The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

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!

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