West Brom vs Birmingham City: EFL confirm fixture to go ahead - with tributes to the Queen to be paid

The EFL have confirmed all midweek games will go ahead in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s honour.

The English Football League (EFL) has confirmed that all midweek games in the Championship, League One and League Two will go ahead.

This is good news for fans of West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City, as the two teams are set to clash in a West Midlands derby on Wednesday evening.

It was a day to remember for Baggies supporters with their side running out 1-0 winners the last time the two teams met at the Hawthorns last season.

Karlan Grant scored the only goal of the game in October, but Blues fans also felt victory when the two sides met at St Andrew’s at the back end of last campaign, winning 1-0.

Bragging rights at least for the moment can now be secured after the EFL confirmed all matches in midweek will take place.

Last weekend’s fixtures from the Premier League down the grassroots football were postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.

Now all EFL clubs will pay tribute to the late monarch on Tuesday and Wednesday with the organisation also stating clubs will wear black armbands in her honour, as well as have flags at half-mast.

The following statement was released on Monday: “The EFL fixture programme will return as scheduled from Tuesday 13 September, with tributes to be paid to Her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II at grounds around the country.

“A minute’s silence will be held before matches, with black armbands to be worn by participants, flags to be flown at half-mast and the National Anthem to be played in stadiums.

“With a national policing plan now in operation, the League and Clubs will continue to work with forces in respect of any challenges that may emerge regarding policing of specific fixtures.

“Consideration to individual circumstances will be made on a case-by-case basis, in line with standard match Safety Advisory Group (SAG) protocols.”

Just one point separates West Brom and Birmingham going into Wednesday’s clash with the home side without a win in their last five games, while the visitors have won two in that period.