Another League One match has been postponed, it is confirmed late on Friday evening, making it the second game to be called off.
It was first revealed by reliable journalist Alan Nixon that the fixture from the third tier of English football was looking to be in threat of not going ahead.
At 12:49pm, he wrote: “Could be another League One club calling off their games with the virus. Six players sidelined. Not good.
“Virtually whole of backroom staff at a League One club tested positive. Total staff and players missing six … only two of them due to play … so game should go on but a bit of unhappiness over that. Manager able to take charge but staff missing.”
Three hours later, he stated: “Swindon. Four management staff ruled out with corona issues. Two players as well. Trying to get game decision but complicated because of some ‘three player’ rule nobody seems to be sure about.”
At 5pm, he said: “Oxford v Swindon goes ahead. Despite the Corona issues. Not heard last of this one.”
“Swindon. Manager been cleared after test. Four backroom staff will be missing. Only two players positive. EFL have told them to carry on and play the game.”
Then at nearly half 7: “Oxford v Swindon now off. Further talks with Health England and EFL in last hour. Was on at 6 and off at 7. Madness. State of the world right now. Question over whether Richie Wellens could be part of it after staff had positive tests a key factor.”
A revised date for the rearranged fixture will be confirmed in due course.#STFC ?
— Swindon Town FC (@Official_STFC) October 23, 2020
This weekend’s Sky Bet League One fixture between Oxford United and Swindon Town has been suspended.
The decision has been taken following a request from Swindon Town following the identification of a number of positive COVID-19 cases at the Club and due to concerns raised over the potential risk of further infections.
The circumstances surrounding the postponement will be the subject of an investigation in accordance with EFL Regulations.
A revised date for the rearranged fixture will be confirmed in due course.
— Oxford United FC (@OUFCOfficial) October 23, 2020
Oxford United have been left frustrated and disappointed that tomorrow’s Sky Bet League 1 home game against Swindon Town can no longer go ahead.
Managing Director Niall McWilliams said
“On behalf of Oxford United we can only apologise to our fans that a game they look forward to more than any other fixture has been called off in this manner. To say we are very disappointed is a massive understatement, however there was nothing we could do to avoid the game being called off.
“It came after Swindon Town notified the EFL that they could not fulfil the fixture and the EFL have confirmed to us this evening that the game will not happen tomorrow. Until we had that confirmation we were unable to comment and that only adds to our frustration and we are currently seeking advice on our next steps
“We have now had three home games called off in quick succession and right now, when times are hard for every football club, that is putting livelihoods in doubt.
“We believe in the values and integrity of the EFL and what the league stands for but at the same time we will fight very hard for what we think, as a football club, is right.”
Earlier this week, it was confirmed by the English Football League that Accrington Stanley’s home match against Bristol Rovers is off.
Due to the number of positive cases of COVID-19 within the Accrington Stanley squad and the requirement for players and staff to subsequently self-isolate as per EFL and Government guidance, the Club has advised the EFL it is unable to safely fulfil this weekend’s fixture.
The circumstances surrounding the postponement will now be the subject of investigation in accordance with EFL Regulations.
Fans reacted after seeing another League One match has been postponed…
Right decision. Fuck the EFL, we’re pissing the league
— ً (@marleystfc) October 23, 2020
Rivalry aside I hope whoever has corona is safe a well ??
— James (@_lilJamo) October 23, 2020
Come watch 2 of your Swindon first year pros on loan with us! We are home tomorrow v Thame United! 3pm kick off! ⚽️??
— Wantage Town FC (@WantageTownFC) October 23, 2020
Thats us being demoted to the Hellenic leagues courtesy of the EFL then pic.twitter.com/2KVWTg6phG
— Ethan James (@DJEthanJamesUK) October 23, 2020
Gutted it’s off but it wouldn’t have been the same with no fans. Hope all are OK ??
— Ash ⚒ (@ashgould62) October 23, 2020
Forget the rivalry for now, I hope the people affected are safe & well but also make a speedy recovery
— #BLACKLIVESMATTER (@heyit5sam) October 23, 2020
Every time we get a bit of confidence and form, games off. The way this crap show is going we will be 10 games behind everyone else when the season is cancelled and he relegated due to having not played any bloody games
— DAVE (@DaveOufc) October 23, 2020
Feel for Oxford, really bad luck this season with postponements. Hopefully these disruptions dont cause issues with performances
— safclarry (@safclarry) October 23, 2020
Chris Williams when he realises this page could have been titled ‘SwindOn SwindOff’ pic.twitter.com/B3B3agvMB3
— James Francis (@JfRob_26) October 23, 2020
This season is a joke, no fans, games cancelled, just void the season now before it gets any worse ?
— Dave M (@Matthews30David) October 23, 2020