Search

Arsenal v West Ham called off due to London Underground tube strike

PUBLISHED: 13:52 19 December 2012 | UPDATED: 14:04 19 December 2012

The Emirates Stadium

The Emirates Stadium

Archant

Arsenal have postponed their Boxing Day fixture with West Ham United as a result of the London Underground tube strike.

This is the second time in two years the Gunners have had to move a fixture because of industrial action, with their game with Wolves last year also moved.

The match will be played on either Wednesday, January 23 or Saturday, January 26, depending on the two sides’ FA Cup fortunes.

A club statement read: “As a result of Monday’s strike ballot and the proposed industrial action on London Underground on Boxing Day, Arsenal’s Premier League match against West Ham United at Emirates Stadium, originally planned for Wednesday, December 26, has been postponed.

“This decision has been made now, due to the preparation period needed to safely operate Emirates Stadium by all the relevant agencies.

“The Club liaised closely with all the relevant agencies, including the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, London Underground, The Premier League, West Ham United FC and Islington Council, in order to reach this decision.

“The paramount concern was always the duty of care towards the Arsenal supporters, West Ham United supporters, matchday employees and workers and indeed everyone who was planning to attend the game on Boxing Day.

“In addition to the proposed industrial action on London Underground on Boxing Day, there are extremely limited services operating on National Rail train services into London on this day. Also, normal parking restrictions close to the stadium still apply. This would have caused severe disruption, or at worst, inability for supporters or matchday employees and workers to get to Emirates Stadium.

“We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused supporters but we feel that the right decision has been made.

“Tickets already purchased for this match are still valid for the rearranged date, which is yet to be confirmed.

“However, the Club can confirm that this rearranged fixture will be played on either Wednesday, January 23 (kick off 7.45pm) or Saturday, January 26 (kick off 3pm). The date of the fixture will be determined by the results in the FA Cup third round, which is being played on the weekend of Saturday, January 5 and Sunday, January 6.

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Islington Sports News

09:36

SKL celebrate four years since being founded by sensei Antonio Telmo

Yesterday, 19:23

Bad light helps visitors avoid defeat at Lord’s

A delighted Arsene Wenger heaped praise on his Arsenal players for showing huge amounts of grit and determination at Wembley as they gave a battling performance to overcome Manchester City to reach the FA Cup Final.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Arsenal won through to the 2017 FA Cup Final in the merry month of May by valiantly triumphing over the might of Manchester City 2-1 after extra time on a dramatic semi-final afternoon at Wembley today.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Defending champions declaration leaves rivals to chase 452 at Lord’s

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Eskinazi ton puts defending champions in control

Saturday, April 22, 2017

His furrowed brow lifts slightly and the merest hint of a smile widens his mouth. He is not reacting to a joke but a happy memory.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hugely-promising Middlesex opener Nick Gubbins hit a century in the first day of the four day game against Essex at Lords.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now