WOLVES PROTEST WAS A SHOCK FOR US
LAST weekend, we travelled to Crawley for a League One fixture. After a morning pitch inspection put the game on, the ref cancelled it towards midday.
John Gregory was good enough to call me personally as soon as he could. But our coach was well on route, fans were on their way; chaos ensued and people were messed about. It happens but we were all left frustrated and feeling that things could have been better organised.
This weekend, especially aware of that, we organised a pitch inspection late on Friday morning because our pitch, stands and surrounding areas were under water. The forecast was for more bad weather and our game against Wolves simply wasn’t realistically going to be played.
The players were even getting marooned just trying to get to the training ground.
I don’t think that anybody at our club was ready for the backlash that came its way from the opposition. My chief exec was shocked by our opponents’ protests to the Football League.
We were preparing for a huge crowd, we were virtually fully fit with no suspensions, we were ready to play off the back of a strong performance and win on Tuesday, and we were gunning to win the three points. And there seemed to be an inference that we didn’t want to play. What?!
Stevenage were using common sense; thinking of travelling fans, of player safety, and of all the things that a good practitioner would recommend.
The saying damned if you do and damned if you don’t came very quickly to mind!