City face £6k bill as Weymouth clash is frozen out

YORK City’s postponed Blue Square Premier clash at Weymouth is expected to cost the club £6,000.

The Minstermen have already shelled out £3,000 for the fixture in travel, accommodation and food costs after travelling to Dorset on Monday with Weymouth, the Conference and Setanta Sports hopeful, at that time, of avoiding yesterday’s widespread frost.

But a 10am inspection confirmed the pitch was unplayable, leaving City to hold a training session at nearby Yeovil before making the six-hour return journey to North Yorkshire yesterday.

The financial implications for the KitKat Crescent club could have been even greater had it not been for a goodwill gesture from the hotel, who agreed to waive the charges for last night’s reserved rooms.

City will now, however, miss out on the £2,000 fee paid by Setanta to visiting teams for their televised matches with the Irish broadcasters unlikely to select the rearranged game for live coverage.

And the Minstermen will now face similar costs to those already incurred for a second trip to the Wessex Stadium.

The club are planning to write to the Conference to explore possible forms of compensation.

Communications and community director Sophie Hicks, pictured right, said: “We are bitterly disappointed the Weymouth game was postponed.

“The financial impact will be around £3,000 as we have had to fund unnecessary accommodation and travel for the players.

“The rearranged game is also unlikely to appear on Setanta, so we will miss out on the £2,000 fee we would have received for the televised match.

“Also, we will have to make the long journey again to Weymouth and we will have to consider whether we can now afford an overnight stay.”

Manager Martin Foyle said the trip was “a waste of time”.

Foyle said: “I can understand why Weymouth were hoping it would go ahead with it being on Setanta, but the whole exercise was a waste of time for us really. Yeovil’s match was called off the morning before, so we travelled down thinking this might happen.

“At least, we managed to train at Yeovil thanks to their manager Russell Slade. We’ve trained on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, so our working patterns haven’t been as badly disrupted as some teams.

“With the bad weather we are having, though, it also demonstrates there are too many games for this level. If you do well in the cup competitions, then you hardly get a midweek break, as the likes of Wrexham, Histon and Barrow will find out.”

The postponement means new loan signing Kyle Critchell will need to wait for Saturday’s FA Trophy trip to Oxford for the chance to make his debut, but Simon Rusk will now miss that game having been due to serve a one-match suspension last night.

Critchell has been cleared by Wrexham to play in the Trophy and Tuesday’s Setanta Shield trip to Barrow.

City boss Foyle also revealed he had received no inquiries about any member of his squad since the transfer window reopened on January 1, while admitting he might allow a couple of players to seek loan moves.

He said: “I might want to talk to one or two of them about that possibility, but it would be a case of where we could put them and I’d like to get some more in first as well.”

A move for winger Adam Smith has stalled, though, because Blue Square North outfit Gainsborough are believed to be holding out for a transfer fee.

Smith’s one-month loan spell at KitKat Crescent has now expired but he would have been ineligible for the Trophy clash against Oxford in any case.

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12:24pm Wed 7 Jan 09

Sir Alex says...

..And Weymouth have lost out on the £13k Setanta money which they were relying to stave off bankruptcy.
When you hear of Kaka potentially being on £200k a week if he goes to Man City then it brings home the extremes in football these days. I doubt we will ever see the likes of City beating Man Utd or Arsenal ever again (unless we play their under 16s!)
If Lewes go under in the next few days we will not have a home game until 31st Jan, and that must hurt our cashflow just when we are looking to bring some fresh faces in.
..And Weymouth have lost out on the £13k Setanta money which they were relying to stave off bankruptcy. When you hear of Kaka potentially being on £200k a week if he goes to Man City then it brings home the extremes in football these days. I doubt we will ever see the likes of City beating Man Utd or Arsenal ever again (unless we play their under 16s!) If Lewes go under in the next few days we will not have a home game until 31st Jan, and that must hurt our cashflow just when we are looking to bring some fresh faces in. Sir Alex
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1:49pm Wed 7 Jan 09

Dave Smith says...

The Adam Smith news doesn't look good now that Gainsborough are looking for a fee
The Adam Smith news doesn't look good now that Gainsborough are looking for a fee Dave Smith
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4:58pm Wed 7 Jan 09

Alan Fetish says...

Yes, it's worrying about Smith. At the least we should look to extend a loan until the end of the season. Surely there's something there to take a player from Gainsborough? It's not like we're looking above ourselves. It's frustrating as he's been much the outstanding player in the last three games.

Sir Alex, I live round the corner from their training pitch and there's no way we could beat the Arsenal under 16s!
Yes, it's worrying about Smith. At the least we should look to extend a loan until the end of the season. Surely there's something there to take a player from Gainsborough? It's not like we're looking above ourselves. It's frustrating as he's been much the outstanding player in the last three games. Sir Alex, I live round the corner from their training pitch and there's no way we could beat the Arsenal under 16s! Alan Fetish
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5:41pm Wed 7 Jan 09

OLD - HEAD says...

Yes it is dissapointing news that Gainsborough are looking for a fee for Adam Smith, but you can not blame them in todays financial climate. Smith has certainly looked our most lively attacker in recent weeks, but that could be because most of the others are way off the boil. I watched him very carefully against Burton Albion on New Years Day, and his work rate and final pass left a lot to be desired, he was getting plenty of vocal prompting from the City bench. I still think that he is worth signing, but there are plenty of others out there if it falls through. We certainly should not be held to ransom by Gainsborough Trinity. I would prefer to see us splash some cash on a good midfielder and another striker.
Yes it is dissapointing news that Gainsborough are looking for a fee for Adam Smith, but you can not blame them in todays financial climate. Smith has certainly looked our most lively attacker in recent weeks, but that could be because most of the others are way off the boil. I watched him very carefully against Burton Albion on New Years Day, and his work rate and final pass left a lot to be desired, he was getting plenty of vocal prompting from the City bench. I still think that he is worth signing, but there are plenty of others out there if it falls through. We certainly should not be held to ransom by Gainsborough Trinity. I would prefer to see us splash some cash on a good midfielder and another striker. OLD - HEAD
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6:24pm Wed 7 Jan 09

LondonRed says...

Sir Alex, i don't think the Setanta money for the home team is anywhere near 13k - maybe 5 or 7k? And they seemed to have got money from somewhere to pay for Lee Phillips...


Sir Alex, i don't think the Setanta money for the home team is anywhere near 13k - maybe 5 or 7k? And they seemed to have got money from somewhere to pay for Lee Phillips... LondonRed
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7:16pm Wed 7 Jan 09

YORKCITYFC says...

Setanta should reinburse the club for the wasted money, if they hadn't moved the game from Saturday, it would more than likely have been played. Setanta have to realise that they can't send clubs at our level to the other end of the country midweek, it is inconvienience for the fans and can cost the club money. Fixtures away from home such as Weymouth, Torquay, Eatbourne should all be played on a Saturday, with local(ish) games such as Barrow, Wrexham, Mansfield being the midweek games, these should also be the fixtures moved for t.v. coverage causing less disruption than moving fixtures such as Torquay and Weymouth for t.v.

Hopefully the club can beat Oxford and recoup the lost money and pay for the next trip to Weymouth, £6,000 if we beat them

Hope we sign Smith but I don't think he is worth a fee, he is not proven in our league. I thought he had an agreement anyway that he could leave? But as OLD HEAD says there is always someone else out there if it falls through
Setanta should reinburse the club for the wasted money, if they hadn't moved the game from Saturday, it would more than likely have been played. Setanta have to realise that they can't send clubs at our level to the other end of the country midweek, it is inconvienience for the fans and can cost the club money. Fixtures away from home such as Weymouth, Torquay, Eatbourne should all be played on a Saturday, with local(ish) games such as Barrow, Wrexham, Mansfield being the midweek games, these should also be the fixtures moved for t.v. coverage causing less disruption than moving fixtures such as Torquay and Weymouth for t.v. Hopefully the club can beat Oxford and recoup the lost money and pay for the next trip to Weymouth, £6,000 if we beat them Hope we sign Smith but I don't think he is worth a fee, he is not proven in our league. I thought he had an agreement anyway that he could leave? But as OLD HEAD says there is always someone else out there if it falls through YORKCITYFC
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10:11am Thu 8 Jan 09

Alan Fetish says...

Smith might not be proven in our league, but 65 appearances for Chesterfield would suggest he was proven in League One and League Two so I think he'd be worth sticking a couple of bob on.
Smith might not be proven in our league, but 65 appearances for Chesterfield would suggest he was proven in League One and League Two so I think he'd be worth sticking a couple of bob on. Alan Fetish
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1:04pm Thu 8 Jan 09

YORKCITYFC says...

Alan Fetish wrote:
Smith might not be proven in our league, but 65 appearances for Chesterfield would suggest he was proven in League One and League Two so I think he'd be worth sticking a couple of bob on.
Yes, but since his Chesterfield days, he has been very injury prone, I am not doubting his football ability, as he has been our best player during his month with us, I just think we should maybe get him on a loan until the end of the season first, and then if he impresses more, then we should think about signing him.

Remember how impressive McBreen was during his loan, and look how he has played since we signed him..I just think we need to ensure Smith is worth the money if we have to pay a fee for him.
[quote][p][bold]Alan Fetish[/bold] wrote: Smith might not be proven in our league, but 65 appearances for Chesterfield would suggest he was proven in League One and League Two so I think he'd be worth sticking a couple of bob on.[/p][/quote]Yes, but since his Chesterfield days, he has been very injury prone, I am not doubting his football ability, as he has been our best player during his month with us, I just think we should maybe get him on a loan until the end of the season first, and then if he impresses more, then we should think about signing him. Remember how impressive McBreen was during his loan, and look how he has played since we signed him..I just think we need to ensure Smith is worth the money if we have to pay a fee for him. YORKCITYFC
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2:05pm Thu 8 Jan 09

Alan Fetish says...

I agree about getting him on loan until end of season (see earlier comment), though I think there is a difference between Smith and Mcbreen by virtue of one being near the beginning of his career and the other at the end. Either way, we need more bodies on board and if we can't take Smith from Gainsborough we'll struggle to get anyone who improves on the current mob. Critchell has a good reputation but I fear one month loans won't be enough.
I agree about getting him on loan until end of season (see earlier comment), though I think there is a difference between Smith and Mcbreen by virtue of one being near the beginning of his career and the other at the end. Either way, we need more bodies on board and if we can't take Smith from Gainsborough we'll struggle to get anyone who improves on the current mob. Critchell has a good reputation but I fear one month loans won't be enough. Alan Fetish
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