irish capital were arguably even worse on Friday night, with city centre power cuts adding to the problems.

Officials, including representatives from both associations, met again at 10am and the decision was made an hour later.

Domestically, Sheffield United's lunchtime clash with Brentford was also called off on Saturday morning, with the Bramall Lane pitch covered in snow.

The sides were due to meet in a fourth-versus-second televised clash, but referee Keith Stroud took the decision to call the game off on Saturday morning.

The Blades confirmed the cancellation on their official Twitter feed.

Another League One clash, Shrewsbury's home meeting with Oldham, quickly followed the Sheffield postponement, with the home side confirming on their website that snow had taken a hold.

Crawley v Crewe was also lost to the snow.

In League Two, Burton v Wycombe was off as was Port Vale against Aldershot, Rochdale v Southend and Rotherham v Exeter.

Chesterfield also confirmed the postponement of their meeting with Plymouth on their official Twitter feed, while north of the border the games between Elgin and Clyde and Annan and Queen's Park were wiped out.

On Friday, Bradford's clash with Bristol Rovers was postponed due to safety reasons.

The stands at Valley Parade and the surrounding areas were deemed unsafe after West Yorkshire was hit by adverse weather conditions.

A statement on the Bantams' website said: "The pitch, which has been covered since Wednesday, remains in good condition. However, the amount of snow that has already fallen and drifted into the stands makes the situation potentially dangerous.

"With the forecast for more heavy snow over the next 24 hours, after taking advice from the club and local agencies, the Football League have taken the decision to postpone the game."

No new date for the game has been announced.

Saturday's Postponed Matches:

World Cup Qualifier

Northern Ireland v Russia

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Colchester v MK Dons

Crawley v Crewe

Sheffield United v Brentford

Shrewsbury v Oldham

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Bradford v Bristol Rovers

Burton v Wycombe

Chesterfield v Plymouth

Port Vale v Aldershot

Rochdale v Southend

Rotherham v Exeter

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Braintree Town v Alfreton Town

Barrow v Ebbsfleet United

Mansfield v Macclesfield

Nuneaton v Woking

The Irn-Bru Scottish Football League Championship Second Division

Albion v Forfar

Arbroath v Stenhousemuir

East Fife v Stranraer

The Irn-Bru Scottish Football League Championship Third Division

Annan Athletic v Queens Park

Elgin City v Clyde


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