Wolves and Aston Villa matches off after more snow
Heavy snow and freezing temperatures have forced both Wolves and Aston Villa to postpone Saturday’s home Championship fixtures.
Wolves' clash with Reading at Molineux and Villa’s home meeting with QPR will now be rearranged after both were called off in the interests of public safety.
Staff and volunteers worked through the night in a bid to save the game at Molineux, which was scheduled to be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Last night, Twitter user Mike Long posted:
But the club’s safety team, in conjunction with the Wolves Safety Advisory Group, inspected Molineux and the surrounding area on Saturday morning and deemed it unsafe for the match to go ahead.
Wolves managing director Laurie Dalrymple said: “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.
“Unfortunately it is not just Molineux that has been affected, but the surrounding areas are extremely treacherous, including many of the city car parks, which are presently unusable.
“With Wolves fans planning to travel from all over the country and Reading supporters coming up from Berkshire, we have made the decision to call the game off now rather than wait and hope that the weather will subside later today.
“We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to the hardy volunteers and club staff who worked through the night in a bid to save the game - unfortunately it just wasn’t to be this time.”
Villa’s home game with QPR has meanwhile been rearranged for Tuesday, March 13, after heavy snowfall on Friday night left the club with no option but to call off the fixture in the interests of public safety.
Tickets already purchased are valid for the new date or supporters can receive a refund excluding booking fee.
It is the first time a Villa home game has been called off due to weather conditions since December 2000.