Hartlepool United’s December Bank Holiday match at Carlisle United may not now take place until 2016.
Carlisle’s ground has been left devastated by the floods which have caused millions of pounds worth of damage in Cumbria.
Brunton Park is in the Warwick Road area which was the most badly hit and the ground and its electrics have been wrecked.
Carlisle’s home game against Notts County this Saturday is going ahead 88 miles away at Preston North End’s Deepdale ground.
And the Cumbrians are off to Lancashire again on Saturday, January 2 for the match against Plymouth at Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park stadium, which is close on 100 miles.
Carlisle have been grateful to those Championship clubs for their assistance but neither of those grounds are available on Monday, December 28.
It is understood the Blues are in talks with other clubs about the Pools match and the January 9 FA Cup tie against League Two rivals Yeovil.
There had been a suggestion in a regional newspaper last week that St James’s Park could be a possible venue.
At 58 miles for Carlisle fans and 34 miles for Pools supporters, it ticks a box or two but there is more to it than just the three Uniteds, Newcastle, Carlisle and Hartlepool saying yes.
With it being a bank holiday, there would be increased police costs and the Northumbria force may not be in a position to have up to 10,000 fans coming into the city.
Given the size of ticket receipts and match-day revenue for what is considered a derby, Carlisle may well apply to the Football League for a postponement.
While the match is NOT off, chances of it going ahead on December 28 would appear slim.