Clubs should have a bigger say in the postponement of matches, argues Bury boss David Flitcroft

The Bolton News: Dave Flitcroft Dave Flitcroft

BURY boss David Flitcroft has called for clubs to be given a bigger say on the postponement of matches following a wasted trip down to Devon.

His side’s scheduled League Two match at Torquay United was called off just after midday on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch, less than three hours before kick-off.

Referee Dave Phillips delayed his decision for three hours following an initial inspection at 9am, a move that angered Bury fans, many of whom had arrived in Torquay by the time the announcement was made.

But Flitcrofft, who was at Plainmoor for both pitch inspections, believes the match official should never have been put in such a difficult position.

“For me, the decision should have been made the day before and it should have been club-led,” he said.

Torquay’s two previous home matches had been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and club officials, mindful they would have to reimburse Bury’s travel expenses if the game was not called off before a cut-off time, invited a local official to check the pitch on Friday morning.

But while areas of it were covered by standing water, the decision was deferred, despite heavy rain forecast for Friday and Saturday.

It is understood the Football League are clamping down on matches being called off prematurely, but Flitcroft believes the whole process needs to be re-examined.

“We delayed setting off until after the result of the Friday inspection and then endured a nightmare seven-and-a-half-hour journey down to Torquay in rush hour,” said Flitcroft.

“Everyone knew how bad the weather was supposed to be before we set off and it rained all Friday night after we got there.

“But I can’t fault the referee who, once we were all down there, did his best to get the match on.

“He did one of the most intense inspections of a pitch I have ever seen and then asked the ground staff what, if anything, they could do to improve conditions.

“They tried using sand and injecting sand pellets in the problem areas to soak up the water, but it continued to rain and by the second inspection it was clear the game couldn’t go ahead.

“My feeling is the decision has got to be made the day before and for me the Football League has got to look at this as an early decision could have saved Torquay and our fans a lot of money and inconvenience.”

All tickets bought for the original match will be valid for the rearranged fixture, the date of which is still to be announced.

It is understood Torquay will reimburse Bury fans the price of their ticket if they are unable to make the 220-mile trip to what will be a midweek match.

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8:33am Tue 11 Feb 14

Babbar Divino says...

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• Life isn't always fair;
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Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live, as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

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Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust,

• by his wife, Discretion,
• by his daughter, Responsibility,
• and by his son, Reason.

His 5 stepbrothers survive him.
• I Know My Rights
• I Want It Now
• Someone Else Is To Blame
• I'm A Victim
• Pay me for Doing Nothing

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
Jennifer Saunders has a post doing the rounds on Facebook at the moment mourning the death of common sense. These sorts of decisions confirm the passing............. ............... A very sad day! RIP Mr Common Sense Please join me in the mourning of our great friend Mr Common Sense. Common sense lived a very long, healthy and fulfilling lifes but passed away this morning at approximately 10:17 GMT. Please join us in paying our respects. He will be sadly missed Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: • Knowing when to come in out of the rain; • Why the early bird gets the worm; • Life isn't always fair; • And, maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live, as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, • by his wife, Discretion, • by his daughter, Responsibility, • and by his son, Reason. His 5 stepbrothers survive him. • I Know My Rights • I Want It Now • Someone Else Is To Blame • I'm A Victim • Pay me for Doing Nothing Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. Babbar Divino
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10:01am Tue 11 Feb 14

binyomin says...

Babbar Divino wrote:
Jennifer Saunders has a post doing the rounds on Facebook at the moment mourning the death of common sense. These sorts of decisions confirm the passing.............

...............

A very sad day! RIP Mr Common Sense

Please join me in the mourning of our great friend Mr Common Sense. Common sense lived a very long, healthy and fulfilling lifes but passed away this morning at approximately 10:17 GMT.

Please join us in paying our respects. He will be sadly missed

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

• Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
• Why the early bird gets the worm;
• Life isn't always fair;
• And, maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.

Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live, as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust,

• by his wife, Discretion,
• by his daughter, Responsibility,
• and by his son, Reason.

His 5 stepbrothers survive him.
• I Know My Rights
• I Want It Now
• Someone Else Is To Blame
• I'm A Victim
• Pay me for Doing Nothing

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
Brilliant and sadly true
[quote][p][bold]Babbar Divino[/bold] wrote: Jennifer Saunders has a post doing the rounds on Facebook at the moment mourning the death of common sense. These sorts of decisions confirm the passing............. ............... A very sad day! RIP Mr Common Sense Please join me in the mourning of our great friend Mr Common Sense. Common sense lived a very long, healthy and fulfilling lifes but passed away this morning at approximately 10:17 GMT. Please join us in paying our respects. He will be sadly missed Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: • Knowing when to come in out of the rain; • Why the early bird gets the worm; • Life isn't always fair; • And, maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live, as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, • by his wife, Discretion, • by his daughter, Responsibility, • and by his son, Reason. His 5 stepbrothers survive him. • I Know My Rights • I Want It Now • Someone Else Is To Blame • I'm A Victim • Pay me for Doing Nothing Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.[/p][/quote]Brilliant and sadly true binyomin
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