Colchester United - Hull Angry But Ref Admits: No Choice
UK time is: 13:33:59
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Hull Angry But Ref Admits: No Choice

Pat Miller, the referee who cancelled Colchester`s fixture against Hull over the weekend, has today admitted there was no alternative but to obey the weather excess surface water forced a postponement.

The ref said in today`s Evening Gazette: "If you looked at the pitch from the stands at a higher level, anyone would think that you wouldn't have had a problem.

"However, having walked the pitch with my officials the four corners in particular proved quite dangerous."

That has left the problem of when to reschedule the match, amid the comments from Hull manager Phil Brown that he thought the game should have gone ahead.

It had been thought this would be next weekend, much to the displeasure of Hull`s staff who played a Dubai training camp, given that both teams are already eliminated from FA Cup completion.

However, policing arrangements at Layer Road would prove difficult, it has emerged, because they must be notified at least ten days prior to any fixture being played.

In the meantime, Hull boss Brown may still be able to take his team abroad, while the Tigers have also announced that those who had already paid for travel to the fixture will now be able to get to Essex without incurring extra cost.

This would have impacted somewhere in the region of 1,000 visiting fans.

The Journalist

Writer: Matt_Us Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 21 2008

Time: 1:14PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Phil Brown is wrong to say that he would be first person to moan if the game went ahead and he lost or one of his players got hurt playing to the waterlogged pitch the players safey comes first.
Report Abuse
21/01/2008 14:28:00

Fair point brodie, im sure he would have, looks like it will take place on a Tuesday night, again, hope we get a repeat fixture of 'that nght'.
StevieG Col U
Report Abuse
21/01/2008 14:45:00

Real shame for the Hull fans that would have traveled down for that one, alot of them won't be able to make it back midweek, a real shame. Mind you as you say they wouldn't have been too happy if the conditions would have contributed to their defeat.
Report Abuse
21/01/2008 15:00:00

Phil Brown was heard and seen to be delighted withe the postponment but he is not going to say that to the Hull fans getting off the bus now is he? The bloke is a complete liar!
Report Abuse
21/01/2008 15:21:00

I don't think he lied, he is dissapointed, as we all were. But the fact is we will have to play on an evening now.
Basel Tiger
Report Abuse
21/01/2008 17:17:00

Brodie makes a good point, Geriant might have come out and said the same. It's better that the game was off if it was dangerous; perhaps some of his comments have been taken out of context on other pages or in the press.
Report Abuse
21/01/2008 17:55:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Colchester United Articles

Humes Dismissed! (Friday November 27 2015)

Match Day Officials v Burton (Thursday November 26 2015)

League 1 - Colchester 2-3 Crewe (Thursday November 26 2015)

Stats: Colchester v Crewe (Tuesday November 24 2015)

Striker Earns U's Deal (Tuesday November 24 2015)

League 1 Programme - 24th November (Tuesday November 24 2015)

Match Day Officials v Crewe (Monday November 23 2015)

Millwall Highlights (Monday November 23 2015)

Stats: Millwall v U's (Saturday November 21 2015)

Team Sheets - Millwall v Colchester (Saturday November 21 2015)

Archived Colchester United Articles

List All Vital Colchester Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
16. Doncaster 19 6 5 8 -6 23
17. Fleetwood 19 6 3 10 -1 21
18. Shrewsbury 18 6 2 10 -3 20
19. Colchester 19 5 5 9 -15 20
20. Swindon 19 5 4 10 -9 19
21. Oldham 19 3 10 6 -9 19
22. Barnsley 19 5 2 12 -9 17

Colchester United Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Davis delight at deal
Crewe : 27/11/2015 12:14:01
Sky Blues Look To Keep The Pressure On
Coventry : 27/11/2015 10:31:01
Sam Cosgrove Joins Chorley On Month Loan Deal
Wigan : 27/11/2015 10:26:01
12th Man - It's How We Respond That Counts
Wigan : 27/11/2015 10:02:01
Humes Dismissed!
Colchester : 27/11/2015 08:38:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Colchester v Crewe
Suggested By:  VitalColchester
Colchester win 0%
Crewe win 50%
Draw 50%