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Newcastle United FA Cup opponents Covid concerns – Postpone second match

1 month ago
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Cambridge United have been hit by an outbreak of Covid cases.

Newcastle United’s FA Cup third round opponents revealing on Tuesday that they had successfully called off their next League One match.

The EFL agreeing to the request due to the number of Covid cases at the club, so the Cambridge United visit to Wycombe Wanderers on Boxing Day was postponed.

Now Cambridge United have made a further public announcement (see below), revealing that their League One game at home to Doncaster on Thursday 30 December is now also postponed due to the Covid outbreak.

That game falling only nine days before the FA Cup third round game at St James Park is due to be played.

Cambridge United have another L1 home match against Portsmouth on 3 January, then an EFL Trophy game with opponents and date yet to be confirmed to be potentially fitted in, that is due to be played sometime between that Portsmouth league match and Newcastle cup game.

You would imagine that Cambridge United will be desperate to see the Newcastle United game go ahead, a great day out for their fans and of course a financial shot in the arm.

Hopefully that game against Portsmouth will go ahead next Monday (3 January) as it falls only five days before the scheduled trip to Tyneside.

With the match at St James Park staying at the original date and time of 3pm on Saturday 8 January, it has helped ensure that as many Cambridge United fans as possible will be able to make it.

The away club took an initial allocation of 5,000 tickets and put them on sale to season ticket holders initially on Wednesday 15 December, going on general sale early this week, they are now very close to selling out.

Rules of the competition say that away sides are entitled to 15% of capacity, so if their club takes up that opportunity, they should get around another 2,500 tickets, taking up their full allocation to around the 7,500 mark. With still 15 days until the match is scheduled to be played, plenty of time to sell more tickets.

Here’s hoping Covid restrictions don’t force this and other matches behind closed doors.

For Newcastle fans, tickets went on general sale online on Monday, with full general sale now which began yesterday (Thursday), including buying by phone.

Tickets currently on sale only in the lower bowl of St James Park, tickets priced £10 and £5 concessions, though prices double if you wait and buy on the day of the match.

Cambridge United Official Announcement – 23 December 2021:

‘Cambridge United’s forthcoming Sky Bet League One fixture against Doncaster Rovers on Thursday 30th December has been postponed…

The Club informed the EFL that it would be unable to fulfil the fixture at The Abbey Stadium due to a number of positive COVID-19 cases within the squad.

Cambridge United has worked hard to ensure that this wasn’t the outcome. However, taking into account the injuries and positive COVID-19 cases within the squad, the Club does not have a sufficient number of players available in order to fulfil the fixture.

In light of the increased transmission rate of the Omicron variant, the EFL will now review the circumstances surrounding the postponement. In addition, it will assist affected Clubs throughout this challenging period to help them mitigate against the risk of infection amongst players and staff, while ensuring their obligations to the EFL regulations are maintained.

A rearranged date for the fixture will be confirmed in due course.’

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