U's were "reluctant" to change Swindon fixture

Gazette: We meet again - Colchester United's Marcus Bean looks for an opening during his side's 2-1 home defeat against Swindon Town, last November. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO86651-48) We meet again - Colchester United's Marcus Bean looks for an opening during his side's 2-1 home defeat against Swindon Town, last November. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO86651-48)

Colchester United say they were “reluctant” to agree to switching their game at Swindon Town at short notice.

U’s fans have criticised the Football League’s decision to change the club’s match at the County Ground to this Friday night.

The League One clash had originally been scheduled for this Saturday (February 15).

But it has now been brought forward to Valentine’s night (February 14).

For more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, including a full preview of the U's game at Port Vale tonight, see Tuesday's Daily Gazette.

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10:41am Tue 11 Feb 14

down the line says...

Again no consideration for the fans.
Again no consideration for the fans. down the line
  • Score: 4

1:26pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Noah4x4 says...

U's fans that have already bought advanced rail tickets for Saturday won't get a refund. Others that originally planned to share the cost of car travel now face lower numbers on a Friday night and hence higher individual cost. I have had to switch to the CUSA coach at higher expense (e.g. rather than a car share).

Fans that favour rail accept that no-refund risk as regards weather rearrangements; but when it is to accommodate a fixture in which we have no interest; I reckon that here; Swindon Town should compensate the handful of traveling U's fans by the offer of a FREE match ticket.
U's fans that have already bought advanced rail tickets for Saturday won't get a refund. Others that originally planned to share the cost of car travel now face lower numbers on a Friday night and hence higher individual cost. I have had to switch to the CUSA coach at higher expense (e.g. rather than a car share). Fans that favour rail accept that no-refund risk as regards weather rearrangements; but when it is to accommodate a fixture in which we have no interest; I reckon that here; Swindon Town should compensate the handful of traveling U's fans by the offer of a FREE match ticket. Noah4x4
  • Score: 4

1:48pm Tue 11 Feb 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

This is all because the Football League are being held to ransom by Sky! Who are the main beneficiaries of Sky anyway, certainly not League 1 teams? As is the case the only real beneficiaries are the Premier League because that's where more than 90% of Sky's money goes. Absolutely Criminal!
This is all because the Football League are being held to ransom by Sky! Who are the main beneficiaries of Sky anyway, certainly not League 1 teams? As is the case the only real beneficiaries are the Premier League because that's where more than 90% of Sky's money goes. Absolutely Criminal! BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 2

2:12pm Tue 11 Feb 14

hungrystudent says...

Had organized a group for a group of 10 university friends to come.... now none of us are going. Cheers FL.
Had organized a group for a group of 10 university friends to come.... now none of us are going. Cheers FL. hungrystudent
  • Score: -1

9:47am Wed 12 Feb 14

down the line says...

Will Swindon Town, Colchester United or the football league be refunding fans that have already advance purchased train tickets for Saturday????
I think we all know the answer to this.
Will Swindon Town, Colchester United or the football league be refunding fans that have already advance purchased train tickets for Saturday???? I think we all know the answer to this. down the line
  • Score: 1

4:14pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Boris says...

Swindon will be collecting a fat fee from Sky for playing their JPT match on Monday night. CUFC should have insisted on splitting that fee with them 50/50. Then they could have reimbursed our fans who had already bought rail tickets, and would still have had plenty left over for the club, which must have been suffering with all those postponed games.
With all the postponements that are still to come if this weather continues, fans are probably better off going by road rather than buying advance rail tickets.
ASnd what are the chances of the Swndon pitch being playable on Friday night, anyway? They have been getting worse weather down there.
Swindon will be collecting a fat fee from Sky for playing their JPT match on Monday night. CUFC should have insisted on splitting that fee with them 50/50. Then they could have reimbursed our fans who had already bought rail tickets, and would still have had plenty left over for the club, which must have been suffering with all those postponed games. With all the postponements that are still to come if this weather continues, fans are probably better off going by road rather than buying advance rail tickets. ASnd what are the chances of the Swndon pitch being playable on Friday night, anyway? They have been getting worse weather down there. Boris
  • Score: 0

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