Club statement about last night

tangysider

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It was very cold and Hasslebank had forgotten his tights and gloves.
3 of his players tripped over their bootlaces and were so embarrassed they decided to agree they slipped on a 1ft square of frosty turf.
The referee did not want to upset Hasslebank so they agreed to have a warming cup of hot chocolate instead.
 

Ping Pong

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Don't need one, groundsman didn't get the pitch playable, game got called off, simple.
Ref declared pitch playable on arrival at 6. So not groundsman fault?
Then after Hasslebank complained 3 of his players SLIPPED in warm up, ( confirmed in his statement) gave in & declared it unfit!
Do players not slip on wet & watered pitches?
Snowflakes!
 

Blackpool-rocks

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Considering the cold weather of the last few days, I just can't see how it deteriorated so much more ten minutes before kick-off. No doubt the ref looked at the pitch when he arrived and did he express any concerns then? Bit bizarre.
 

Matesrates

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Ref declared pitch playable on arrival at 6. So not groundsman fault?
Then after Hasslebank complained 3 of his players SLIPPED in warm up, ( confirmed in his statement) gave in & declared it unfit!
Do players not slip on wet & watered pitches?
Snowflakes!
Something not right, 6pm ok, 7pm it isn’t. Elf need to investigate.
 

BlackpoolsFinest

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It says a lot about society and social media nowadays when a game of football being called off can cause such a ridiculous overreaction.

In years gone by it would have been accepted with a shrug of the shoulders and some understandable annoyance by those that had been affected by travel etc.

Nowadays it HAS to be someone's fault, there is a deeper meaning behind it and someone's head must roll for it.

It's utterly laughable.
 

Matesrates

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It says a lot about society and social media nowadays when a game of football being called off can cause such a ridiculous overreaction.

In years gone by it would have been accepted with a shrug of the shoulders and some understandable annoyance by those that had been affected by travel etc.

Nowadays it HAS to be someone's fault, there is a deeper meaning behind it and someone's head must roll for it.

It's utterly laughable.
Do you think it would have been called off if the ground was full?
 

BlackpoolsFinest

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Do you think it would have been called off if the ground was full?
I have absolutely no idea, I didn't see the pitch, the same as every other single person on the planet other than those stood on it last night.
For all anyone knows the pitch could have been frozen rock solid in places, and with 2 more hours until the game had finished it could have ended up even worse considering temperatures were dropping.

But obviously someone spending £10 on an ifollow purchase that will be able to be used when the game is replayed is what really matters.
 

Matesrates

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I have absolutely no idea, I didn't see the pitch, the same as every other single person on the planet other than those stood on it last night.
For all anyone knows the pitch could have been frozen rock solid in places, and with 2 more hours until the game had finished it could have ended up even worse considering temperatures were dropping.
I agree that it would have deteriorated, but it’s strange that ours was the only game called off last night, and as we all know, there’s quite a few that are worse than ours, and quite a few that are inland in areas where the temperature would have been even lower.
 

Alfie Conn

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It should not of been called off,full stop. That was a light frost,with the tools at this fellas disposal it was embarrassing and cant even be likened to the Oyston years at the pitches lowest ebb most of them were still played!. I would imagine the officials of BFC are embarrassed and secretly fuming.
 

NewburyOne

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Player safety has to come first, let's get that straight. If the boot was on the other foot and we'd turned up at their place and discovered a patch of the pitch still frozen, we'd have every right to flag this to the ref. My doubt here is how bad the issue was, I could see several people stamping on it and forking it but what few of us know is how bad it was. Clearly the ref, groundsman and Critchley didn't see an issue. I also think it is clear Burton are trying to buy as much time as possible because of their new manager and signings. My hope is that when we do eventually play them, we give them a good hammering or even better still be the team that confirms their relegation.
 

BlackpoolsFinest

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I agree that it would have deteriorated, but it’s strange that ours was the only game called off last night, and as we all know, there’s quite a few that are worse than ours, and quite a few that are inland in areas where the temperature would have been even lower.
But we have literally no idea if any were worse than ours. It is impossible to tell from pictures on a TV screen.
I totally understand the frustration, it put a dampener on my evening because right now the only thing I have to look forward to short term is our games, but that doesn't mean that there has to be a pantomime villain, which has been made out to be either the ref, Hasselbaink or someone within BFC.
 

fcblackpool

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But we have literally no idea if any were worse than ours. It is impossible to tell from pictures on a TV screen.
I totally understand the frustration, it put a dampener on my evening because right now the only thing I have to look forward to short term is our games, but that doesn't mean that there has to be a pantomime villain, which has been made out to be either the ref, Hasselbaink or someone within BFC.
What's even funnier is some asking for an investigation by the EFL. Firstly because it's the EFL and secondly, like they have a time machine and can transport themselves to the pitch at 6:45 last night.

20's makes a good point about having the game played next day, however plans for that need to be made in advance. Now if, jeez, the EFL were to say games postponed should be attempted to be played next day and teams knew about that they could prepare accordingly.
 

Miko

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I agree that it would have deteriorated, but it’s strange that ours was the only game called off last night, and as we all know, there’s quite a few that are worse than ours, and quite a few that are inland in areas where the temperature would have been even lower.
Ours was the only game called off last night? Really?

Somebody needs to check their 'facts'.
 

Wizaard

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But we have literally no idea if any were worse than ours. It is impossible to tell from pictures on a TV screen.
I totally understand the frustration, it put a dampener on my evening because right now the only thing I have to look forward to short term is our games, but that doesn't mean that there has to be a pantomime villain, which has been made out to be either the ref, Hasselbaink or someone within BFC.
Oh yes it does...
 

HetzkeBlaster

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Years ago I remember playing on surfaces that were so frozen that your studs would click on the icy surface, but in today’s professional game the players safety will always come first wether we like a game being called off or not. The bigger picture is more worrying regarding fixture congestion until the season end. We have 4 free midweeks, now just 3 if you include Burton. There isn’t much space left in the remaining season if more get postponed, like this Saturday for example.
 

Trevvyp

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What's even funnier is some asking for an investigation by the EFL. Firstly because it's the EFL and secondly, like they have a time machine and can transport themselves to the pitch at 6:45 last night.

20's makes a good point about having the game played next day, however plans for that need to be made in advance. Now if, jeez, the EFL were to say games postponed should be attempted to be played next day and teams knew about that they could prepare accordingly.
Rotherham did it last week called off Tuesday against derby last minute replayed the next day.
 

tangerine_neil

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I’m sick of everyone blaming the groundsman. The Club should have arranged a 5pm KO.
If anything, the covers could have come off a bit later, but we all should know what went on last night - 1 team wanted to play (Blackpool) and another team (Burton) were looking for excuses to postpone again.
Anyway, I’m done with this now. JFH is the pantomime villain in this latest piece of gamesmanship. Hope we stuff them in the rearranged fixture.
 

poolseasider

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We wanted the game to be played was it any less dangerous for our players?
So the rest about us not being there and how would we know about the state of the pitch it's utter bullshit the Manager and players where OK with it.
 

BigHandsOliverKahn

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Player safety has to come first, let's get that straight. If the boot was on the other foot and we'd turned up at their place and discovered a patch of the pitch still frozen, we'd have every right to flag this to the ref. My doubt here is how bad the issue was, I could see several people stamping on it and forking it but what few of us know is how bad it was. Clearly the ref, groundsman and Critchley didn't see an issue. I also think it is clear Burton are trying to buy as much time as possible because of their new manager and signings. My hope is that when we do eventually play them, we give them a good hammering or even better still be the team that confirms their relegation.
Player safety has gone way too far over the top. Maybe players who need to stay safe should play a different sport.
 

traffordtang

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Ref declared pitch playable on arrival at 6. So not groundsman fault?
Then after Hasslebank complained 3 of his players SLIPPED in warm up, ( confirmed in his statement) gave in & declared it unfit!
Do players not slip on wet & watered pitches?
Snowflakes!
Out of interest did any of our players not slip? Maybe Burton just had the wrong boots on!
 
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basilrobbie

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I think the reaction is ridiculous as well. It's a shame, but the referee could not please everyone and went the safety-first route. He can hardly blamed for that, and he was the man on the spot.

It might have been different if people had travelled to watch the game, but none of us did, did we? At least we had Midsomer Murders to fall back on....
 

NewburyOne

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Player safety has gone way too far over the top. Maybe players who need to stay safe should play a different sport.
I don't disagree but it's a different sport and time; no/little contact, red cards for next to nothing, players out for 2 weeks with a twisted sock. None of which is for the better but it's where we are I'm afraid.
 

Ballaragh

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Before arranging a new date please consult with Burton as they may wish to sign another unattached player and need to give him[them] adjustment time!
 

clappers

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I can remember in thowd days playing on frozen pitches by the second half it would be better after everyone running round on it for 45 mins. I don’t get the it would freeze up more during the game.
It’s possible but only if it was dropping say a degree every 20mins or so but that wasn’t the case. I think it was a combination of JFH being a name kicking off and the ref not particularly fancying a cold night.
 

rememberlesshannon

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It says a lot about society and social media nowadays when a game of football being called off can cause such a ridiculous overreaction.

In years gone by it would have been accepted with a shrug of the shoulders and some understandable annoyance by those that had been affected by travel etc.

Nowadays it HAS to be someone's fault, there is a deeper meaning behind it and someone's head must roll for it.

It's utterly laughable.
In years gone by the players would have played, even if the ground was as hard as concrete. Outfield players would have stuck their trainers on and the keepers would have worn tracky bottoms. The game has gone, full of ballet dancers who would have died of fright, playing on some of the pitches in the 70's.
Still, in the days where footballers fall to the ground in perfect conditions, after feeling the slightest touch, we shouldn't be surprised.
One hard patch on the pitch, game off, it's utterly laughable
 

Fatboy

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In years gone by the players would have played, even if the ground was as hard as concrete. Outfield players would have stuck their trainers on and the keepers would have worn tracky bottoms. The game has gone, full of ballet dancers who would have died of fright, playing on some of the pitches in the 70's.
Still, in the days where footballers fall to the ground in perfect conditions, after feeling the slightest touch, we shouldn't be surprised.
One hard patch on the pitch, game off, it's utterly laughable
Well said !
 

Wizaard

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Thinking about it, I'm coming round to the idea that this is rearranged as late as possible in the season. It would be good to play them in front of a crowd who'll let them know how they feel about the double postponements.
 

poolseasider

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Thinking about it, I'm coming round to the idea that this is rearranged as late as possible in the season. It would be good to play them in front of a crowd who'll let them know how they feel about the double postponements.
You think we'll be allowed back this season can't see it myself.
 
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