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Newcastle United FA Cup opponents hit by Covid outbreak – Postpone L1 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 then having appealed to have a match postponed.

The EFL agreeing to the request due to the number of Covid cases at the club, so the Cambridge United visit to Wycombe Wanderers is now postponed.

It is 16 days until that FA Cup third round match at St James Park and despite the Wycombe game now being postponed, they are due to play three other games before visiting Tyneside. A League One game at home to Doncaster on 30 December, another L1 home match against Portsmouth on 3 January, then an EFL Trophy game with opponents and date yet to be confirmed, that is due to be played sometime between that Portsmouth league match and Newcastle cup game.

So it will be interesting to see if Cambridge United are forced to call any more games off and of course hopefully they will be back playing again in plenty of time for their big FA Cup trip.

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 16 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 set to happen (including buying by phone) as from 10am today (Thursday 23 December).

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 – 22 December 2021:

‘Cambridge United’s forthcoming Sky Bet League One fixture against Wycombe Wanderers (Sunday 26th December) has been postponed…

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

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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