Thousands of Brightonians set to miss England games due to wedding clash

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New analysis of ONS wedding data has revealed the UK towns and cities where residents are most likely to miss a Euro 2024 England game - and it's not good news for residents of Brighton.

A hefty 3,440 England fans based in Brighton are set to miss at least one of England's Euro 2024 games because of a wedding clash.

That’s according to football betting tips, predictions and news site, Footy Accumulators, who took a deep dive into 10 years of ONS wedding data, to determine which areas in the country locals are most likely to miss an England game due to wedding commitments.

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The experts analysed the number of weddings held on each day of the year from 2019 to 2010 in all English towns and cities and then compared the results with England’s Euro 2024 fixtures.

At least 3,440 Brightonians will have to choose between attending a wedding or supporting EnglandAt least 3,440 Brightonians will have to choose between attending a wedding or supporting England
At least 3,440 Brightonians will have to choose between attending a wedding or supporting England

According to the study, Brighton was found to be the tenth most likely city to have a wedding fall on one of England’s upcoming Euro 2024 games. That's because 43 couples are expected to tie the knot when England take to the pitch in Germany, which is bad news for 3,440 supporters in Brighton who will have a tough decision to make on the day.

The locations where residents are most likely to have a Euro 2024 wedding clash

Rank

Location

Total no. of weddings

(10 year period)

Average no. of weddings to fall

on England game

Average no. of wedding guests to miss England game

1

London

312,165

1,000

80,000

2

Birmingham

27,940

90

7,200

3

Leeds

23,404

75

6,000

4

Manchester

20,302

69

5,520

5

Liverpool

18,196

58

4,640

6

Sheffield

18,031

57

4,560

7

Bristol

16,444

53

4,240

8

Bradford

14,392

46

3,680

9

Wakefield

14,037

45

3,600

10

Brighton

13,460

43

3,440

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The location where fans are most likely to experience a Euro 2024 wedding clash is London. A staggering 312,165 weddings have been held in the capital across the 10 years of data, which means at a minimum 80,000 Londoners could be forced to miss an England game this tournament.

Birmingham was found to be the second most likely city to have a wedding fall on one of England’s upcoming games. That’s because 90 weddings are predicted to take place in Birmingham when the Three Lions are due to play, which is bad news for a minimum of 7,200 Brummies.

Residents of Leeds may need to double check their calendars, as 75 couples are expected to tie the knot in the Yorkshire city when England take to the pitch in Germany.

At least 5,520 England fans from Manchester are set to miss one of England’s games if the Three Lions reach the final. That’s since a hefty 69 weddings are estimated to take place in Manchester when England are scheduled to play.

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Liverpool makes fifth in the study, as 18,196 weddings have been held in the city across the 10 years of data, with 58 on course to be held during an England match in the upcoming tournament.

Commenting on the study, Alex Beecham, Managing Director of Footy Accumulators said: “Many football fans might say the best day of their life would be seeing their club or country winning major silverware, while others may say their wedding day.

“Unfortunately this year some football fans might not have a choice as plans coincide and many end up double-booked.

“Hopefully, our research can go some way to helping inform England supporters of the key dates to leave space for in their calendars if they haven’t already.”