Premier League sides observe a minute’s silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II before Friday’s games

Aston Villa and Southampton observe a minute’s silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth, before a rendition of the national anthem… but tributes are spoiled at Nottingham Forest with minorities heard shouting ‘You Reds’

  • Premier League matches held on Friday nights paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II
  • The two matches were the first top matches since the Queen’s death aged 96
  • Nottingham Forest hosted Fulham, while Aston Villa welcomed Southampton
  • A brief silence at the City Ground was disrupted by home fans chanting “You Reds”
  • The national anthem God Save The King was also played before the 20:00 kick-off

The Premier League has come together to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen in the first English football matches following her death last Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II was 96 when she died at Balmoral last week, and matches across England were postponed in the wake of her death.

The first Premier League games following her death were played on Friday night, with Aston Villa hosting Southampton and Nottingham Forest facing Fulham.

Before both matches, a minute’s silence was observed in memory of the Queen, while her image was broadcast on big screens at Villa Park and the City Ground.

The lights were switched off at Villa Park for their silent tribute to Her Majesty and reports suggested the moment of silence was impeccably observed by both home and away supporters.

At the City Ground, however, the silence was met with some home fans chanting “You Reds” and others telling them to “shut up”, according to Sportsmailhis reporter at the stadium, Adam Shergold.

On both grounds there was a rendition of “God Save The King” to mark the new reign of her son, King Charles III.

There was no pre-match music provided by the Premier League for this weekend’s matches and the traditional pre-match handshake was also abandoned as part of the changes to standard protocol.

The Premier League teams have shown respect for the late Queen Elizabeth II ahead of the matches

Players and officials from all sides wore black armbands, following official advice given in a Premier League statement to mark their return, 12 days after the final match was completed.

While England’s top teams have played in European competition, these are the first top-flight home games to take place in England under the new king.

One minute’s applause is prepared for the 70th minute of each match, to mark the long reign of Elizabeth II, who celebrated her platinum jubilee earlier in 2022.

A minute’s silence was also held at Meadow Park before the first match of the Women’s Super League season between Arsenal and Brighton.

Seven Premier League games will take place this weekend. The match between Brighton and Crystal Palace was previously postponed due to proposed rail strikes and has not been reinstated, while Manchester United-Leeds and Chelsea-Liverpool have both been called off due to police demands in London ahead of the funeral on Monday.

There is already a significant media presence in the capital, along with thousands of mourners, and the expected arrival of senior political figures from around the world, so thousands of police are being deployed in London, reducing the numbers available for high-level football matches.

Police shortages mean Chelsea-Liverpool and Manchester United-Leeds are postponed

Police shortages mean Chelsea-Liverpool and Manchester United-Leeds are postponed


All Premier League matches between Friday 16 and Sunday 18 September will provide an opportunity for the League, clubs and fans to come together to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, honoring her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation and the world.

Players and referees will wear black armbands as a mark of respect and will, together with managers, gather in the center circle before kick-off.

Fans will be asked to take part in a minute’s silence, which will be followed by the national anthem, God Save The King.

Large screens and LED panels will display tribute images to Her Majesty, and flags on the grounds will fly at half-mast.

As the clock ticks to 70 minutes, fans will be invited to applaud the Queen’s 70-year reign.

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