Manchester United’s fixture against Chelsea in the FA Women’s Super League has become the final women’s game to the postponed, meaning that this afternoon’s scheduled action is now a complete wash out.
The FA Women’s National League worked with their member clubs to postpone all of their fixtures on Saturday, however, no decision was made on the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship card, resulting in a farcical sequence of postponements and wasted journeys.
While some pitches in the top two tiers were waterlogged, some matches were called off on safety grounds. With some fans having travelled over 100 miles before learning of their side’s postponement, serious questions have to be asked as to whether the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship should have followed the example set by the FA Women’s National League yesterday.
Some notable wasted journeys included that of the Chelsea Women’s Supporters Group who reached Birmingham before being informed of the postponement of their match at Manchester United while the Manchester City Women’s Official Supporters’ Club were well on their way to West Ham United. Despite the fixtures being postponed on safety grounds, you can’t help but feel that the fans’ safety had already been put at risk given the distance in which they were allowed to travel in high winds and driving rain.
Coventry United were the first side to postpone their fixture, they informed fans around 7.45am before the North London derby swiftly followed. Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace and Lewes then followed with Durham’s clash against Aston Villa being the final FA Women’s Championship postponement around 9.30am.
In the FA Women’s Super League, Birmingham City and Bristol City opted to call off their games against Brighton & Hove Albion and Reading around 9.45am before a big casualty followed with the cancellation of the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool just over three hours before kick-off.
West Ham United’s postponement of their match with Manchester City around 10.45am left Manchester United’s late kick-off with Chelsea as the last game standing but that fixture also fell foul just after 11am.
The disruption has been caused by Storm Ciara which has brought high winds and heavy rain to the United Kingdom. Weather warnings were initially issued in midweek but no fixture in the top two tiers of the women’s game was postponed prior to this morning.