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Fixtures – Risk of Change

Colour Coded Fixture List 2019-20

There’s nothing more infuriating than booking train tickets for an away match, or making arrangements around a home fixture, only to find that the game has suddenly moved, usually to accommodate live TV. This seems to have been a bigger challenge this season with several matches moved for TV already.

We have also had a game moved because of an unusual clash with a Chelsea fixture and later in the season matches run the risk of being moved to accommodate either Fulham or opposition Cup fixtures.

Sky match selection guidelines

Information about the announcement dates and process for selecting TV fixtures is available on the EFL web site. There are a number of points to note from this page

  • illustrative dates for the announcement of batches of TV matches
  • five week minimum notice commitment allowing matches to move even after the illustrative date
  • rolling four week notice period in operation for matches from 7th March onwards
  • three week notice period for the penultimate weekend of the season
  • final day notification after penultimate games, but all matches kick off together.

Sky don’t always stick to the illustrative dates and often don’t announce all of the matches in a batch at the same time, so good indicators of whether a fixture is still at risk of being moved are the minimum notice commitment and whether the obvious TV slots for the weekend in question have been filled (by EFL, Premier League, Scottish or Northern Irish matches).

Championship TV slots

The TV slots used for Championship weekend fixtures tend to be

  • Friday evening : 19:45 or 20:00
  • Saturday lunchtime : 12:00 or 12:30
  • Sunday lunchtime : 12:00 or 12:30
  • Monday evening : 19:45 or 20:00

The current list of matches selected by Sky is available here.

Colour coding the fixture list

This is quite a lot to digest, so we have put together a simplified fixture list below based on an assessment of all of the factors above. We classify fixtures as follows

  • green – game should no longer be at risk of change *
  • amber – be careful, game date could still be changed
  • red – game date has changed
  • grey – game completed.

The fixture also list explains the reason for the colour code of each match.

We will update this fixture list throughout the season and have also included useful information identifying international breaks and Cup weekends which could impact our fixtures even if we are out of the Cup.

* Please also do your own research, especially if you are committing to an expensive train fare, and let us know if you have any further insights.

Recent updates

This is a list of the most recent colour status changes. Please scroll down for the full colour coded fixture list.

Last colour update made Friday 3rd April 2020

All remaining fixtures postponed indefinitely due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

OpponentWhereScheduledRevisedComment
BarnsleyAwaySat 3 Aug 2019 3:00 pm
Blackburn RoversHomeSat 10 Aug 2019 3:00 pm
Huddersfield TownAwaySat 17 Aug 2019 3:00 pmFri 16 Aug 2019 7:45 pmTV - Sky
MillwallHomeWed 21 Aug 2019 7:45 pm
Nottingham ForestHomeSat 24 Aug 2019 3:00 pm
Southampton (LC2)HomeTue 27 Aug 2019 7:45 pm
Cardiff CityAwaySat 31 Aug 2019 3:00 pmFri 30 Aug 2019 7:45 pmTV - Sky
West BromHomeSat 14 Sep 2019 3:00 pmSat 14 Sep 2019 12:30 pmTV - Sky
Sheffield WednesdayAwaySat 21 Sep 2019 3:00 pm
Wigan AthleticHomeSat 28 Sep 2019 3:00 pmFri 27 Sep 2019 7:45 pmFixture Clash with Chelsea
ReadingAwayTue 1 Oct 2019 8:00 pm
Charlton AthleticHomeSat 5 Oct 2019 3:00 pmSat 5 Oct 2019 12:30 pmTV - Sky
Stoke CityAwaySat 19 Oct 2019 3:00 pm
Luton TownHomeWed 23 Oct 2019 7:45 pm
MiddlesbroughAwaySat 26 Oct 2019 3:00 pm
Hull CityHomeSat 2 Nov 2019 3:00 pm
Birmingham CityAwaySat 9 Nov 2019 3:00 pm
QPRHomeSat 23 Nov 2019 3:00 pmFri 22 Nov 2019 7:45 pmTV - Sky
Derby CountyHomeTue 26 Nov 2019 7:45 pm
Swansea CityAwaySat 30 Nov 2019 3:00 pmFri 29 Nov 2019 7:45 pmTV - Sky
Bristol CityHomeSat 7 Dec 2019 3:00 pm
Preston North EndAwayTue 10 Dec 2019 7:45 pmTV - Sky (not moved)
BrentfordAwaySat 14 Dec 2019 3:00 pm
Leeds UnitedHomeSat 21 Dec 2019 3:00 pm
Luton TownAwayThu 26 Dec 2019 3:00 pm
Stoke CityHomeSun 29 Dec 2019 3:00 pm
ReadingHomeWed 1 Jan 2020 3:00 pm
Aston Villa (FA Cup 3)HomeSat 4 Jan 2020 3:01 pm
Hull CityAwaySat 11 Jan 2020 3:00 pm
MiddlesbroughHomeSat 18 Jan 2020 3:00 pmFri 17 Jan 2020 7:45 pmTV - Sky
Charlton AthleticAwaySat 25 Jan 2020 3:00 pmWed 22 Jan 2020 7:45 pmFixture clash with FA Cup
Manchester City (FA Cup 4)AwaySat 25 Jan 2020 3:00 pmSun 26 Jan 2020 1:00 pmTV - BBC
Huddersfield TownHomeSat 1 Feb 2020 3:00 pm
Blackburn RoversAwaySat 8 Feb 2020 3:00 pm
MillwallAwayWed 12 Feb 2020 7:45 pmTV - Sky (not moved)
BarnsleyHomeSat 15 Feb 2020 3:00 pm
Derby CountyAwaySat 22 Feb 2020 3:00 pmFri 21 Feb 2020 7:45 pmTV - Sky
Swansea CityHomeTue 25 Feb 2020 7:45 pmWed 26 Feb 2020 7:45 pmFixture clash with Chelsea
Preston North EndHomeSat 29 Feb 2020 3:00 pm
Bristol CityAwaySat 7 Mar 2020 3:00 pmSat 7 Mar 2020 12:30 amTV - Sky
BrentfordHomeSat 14 Mar 2020 3:00 pmFri 13 Mar 2020 7:45 pmPostponed - season suspended
Leeds UnitedAwayWed 18 Mar 2020 7:45 pmPostponed - season suspended
QPRAwaySat 21 Mar 2020 3:00 pmSat 21 Mar 2020 12:30 pmPostponed - season suspended
INTERNATIONAL BREAKSat 28 Mar 2020Mar 23 - Mar 31
Birmingham CityHomeSat 4 Apr 2020 3:00 pmPostponed - season suspended
Nottingham ForestAwayFri 10 Apr 2020 3:00 pmPostponed - season suspended
Cardiff CityHomeTue 14 Apr 2020 7:45 pmPostponed - season suspended
West BromAwaySat 18 Apr 2020 3:00 pmPostponed - season suspended
Sheffield WednesdayHomeSat 25 Apr 2020 3:00 pmPostponed - season suspended
Wigan AthleticAwaySat 2 May 2020 12:30 pmPostponed - season suspended
PLAY OFF SF 1ST LEGw/c: 4 May 2020Postponed - season suspended
PLAY OFF SF 2ND LEGw/c: 11 May 2020Postponed - season suspended
FA CUP FINALSat 23 May 2020Postponed - season suspended
PLAY OFF FINALMon 25 May 2020Postponed - season suspended
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