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.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

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

A Vital Challenge - Ben Nevis To Face The Fear

Vitalfootball.co.uk co-owner Jonathan Fear is pushing himself to the limit in order to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis.

Who Will Colchester Face In 2016/17 (3/5/16)

With less than a handful of games remaining in the 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

Stats: Barnsley v Colchester

All the stats from Barnsley (2) vs (2) Colchester, Oakwell, 30/4/16 Att: 12,021

League 1 - Barnsley v Colchester

The League 1 season continues with weekend games, with most played on Saturday. Among this schedule is a game for Colchester against Barnsley at Oakwell.

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)

Barnsley v Colchester
Suggested By:
Colchester win25%
Barnsley win75%
Draw0%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Wigan 45 24 15 6 87 40
2 Burton 45 25 9 11 84 20
3 Walsall 45 23 12 10 81 17
4 Millwall 45 23 9 13 78 23
5 Bradford 45 22 11 12 77 13
6 Barnsley 45 21 8 16 71 13
7 Scunthorpe 45 20 11 14 71 11
8 Gillingham 45 19 12 14 69 16
9 Coventry 45 18 12 15 66 16
10 Sheff Utd 45 18 12 15 66 7
11 Rochdale 45 18 12 15 66 6
12 Port Vale 45 18 11 16 65 3
13 Peterborough 45 18 6 21 60 5
14 Southend 45 16 11 18 59 -5
15 Bury 45 15 12 18 57 -18
16 Swindon 45 15 11 19 56 -10
17 Oldham 45 12 18 15 54 -12
18 Chesterfield 45 15 8 22 53 -10
19 Shrewsbury 45 13 11 21 50 -18
20 Fleetwood 45 11 15 19 48 -6
21 Blackpool 45 12 10 23 46 -19
22 Doncaster 45 11 12 22 45 -16
R Colchester 45 9 13 23 40 -41
R Crewe 45 7 13 25 34 -35
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Colchester United Results (view all)

Colchester United Fixtures (view all)

May 8 2016 12:30PM : Rochdale (H)
Sky Bet League One