THIS FIXTURE CHAOS MUST BE SORTED
AT STEVENAGE, we are one of a number of clubs that will be forced to play virtually every Tuesday and Saturday from now until May. With a small squad, that will be a tough ask.
And because of the fixture congestion, I have no doubt it will affect crowds. People simply cannot afford to keep paying out for two games a week.
Our season has not been an extraordinary one.We have suffered three postponements and we reached the fourth round of the FA Cup. There is no real reason why we should still have ten home games to play as we approach the final two months of the season.We have played 13 home League games in nearly seven months, and now we are going to play ten home League games in ten weeks.
Surely the authorities can have a good think about this. Surely they can re-consider their fixture planning strategies.
During the summer, lower league clubs get next to nil revenue.Yes, there is season ticket income but it is matchday revenue that smaller clubs need.
We cannot starve clubs of matchdays in this way. Play games when the weather is fine. Bank some early season matchdays. Don’t create these crazy fixture pile-ups. The season seems to get longer but the pile-ups seem to get worse. Let’s plan differently.