Southend sacked their groundsman after a cancelled game at the weekend. However there’s likely to be a building furore over the very late cancellation of tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy game between Oxford United and Bradford City.
The cancellation of the game came very late on, the cancellation coming at 7:37pm, a mere eight minutes before the due kick-off time. With conditions hovering around double-mitten weather this morning, Oxford United did a precautionary pitch check – confirming that the game was indeed ‘on’.
— Oxford United FC (@OUFCOfficial) January 24, 2017
The cancellation itself was at the behest of the referee, who deemed the pitch frozen and unplayable – thus a danger to the players. Whilst agreeing that it was the right decision, Bantams manager Stuart McCall was less-than-happy at the timing of the postponement.
In an interview carried out when the news was announced, and run on Bradford City’s official Twitter feed, McCall said: “It’s the right decision by the referee but we’re annoyed at the timing of it. It could have been called off earlier,” before going on to say, “The pitch was dangerous and hard and the referee has definitely made the right decision.
The 380-mile round trip that the Bantams made pales into insignificance somewhat when considering the same journey made by the Bradford City fans, fans that Stuart McCall thanked in his interview.
SM: 🗣 'Thanks to the fans that have travelled. They're loyal supporters and probably the same band that went to last week's game.' #BCAFC
— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) January 24, 2017
It is these fans that have taken to Twitter to express their anger and to vent their spleens somewhat.
Late postponement of Checkatrade trophy game – fan reactions on Twitter
City fan Emma is one of many saying what a lot are indeed thinking that something needs to be done to pay back those inconvenienced by the game being called off so late.
— Emma Levine (@EmmaLev_trav) January 24, 2017
For John, the finger is pointed directly at the ones in charge at Oxford United.
— John Dev (@johnboydev) January 24, 2017
What Thom T is feeling is exactly the level of ire that will be filling most Bantams.
Fwumin levels at Defcon 12.#bcafc
— Thom T. (@R2BD2) January 24, 2017
Bradford fan Karl proves he’s more than a bit of a Paul Hudson – and he’s spot-on to be fair.
They wanted to give the pitch as much chance as possible? Not a weather expert but doesn't it tend to get colder the darker it gets? #bcafc
— Karl Cunliffe (@KDCunliffe) January 24, 2017
Danny is one Bantam who says what many others are thinking.
What a farce to call off a game 8 minutes before kick off…#bcafc
— Danny Parkinson (@DannyParkinson) January 24, 2017
Meanwhile, this City fan calls it exactly like it is.
Stuart McCall interviewed after the game was cancelled – Pulse 2