Heavy rainfall in the North of England is causing havoc with the Boxing Day Football League fixture card with a number of matches being postponed or facing pitch inspections.

After the recent storms, further heavy rain has fell on pitches across the North throughout Christmas Day and overnight and with a number of pitches already in a heavy state or in some cases waterlogged there has been a number of early postponements to today’s League Football League fixtures.

The Championship clash between Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough has been postponed.

In League 1, games at Blackpool, Bradford City, Bury, Wigan Athletic and Rochdale have all been postponed.

in League 2 games at Accrington Stanley, Hartlepool United, Morecambe and York City have also fell victim to the weather.

Fans should check with the relevant clubs before travelling to matches later today.

Accrington Stanley’s latest postponement could result in the club being approached by the Football League about the state of the Crown Ground playing surface after a number of postponements so far this season.

The pitch towards the away end has been waterlogged for several weeks and is this morning under several inches of water.

Newport County were threatened with sanctions from the Football League a couple of seasons ago after their Rodney Parade playing surface fell below Football League expectations.

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