A history of rescheduled A-League matches

Wellington Phoenix have the chance to move off the bottom of the ladder for the first time since November when they face Western Sydney Wanderers in their rescheduled Round 7 clash at Spotless Stadium. The match was originally set to take place in November but a poor pitch put a halt to that. While a little bit of rain is enough to call of matches at grassroots level, it’s rare in most sports for a match to be rescheduled. Well, not in the A-League. Not counting matches postponed due to the Asian Champions League, let’s take a look back at some of the matches that have been rescheduled in the A-League.

Central Coast Mariners v Sydney FC
The first ever match to be postponed and arguably the best match in A-League history, Sydney FC defeated Central Coast Mariners 5-4 at Central Coast Stadium. The match was originally postponed due to an unplayable pitch. The Mariners led 2-0 after 15 minutes thanks to goals from Mile Jedinak and John Aloisi. Danny Vukovic was sent off moments after which started the craziest match. 17,514 fans showed up on the Saturday before Christmas. We could talk about it… or we could easily show you the mayhem.

Wellington Phoenix v Newcastle Jets
New Zealand’s World Cup qualifiers against Bahrain forced their match with Newcastle Jets to be postponed in 2009. Former Jet Tim Brown opened the scoring in the first half. Former coach Chris Greenacre scored the second, while their all-time leading scorer Paul Ifill finished the 3-0 win in injury time. However only 4115 fans watched the match at Westpac Stadium on a Wednesday night.

Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets
Similar to the one against Sydney FC, wet weather caused the 22nd F3 Derby to be postponed to the Monday night. The Mariners missed the finals that season but defeated their rivals 3-0 thanks to goals from Nigel Boogaard, Adam Kwasnik, and Matt Simon. Pedj Bojic and Labinot Haliti were both sent off in the match while the 5842 crowd was the lowest attendance in an F3 Derby.

Sydney FC v Perth Glory
We’ve seen matches postponed due to wet weather in the city where the match was taking place but in December 2011 Sydney FC’s match against Perth Glory in Campbelltown was rescheduled due to severe weather in Perth preventing the Glory from travelling. The match was eventually played a few weeks later with an Adam Hughes 89th minute equaliser ending the match at 1-1 in front of 5505 fans

Wellington Phoenix v Newcastle Jets
World Cup qualifiers was again the reason why Wellington Phoenix’s match with Newcastle Jets was postponed, this time  in 2013. The Jets secured their first victory in New Zealand in six years as Adam Taggart and Michael Bridges found the back of the net in the first half. Former Jet Jeremy Brockie netted against his former club but only 4025 fans were in attendance at Westpac Stadium on a Wednesday night.

Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix
Once again New Zealand’s World Cup qualifiers caused a match to be rescheduled. You’d think the FFA would be more considerate. This match took place at North Sydney Oval and was ironically decided by a single goal from a Kiwi representing the Central Coast, Storm Roux. The match was played in front of 6755 fans on a Thursday night.

Adelaide United v Wellington Phoenix
Wellington were again forced to have a match rescheduled in the 2013-14 but it wasn’t due to World Cup qualifiers. It wasn’t due to heat, rain, or an unplayable pitch. It was rescheduled to avoid a clash with the Clipsal 500 that was also taking place in Adelaide. The Nix might’ve wished they never got around to playing the match, losing the clash 5-1. 8,596 fans attended the match at Coopers Stadium on a Thursday night.

Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory
In November 2015 Melbourne Victory defeated Perth Glory 2-0 to claim the 2015 FFA Cup. This forced their Round 5 clash to be re-arranged. The Glory got their revenge over the reigning champions. Youngster Jamal Reiners evaded many defenders to assist the winning goal to Diego Castro for the 1-0 win. Only 5398 fans attended the Wednesday night match.

Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory
Mother Nature was the reason for the Wellington’s match with Melbourne Victory in the 2016-17 season. The 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake hit a number of New Zealand cities in November. Two months later the match did the place. Roly Bonevacia, Jacob Tratt, and Kosta Barbarouses all found the back of the net in the 3-0 victory. 5865 fans attended the match on a Wednesday night.

This match wasn’t rescheduled but it’s worth mentioning Brisbane Roar’s 2-1 loss at home to Wellington in March 2015 which was abandoned after 73 minutes due to heavy rain.

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