The Football League Paper - - GRAHAM WESTLEY -

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.

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