Cove Rangers’ scheduled Friday night clash with Dundee at Balmoral Stadium is the first senior Scottish football game postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth.
Sporting events in the north of Scotland, including the Premier League and Championship soccer scheduled for this weekend and next, are facing disruption following the Queen’s death.
And the Scottish Professional Football League has now announced that Cove and Dundee’s second-tier televised meeting, which was to be the first league game broadcast from the Granite City ground, is cancelled.
The league’s governing body said in a statement on Thursday night: “Friday’s match between Cove Rangers and Dundee has been postponed as a show of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II earlier today.”
Her Majesty’s passing at the age of 96 will be followed by a period of national mourning, and Scottish football authorities have yet to confirm any anticipated changes to the Saturday and Sunday match schedule following the sad news.
The Scottish Football Association and the SPFL have been in talks with the Government, north and south of the border, as well as the English Premier League and the English Football League, weighing up what will happen over the next period.
In its statement on Thursday night, the SPFL confirmed that it will provide an update on the rest of this weekend’s games at the four main tiers of Scottish football on Friday.
SPFL Statement | Friday’s game between @CoveRangersFC Y @DundeeFC has been postponed as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II earlier today. An update on the games scheduled for Friday and Saturday will be provided tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/H8p2NRHNi7
— SPFL (@spfl) September 8, 2022
A statement from SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan was released earlier in the evening in tribute to Queen Elizabeth, saying: “The death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marks the end of a glorious and momentous reign.
“Our thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences go out to the Royal Family as we give thanks for the selfless contribution of the longest-serving monarch to our country.”
The ruling on the Cove-Dundee game suggests that all of this weekend’s SPFL games are in serious doubt.
Following the sad death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the SPFL has announced that Friday’s Cinch Championship match with Dundee at Balmoral Stadium has been postponed.
Details of a rearranged date for the match will be released in due course.
— Cove Rangers FC (@CoveRangersFC) September 8, 2022
Aberdeen are scheduled to play Rangers in a highly anticipated Pittodrie Premiership clash at lunchtime on Saturday, with the game being shown live on Sky Sports.
Paying tribute to the Queen, the Dons tweeted: “Aberdeen FC are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II. The club extends its deepest condolences to the Royal Family at this incredibly sad time.”
Other northern clubs have also reacted to the momentous moment of the Queen’s death.
Inverness, who are due to play Hamilton Accies in the Championship this weekend, said: “Everyone at the Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club would like to express the greatest sadness and the greatest respect on hearing the news that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has passed away. .
“Our deepest condolences to the entire royal family on the loss of your beloved mother, grandmother and indeed great-grandmother.”
Ahead of Saturday’s Premiership clash with Motherwell, Ross County posted this on social media: “Ross County FC is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
“A remarkable person who dedicated his life to public service. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family and the whole of the UK at this sad time.”
Peterhead posted this:
Peterhead Football Club sends its deepest condolences to the Royal Family on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. pic.twitter.com/MMSXGWPZ1i
— Peterhead FC (@pfcofficial) September 8, 2022
Meanwhile, Elgin City, who faced Albion Rovers in League Two at the weekend, shared this message: “Everyone here at Elgin City Football Club would like to communicate the deepest sadness and hear the news that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away this afternoon.
“Our deepest condolences and our thoughts are with the entire royal family.”
In the meantime, the Highland League is set to await guidance from the SFA before making a decision on whether to play this weekend’s fixture card.
A full nine-game Highland League card is scheduled for Saturday and the league’s management committee will seek guidance from the SFA on Friday before making a decision on whether to go ahead with matches.
League Secretary John Campbell said: “Everyone within Highland League football was saddened to learn of Her Majesty’s passing and we send our deepest condolences to the Royal Family.
“We join the nation in mourning his loss.”
The Deveronvale Football Club joins the nation in mourning the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The Club would like to send its condolences to our Royal Family at this sad time. pic.twitter.com/Uu2OjOaj97
— Denvervale Football Club (@DeveronvaleFC) September 8, 2022
Interruption of youth football and golf confirmed
The Scottish Youth Football Association has announced that its matches this weekend, including those in the Northern Region and North Caledonia, have been postponed as a show of respect:
ALL CLUBS – As a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we announce the postponement of all games scheduled in the association this weekend pic.twitter.com/SqFeaCErgN
— Scottish Junior FA (@scottishjuniors) September 8, 2022
North Caley games scheduled for Wednesday have also been postponed.
Sport suspended across the board, with all Scottish rugby canceled
Some other sporting events scheduled for the weekend have also been canceled or significantly changed out of respect for the nation’s sovereign for more than seven decades.
The Scottish Rugby Union has canceled all domestic rugby, meaning matches involving northern clubs such as the Highland, Aberdeen Grammar and Gordonians have been postponed.
In its statement, the SRU said: “As a mark of respect and to acknowledge the sad passing of Her Majesty The Queen, Scottish Rugby has decided to suspend all domestic competitive matches this weekend.”
The international women’s summer test between Scotland and Spain on Sunday is also over.
Play at the PGA golf championship at Wentworth was called off Thursday night when the news broke, and it was later confirmed that there would be no game on Friday.
“Out of respect to Her Majesty and the Royal Family, play has been suspended at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club for the remainder of Thursday and the flags at Wentworth Club will be lowered to half-staff,” a DP World Tour statement said.
“In addition, there will be no games at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday and the golf course and practice facilities will be closed.
“Further updates on the resumption of play will be provided in due course.”
Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix will go ahead as scheduled with a minute’s silence planned before practice on Friday and another expected before the race.
The Great North Run, the world’s largest half marathon, is scheduled for Sunday. Organizers canceled its sister 5k event on Friday, with a decision on the main race scheduled for Friday.
Separately, the rest of the Tour of Britain cycling event, which started in Aberdeen and was due to finish on the Isle of Wight on Sunday, will not take place after the final three stages with Gonzalo Serrano (Movistar Team) were canceled. named as the 2022 winner.
— AJ Bell tour of Great Britain ?? (@TourofBritain) September 8, 2022
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