- Snow and sub-zero temperatures has caused chaos up and down the country
- Only five of Saturday’s Championship fixtures are set to go ahead
- A further five games are still scheduled in both League and League Two
- All seven Premier League matches are expected to go ahead as normal
Promotion-chasing Villa announced the game was postponed ‘in the interest of public safety due to the extreme weather conditions’ following an inspection.
The match will now take place at Villa Park on Tuesday March 13.
Championship leaders Wolves’ televised clash with Reading at Molineux, which was scheduled to kick-off at 5.30pm, was also postponed.
Wolves managing director Laurie Dalrymple told the club’s website: ‘Whilst challenging weather conditions up and down the country had already forced a number of EFL fixtures to be postponed we were determined to get this fixture on, and a number of dedicated individuals gave up their time and effort yesterday to help make that a possibility.
‘However, the safety of both home and away supporters and the numerous match day staff has to take precedence, and after the dreadful and dangerous weather failed to cease, we have been left with no choice but to postpone this fixture.’
Eighteen matches across League One and League Two have also been postponed, including Coventry’s clash with Lincoln.
Adverse weather has forced many fixtures to be postponed up and down the leagues.
Football, rugby, rugby league racing and darts have also suffered as a result of the recent conditions.
Several clubs held pitch inspections on Thursday and Friday ahead of this weekend’s action.
All seven Premier League clubs hosting matches on Saturday were hopeful of their fixtures going ahead, with Southampton confirming their intent to press ahead with their 3pm clash with Stoke.
Southampton said on their official website: ‘The club has been in dialogue with Hampshire Police, Southampton City Council, the Premier League and Stoke about the game, after the heavy snowfall experienced in the region.
‘Following continued consultation throughout the day, the club and authorities expect the game to go ahead at its scheduled 3pm GMT kick-off time.’
West Ham boss David Moyes expressed his concern about the roads ahead of his side’s flight to Cardiff for their match against Swansea.
‘The Met office are saying people should not travel on the roads, especially around Cardiff and the M4, so that is a concern at the moment,’ Moyes said.
West Brom are set to travel by train for their match at Watford and Albion boss Alan Pardew said: ‘It’s not an easy weekend for football. Hopefully we can get down there, give a good performance and warm our fans up.’
Watford even offered complimentary match tickets to volunteers answering their call for help to clear Vicarage Road of snow ahead of the clash.
A statement on watfordfc.com read: ‘The Hornets would welcome volunteers at Vicarage Road (on Saturday) in order to help clear the pitch, stands and walkways of any snow which falls between now and the morning.
‘In a similar vein to those who volunteered their time five years ago…you can expect to be thanked for your help with a pair of complimentary match tickets, as well as tea and coffee and bacon rolls.’
Doncaster (pictured) has joined Newbury and Kelso on the list of abandonments
SPORT CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER
Aston Villa vs QPR
Barnsley vs Norwich City
Brentford vs Cardiff City
Ipswich Town vs Hull City
Sheffield United vs Burton Albion
Wolves vs Reading
AFC Wimbledon vs Charlton
Blackpool vs Northampton Town
Bradford City vs Portsmouth
Doncaster Rovers vs Bury
Gillingham vs Rotherham
Oxford Utd vs Fleetwood Town
Rochdale vs Plymouth Argyle
Shrewsbury Town vs Peterborough
Walsall vs Wigan Athletic
Barnet vs Port Vale
Cheltenham Town vs Notts County
Coventry vs Lincoln City
Crawley Town vs Wycombe
Crewe Alexandra vs Forest Green
Exeter City vs Chesterfield
Morecombe vs Colchester United
Newport County vs Accrington
Stevenage vs Mansfield Town
Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
All games postponed with the exception of Dover Athletic vs Leyton Orient
Ross County vs Partick Thistle
St Johnstone vs Hamilton
Dundee United vs St Mirren
Dunfermline vs Livingston
Inverness vs Brechin City
Scottish League One
Airdrie vs Stranraer
Albion Rovers vs Queens Park
Arbroath vs Ayr United
Forfar Athletic vs Raith Rovers
Scottish League Two
All six of Saturday’s fixtures have been called off
Newcastle, Ludlow , Clonmel, Taunton, Kempton , Dundalk , Doncaster (Friday and Saturday)
Edinburgh vs Munster
Cardiff Blues vs Benetton
Exeter Chiefs and Saracens (moved to Sunday)
Harlequins vs Bath (moved to Sunday)
Ulster vs Glasgow
Hull KR vs Castleford
Leeds Rhinos vs Catalans Dragons
Wakefield vs Huddersfield (moved to 3pm on Sunday)
St Helens vs Salford
Unibet Premier League in Exeter
–Credit: Sport | Mail Online