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More matches postponed due to impact of storm leaving grounds wrecked

The ongoing and much talked about Storm Arwen hits English football with leagues postponing matches this weekend.

A rare red warning for high gusty winds up to 100mph in parts of the country has been issued by the Met Office, meaning there is potentially a risk to life.

The safety of all – spectators, staff and players – comes first in making these decisions and in those circumstances clubs says it would have been wrong to have asked people to undertake a potentially hazardous journey.

Burnley’s match against Tottenham has been postponed due to heavy snowfall that has arrived at the Lancashire outfit overnight.

The game was called off 50 minutes before kick-off because of heavy snow, causing many to ask about undersoil heating at Turf Moor.

However it had already been on ahead of the scheduled kick-off but with volume of snow so thick, it couldn’t make any real difference.

The fixture was due to start at 14:00 GMT but despite attempts to clear the pitch the game was called off at 13:10.

“I can’t see how it could go ahead the way the pitch is at the moment,” Burnley manager Sean Dyche said.

“It fell that quick and heavy. It’s still quite strong now. [The pitch] can’t get rid of the snow that quick.”

He added: “As you can see the pitch re-covers every time they clear it. The referee explained the safety angle as well so it was important to make a decision early.

“It’s the lines being cleared as well – we would have to stop and clear them. It’s a joint decision with everyone concerned.

“We were ready for the game and I made it clear if it could be played we wanted it on – as did their manager.”

Meanwhile in the wintry scenes at the Ethad Stadium, Declan Rice singing “Rice Rice Baby” was randomly played on the screens inside the ground prior to the 2pm clask between Man City and West Ham.

Friday and Saturday it was more about the wind and rain causing problems, Saturday night through to Sunday saw heavy snowfall for parts of the country.

LATEST POSTPONEMENTS:


Updated from the top:
Burnleyv Tottenham Hotspur
Ilkley Town v Daisy Hill
Reading YMCA v Reading City U23
Hilltop v FC Deportivo
Bristol Telephones v Wincanton
Broughton v Meon Milton
Buckingham United v Irchester United
Woodley United v Yateley United
Grimsby Town v Boreham Wood
Stafford Rangers v South Shields
Cowes v Alresford
Whitchurch v Downton
Alvechurch v Coalville
AFC Solihull v Coventrians
Whitby Town v Nantwich Town
Eastleigh v Solihull Moors
Jersey Bulls v Molesey
Wilmslow Albion v Govan Athletic
Stone Old Alleynians v Boldmere St. Michaels FC
Littlehampton Town v Alfold
Leicester Nirvana v Heather St Johns
Worcester City v Shifnal Town
Brocton v West Didsbury & Chorlton
Ellistown v Pro Chance Football Academy
Birstall v Belper United
Ingles v West Bridgford
Saffron Dynamo v Clifton All Whites

Selston v Gresley
Desborough v Easington
Lutterworth v Biggleswade

Bewdley Town v Tividale
Wednesfield v Dudley Town
Risborough Rangers v London Colney
Lye Town v Uttoxeter Town
Jarrow v Boldon CA
Hemsworth MWCFC v Bottesford Town
Bacup Borough v Pilkington
Armthorpe Welfare v Clipstone
Grimsby Borough v Albion Sports AFC
Newcastle Benfield v Newton Aycliffe
Stocksbridge Park Steels v Lincoln United
Parkgate v Humber United
Knaresborough Town v Barton Town
Market Drayton Town v Runcorn Linnets
Eastwood CFC v Deeping Rangers
West Bridgford v Kirby Muxloe
Bourton Rovers v Hereford Pegasus
Buxton v Witton Albion
Heywoods v Newsome
Leek Town v Colne
Sutton Coldfield Town v Stamford
Daventry Town v Coleshill Town
Tadcaster Albion v Hebburn Town
Sheffield FC v Frickley Athletic
Ashton United v Guiseley
Emley v Winterton Rangers
Bishop Auckland v Billingham Town
Anstey Nomads v Heanor Town
GNG Oadby Town v Godmanchester Rovers
Cadbury Athletic v Knowle
Farsley Celtic v Stalybridge Celtic
Southport v Darlington
Tranmere Rovers v Stevenage
Spennymoor Town v Chorley
Longridge Town v Avro
AFC Mansfield v Staveley MWFC
Whitton United v Wroxham
Dunkirk v Kimberley MWFC
Pontefract Collieries v Stockton Town
Garstang v Burnley United
Chalvey Sports v Watlington Town
Gainsborough Trinity v Hyde United
Swallownest v Retford
Gorleston v Lakenheath
ALL MATCHES from Northern Football Alliance
ALL MATCHES from the Wearside League
Durham City v Chester-le-Street
Redcar Town v Esh Winning
Newcastle University v Birtley

Bradford (Park Avenue) v Marine
Scarborough Athletic v Grantham Town
Penistone Church v Eccleshill United
Deal Town v Erith & Belvedere
Shildon v Ossett United
Matlock Town v Marske United
Halesowen Town v Soham Town Rangers
Cleethorpes Town v Dunston
Liversedge v Lancaster City
Sporting Khalsa v Wisbech Town
Horden CW v Billingham Synthonia
Seaham Red Star v Crook Town
Easington v Washington

Whickham v Thornaby
Ashington v Guisborough Town
North Shields v Penrith
Whitley Bay v Sunderland RCA
Sunderland West End v Willington
Great Yarmouth v Sheringham
Rocester v Cammell Laird 1907
Springhead AFC v Bolton County
Leiston Reserves v Needham Market Reserves
Norwich United U21 v Brandon Town
AC Mill Lane v Belton
Bohemians v Shrublands
Cromer YOB v Thetford Town Reserves
Wensum Albion v Bridgham United
North Walsham Town Development v Erpingham United Reserves
Runton v Cromer YOB A
Ball Haye Green VS Lichfield City Casuals
Walsall Phoenix VS Foley Meir FC
Wolstanton United VS Abbey Hulton United
Penryn Athletic v St Austell
Godolphin Atlantic v Wadebridge Town

The ongoing and much talked about Storm Arwen hits English football with leagues postponing matches this weekend.

A rare red warning for high gusty winds up to 100mph in parts of the country has been issued by the Met Office, meaning there is potentially a risk to life.

The safety of all – spectators, staff and players – comes first in making these decisions and in those circumstances clubs says it would have been wrong to have asked people to undertake a potentially hazardous journey.

LATEST POSTPONEMENTS:


Updated from the top:
Ilkley Town v Daisy Hill
Reading YMCA v Reading City U23
Hilltop v FC Deportivo
Bristol Telephones v Wincanton
Broughton v Meon Milton
Buckingham United v Irchester United
Woodley United v Yateley United
Grimsby Town v Boreham Wood
Stafford Rangers v South Shields
Cowes v Alresford
Whitchurch v Downton
Alvechurch v Coalville
AFC Solihull v Coventrians
Whitby Town v Nantwich Town
Eastleigh v Solihull Moors
Jersey Bulls v Molesey
Wilmslow Albion v Govan Athletic
Stone Old Alleynians v Boldmere St. Michaels FC
Littlehampton Town v Alfold
Leicester Nirvana v Heather St Johns
Worcester City v Shifnal Town
Brocton v West Didsbury & Chorlton
Ellistown v Pro Chance Football Academy
Birstall v Belper United
Ingles v West Bridgford
Saffron Dynamo v Clifton All Whites

Selston v Gresley
Desborough v Easington
Lutterworth v Biggleswade

Bewdley Town v Tividale
Wednesfield v Dudley Town
Risborough Rangers v London Colney
Lye Town v Uttoxeter Town
Jarrow v Boldon CA
Hemsworth MWCFC v Bottesford Town
Bacup Borough v Pilkington
Armthorpe Welfare v Clipstone
Grimsby Borough v Albion Sports AFC
Newcastle Benfield v Newton Aycliffe
Stocksbridge Park Steels v Lincoln United
Parkgate v Humber United
Knaresborough Town v Barton Town
Market Drayton Town v Runcorn Linnets
Eastwood CFC v Deeping Rangers
West Bridgford v Kirby Muxloe
Bourton Rovers v Hereford Pegasus
Buxton v Witton Albion
Heywoods v Newsome
Leek Town v Colne
Sutton Coldfield Town v Stamford
Daventry Town v Coleshill Town
Tadcaster Albion v Hebburn Town
Sheffield FC v Frickley Athletic
Ashton United v Guiseley
Emley v Winterton Rangers
Bishop Auckland v Billingham Town
Anstey Nomads v Heanor Town
GNG Oadby Town v Godmanchester Rovers
Cadbury Athletic v Knowle
Farsley Celtic v Stalybridge Celtic
Southport v Darlington
Tranmere Rovers v Stevenage
Spennymoor Town v Chorley
Longridge Town v Avro
AFC Mansfield v Staveley MWFC
Whitton United v Wroxham
Dunkirk v Kimberley MWFC
Pontefract Collieries v Stockton Town
Garstang v Burnley United
Chalvey Sports v Watlington Town
Gainsborough Trinity v Hyde United
Swallownest v Retford
Gorleston v Lakenheath
ALL MATCHES from Northern Football Alliance
ALL MATCHES from the Wearside League
Durham City v Chester-le-Street
Redcar Town v Esh Winning
Newcastle University v Birtley

Bradford (Park Avenue) v Marine
Scarborough Athletic v Grantham Town
Penistone Church v Eccleshill United
Deal Town v Erith & Belvedere
Shildon v Ossett United
Matlock Town v Marske United
Halesowen Town v Soham Town Rangers
Cleethorpes Town v Dunston
Liversedge v Lancaster City
Sporting Khalsa v Wisbech Town
Horden CW v Billingham Synthonia
Seaham Red Star v Crook Town
Easington v Washington

Whickham v Thornaby
Ashington v Guisborough Town
North Shields v Penrith
Whitley Bay v Sunderland RCA
Sunderland West End v Willington
Great Yarmouth v Sheringham
Rocester v Cammell Laird 1907
Springhead AFC v Bolton County
Leiston Reserves v Needham Market Reserves
Norwich United U21 v Brandon Town
AC Mill Lane v Belton
Bohemians v Shrublands
Cromer YOB v Thetford Town Reserves
Wensum Albion v Bridgham United
North Walsham Town Development v Erpingham United Reserves
Runton v Cromer YOB A
Ball Haye Green VS Lichfield City Casuals
Walsall Phoenix VS Foley Meir FC
Wolstanton United VS Abbey Hulton United
Penryn Athletic v St Austell
Godolphin Atlantic v Wadebridge Town

MORE ON STORM ARWEN:

Two men have sadly been killed by falling trees as Storm Arwen lashed parts of the UK with high winds, rain and snow.

A headteacher in Northern Ireland died after a tree fell onto his car and another man was hit by a falling tree in Cumbria. In Scotland, 80,000 people lost power.

Gusts reached speeds of 98mph in Northumberland, and about 120 lorries became stuck in snow near Rochdale.

There are further warnings for wind, snow and ice across the UK on Saturday with that red warning for wind had been issued by the Met Office across the east coast of Scotland and North-East England, with the highest speeds of 98 mph recorded at Brizlee Wood in Northumberland.

Gusts overnight affected “a wide swathe of the United Kingdom”, the Met Office said, with buildings damaged and trees blown down.

LNER advised customers not to travel until Monday – with weekend tickets valid until Wednesday – as it stopped trains running beyond Newcastle on Friday evening.

ScotRail also withdrew services between Aberdeen, Perth and Inverness on Friday and there was disruption on other lines.

There has been sleet across parts of Scotland and northern England with some heavy snow on higher ground.

Part of the M62 near Rochdale between junctions 21 and 22 was closed, as 120 lorries became stuck in the snow.

About 80,000 homes in Scotland were left without power, according to Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, while the UK Northern Power Grid also reported outages for 55,000 customers, mainly in Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear. There were also some outages in Northern Ireland.

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