Football Postponed Until 3rd April
The FA, Premier League, EFL and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until 3rd April at the earliest.
This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of Clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the COVID-19 virus.
The postponements include all matches in the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as all Academy and youth team fixtures.
For Gillingham, it means that the home game against Fleetwood Town (14th March) along with away games against MK Dons (21st Mar) and Rotherham United (29th March) will be postponed. The home game against Accrington, scheduled for the 4th April, could also be in doubt should the virus not begin to recede.
In addition, Clubs are being advised to suspend indefinitely all non-essential activities which include, but are not limited to, player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings.
Whilst the EFL Board has continued to take the advice and guidance offered by the Government and its health advisors, emerging developments mean now is the time to implement football’s contingency plans in response to the crisis.
A further update on these plans will be given post an EFL Board Meeting next week.
This decision has not been taken lightly, but the EFL must prioritise the health and well-being of players, staff and supporters while also acknowledging the Government’s national efforts in tackling this outbreak.
Please note - All GISC away travel as been cancelled to MK Dons. The quiz night, scheduled for Monday 16th March 2020, has also been cancelled.