Published: 10:30, 12 April 2021
| Updated: 11:14, 12 April 2021
Gillingham will kick off later at Oxford United this Saturday to avoid a clash with Prince Philip’s funeral.
The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on Friday and the funeral service in Windsor will take place at 3pm this Saturday. All Football League matches scheduled for the same time will be moved, along with other sporting events.
While some clubs have opted to play on Friday night, or Sunday afternoon, the Gills and their hosts Oxford have agreed on a 5.30pm kick off on the Saturday.
Gillingham paid their respects before the weekend game against Shrewsbury by holding a two-minute silence.
An EFL statement said: “As a mark of respect, EFL matches scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, April 17 will be moved to avoid a clash with the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”
Matches on the final day of the League 1 season have also been rescheduled, from the Saturday to Sunday, May 9, at 12pm. The Gills will end their regular season at home to Plymouth Argyle.
The Gills will be hoping that they can sneak into the play-offs and dates have now been confirmed for those.
Twelve EFL play-off fixtures will take place over a seven days, with the League 1 final at Wembley on Sunday, May 30 (3pm).
Those finishing third to sixth will contest the play-offs, with the semi-final first legs taking place on Tuesday, May 18 and Wednesday, May 19 (both 6pm kick offs). The second legs will be played on Friday, May 21 (7.45pm) and Saturday, May 22 (3pm).