FA Cup: Pitch 'completely playable' claims Burton boss Rowett

Bournemouth Echo: WASHED OUT: The scene at Dean Court today WASHED OUT: The scene at Dean Court today

VISITING manager Gary Rowett felt referee Iain Williamson had been wrong to postpone Cherries’ FA Cup tie with Burton Albion at Dean Court today.

The Berkshire-based official conducted a number of inspections before deeming the pitch unplayable due to water logging around 75 minutes ahead of the scheduled 3pm kick-off.

While the Burton squad had stayed overnight, most of their supporters had set off from Staffordshire this morning, only to discover the third round tie had fallen foul of the weather.

Rowett, speaking immediately after the postponement, said: “I am not here to make a problem. There is a strip down the side of the pitch that is quite wet but the ball was rolling and bouncing. I genuinely think it was called off for what might have become a problem in the next hour or two. The problem with that is what do you do? Do you start calling games off on a Thursday because the forecast for Saturday isn’t very good?

“You can only judge what is in front of you and I think it was playable. It might have been different if the game was going to be a massive problem and the conditions very poor. But the pitch was fantastic and it was just a small strip down the side.

“I have to try to take a balanced view on what is right and what is appropriate. I am disappointed for our supporters and lots of them have travelled.

“The referee made his decision based on what he saw. I said to him I could either agree or disagree and everyone is entitled to their opinion. In my opinion, the pitch was completely playable and there wasn’t a problem.

“I am not saying it might not have had a chance of deteriorating as the game went on. The referee said it might have chopped up but you can’t call off a game because the pitch doesn’t look very good. They never would have played in the 1970s. In my opinion, the game should have gone ahead so I was disappointed.”

No date has yet been decided for the rearrangement of the tie and discussions are taking place with the FA. It could be as early as Tuesday or Wednesday of next week or Tuesday, January 14 – the original date set for any potential replay.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe said: “We are disappointed because when the away team and their supporters travel, you want the game on. We certainly wanted it on. You have to look at the positives in every situation and at least our pitch stays in one piece.

“My initial reaction when I saw the pitch was that the game could be in doubt. There was water on the top and, when you took two or three steps on it, you realised just how wet it was. Anyone coming to watch would not have seen a proper match and it would have been a bit of a farce.

“In my opinion, I think the referee made the right call, although it was frustrating for everyone. He made his call and you have to accept it.”

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5:16pm Sat 4 Jan 14

canfordcherry says...

Rowett may be used to playing on quagmires in Div2 but we are used to a superb playing surface to match the brand of football we play. Why ruin it for the rest of the season just for 1 game? Maybe he thought it would be a leveller for his boys if we were put off our normal game by the conditions. Got to feel for their fans who made the journey for nothing. Were the 2 coaches arriving at 14.15 full of away fans or picking up those already there? Correct decision by Williamson in my opinion.
Rowett may be used to playing on quagmires in Div2 but we are used to a superb playing surface to match the brand of football we play. Why ruin it for the rest of the season just for 1 game? Maybe he thought it would be a leveller for his boys if we were put off our normal game by the conditions. Got to feel for their fans who made the journey for nothing. Were the 2 coaches arriving at 14.15 full of away fans or picking up those already there? Correct decision by Williamson in my opinion. canfordcherry

5:31pm Sat 4 Jan 14

dekayedcherry says...

Well said Canfordcherry, you comments are spot on. With the style and passing game we play,the last thing we need is a "chewed up mud heap" to try and play football on ( we've played on too many of those in divs 1&2).
I too think the referee made the right call judging by the picture in the Echo of that muddy strip down the touchline and Eddies comments how wet it was just below the surface. However feel sorry for Burton fans that travelled,been there and done it as we all have.only to find the match called off. UTC.
Well said Canfordcherry, you comments are spot on. With the style and passing game we play,the last thing we need is a "chewed up mud heap" to try and play football on ( we've played on too many of those in divs 1&2). I too think the referee made the right call judging by the picture in the Echo of that muddy strip down the touchline and Eddies comments how wet it was just below the surface. However feel sorry for Burton fans that travelled,been there and done it as we all have.only to find the match called off. UTC. dekayedcherry

5:32pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Cherryfan says...

I drive a long distance so waited for the 12:00 inspection before setting off. I heard on the radio that the ref was waiting for the arrival of Burton at the ground at 1:30 before his final decision I assume to consult the Burton Manager. Then the ref calls it off! If the Ref knew already he was going to call it off beforehand couldn't he have cancelled earlier and saved us fans some fuel? Clearly the Burton boss wanted to play so the Ref didn't want his opinion before making a decision. Oh well.......
I drive a long distance so waited for the 12:00 inspection before setting off. I heard on the radio that the ref was waiting for the arrival of Burton at the ground at 1:30 before his final decision I assume to consult the Burton Manager. Then the ref calls it off! If the Ref knew already he was going to call it off beforehand couldn't he have cancelled earlier and saved us fans some fuel? Clearly the Burton boss wanted to play so the Ref didn't want his opinion before making a decision. Oh well....... Cherryfan

5:56pm Sat 4 Jan 14

abc100 says...

canfordcherry wrote:
Rowett may be used to playing on quagmires in Div2 but we are used to a superb playing surface to match the brand of football we play. Why ruin it for the rest of the season just for 1 game? Maybe he thought it would be a leveller for his boys if we were put off our normal game by the conditions. Got to feel for their fans who made the journey for nothing. Were the 2 coaches arriving at 14.15 full of away fans or picking up those already there? Correct decision by Williamson in my opinion.
I too am pleased it was called off, but I don't believe for one second that the referee took into consideration that it may affect our passing game for the rest of the season, at least I hope he didn't as that is not Burton's problem!!!!
[quote][p][bold]canfordcherry[/bold] wrote: Rowett may be used to playing on quagmires in Div2 but we are used to a superb playing surface to match the brand of football we play. Why ruin it for the rest of the season just for 1 game? Maybe he thought it would be a leveller for his boys if we were put off our normal game by the conditions. Got to feel for their fans who made the journey for nothing. Were the 2 coaches arriving at 14.15 full of away fans or picking up those already there? Correct decision by Williamson in my opinion.[/p][/quote]I too am pleased it was called off, but I don't believe for one second that the referee took into consideration that it may affect our passing game for the rest of the season, at least I hope he didn't as that is not Burton's problem!!!! abc100

6:06pm Sat 4 Jan 14

dustbindanny says...

We were all in the Queens Park Pub having a pre - match drink,when the rumour spread that ' the Burton Albion Manager' had asked for the game to be postponed, and the referee agreed with him? what a Bizzarre situation? Mind how you go in that little puddle, Health And Safety once again raises it,s ugly head?Today has cost some Fans a lot of money, (Isle of Wight fans for example) Yeovil played their match , they have had rain ALL day???
We were all in the Queens Park Pub having a pre - match drink,when the rumour spread that ' the Burton Albion Manager' had asked for the game to be postponed, and the referee agreed with him? what a Bizzarre situation? Mind how you go in that little puddle, Health And Safety once again raises it,s ugly head?Today has cost some Fans a lot of money, (Isle of Wight fans for example) Yeovil played their match , they have had rain ALL day??? dustbindanny

6:08pm Sat 4 Jan 14

SympatheticSam says...

Sorry Rowett, our stadium isn't made of rubber.
Sorry Rowett, our stadium isn't made of rubber. SympatheticSam

6:38pm Sat 4 Jan 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

I feel sorry for the Burton fans more than anything, particularly as the club wouldn't even let them into the 1910 bar for a beer before travelling back home! Come on club what kind of hosts does that make us look like, I thought we were better than that.
I feel sorry for the Burton fans more than anything, particularly as the club wouldn't even let them into the 1910 bar for a beer before travelling back home! Come on club what kind of hosts does that make us look like, I thought we were better than that. TedMacsCherryPants

6:56pm Sat 4 Jan 14

bournered26 says...

dustbindanny wrote:
We were all in the Queens Park Pub having a pre - match drink,when the rumour spread that ' the Burton Albion Manager' had asked for the game to be postponed, and the referee agreed with him? what a Bizzarre situation? Mind how you go in that little puddle, Health And Safety once again raises it,s ugly head?Today has cost some Fans a lot of money, (Isle of Wight fans for example) Yeovil played their match , they have had rain ALL day???
I am one of those Isle of Wight fans.I waited at the ferry for the midday pitch inspection to read the game is on.Proceeded to catch boat and train arrive at ground just after 2 to found out game is now off...Thanks for nothing !!!!
[quote][p][bold]dustbindanny[/bold] wrote: We were all in the Queens Park Pub having a pre - match drink,when the rumour spread that ' the Burton Albion Manager' had asked for the game to be postponed, and the referee agreed with him? what a Bizzarre situation? Mind how you go in that little puddle, Health And Safety once again raises it,s ugly head?Today has cost some Fans a lot of money, (Isle of Wight fans for example) Yeovil played their match , they have had rain ALL day???[/p][/quote]I am one of those Isle of Wight fans.I waited at the ferry for the midday pitch inspection to read the game is on.Proceeded to catch boat and train arrive at ground just after 2 to found out game is now off...Thanks for nothing !!!! bournered26

7:12pm Sat 4 Jan 14

horsted says...

if the ref said a 12 o'clock inspection he should have made the call then, on or off, simples
if the ref said a 12 o'clock inspection he should have made the call then, on or off, simples horsted

7:40pm Sat 4 Jan 14

cherrygood says...

It's always a pain for visiting supporters when a game is called off so close to kick off. I must admit that I thought the game may well be in doubt when I woke up this morning and it was raining again. It pretty much rained all morning and on top of the deluge this past week I wasn't surprised when the postponement came through. I remember the Swindon game last season when by part way through the second half the pitch was almost unplayable and we eventually succumbed to a late equaliser caused by the pitch.

Nothing like the rain to level the playing field which is clearly npt in our intrrezt. Anyway at least we are in the fourth round draw.
It's always a pain for visiting supporters when a game is called off so close to kick off. I must admit that I thought the game may well be in doubt when I woke up this morning and it was raining again. It pretty much rained all morning and on top of the deluge this past week I wasn't surprised when the postponement came through. I remember the Swindon game last season when by part way through the second half the pitch was almost unplayable and we eventually succumbed to a late equaliser caused by the pitch. Nothing like the rain to level the playing field which is clearly npt in our intrrezt. Anyway at least we are in the fourth round draw. cherrygood

7:42pm Sat 4 Jan 14

raybren says...

ITV Football shows Dean Court scoreboard " RAIN 1 PITCH 0 ! "
ITV Football shows Dean Court scoreboard " RAIN 1 PITCH 0 ! " raybren

7:44pm Sat 4 Jan 14

curryandstella says...

How come other games were called off early and ours didn't? it was obvious that it should have been called off at 12 o'clock. It would have saved some of the Burton fans 2 hours driving time. Right call wrong time.
How come other games were called off early and ours didn't? it was obvious that it should have been called off at 12 o'clock. It would have saved some of the Burton fans 2 hours driving time. Right call wrong time. curryandstella

8:07pm Sat 4 Jan 14

boyerboy says...

Another point to think about was the possible long term damage that would have been made to the pitch had the match gone ahead - we could then have had a greasy grassless pitch for possibly weeks or months , which would not help our style of play, especially down the wings.
Another point to think about was the possible long term damage that would have been made to the pitch had the match gone ahead - we could then have had a greasy grassless pitch for possibly weeks or months , which would not help our style of play, especially down the wings. boyerboy

8:11pm Sat 4 Jan 14

abc100 says...

boyerboy wrote:
Another point to think about was the possible long term damage that would have been made to the pitch had the match gone ahead - we could then have had a greasy grassless pitch for possibly weeks or months , which would not help our style of play, especially down the wings.
Yeah good for us, but that's not Burton's problem
[quote][p][bold]boyerboy[/bold] wrote: Another point to think about was the possible long term damage that would have been made to the pitch had the match gone ahead - we could then have had a greasy grassless pitch for possibly weeks or months , which would not help our style of play, especially down the wings.[/p][/quote]Yeah good for us, but that's not Burton's problem abc100

8:21pm Sat 4 Jan 14

nonnogeppetto says...

I am sure that there are arguments for and against however the ref decided and there is very little that anyone could have done. I recall a lot of supporters saying that the Swindon game last season should not have gone ahead and there was a lasting damage caused to the pitch. On the other hand those of us a bit long in the tooth can remember mud baths and hardly recognisable white lines or penalty spots, often needing the groundsman to come and repaint it! Refs are now under greater pressure because of the claims culture. As mentioned above I felt sorry for the away supporters having come such a long way.
I am sure that there are arguments for and against however the ref decided and there is very little that anyone could have done. I recall a lot of supporters saying that the Swindon game last season should not have gone ahead and there was a lasting damage caused to the pitch. On the other hand those of us a bit long in the tooth can remember mud baths and hardly recognisable white lines or penalty spots, often needing the groundsman to come and repaint it! Refs are now under greater pressure because of the claims culture. As mentioned above I felt sorry for the away supporters having come such a long way. nonnogeppetto

10:22pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Peskysquirrel says...

We were in the ground today and the pitch was wet but fine. Ball rolling and bouncing over head height. Nowhere near as bad as Swindon game last season. Sunday league would have been out there no problem.

Rumour has it that both managers were'nt that keen on playing.
We were in the ground today and the pitch was wet but fine. Ball rolling and bouncing over head height. Nowhere near as bad as Swindon game last season. Sunday league would have been out there no problem. Rumour has it that both managers were'nt that keen on playing. Peskysquirrel

11:13pm Sat 4 Jan 14

cheeriedriteup says...

dekayedcherry wrote:
Well said Canfordcherry, you comments are spot on. With the style and passing game we play,the last thing we need is a "chewed up mud heap" to try and play football on ( we've played on too many of those in divs 1&2).
I too think the referee made the right call judging by the picture in the Echo of that muddy strip down the touchline and Eddies comments how wet it was just below the surface. However feel sorry for Burton fans that travelled,been there and done it as we all have.only to find the match called off. UTC.
I have to agree with the manager or Burton on this one, I was at pitch side when the division w made , at 12.30 the inspection was made but the ref decided to wait for the Albion manager to arrive , when he did the ref called the game off any way despite the Albion manager WANTING the game to be played, I'm sorry but the ref and EH got this one wrong, Yeovil have an crap pitch have had the same weather but played, why didn't we? , revenue will be lost due to a weekday game,
[quote][p][bold]dekayedcherry[/bold] wrote: Well said Canfordcherry, you comments are spot on. With the style and passing game we play,the last thing we need is a "chewed up mud heap" to try and play football on ( we've played on too many of those in divs 1&2). I too think the referee made the right call judging by the picture in the Echo of that muddy strip down the touchline and Eddies comments how wet it was just below the surface. However feel sorry for Burton fans that travelled,been there and done it as we all have.only to find the match called off. UTC.[/p][/quote]I have to agree with the manager or Burton on this one, I was at pitch side when the division w made , at 12.30 the inspection was made but the ref decided to wait for the Albion manager to arrive , when he did the ref called the game off any way despite the Albion manager WANTING the game to be played, I'm sorry but the ref and EH got this one wrong, Yeovil have an crap pitch have had the same weather but played, why didn't we? , revenue will be lost due to a weekday game, cheeriedriteup

11:21pm Sat 4 Jan 14

cheeriedriteup says...

dustbindanny wrote:
We were all in the Queens Park Pub having a pre - match drink,when the rumour spread that ' the Burton Albion Manager' had asked for the game to be postponed, and the referee agreed with him? what a Bizzarre situation? Mind how you go in that little puddle, Health And Safety once again raises it,s ugly head?Today has cost some Fans a lot of money, (Isle of Wight fans for example) Yeovil played their match , they have had rain ALL day???
I can honestly say as a AFCB fan that I heard the Albion manager say that he wanted the game to go ahead , FFS he was on his way at the 12.30 inspection any way
[quote][p][bold]dustbindanny[/bold] wrote: We were all in the Queens Park Pub having a pre - match drink,when the rumour spread that ' the Burton Albion Manager' had asked for the game to be postponed, and the referee agreed with him? what a Bizzarre situation? Mind how you go in that little puddle, Health And Safety once again raises it,s ugly head?Today has cost some Fans a lot of money, (Isle of Wight fans for example) Yeovil played their match , they have had rain ALL day???[/p][/quote]I can honestly say as a AFCB fan that I heard the Albion manager say that he wanted the game to go ahead , FFS he was on his way at the 12.30 inspection any way cheeriedriteup

11:33pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Mike Oxbig says...

bournered26 wrote:
dustbindanny wrote:
We were all in the Queens Park Pub having a pre - match drink,when the rumour spread that ' the Burton Albion Manager' had asked for the game to be postponed, and the referee agreed with him? what a Bizzarre situation? Mind how you go in that little puddle, Health And Safety once again raises it,s ugly head?Today has cost some Fans a lot of money, (Isle of Wight fans for example) Yeovil played their match , they have had rain ALL day???
I am one of those Isle of Wight fans.I waited at the ferry for the midday pitch inspection to read the game is on.Proceeded to catch boat and train arrive at ground just after 2 to found out game is now off...Thanks for nothing !!!!
Serves you right for not supporting your local team. Regards.
[quote][p][bold]bournered26[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dustbindanny[/bold] wrote: We were all in the Queens Park Pub having a pre - match drink,when the rumour spread that ' the Burton Albion Manager' had asked for the game to be postponed, and the referee agreed with him? what a Bizzarre situation? Mind how you go in that little puddle, Health And Safety once again raises it,s ugly head?Today has cost some Fans a lot of money, (Isle of Wight fans for example) Yeovil played their match , they have had rain ALL day???[/p][/quote]I am one of those Isle of Wight fans.I waited at the ferry for the midday pitch inspection to read the game is on.Proceeded to catch boat and train arrive at ground just after 2 to found out game is now off...Thanks for nothing !!!![/p][/quote]Serves you right for not supporting your local team. Regards. Mike Oxbig

11:34pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Mike Oxbig says...

bournered26 wrote:
dustbindanny wrote:
We were all in the Queens Park Pub having a pre - match drink,when the rumour spread that ' the Burton Albion Manager' had asked for the game to be postponed, and the referee agreed with him? what a Bizzarre situation? Mind how you go in that little puddle, Health And Safety once again raises it,s ugly head?Today has cost some Fans a lot of money, (Isle of Wight fans for example) Yeovil played their match , they have had rain ALL day???
I am one of those Isle of Wight fans.I waited at the ferry for the midday pitch inspection to read the game is on.Proceeded to catch boat and train arrive at ground just after 2 to found out game is now off...Thanks for nothing !!!!
Serves you right for not supporting your local team. Regards.
[quote][p][bold]bournered26[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dustbindanny[/bold] wrote: We were all in the Queens Park Pub having a pre - match drink,when the rumour spread that ' the Burton Albion Manager' had asked for the game to be postponed, and the referee agreed with him? what a Bizzarre situation? Mind how you go in that little puddle, Health And Safety once again raises it,s ugly head?Today has cost some Fans a lot of money, (Isle of Wight fans for example) Yeovil played their match , they have had rain ALL day???[/p][/quote]I am one of those Isle of Wight fans.I waited at the ferry for the midday pitch inspection to read the game is on.Proceeded to catch boat and train arrive at ground just after 2 to found out game is now off...Thanks for nothing !!!![/p][/quote]Serves you right for not supporting your local team. Regards. Mike Oxbig

1:17am Sun 5 Jan 14

robisbad says...

Mike Oxbig wrote:
bournered26 wrote:
dustbindanny wrote:
We were all in the Queens Park Pub having a pre - match drink,when the rumour spread that ' the Burton Albion Manager' had asked for the game to be postponed, and the referee agreed with him? what a Bizzarre situation? Mind how you go in that little puddle, Health And Safety once again raises it,s ugly head?Today has cost some Fans a lot of money, (Isle of Wight fans for example) Yeovil played their match , they have had rain ALL day???
I am one of those Isle of Wight fans.I waited at the ferry for the midday pitch inspection to read the game is on.Proceeded to catch boat and train arrive at ground just after 2 to found out game is now off...Thanks for nothing !!!!
Serves you right for not supporting your local team. Regards.
The Needles are only 12 miles from Bournemouth, how local is local!!?
[quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bournered26[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dustbindanny[/bold] wrote: We were all in the Queens Park Pub having a pre - match drink,when the rumour spread that ' the Burton Albion Manager' had asked for the game to be postponed, and the referee agreed with him? what a Bizzarre situation? Mind how you go in that little puddle, Health And Safety once again raises it,s ugly head?Today has cost some Fans a lot of money, (Isle of Wight fans for example) Yeovil played their match , they have had rain ALL day???[/p][/quote]I am one of those Isle of Wight fans.I waited at the ferry for the midday pitch inspection to read the game is on.Proceeded to catch boat and train arrive at ground just after 2 to found out game is now off...Thanks for nothing !!!![/p][/quote]Serves you right for not supporting your local team. Regards.[/p][/quote]The Needles are only 12 miles from Bournemouth, how local is local!!? robisbad

2:23am Sun 5 Jan 14

SympatheticSam says...

I heard the ref and Eddie Howe are stamping on snails too.
I heard the ref and Eddie Howe are stamping on snails too. SympatheticSam

8:57am Sun 5 Jan 14

holdinkæft says...

Not to worry, the game will be played soon. OH BLA DI OH BLA DA LIFE GOES ON
Not to worry, the game will be played soon. OH BLA DI OH BLA DA LIFE GOES ON holdinkæft

9:08am Sun 5 Jan 14

bournered26 says...

Mike Oxbig wrote:
bournered26 wrote:
dustbindanny wrote:
We were all in the Queens Park Pub having a pre - match drink,when the rumour spread that ' the Burton Albion Manager' had asked for the game to be postponed, and the referee agreed with him? what a Bizzarre situation? Mind how you go in that little puddle, Health And Safety once again raises it,s ugly head?Today has cost some Fans a lot of money, (Isle of Wight fans for example) Yeovil played their match , they have had rain ALL day???
I am one of those Isle of Wight fans.I waited at the ferry for the midday pitch inspection to read the game is on.Proceeded to catch boat and train arrive at ground just after 2 to found out game is now off...Thanks for nothing !!!!
Serves you right for not supporting your local team. Regards.
My local team is Bournemouth as that is where i was born and have followed since the age of 4 when first taken by my father who was also a true supporter of the Cherries unlike internet trolls like you !!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bournered26[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dustbindanny[/bold] wrote: We were all in the Queens Park Pub having a pre - match drink,when the rumour spread that ' the Burton Albion Manager' had asked for the game to be postponed, and the referee agreed with him? what a Bizzarre situation? Mind how you go in that little puddle, Health And Safety once again raises it,s ugly head?Today has cost some Fans a lot of money, (Isle of Wight fans for example) Yeovil played their match , they have had rain ALL day???[/p][/quote]I am one of those Isle of Wight fans.I waited at the ferry for the midday pitch inspection to read the game is on.Proceeded to catch boat and train arrive at ground just after 2 to found out game is now off...Thanks for nothing !!!![/p][/quote]Serves you right for not supporting your local team. Regards.[/p][/quote]My local team is Bournemouth as that is where i was born and have followed since the age of 4 when first taken by my father who was also a true supporter of the Cherries unlike internet trolls like you !!!!! bournered26

10:15am Sun 5 Jan 14

Local fan says...

I remember driving to a match of ours at Colchester some years ago, we arrived late in heavy rain and the pitch was terrible, puddles stopped the ball in its tracks. The game was abandoned at half time. Its very difficult to decide when and whether to call off a match. Right call yesterday.
I remember driving to a match of ours at Colchester some years ago, we arrived late in heavy rain and the pitch was terrible, puddles stopped the ball in its tracks. The game was abandoned at half time. Its very difficult to decide when and whether to call off a match. Right call yesterday. Local fan

10:51am Sun 5 Jan 14

devon fan says...

Local fan wrote:
I remember driving to a match of ours at Colchester some years ago, we arrived late in heavy rain and the pitch was terrible, puddles stopped the ball in its tracks. The game was abandoned at half time. Its very difficult to decide when and whether to call off a match. Right call yesterday.
I remember that match well, when arriving in the ground before the game the pitch looked fine but as soon as the players came out to warm up the ball did not roll and you could see the surface water that was there, back in the 60s this match would have been played, the referee would not have taken into consideration as to what damage would be done to the pitch, the only thought on his mind would have been is this pitch playable now
[quote][p][bold]Local fan[/bold] wrote: I remember driving to a match of ours at Colchester some years ago, we arrived late in heavy rain and the pitch was terrible, puddles stopped the ball in its tracks. The game was abandoned at half time. Its very difficult to decide when and whether to call off a match. Right call yesterday.[/p][/quote]I remember that match well, when arriving in the ground before the game the pitch looked fine but as soon as the players came out to warm up the ball did not roll and you could see the surface water that was there, back in the 60s this match would have been played, the referee would not have taken into consideration as to what damage would be done to the pitch, the only thought on his mind would have been is this pitch playable now devon fan

11:56am Sun 5 Jan 14

bobsworthforever says...

I used to go to Colchester in the late fifties Layer road was often a bit wet but from what I remember bit of a different game then especially in Div 111 south didnt matter wether the ball rolled or not, glad yesterday was off
I used to go to Colchester in the late fifties Layer road was often a bit wet but from what I remember bit of a different game then especially in Div 111 south didnt matter wether the ball rolled or not, glad yesterday was off bobsworthforever

12:12pm Sun 5 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
I am sure that there are arguments for and against however the ref decided and there is very little that anyone could have done. I recall a lot of supporters saying that the Swindon game last season should not have gone ahead and there was a lasting damage caused to the pitch. On the other hand those of us a bit long in the tooth can remember mud baths and hardly recognisable white lines or penalty spots, often needing the groundsman to come and repaint it! Refs are now under greater pressure because of the claims culture. As mentioned above I felt sorry for the away supporters having come such a long way.
Absloutely non.....I remember the pitches resembling the old London Transport skid pan and teams of helpers with forks on at half time trying to rid the pitch of the surface water. Happy days.....great sliding tackles. LOL
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: I am sure that there are arguments for and against however the ref decided and there is very little that anyone could have done. I recall a lot of supporters saying that the Swindon game last season should not have gone ahead and there was a lasting damage caused to the pitch. On the other hand those of us a bit long in the tooth can remember mud baths and hardly recognisable white lines or penalty spots, often needing the groundsman to come and repaint it! Refs are now under greater pressure because of the claims culture. As mentioned above I felt sorry for the away supporters having come such a long way.[/p][/quote]Absloutely non.....I remember the pitches resembling the old London Transport skid pan and teams of helpers with forks on at half time trying to rid the pitch of the surface water. Happy days.....great sliding tackles. LOL O'Reilly

1:00pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Brock_and_Roll says...

I recall driving to an away game at Reading in the late 80s with scarves hanging out the windows. Was pulled over by a motocycle cop in Reading....

"were you aware sir that the game has been called off?" the copper said with a sarcastic smile?

" No we just drove here for fun"

....at which he threatened to arrest me for "cheek"

Happy Days!
I recall driving to an away game at Reading in the late 80s with scarves hanging out the windows. Was pulled over by a motocycle cop in Reading.... "were you aware sir that the game has been called off?" the copper said with a sarcastic smile? " No we just drove here for fun" ....at which he threatened to arrest me for "cheek" Happy Days! Brock_and_Roll

2:17pm Sun 5 Jan 14

nonnogeppetto says...

Liverpool is a good enough incentive for us to win on the 14th. Up the mighty Cherreis
Liverpool is a good enough incentive for us to win on the 14th. Up the mighty Cherreis nonnogeppetto

2:17pm Sun 5 Jan 14

nonnogeppetto says...

so excited Cherries of course
so excited Cherries of course nonnogeppetto

4:13pm Sun 5 Jan 14

s-pb2 says...

cheeriedriteup wrote:
dekayedcherry wrote:
Well said Canfordcherry, you comments are spot on. With the style and passing game we play,the last thing we need is a "chewed up mud heap" to try and play football on ( we've played on too many of those in divs 1&2).
I too think the referee made the right call judging by the picture in the Echo of that muddy strip down the touchline and Eddies comments how wet it was just below the surface. However feel sorry for Burton fans that travelled,been there and done it as we all have.only to find the match called off. UTC.
I have to agree with the manager or Burton on this one, I was at pitch side when the division w made , at 12.30 the inspection was made but the ref decided to wait for the Albion manager to arrive , when he did the ref called the game off any way despite the Albion manager WANTING the game to be played, I'm sorry but the ref and EH got this one wrong, Yeovil have an crap pitch have had the same weather but played, why didn't we? , revenue will be lost due to a weekday game,
I also know someone who was at the inspection and he said that the referee completely bottled it.The pitch in his opinion was perfectly playable. Rowett was very unhappy with the refs decision, Howe was not there and was taking a training session instead. I value my sources opinion, not only as a neutral, but he has been covering football worldwide for over 20 years now, and he felt Williamson just didnt fancy getting wet!
[quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dekayedcherry[/bold] wrote: Well said Canfordcherry, you comments are spot on. With the style and passing game we play,the last thing we need is a "chewed up mud heap" to try and play football on ( we've played on too many of those in divs 1&2). I too think the referee made the right call judging by the picture in the Echo of that muddy strip down the touchline and Eddies comments how wet it was just below the surface. However feel sorry for Burton fans that travelled,been there and done it as we all have.only to find the match called off. UTC.[/p][/quote]I have to agree with the manager or Burton on this one, I was at pitch side when the division w made , at 12.30 the inspection was made but the ref decided to wait for the Albion manager to arrive , when he did the ref called the game off any way despite the Albion manager WANTING the game to be played, I'm sorry but the ref and EH got this one wrong, Yeovil have an crap pitch have had the same weather but played, why didn't we? , revenue will be lost due to a weekday game,[/p][/quote]I also know someone who was at the inspection and he said that the referee completely bottled it.The pitch in his opinion was perfectly playable. Rowett was very unhappy with the refs decision, Howe was not there and was taking a training session instead. I value my sources opinion, not only as a neutral, but he has been covering football worldwide for over 20 years now, and he felt Williamson just didnt fancy getting wet! s-pb2

11:15pm Mon 6 Jan 14

rednblack37 says...

Mike Oxbig wrote:
bournered26 wrote:
dustbindanny wrote:
We were all in the Queens Park Pub having a pre - match drink,when the rumour spread that ' the Burton Albion Manager' had asked for the game to be postponed, and the referee agreed with him? what a Bizzarre situation? Mind how you go in that little puddle, Health And Safety once again raises it,s ugly head?Today has cost some Fans a lot of money, (Isle of Wight fans for example) Yeovil played their match , they have had rain ALL day???
I am one of those Isle of Wight fans.I waited at the ferry for the midday pitch inspection to read the game is on.Proceeded to catch boat and train arrive at ground just after 2 to found out game is now off...Thanks for nothing !!!!
Serves you right for not supporting your local team. Regards.
Has the wife been moaning about how tiny you are again??
[quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bournered26[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dustbindanny[/bold] wrote: We were all in the Queens Park Pub having a pre - match drink,when the rumour spread that ' the Burton Albion Manager' had asked for the game to be postponed, and the referee agreed with him? what a Bizzarre situation? Mind how you go in that little puddle, Health And Safety once again raises it,s ugly head?Today has cost some Fans a lot of money, (Isle of Wight fans for example) Yeovil played their match , they have had rain ALL day???[/p][/quote]I am one of those Isle of Wight fans.I waited at the ferry for the midday pitch inspection to read the game is on.Proceeded to catch boat and train arrive at ground just after 2 to found out game is now off...Thanks for nothing !!!![/p][/quote]Serves you right for not supporting your local team. Regards.[/p][/quote]Has the wife been moaning about how tiny you are again?? rednblack37

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