Manager shaken by League Two log-jam

Manager shaken by League Two log-jam

Manager shaken by League Two log-jam

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Bury boss David Flitcroft has called for the Football League season to be extended following a succession of postponements that leaves them with four games in hand on York City.

The Shakers’ last three fixtures have been called off and they have played just twice since January 18 in League Two.

Flitcroft’s men have four games in hand on the 11th-placed Minstermen – while Newport have five – and face a gruelling schedule down the closing stretch as they try to fit games into the final few months. Bury still have 18 League games left to play, with their final clash due to be on May 3.

Said Flitcroft: “What I can’t accept is (playing) Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday – four games in a week potentially. It’s too much for the players. We’re putting players at risk. The commitment of the fans – we’re asking them to pay four times a week, it’s wrong.

“The season has to be extended. It’s no good looking at solutions when it’s too late.”

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4:02pm Tue 18 Feb 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Do what other clubs do, invest some money in your pitch and stop moaning. Play off dates at Wembley can't be changed things are set in place.
Do what other clubs do, invest some money in your pitch and stop moaning. Play off dates at Wembley can't be changed things are set in place. T.R.M1974
  • Score: 9

4:26pm Tue 18 Feb 14

OLD - HEAD says...

T.R.M1974 wrote:
Do what other clubs do, invest some money in your pitch and stop moaning. Play off dates at Wembley can't be changed things are set in place.
To be fair quite a few postponements for Bury have not been for home fixtures. Their games at Torquay and Mansfield were late call-offs due to the adverse weather conditions. But I agree that its very unlikely that the league will extend the season. I think that City are very fortunate to have not missed matches during this wet spell. Points on the board are much better than games in hand.
[quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Do what other clubs do, invest some money in your pitch and stop moaning. Play off dates at Wembley can't be changed things are set in place.[/p][/quote]To be fair quite a few postponements for Bury have not been for home fixtures. Their games at Torquay and Mansfield were late call-offs due to the adverse weather conditions. But I agree that its very unlikely that the league will extend the season. I think that City are very fortunate to have not missed matches during this wet spell. Points on the board are much better than games in hand. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 13

9:06pm Tue 18 Feb 14

bill bailey says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
Do what other clubs do, invest some money in your pitch and stop moaning. Play off dates at Wembley can't be changed things are set in place.
To be fair quite a few postponements for Bury have not been for home fixtures. Their games at Torquay and Mansfield were late call-offs due to the adverse weather conditions. But I agree that its very unlikely that the league will extend the season. I think that City are very fortunate to have not missed matches during this wet spell. Points on the board are much better than games in hand.
One of their matches is against us , I agree we have the points that's important , there will be meeting at the top soon on the benefits of
3G Artificial pitches either that or have a mid season break. I think with success at Leicester City where their pitch is part artificial / grass have merit. At the moment the whole FL is becoming a bit of a farce. but having said that they have their masters to please The Money Masters.
It would be interesting what TRM1974 meant investing in their pitch did he mean a G3 pitch ?
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Do what other clubs do, invest some money in your pitch and stop moaning. Play off dates at Wembley can't be changed things are set in place.[/p][/quote]To be fair quite a few postponements for Bury have not been for home fixtures. Their games at Torquay and Mansfield were late call-offs due to the adverse weather conditions. But I agree that its very unlikely that the league will extend the season. I think that City are very fortunate to have not missed matches during this wet spell. Points on the board are much better than games in hand.[/p][/quote]One of their matches is against us , I agree we have the points that's important , there will be meeting at the top soon on the benefits of 3G Artificial pitches either that or have a mid season break. I think with success at Leicester City where their pitch is part artificial / grass have merit. At the moment the whole FL is becoming a bit of a farce. but having said that they have their masters to please The Money Masters. It would be interesting what TRM1974 meant investing in their pitch did he mean a G3 pitch ? bill bailey
  • Score: -5

8:33am Wed 19 Feb 14

BorderReiver says...

Are we not up to 4G now (or is that just mobiles) ???
Conference team aren't allowed artificial pitches, so there's no chance for League teams unless there is a complete change in viewpoint.
Are we not up to 4G now (or is that just mobiles) ??? Conference team aren't allowed artificial pitches, so there's no chance for League teams unless there is a complete change in viewpoint. BorderReiver
  • Score: -1

10:18am Wed 19 Feb 14

T.R.M1974 says...

bill bailey wrote:
OLD - HEAD wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
Do what other clubs do, invest some money in your pitch and stop moaning. Play off dates at Wembley can't be changed things are set in place.
To be fair quite a few postponements for Bury have not been for home fixtures. Their games at Torquay and Mansfield were late call-offs due to the adverse weather conditions. But I agree that its very unlikely that the league will extend the season. I think that City are very fortunate to have not missed matches during this wet spell. Points on the board are much better than games in hand.
One of their matches is against us , I agree we have the points that's important , there will be meeting at the top soon on the benefits of
3G Artificial pitches either that or have a mid season break. I think with success at Leicester City where their pitch is part artificial / grass have merit. At the moment the whole FL is becoming a bit of a farce. but having said that they have their masters to please The Money Masters.
It would be interesting what TRM1974 meant investing in their pitch did he mean a G3 pitch ?
Bill i'm talking about up to date drainage systems, playing suface's like the one at Leicester (there was talk of one like that if we ever get our new ground built) you have to move with the times. If your pitch aint up to standard what do you do? Its fundamental, this crazy weather is here to stay. Like i said Flitcroft can keep moaning about it but what he needs to be doing is working with his chairman and grounds staff to find a solutions. Even we sorted out our pitch to some extent when we were in the conference and we had sod all money
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Do what other clubs do, invest some money in your pitch and stop moaning. Play off dates at Wembley can't be changed things are set in place.[/p][/quote]To be fair quite a few postponements for Bury have not been for home fixtures. Their games at Torquay and Mansfield were late call-offs due to the adverse weather conditions. But I agree that its very unlikely that the league will extend the season. I think that City are very fortunate to have not missed matches during this wet spell. Points on the board are much better than games in hand.[/p][/quote]One of their matches is against us , I agree we have the points that's important , there will be meeting at the top soon on the benefits of 3G Artificial pitches either that or have a mid season break. I think with success at Leicester City where their pitch is part artificial / grass have merit. At the moment the whole FL is becoming a bit of a farce. but having said that they have their masters to please The Money Masters. It would be interesting what TRM1974 meant investing in their pitch did he mean a G3 pitch ?[/p][/quote]Bill i'm talking about up to date drainage systems, playing suface's like the one at Leicester (there was talk of one like that if we ever get our new ground built) you have to move with the times. If your pitch aint up to standard what do you do? Its fundamental, this crazy weather is here to stay. Like i said Flitcroft can keep moaning about it but what he needs to be doing is working with his chairman and grounds staff to find a solutions. Even we sorted out our pitch to some extent when we were in the conference and we had sod all money T.R.M1974
  • Score: 6

1:45pm Wed 19 Feb 14

YoRkIe59 says...

its still a long way from any team having to play sat , tues thurs sat yet weve had worse and more pressing fixture jams before much closer to the end of the season if theyve missed so many games the players should be well rested and be able to stand a few wekks of two games a week surely.
its still a long way from any team having to play sat , tues thurs sat yet weve had worse and more pressing fixture jams before much closer to the end of the season if theyve missed so many games the players should be well rested and be able to stand a few wekks of two games a week surely. YoRkIe59
  • Score: 3

2:07pm Wed 19 Feb 14

bill bailey says...

T.R.M1974 wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
OLD - HEAD wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
Do what other clubs do, invest some money in your pitch and stop moaning. Play off dates at Wembley can't be changed things are set in place.
To be fair quite a few postponements for Bury have not been for home fixtures. Their games at Torquay and Mansfield were late call-offs due to the adverse weather conditions. But I agree that its very unlikely that the league will extend the season. I think that City are very fortunate to have not missed matches during this wet spell. Points on the board are much better than games in hand.
One of their matches is against us , I agree we have the points that's important , there will be meeting at the top soon on the benefits of
3G Artificial pitches either that or have a mid season break. I think with success at Leicester City where their pitch is part artificial / grass have merit. At the moment the whole FL is becoming a bit of a farce. but having said that they have their masters to please The Money Masters.
It would be interesting what TRM1974 meant investing in their pitch did he mean a G3 pitch ?
Bill i'm talking about up to date drainage systems, playing suface's like the one at Leicester (there was talk of one like that if we ever get our new ground built) you have to move with the times. If your pitch aint up to standard what do you do? Its fundamental, this crazy weather is here to stay. Like i said Flitcroft can keep moaning about it but what he needs to be doing is working with his chairman and grounds staff to find a solutions. Even we sorted out our pitch to some extent when we were in the conference and we had sod all money
Yes you are right, Artificial pitches are the future it might be a mixture but those that that don't see the benefits are living in the past. Every Sunday I watch 11yr old boys playing on plough fields this time of the year, I also watch them on Friday nights on artificial pitches,the same lads look different players.
they are able to the skills we know they have,
[quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Do what other clubs do, invest some money in your pitch and stop moaning. Play off dates at Wembley can't be changed things are set in place.[/p][/quote]To be fair quite a few postponements for Bury have not been for home fixtures. Their games at Torquay and Mansfield were late call-offs due to the adverse weather conditions. But I agree that its very unlikely that the league will extend the season. I think that City are very fortunate to have not missed matches during this wet spell. Points on the board are much better than games in hand.[/p][/quote]One of their matches is against us , I agree we have the points that's important , there will be meeting at the top soon on the benefits of 3G Artificial pitches either that or have a mid season break. I think with success at Leicester City where their pitch is part artificial / grass have merit. At the moment the whole FL is becoming a bit of a farce. but having said that they have their masters to please The Money Masters. It would be interesting what TRM1974 meant investing in their pitch did he mean a G3 pitch ?[/p][/quote]Bill i'm talking about up to date drainage systems, playing suface's like the one at Leicester (there was talk of one like that if we ever get our new ground built) you have to move with the times. If your pitch aint up to standard what do you do? Its fundamental, this crazy weather is here to stay. Like i said Flitcroft can keep moaning about it but what he needs to be doing is working with his chairman and grounds staff to find a solutions. Even we sorted out our pitch to some extent when we were in the conference and we had sod all money[/p][/quote]Yes you are right, Artificial pitches are the future it might be a mixture but those that that don't see the benefits are living in the past. Every Sunday I watch 11yr old boys playing on plough fields this time of the year, I also watch them on Friday nights on artificial pitches,the same lads look different players. they are able to the skills we know they have, bill bailey
  • Score: 0

2:52pm Wed 19 Feb 14

FortessBC says...

Funny isn't it. Bury would have been raring to go last night against Accrington after having lots of postponements but couldn't beat the 10 men of Accrington for a whole hour. Just makes you realise what a good professional performance by city beating Plymouth 4-0. Points on the board are worth their weight in gold when teams are playing catch-up. As other posters have said lets get to 50 points as quickly as possible and kick-on from there.
Funny isn't it. Bury would have been raring to go last night against Accrington after having lots of postponements but couldn't beat the 10 men of Accrington for a whole hour. Just makes you realise what a good professional performance by city beating Plymouth 4-0. Points on the board are worth their weight in gold when teams are playing catch-up. As other posters have said lets get to 50 points as quickly as possible and kick-on from there. FortessBC
  • Score: 2

3:08pm Wed 19 Feb 14

T.R.M1974 says...

bill bailey wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
OLD - HEAD wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
Do what other clubs do, invest some money in your pitch and stop moaning. Play off dates at Wembley can't be changed things are set in place.
To be fair quite a few postponements for Bury have not been for home fixtures. Their games at Torquay and Mansfield were late call-offs due to the adverse weather conditions. But I agree that its very unlikely that the league will extend the season. I think that City are very fortunate to have not missed matches during this wet spell. Points on the board are much better than games in hand.
One of their matches is against us , I agree we have the points that's important , there will be meeting at the top soon on the benefits of
3G Artificial pitches either that or have a mid season break. I think with success at Leicester City where their pitch is part artificial / grass have merit. At the moment the whole FL is becoming a bit of a farce. but having said that they have their masters to please The Money Masters.
It would be interesting what TRM1974 meant investing in their pitch did he mean a G3 pitch ?
Bill i'm talking about up to date drainage systems, playing suface's like the one at Leicester (there was talk of one like that if we ever get our new ground built) you have to move with the times. If your pitch aint up to standard what do you do? Its fundamental, this crazy weather is here to stay. Like i said Flitcroft can keep moaning about it but what he needs to be doing is working with his chairman and grounds staff to find a solutions. Even we sorted out our pitch to some extent when we were in the conference and we had sod all money
Yes you are right, Artificial pitches are the future it might be a mixture but those that that don't see the benefits are living in the past. Every Sunday I watch 11yr old boys playing on plough fields this time of the year, I also watch them on Friday nights on artificial pitches,the same lads look different players.
they are able to the skills we know they have,
I have not mentioned full artificial pitches, for me football needs to be played on grass a mixture of the two seems to work i think Wembley has this type of surface. But you look at all the rain down south and Plymouth's surface looked top draw so it is achievable. By the way a good player looks good on any surface, your born with natural skill
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Do what other clubs do, invest some money in your pitch and stop moaning. Play off dates at Wembley can't be changed things are set in place.[/p][/quote]To be fair quite a few postponements for Bury have not been for home fixtures. Their games at Torquay and Mansfield were late call-offs due to the adverse weather conditions. But I agree that its very unlikely that the league will extend the season. I think that City are very fortunate to have not missed matches during this wet spell. Points on the board are much better than games in hand.[/p][/quote]One of their matches is against us , I agree we have the points that's important , there will be meeting at the top soon on the benefits of 3G Artificial pitches either that or have a mid season break. I think with success at Leicester City where their pitch is part artificial / grass have merit. At the moment the whole FL is becoming a bit of a farce. but having said that they have their masters to please The Money Masters. It would be interesting what TRM1974 meant investing in their pitch did he mean a G3 pitch ?[/p][/quote]Bill i'm talking about up to date drainage systems, playing suface's like the one at Leicester (there was talk of one like that if we ever get our new ground built) you have to move with the times. If your pitch aint up to standard what do you do? Its fundamental, this crazy weather is here to stay. Like i said Flitcroft can keep moaning about it but what he needs to be doing is working with his chairman and grounds staff to find a solutions. Even we sorted out our pitch to some extent when we were in the conference and we had sod all money[/p][/quote]Yes you are right, Artificial pitches are the future it might be a mixture but those that that don't see the benefits are living in the past. Every Sunday I watch 11yr old boys playing on plough fields this time of the year, I also watch them on Friday nights on artificial pitches,the same lads look different players. they are able to the skills we know they have,[/p][/quote]I have not mentioned full artificial pitches, for me football needs to be played on grass a mixture of the two seems to work i think Wembley has this type of surface. But you look at all the rain down south and Plymouth's surface looked top draw so it is achievable. By the way a good player looks good on any surface, your born with natural skill T.R.M1974
  • Score: 3

4:44pm Wed 19 Feb 14

bill bailey says...

T.R.M1974 wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
OLD - HEAD wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
Do what other clubs do, invest some money in your pitch and stop moaning. Play off dates at Wembley can't be changed things are set in place.
To be fair quite a few postponements for Bury have not been for home fixtures. Their games at Torquay and Mansfield were late call-offs due to the adverse weather conditions. But I agree that its very unlikely that the league will extend the season. I think that City are very fortunate to have not missed matches during this wet spell. Points on the board are much better than games in hand.
One of their matches is against us , I agree we have the points that's important , there will be meeting at the top soon on the benefits of
3G Artificial pitches either that or have a mid season break. I think with success at Leicester City where their pitch is part artificial / grass have merit. At the moment the whole FL is becoming a bit of a farce. but having said that they have their masters to please The Money Masters.
It would be interesting what TRM1974 meant investing in their pitch did he mean a G3 pitch ?
Bill i'm talking about up to date drainage systems, playing suface's like the one at Leicester (there was talk of one like that if we ever get our new ground built) you have to move with the times. If your pitch aint up to standard what do you do? Its fundamental, this crazy weather is here to stay. Like i said Flitcroft can keep moaning about it but what he needs to be doing is working with his chairman and grounds staff to find a solutions. Even we sorted out our pitch to some extent when we were in the conference and we had sod all money
Yes you are right, Artificial pitches are the future it might be a mixture but those that that don't see the benefits are living in the past. Every Sunday I watch 11yr old boys playing on plough fields this time of the year, I also watch them on Friday nights on artificial pitches,the same lads look different players.
they are able to the skills we know they have,
I have not mentioned full artificial pitches, for me football needs to be played on grass a mixture of the two seems to work i think Wembley has this type of surface. But you look at all the rain down south and Plymouth's surface looked top draw so it is achievable. By the way a good player looks good on any surface, your born with natural skill
You are right, Natural Skills are in the genes , but if your playing in mud like I saw kids last Sunday they are struggling to roll the ball and judge their passes
Their coaches teach them to keep the ball on the ground but if the ball sticks in the mud 50% of the time the B game is as many have said on here Hoofball ,
and that isn't what we want then to do. If England want to advance through our young players we have to standardise the playing surfaces, at the present time
we don't have the players of the top Spanish, German, and the rest of the HOT
countries.who play on top class grass surfaces.If you say we have, How come
Man city.Arsenal to mention just two have 85% overseas players in their quads .
[quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Do what other clubs do, invest some money in your pitch and stop moaning. Play off dates at Wembley can't be changed things are set in place.[/p][/quote]To be fair quite a few postponements for Bury have not been for home fixtures. Their games at Torquay and Mansfield were late call-offs due to the adverse weather conditions. But I agree that its very unlikely that the league will extend the season. I think that City are very fortunate to have not missed matches during this wet spell. Points on the board are much better than games in hand.[/p][/quote]One of their matches is against us , I agree we have the points that's important , there will be meeting at the top soon on the benefits of 3G Artificial pitches either that or have a mid season break. I think with success at Leicester City where their pitch is part artificial / grass have merit. At the moment the whole FL is becoming a bit of a farce. but having said that they have their masters to please The Money Masters. It would be interesting what TRM1974 meant investing in their pitch did he mean a G3 pitch ?[/p][/quote]Bill i'm talking about up to date drainage systems, playing suface's like the one at Leicester (there was talk of one like that if we ever get our new ground built) you have to move with the times. If your pitch aint up to standard what do you do? Its fundamental, this crazy weather is here to stay. Like i said Flitcroft can keep moaning about it but what he needs to be doing is working with his chairman and grounds staff to find a solutions. Even we sorted out our pitch to some extent when we were in the conference and we had sod all money[/p][/quote]Yes you are right, Artificial pitches are the future it might be a mixture but those that that don't see the benefits are living in the past. Every Sunday I watch 11yr old boys playing on plough fields this time of the year, I also watch them on Friday nights on artificial pitches,the same lads look different players. they are able to the skills we know they have,[/p][/quote]I have not mentioned full artificial pitches, for me football needs to be played on grass a mixture of the two seems to work i think Wembley has this type of surface. But you look at all the rain down south and Plymouth's surface looked top draw so it is achievable. By the way a good player looks good on any surface, your born with natural skill[/p][/quote]You are right, Natural Skills are in the genes , but if your playing in mud like I saw kids last Sunday they are struggling to roll the ball and judge their passes Their coaches teach them to keep the ball on the ground but if the ball sticks in the mud 50% of the time the B game is as many have said on here Hoofball , and that isn't what we want then to do. If England want to advance through our young players we have to standardise the playing surfaces, at the present time we don't have the players of the top Spanish, German, and the rest of the HOT countries.who play on top class grass surfaces.If you say we have, How come Man city.Arsenal to mention just two have 85% overseas players in their quads . bill bailey
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