Vital Football

Latest Colchester United News

Hull Angry But Ref Admits: No Choice

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.

Writer:Matt_Us
Date:Monday January 21 2008
Time: 1:14PM

Comments

0
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.
brodie84
21/01/2008 14:28:00
0
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
21/01/2008 14:45:00
0
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.
Boxer
21/01/2008 15:00:00
0
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!
Deeno
21/01/2008 15:21:00
0
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
21/01/2008 17:17:00
0
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.
Matt_Us
21/01/2008 17:55:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Colchester United Articles

More Reliable Than A League 2 Octopus? (22/2/17)

Time for the new special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final League Two positions for 2016/17.

Football League - Fixture Day & 2017/18 Key Dates

The Football League have released the key dates for the coming 2017/18 season, and the all important fixtures will be released on Wednesday June 21 at 9am.

Who Serves A Suspension This Week - 17/2/17

Here's a list of all the players currently serving, or under a suspension at the beginning of the week that will potentially keep them out of contention for an applicable...

Who Serves A Suspension This Midweek - 14/2/17

Here's a list of all the players currently serving, or under a suspension at the beginning of the week that will potentially keep them out of contention...

Archived Vital Colchester Articles

Vital Colchester articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Colchester
Write For Vital Colchester
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Colchester v Rochdale
Suggested By:
Colchester win50%
Rochdale win40%
Draw10%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Doncaster 32 19 7 6 64 23
2 Plymouth 31 19 4 8 61 17
3 Carlisle 32 15 13 4 58 11
4 Luton 32 14 11 7 53 18
5 Portsmouth 31 15 7 9 52 16
6 Exeter 32 15 5 12 50 16
7 Colchester 32 13 8 11 47 7
8 Mansfield 32 12 11 9 47 4
9 Stevenage 32 14 4 14 46 1
10 Wycombe 32 13 7 12 46 -1
11 Barnet 32 11 12 9 45 -2
12 Grimsby 32 12 8 12 44 0
13 Cambridge 31 12 7 12 43 3
14 Blackpool 31 10 12 9 42 12
15 Morecambe 31 12 6 13 42 -7
16 Crawley 31 11 6 14 39 -11
17 Yeovil 32 9 11 12 38 -7
18 Crewe 32 8 12 12 36 -11
19 Accrington 30 8 9 13 33 -10
20 Notts County 32 9 6 17 33 -21
21 Cheltenham 32 7 11 14 32 -10
22 Hartlepool 32 7 11 14 32 -18
23 Leyton Orient 32 8 5 19 29 -15
24 Newport 32 5 11 16 26 -15
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Colchester United Results (view all)

Colchester United Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Hartlepool United (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 28 2017 7:45PM : Grimsby Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Cambridge United (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Portsmouth (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Mar 14 2017 7:45PM : Mansfield Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Crewe Alexandra (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Write for Vital Football