U's game against Shrewsbury is postponed

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COLCHESTER United's League One match at home to Shrewsbury Town has been postponed.

The sides were due to meet in a League One contest at the Weston Homes Community Stadium tonight.

However, after an initial pitch inspection at 9.30am this morning, the match referee has now called the game off after checking the surface again at 3.30pm.

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3:53pm Tue 28 Jan 14

down the line says...

Lets hope the Shrewsbury fans haven't left yet then.
The game should have been called off this morning. So whats changed from 9:30am, certainly not the weather!
Its all been handled so badly by all involved.
Lets hope the Shrewsbury fans haven't left yet then. The game should have been called off this morning. So whats changed from 9:30am, certainly not the weather! Its all been handled so badly by all involved. down the line
  • Score: 11

3:58pm Tue 28 Jan 14

wearebeingwatched says...

down the line wrote:
Lets hope the Shrewsbury fans haven't left yet then.
The game should have been called off this morning. So whats changed from 9:30am, certainly not the weather!
Its all been handled so badly by all involved.
There is not a lot the club can do in this situation. They did the right thing yesterday by asking for a local official to check the pitch this morning, he at that point deemed it needed a second inspection that was undertaken by the match ref, who has called it off.

The club has no say and rightly so in the decision.

I think the question has to be asked why did the local ref think the pitch would improve?
[quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: Lets hope the Shrewsbury fans haven't left yet then. The game should have been called off this morning. So whats changed from 9:30am, certainly not the weather! Its all been handled so badly by all involved.[/p][/quote]There is not a lot the club can do in this situation. They did the right thing yesterday by asking for a local official to check the pitch this morning, he at that point deemed it needed a second inspection that was undertaken by the match ref, who has called it off. The club has no say and rightly so in the decision. I think the question has to be asked why did the local ref think the pitch would improve? wearebeingwatched
  • Score: -1

4:10pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Medicated Soap says...

Yeah the club have completely mishandled this postponement! The weather conditions have not changed since the first pitch inspection, so decision to call the game off could and should have been made at 9am. An early postponement would’ve saved people a lot of unnecessary hassle, particularly Shrews fans that’ve had to turn back on an abortive journey.
Yeah the club have completely mishandled this postponement! The weather conditions have not changed since the first pitch inspection, so decision to call the game off could and should have been made at 9am. An early postponement would’ve saved people a lot of unnecessary hassle, particularly Shrews fans that’ve had to turn back on an abortive journey. Medicated Soap
  • Score: 10

4:12pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Medicated Soap says...

wearebeingwatched wrote:
down the line wrote:
Lets hope the Shrewsbury fans haven't left yet then.
The game should have been called off this morning. So whats changed from 9:30am, certainly not the weather!
Its all been handled so badly by all involved.
There is not a lot the club can do in this situation. They did the right thing yesterday by asking for a local official to check the pitch this morning, he at that point deemed it needed a second inspection that was undertaken by the match ref, who has called it off.

The club has no say and rightly so in the decision.

I think the question has to be asked why did the local ref think the pitch would improve?
No doubt the local referee was placed under a lot of pressure by the club to try to get the game on, to ‘maintain our momentum’, without thought for the travelling contingent.
[quote][p][bold]wearebeingwatched[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: Lets hope the Shrewsbury fans haven't left yet then. The game should have been called off this morning. So whats changed from 9:30am, certainly not the weather! Its all been handled so badly by all involved.[/p][/quote]There is not a lot the club can do in this situation. They did the right thing yesterday by asking for a local official to check the pitch this morning, he at that point deemed it needed a second inspection that was undertaken by the match ref, who has called it off. The club has no say and rightly so in the decision. I think the question has to be asked why did the local ref think the pitch would improve?[/p][/quote]No doubt the local referee was placed under a lot of pressure by the club to try to get the game on, to ‘maintain our momentum’, without thought for the travelling contingent. Medicated Soap
  • Score: 6

4:17pm Tue 28 Jan 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

I agree with Down the Line 100% and I don't blame the club for it either. It was the League and the local referee that are at fault for not calling it off at 9.30 this morning. With no appreciable rain in the last 24 hours, it does however prove that building a stadium on a clay bed without investment in substantial drainage systems is not a good idea. Producing a good passing team in conditions that start to resemble a ploughed field is also problematic to say the least.
I agree with Down the Line 100% and I don't blame the club for it either. It was the League and the local referee that are at fault for not calling it off at 9.30 this morning. With no appreciable rain in the last 24 hours, it does however prove that building a stadium on a clay bed without investment in substantial drainage systems is not a good idea. Producing a good passing team in conditions that start to resemble a ploughed field is also problematic to say the least. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 15

4:52pm Tue 28 Jan 14

super waluigi says...

Jeeze, some people are never happy.

They moan when Col U don't play well and blame the club when the weather is unkind.

Get a life.
Jeeze, some people are never happy. They moan when Col U don't play well and blame the club when the weather is unkind. Get a life. super waluigi
  • Score: -5

5:09pm Tue 28 Jan 14

down the line says...

super waluigi wrote:
Jeeze, some people are never happy.

They moan when Col U don't play well and blame the club when the weather is unkind.

Get a life.
But peoples point is that the weather HAS NOT been unkind!
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: Jeeze, some people are never happy. They moan when Col U don't play well and blame the club when the weather is unkind. Get a life.[/p][/quote]But peoples point is that the weather HAS NOT been unkind! down the line
  • Score: 12

5:40pm Tue 28 Jan 14

angryman!!! says...

Think the clubs actions today have been ok and the ref was at fault for not calling it off earlier. However the club must take some blame for not sorting the pitch it's been horrendous since we moved in, it has a knock on effect on fans and also the team, as mentioned trying to play passing game on a bog is not advised. There will be lots of games on tonight which have seen a lot more rain than cuckoo farm
Think the clubs actions today have been ok and the ref was at fault for not calling it off earlier. However the club must take some blame for not sorting the pitch it's been horrendous since we moved in, it has a knock on effect on fans and also the team, as mentioned trying to play passing game on a bog is not advised. There will be lots of games on tonight which have seen a lot more rain than cuckoo farm angryman!!!
  • Score: 9

6:28pm Tue 28 Jan 14

super waluigi says...

down the line wrote:
super waluigi wrote:
Jeeze, some people are never happy.

They moan when Col U don't play well and blame the club when the weather is unkind.

Get a life.
But peoples point is that the weather HAS NOT been unkind!
They (shrews + col u + the ref + the fans + the fa) all wanted the game to go ahead. It was clear at 9:30 that it was touch and go. They had groundsman working to get the pitch ready and a recall was due for 3:30. No one from shrews would have left and the game was abandoned.

Because Col U are playing better, the whole of clan negative have gone back to life moaning about the weather!!!!! Unbelievable.
[quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: Jeeze, some people are never happy. They moan when Col U don't play well and blame the club when the weather is unkind. Get a life.[/p][/quote]But peoples point is that the weather HAS NOT been unkind![/p][/quote]They (shrews + col u + the ref + the fans + the fa) all wanted the game to go ahead. It was clear at 9:30 that it was touch and go. They had groundsman working to get the pitch ready and a recall was due for 3:30. No one from shrews would have left and the game was abandoned. Because Col U are playing better, the whole of clan negative have gone back to life moaning about the weather!!!!! Unbelievable. super waluigi
  • Score: 0

7:13pm Tue 28 Jan 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

The trouble is some people who frequent this blog are so laid back they are virtually horizontal!
The trouble is some people who frequent this blog are so laid back they are virtually horizontal! BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 0

7:17pm Tue 28 Jan 14

down the line says...

super waluigi wrote:
down the line wrote:
super waluigi wrote:
Jeeze, some people are never happy.

They moan when Col U don't play well and blame the club when the weather is unkind.

Get a life.
But peoples point is that the weather HAS NOT been unkind!
They (shrews + col u + the ref + the fans + the fa) all wanted the game to go ahead. It was clear at 9:30 that it was touch and go. They had groundsman working to get the pitch ready and a recall was due for 3:30. No one from shrews would have left and the game was abandoned.

Because Col U are playing better, the whole of clan negative have gone back to life moaning about the weather!!!!! Unbelievable.
When it comes to performances on the pitch, all people want is value for money. This wasn't being served up earlier in the season so people are more intilted to voice there disapproval when paying good money to hopefully watch a good standard of football.
The last time I checked this was a free country.
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: Jeeze, some people are never happy. They moan when Col U don't play well and blame the club when the weather is unkind. Get a life.[/p][/quote]But peoples point is that the weather HAS NOT been unkind![/p][/quote]They (shrews + col u + the ref + the fans + the fa) all wanted the game to go ahead. It was clear at 9:30 that it was touch and go. They had groundsman working to get the pitch ready and a recall was due for 3:30. No one from shrews would have left and the game was abandoned. Because Col U are playing better, the whole of clan negative have gone back to life moaning about the weather!!!!! Unbelievable.[/p][/quote]When it comes to performances on the pitch, all people want is value for money. This wasn't being served up earlier in the season so people are more intilted to voice there disapproval when paying good money to hopefully watch a good standard of football. The last time I checked this was a free country. down the line
  • Score: 0

7:31pm Tue 28 Jan 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Down the Line:

Don't take any notice of Super Waluigi, for he's just a windup merchant and this is how he gets his kicks. He never has anything constructive or worthwhile to say of his own and just picks on other peoples comments. People such as this are best ignored.
Down the Line: Don't take any notice of Super Waluigi, for he's just a windup merchant and this is how he gets his kicks. He never has anything constructive or worthwhile to say of his own and just picks on other peoples comments. People such as this are best ignored. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: -4

9:21pm Tue 28 Jan 14

uptheu's says...

So Medicated Soap, it's the U's or Shrewsbury who have the say as to whether the game is on or not. . . . I don't understand some people, what are the club supposed to have done, and if the match referee had agreed the game could have started, it would have been postponed after 10 minutes with the rain we had at 5.00 pm
So Medicated Soap, it's the U's or Shrewsbury who have the say as to whether the game is on or not. . . . I don't understand some people, what are the club supposed to have done, and if the match referee had agreed the game could have started, it would have been postponed after 10 minutes with the rain we had at 5.00 pm uptheu's
  • Score: 2

12:21pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Noah4x4 says...

uptheu's wrote:
So Medicated Soap, it's the U's or Shrewsbury who have the say as to whether the game is on or not. . . . I don't understand some people, what are the club supposed to have done, and if the match referee had agreed the game could have started, it would have been postponed after 10 minutes with the rain we had at 5.00 pm
It is Football League Rule 31;1 that matters. The club would be guilty of misconduct and liable to penalties and compensation claims if it failed to fulfill the fixture at the scheduled time unless an appointed official of the Football League had deemed that the postponement (or abandonment) was wholly outside of the club's control.

The sole arbiter is hence the referee (or some other official appointed by the FL Executive); and it is hence wrong to criticise the club for endeavoring to meet its obligations. Football League policy also prevents a game being postponed unless an inspection has taken place on the scheduled day; even if on the eve of the match the pitch is completely under flood water.

It is therefore ridiculous to 'blame' the club; when these decision were made solely by appointed Football League Officials, one of which (the local referee) was not bold enough to call it off earlier after telephoning the FA HQ for advice; but with broken cloud and sunshine; and merely the threat of rain; one can perhaps see why he deferred that decision to the match referee that only arrived later. Whilst more rain was predicted (a 37% chance|); it (arguably) wasn't ever certain.

As regards WHCS drainage; soil type and similar; that is another matter worthy of investigation. I recall WHCS being heralded as the first to have a revolutionary core of chopped rubber bands. But that had to be dug up and relaid due to drainage problems; and now we still have apparent problems. But I don't recall any previous First Team postponement for water-logging since the pitch was re-laid? So is this a crisis; or just a freak weather incident? If it is a crisis; can we not sue some "consultants"; as surely this soil and grass wasn't personally specified and sown by Robbie Cowling; or is that a cue for somebody to now blame him?
[quote][p][bold]uptheu's[/bold] wrote: So Medicated Soap, it's the U's or Shrewsbury who have the say as to whether the game is on or not. . . . I don't understand some people, what are the club supposed to have done, and if the match referee had agreed the game could have started, it would have been postponed after 10 minutes with the rain we had at 5.00 pm[/p][/quote]It is Football League Rule 31;1 that matters. The club would be guilty of misconduct and liable to penalties and compensation claims if it failed to fulfill the fixture at the scheduled time unless an appointed official of the Football League had deemed that the postponement (or abandonment) was wholly outside of the club's control. The sole arbiter is hence the referee (or some other official appointed by the FL Executive); and it is hence wrong to criticise the club for endeavoring to meet its obligations. Football League policy also prevents a game being postponed unless an inspection has taken place on the scheduled day; even if on the eve of the match the pitch is completely under flood water. It is therefore ridiculous to 'blame' the club; when these decision were made solely by appointed Football League Officials, one of which (the local referee) was not bold enough to call it off earlier after telephoning the FA HQ for advice; but with broken cloud and sunshine; and merely the threat of rain; one can perhaps see why he deferred that decision to the match referee that only arrived later. Whilst more rain was predicted (a 37% chance|); it (arguably) wasn't ever certain. As regards WHCS drainage; soil type and similar; that is another matter worthy of investigation. I recall WHCS being heralded as the first to have a revolutionary core of chopped rubber bands. But that had to be dug up and relaid due to drainage problems; and now we still have apparent problems. But I don't recall any previous First Team postponement for water-logging since the pitch was re-laid? So is this a crisis; or just a freak weather incident? If it is a crisis; can we not sue some "consultants"; as surely this soil and grass wasn't personally specified and sown by Robbie Cowling; or is that a cue for somebody to now blame him? Noah4x4
  • Score: 1

12:23pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Boris says...

angryman!!! wrote:
Think the clubs actions today have been ok and the ref was at fault for not calling it off earlier. However the club must take some blame for not sorting the pitch it's been horrendous since we moved in, it has a knock on effect on fans and also the team, as mentioned trying to play passing game on a bog is not advised. There will be lots of games on tonight which have seen a lot more rain than cuckoo farm
Possibly the local ref was not aware of how slow that pitch is to drain. As Baz has said, it is on clay so it is bound to take a lot longer than other pitches.
The pitch at Layer Road was very good, not only because it had been in use for 70 years, but because the land there drains quickly, having sand or gravel underneath.
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One or two people expressed concern when Cuckoo Farm was chosen that the pitch would be a pig to play on, but they were not listened to. Then, if i remember right, we were told at the end of the first season at the WHCS that it would cost over £500,000 to dig out the entire pitch down to a certain depth, then fill it with gravel and decent soil on top, plus of course there would be several months of it being out of action.
The stadium belongs to CBC, which is not going to spend that kind of money. And presumably Robbie Cowling does not want the club to have to play home games at Portman Road for half a season or more.
So it looks as if we could end up with a massive backlog of games towards the end of the season, and the same in any season when we have heavy snow or rainfall.
[quote][p][bold]angryman!!![/bold] wrote: Think the clubs actions today have been ok and the ref was at fault for not calling it off earlier. However the club must take some blame for not sorting the pitch it's been horrendous since we moved in, it has a knock on effect on fans and also the team, as mentioned trying to play passing game on a bog is not advised. There will be lots of games on tonight which have seen a lot more rain than cuckoo farm[/p][/quote]Possibly the local ref was not aware of how slow that pitch is to drain. As Baz has said, it is on clay so it is bound to take a lot longer than other pitches. The pitch at Layer Road was very good, not only because it had been in use for 70 years, but because the land there drains quickly, having sand or gravel underneath. . One or two people expressed concern when Cuckoo Farm was chosen that the pitch would be a pig to play on, but they were not listened to. Then, if i remember right, we were told at the end of the first season at the WHCS that it would cost over £500,000 to dig out the entire pitch down to a certain depth, then fill it with gravel and decent soil on top, plus of course there would be several months of it being out of action. The stadium belongs to CBC, which is not going to spend that kind of money. And presumably Robbie Cowling does not want the club to have to play home games at Portman Road for half a season or more. So it looks as if we could end up with a massive backlog of games towards the end of the season, and the same in any season when we have heavy snow or rainfall. Boris
  • Score: 2

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