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Big chill decimates Scottish card

Grounds across Scotland have been hit by freezing temperatures
Grounds across Scotland have been hit by freezing temperatures

St Mirren's Boxing Day clash with Aberdeen has been postponed due to safety fears for supporters.

The area surrounding the stadium in Paisley is frozen but the remaining four Scottish Premier League matches are scheduled to kick off at 1500 GMT.

The Scottish Football League fixtures have been almost wiped out by freezing temperatures, with 13 games called off.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle against Dundee and Partick Thistle v Queen of the South are set to go ahead.

The match in the Highlands should beat the cold weather after volunteers helped remove snow from the pitch, while Partick Thistle, like Inverness, benefit from undersoil heating.

Falkirk host Hearts in the SPL, with the home ground passing a stadium inspection on Saturday morning.

Twelve football matches were postponed in Scotland last weekend, including the SPL meeting between Hamilton Accies and Dundee United.

Annan's Boxing Day match against Berwick Rangers was first to fall foul of the weather after a 0830 GMT pitch inspection on Thursday and by the end of the day 12 others had been called off.

SFL operations director David Thomson said: "The cold snap has lasted almost a full week now and we have also looked at forecasts for the coming days and ordered inspections accordingly.

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"Undersoil heating should help put the First Division games on at Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Partick Thistle, but there will be discussions with the police about approach roads."

Forfar's Third Division match against Queen's Park was called off despite the clubs looking into the possibility of a switch to the Spiders' Hampden Park.


Postponed matches

Division One

Airdrie Utd v Dunfermline
Morton v Ayr
Raith Rovers v Ross County

Division Two

Alloa v Cowdenbeath
Arbroath v East Fife
Brechin v Stirling
Clyde v Dumbarton
Stenhousemuir v Peterhead

Division Three

Albion Rovers v Stranraer
Elgin v Montrose
Forfar v Queen's Park
Livingston v East Stirlingshire
Annan v Berwick



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Twelve Scottish matches postponed
19 Dec 09 |  Scottish League


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