• Rochdale v Crewe, Bury v Barnsley and Wigan v Sheffield United also off
  • Bradford v Burton and Hartlepool v Notts County both waterlogged
  • Morecambe’s League Two game with Mansfield at Globe Arena called off
  • Accrington Stanley v Carlisle and York v Northampton are both postponed
  • Dundee United v Motherwell and Partick Thistle v St Johnstone washed off 

Press Association

Boxing Day’s Football League schedule has been hit by the weather as heavy rain in the north of England caused a raft of postponements.

Blackburn’s Championship game against Middlesbrough was wiped out while Wigan against Sheffield United, Bury’s clash with Barnsley, Burton’s visit to Bradford City and Rochdale versus Crewe were also rained off. 

The Sky Bet League One game between Blackpool and Oldham at Bloomfield Road has been washed out due to a waterlogged pitch, with inspections planned at a number of other grounds. 

Blackburn manager Paul Lambert would have hoped to gather gathered momentum against Middlesbrough

Blackburn manager Paul Lambert would have hoped to gather gathered momentum against Middlesbrough

There was little chance of any football being played at the home of Accrington Stanley after heavy rain

There was little chance of any football being played at the home of Accrington Stanley after heavy rain

Stanley's game against Carlisle will now have to be rescheduled for a later date after the clash was washed off

Stanley’s game against Carlisle will now have to be rescheduled for a later date after the clash was washed off

League Two has been the worst hit so far with games between Hartlepool and Notts County, Morecambe and Mansfield, York and Northampton and Accrington and Carlisle all off due to waterlogged pitches. 

It is the third successive home game for Stanley which has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and comes just days after boss John Coleman criticised the Football League for allowing Carlisle to play three ‘home’ games at other venues after their Brunton Park ground was flooded. 

Vanarama National League games at Altrincham, Guiseley and Barrow are also off.

The pitch was heavily waterlogged and the officials were left with little option but to call the game off

The pitch was heavily waterlogged and the officials were left with little option but to call the game off

Neil McDonald will now have to prepare for a more congested fixture list with his game with Oldham called off

Neil McDonald will now have to prepare for a more congested fixture list with his game with Oldham called off

Scotland has not survived the downpour, with the Ladbrokes Premiership clashes between Dundee United and Motherwell and Partick Thistle and St Johnstone were postponed, while lower league clashes between Raith and Alloa and Cowedenbeath and Albion have also fallen foul of the weather.   

Meanwhile, officials at Wetherby have called off both days of their Christmas fixture following flooding at the track while Saturday’s meeting at Limerick has also been abandoned. 

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