Fans banned from wearing fancy dress for England's third Test

Fans are banned from wearing fancy dress for the remainder of England’s third Test with South Africa and will be limited to buying two alcoholic drinks at a time… while the Kia Oval will hold a special service for the Queen ahead of Saturday’s resumption

  • Spectators are banned from wearing fancy dress during England’s third Test
  • The series decider against South Africa is set to resume on Saturday morning
  • A ban on costumes has been put in as a mark of respect for Queen Elizabeth II
  • The ECB have organised a special service at 10.30am to honour her memory 

Fans have been banned from wearing fancy dress for the remainder of England’s third Test against South Africa at the Kia Oval, which resumes on Saturday.

A special service to honour the Queen is set to take place on the pitch at 10.30am, and no alcohol will be served until play starts at 11am. 

A statement on Kia Oval’s website says that fans will be refused entry if they are to attend any of the final three days of the Test in fancy dress.

Spectators sporting fancy dress is usually a common sight at all English cricket grounds besides Lords’, but ticket holders have been informed that fancy dress costumes will not be permitted as a mark of respect towards Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away at the age of 96 on Thursday.

Spectators will also be limited to buying a maximum of two drinks at a time once the bars are open.

The statement on the Kia Oval website also read: ‘We look forward to welcoming people across the next three days. Please be mindful of other people and behave with respect as concerns other people and the occasion.

‘It is a chance for all of us to recognise the extraordinary contribution the Queen has made to public life, and we ask that all fans behave in such a way that shows we are equal to the moment.’

Spectators are banned from wearing fancy dress for the remainder of England’s third Test

The series decider against South Africa restarts tomorrow after a special service for the Queen

The first day of the series decider was marred by heavy rain on Wednesday and day two was subsequently cancelled as a token of respect for the Queen.

Although plenty of this weekend’s sporting calendar was postponed following the Queen’s passing – including Premier League fixtures and the BMW PGA Championship – the England and Wales Cricket Board were keen to continue the Test match whilst also honouring Her Majesty.

The ECB said in their statement: ‘A minute’s silence will be observed followed by the national anthem.

England captain Ben Stokes said that it will be an ‘honour to play in her memory’ on Saturday

‘All players and coaches will wear black armbands. Branded inventory will be replaced with messaging paying cricket’s respects to The Queen.’

The proposed national anthem will likely be the first sporting rendition of ‘God Save the King’.

When asked what his thoughts were on sporting fixtures going ahead while the nation is in mourning, England captain Ben Stokes replied: ‘She loved sport, be honoured to play in her memory.’

All tickets for days three to five remain valid, while day two ticket holders will be automatically refunded.

All English, Welsh and Northern Irish football and professional Scottish football has been postponed this weekend.

The government’s national mourning guidance advised that cancelling fixtures was not obligatory, leaving the decision to individual sports.

The decision to allow cricket to resume was made after consultation between the ECB and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).



The Premier League have announced that all of this weekend’s matches have been postponed to honour Queen Elizabeth II following her death at the age of 96 on Thursday. 

The FA confirmed all football across the country would also be called off, including the EFL and opening games of the new WSL season, as well as matches in the Barclay’s Women’s Championship, Women’s FA Cup and the FA Trophy.

The National League has also cancelled their programme of fixtures for Saturday and Sunday across steps one to six and grassroots football matches in England have also been postponed to mark the death of the Queen. 

The Government earlier advised that no sporting events should go ahead this weekend – or on the day of the Queen’s funeral – but left the final decision up to the individual organisations.

The Scottish FA, Scottish Professional Football League, Scottish Women’s Premier League and Highland & Lowland Leagues have agreed that all professional football matches will be postponed this weekend as a mark of respect. 

FA Wales have announced that games from the 9th to the 12th of September have been postponed. 

Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Real Sociedad at Old Trafford and West Ham’s game against FCSB in the Europa Conference League at the London Stadium went ahead on Thursday evening with pre-match tributes.

The Northern Ireland Football League announced that Friday night’s matches between Cliftonville and Glentoran and Larne and Dungannon have been postponed.

The English Football League also confirmed that Friday night’s Championship game between Burnley and Norwich and the League Two match between Tranmere and Stockport had been postponed, with a decision on Saturday’s fixtures yet to be made.

The Irish FA has announced that all football in Northern Ireland scheduled for this weekend will not take place. 

All of the Premier League 2 fixtures have been cancelled, as well as the Championship match between Burnley and Norwich.

Tonight’s League Two fixture between Tranmere Rovers and Stockport County has also been postponed. 


Friday’s play between England and South Africa men at The Oval, along with all scheduled matches in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, will not take place.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Friday that all cricket would resume on Saturday – including England’s Test against South Africa and England Women’s T20 match against India.  

Rugby Union

Northampton announced the postponement of their Premiership Rugby Cup clash against Saracens scheduled for Thursday evening.

The Scottish Rugby Union has postponed all domestic competitive games this weekend as a mark of respect and the women’s summer Test international between Scotland and Spain on Sunday is also off.

Bristol Bears against Bath Rugby has been postponed from Friday evening to a 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday, following the decision of the Premiership board. The rest of the Saturday Premiership Rugby matches will go ahead.

Rugby League

The RFL postponed Friday’s Betfred Championship fixture between Sheffield Eagles and Dewsbury Rams, but the first Super League elimination play-off between Catalans Dragons and Leeds will go ahead as it is taking place in Perpignan, France. 

Further announcements about the weekend’s fixtures at all levels were set to be made ‘as soon as possible’, the governing body said. 


Play was suspended for the day at the BMW PGA Championship and there will be no play on Friday.  

However, organisers later revealed they are planning to restart at Wentworth this weekend, awaiting guidance from Buckingham Palace.

Formula 1

Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix will go ahead as scheduled with a minute’s silence planned before practice on Friday and another expected before the race.


The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) stated that all fights on Friday would not go ahead as planned.

The undisputed middleweight showdown between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall at the 02 Arena has been postponed until October 15.  


The US Open held a brief tribute to the Queen during the women’s semi-finals on Thursday night in New York. With Brits Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski on either side of the net for the men’s double’s final on Friday, the pair are expected to wear black armbands to mark the Queen’s passing.  

Horse racing

Horse racing was a much loved passion of the Queen. Events were cancelled for Friday and Saturday, while evening cards at Southwell and Chelmsford on Thursday were abandoned after the news of her death was confirmed around 6.30pm.  

On Sunday, racing returns, led with the St Leger in a revised nine-race programme at Doncaster racecourse. 

Sunday’s card at Chepstow in Wales will also proceed as normal, but Musselburgh in Scotland has been cancelled because the Queen’s body will be lying in rest in Edinburgh. 

The Queen’s horse King’s Lynn has not been declared for the Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh, Ireland, on Sunday, after being initially entered. 


The Great North Run, the world’s largest half-marathon, will go ahead on Sunday. Organisers cancelled its 5k sister event on Friday. 

Richmond RUN-FEST has been postponed, because their route would take runners through two locations owned in part by Historic Royal Palaces and a floral tribute to Elizabeth in the Royal Borough’s Old Deer Park. 


Friday’s Tour of Britain stage was promptly cancelled and later on Thursday evening the rest of the tour, which was set to finish on the Isle of Wight on Sunday, was called off entirely.

Ice Hockey

Premier Sports Elite League Ice Hockey will begin tonight as previously planned, following a board meeting. Fixtures will start with a two-minute silence for the Queen, followed by the playing of the national anthem. 

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