Chelsea Women’s FA Cup match with Liverpool Women has been moved back a day from Sunday, and will now take place at precisely the same time fans will be watching Chelsea men face Manchester United on the telly. The overlap is sure to annoy Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes, who has repeatedly appealed to the
Chelsea Women’s FA Cup match with Liverpool Women has been moved back a day from Sunday, and will now take place at precisely the same time fans will be watching Chelsea men face Manchester United on the telly.
The overlap is sure to annoy Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes, who has repeatedly appealed to the club to avoid clashes between the men’s and women’s fixtures.
Sunday lunchtime’s Women’s FA Cup game was due to have kicked off at 12.30pm, but Storm Dennis will still be dumping huge quantities of rain, accompanied by gale-force winds, on the London area, so the 5th round match will now kick off at 7pm on Monday night.
It will, however, have a big impact on the size of the crowd at Kingsmeadow. One hour later, Chelsea men take on Manchester United in the league at Stamford Bridge – just the kind of game that on a cold, rainy winter night most people in their right mind would settle down on the sofa or in the pub to watch.
Local conditions, weather-wise, in the Kingston area are predicted to be grim throughout the weekend, so it was no surprise that the women’s game has been rearranged.
Surbiton’s farmers’ market, a mile from the Kingsmeadow stadium, was due to take place on Saturday, and has been cancelled – the first time in the award-winning market’s 10-year history that this has happened. The fears were that heavy rain and stormy gusts would uproot stalls and post a safety challenge.
Sam Kerr and Ji So-Yun are both back from international duty (both, incidentally, scored for their countries), so theoretically are in contention again for starting places. However, as Kerr only got back on Friday after a long flight from Sydney, she may be on the bench.
Chelsea have said that tickets purchased for the original Sunday date are still valid for the rearranged fixture. However, if you can’t attend Monday’s match you should return your original tickets to the Stamford Bridge ticket office by 5pm on Monday 24 February to claim a refund.
Fans are advised to send tickets using Royal Mail recorded delivery in order to ensure the tickets arrive safely. Refunds cannot be issued if tickets do not arrive at the tickets office.
Tickets are still available to buy and cost £9 for adults and £1 for juniors (under-20) and seniors (65 or over).