In November, Everton Women managed to do what their male counterparts could not do in over two decades: win at Anfield. Liverpool Women hoped they could return the favor in Goodison Park today, but the weather had other ideas.
Instead the match—along with all Women’s Super League fixtures, and one of the two Men’s Premier League fixtures—have been postponed for safety reasons.
Everton put out the following statement about the situation:
Today’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Liverpool FC Women has been postponed.
The adverse weather conditions including high winds on Merseyside, caused by Storm Ciara, have made travelling to the match and the area around Goodison Park dangerous.
The decision to postpone the fixture was made by Club officials in conjunction with Merseyside Police, match officials, safety experts on the grounds of the safety of both sets of supporters.
Details of the re-arranged fixture and associated ticketing information will be released in the coming days.
It’s a shame because the timing of the fixture corresponded with the Premier League’s midwinter break. The Liverpool men are off this weekend, and as such it was a great chance for better exposure than usual.
That said, the weather system—nicknamed Storm Ciara by the media—is downright nasty, with heavy rain and sustained winds near 30 mph. Safety, for the players and spectators, really should come first in these situations.