Posted by sean on February 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm in Bath City with No Comments


I thought Tuesday’s football away day was rubbish. The coach broke down, we were late and lost the game. I didn’t think things could get worse than that night. I was tempting fate and fate is a bitch.

Yesterday, after almost 2 hours on the coach and a drive up the M5, we were told that the game against Rushden & Diamonds was off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Normally when a game is postponed, you have prior warning. The weather is often freezing cold or the heavens have sent a monsoon upon earth, drowning us all. There was none of this.

Apparently, it had been raining heavily overnight and the ground was unplayable. Now, I neither claim to have the intelligence of Albert Einstein or the football knowledge of Eric Djemba-Djemba, but to me, if a pitch resembles more of swimming pool than a playing field, I would have thought there may have been the slightest of chance the game would be in doubt.

Bearing this in mind and being a courteous and responsible person, had I been employed by Rushden & Diamonds Football Club, I would have contacted Bath City and advised them of this and requested they not travel until a referee confirms whether the pitch is suitable for football or can be loaned to the Women’s Olympic Water Polo Team.

Maybe I’m being naive. Maybe I’m too polite. Or maybe Rushden’s communications manager needs to learn to communicate.

I totally understand that in many cases, games have to be called off, even after fans have left. However, in this instance, it appears obvious that this could have been avoided and much time and money saved by Bath City and its poor supporters.

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