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EFL statement: Boxing Day fixtures

24 December 2021

In total, 24 games have been postponed for this weekend’s round of EFL fixtures due to a rise in COVID-19 cases at Clubs, with rearrangements to be confirmed in due course.

Throughout the pandemic, supporting the health and safety of players, staff and supporters has been the EFL’s primary priority and supporting the wellbeing of the country with the rise of the Omicron variant is vital. 

To help protect players, the EFL moved to implement a regime of enhanced training ground protocols, and increased testing, alongside encouraging all eligible players and staff to get fully vaccinated and a booster jab to help protect colleagues and minimise the risk of fixtures being postponed. More detail can be accessed here.

The postponed fixtures for Boxing Day include:


Sky Bet Championship

Barnsley v Stoke City

Cardiff City v Coventry City

Fulham v Birmingham City

Hull City v Blackburn Rovers

Luton Town v Bristol City

Millwall v Swansea City

Peterborough United v Reading

Preston North End v Sheffield United

Sky Bet League One

AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic

Bolton Wanderers v Morecambe

Crewe Alexandra v Wigan Athletic

Gillingham v Ipswich Town

Portsmouth v Oxford United

Sheffield Wednesday v Burton Albion

Wycombe Wanderers v Cambridge United

Sky Bet League Two

Bradford City v Harrogate Town

Bristol Rovers v Sutton United 

Carlisle United v Rochdale

Colchester United v Leyton Orient

Exeter City v Swindon Town

Newport County v Forest Green Rovers

Northampton Town v Walsall

Port Vale v Salford City

Stevenage v Crawley Town 

With the EFL’s second priority to ensure fixtures can continue as scheduled where possible, revised guidance has also been issued to help Clubs determine the circumstances where games can go ahead. 

Throughout the pandemic, EFL Clubs have been working hard to implement safety measures at stadia to ensure that fans can continue to attend matches and watch games with confidence. 

In total, 12 EFL fixtures remain scheduled to place this weekend, and with the requirement for COVID Certification now required where larger attendances are expected, the League wants to remind all supporters who are travelling to the games to Be Prepared. Supporters are encouraged to familiarise themselves with Club safety measures and to bring a face covering to wear on concourses and indoors. See here and below for information on attending matches and COVID Certification.


Sunday 26 December

Sky Bet Championship

Huddersfield Town v Blackpool

Middlesbrough v Nottingham Forest

Sky Bet League One

Accrington Stanley v Rotherham United

Cheltenham Town v Plymouth Argyle

Fleetwood Town v Shrewsbury Town

Lincoln City v MK Dons

Sky Bet League Two

Mansfield Town v Hartlepool United

Oldham Athletic v Scunthorpe United

Tranmere Rovers v Barrow

Monday 27 December

Sky Bet Championship

Derby County v West Bromwich Albion

Queens Park Rangers v Bournemouth

Sky Bet League One

Doncaster Rovers v Sunderland


If you’re heading to a game over the festive period there are a few simple ways to protect yourself and others:

  • Be Prepared and have your COVID pass ready before you set off for the match.
  • Take a lateral flow test before leaving home to make sure it’s negative. And don’t forget your face covering - you should wear a mask indoors, on public transport and other busy areas.
  • And if you are showing any COVID symptoms, please stay at home.

For the love of live football and fellow fans, thank you for following the guidance and please keep safe.

For more information on how to Be Prepared, please click here



Through Lifebuoy’s partnership with the EFL as Hygiene Partner they have been helping Clubs set themselves up for the safe return of fans as they know what an integral role football plays in the lives of so many families.

Lifebuoy have a dedicated ‘Tips & Advice’ portal on their website, providing useful information on why handwashing matters, when to wash your hands, and advice on the products that best suit you.

You can visit it here: 


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