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post Sep 30 2017, 08:05 AM
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post Sep 30 2017, 08:37 AM
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Tough game this one, I'm going for a draw .
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post Sep 30 2017, 08:39 AM
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post Sep 30 2017, 08:48 AM
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post Sep 30 2017, 10:39 AM
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So it will be the first away day under the Marcus Bignot era against Eastleigh today. Hopefully we can build on the win and get a positive result, with Eastleigh having a number of players injured. I am making the long journey myself, and can’t wait for it. Come On You Blues!
Score: Eastleigh 0-1 Chester FC (Akintunde)
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post Sep 30 2017, 12:23 PM
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MATCH POSTPONED - WATERLOGGED PITCH sad.gif


Eastleigh's National League match against Chester has been postponed after the pitch was deemed by match officials as "unfit for play".

The Spitfires announced the game at the Silverlake Stadium was off at just before 12:45 BST and said a statement would follow shortly.


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post Sep 30 2017, 12:26 PM
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Infuriating. 40 miles away only to hear it is postponed for a waterlogged pitch. Come on, we are in september not February. This isn’t the first time as well, just look at Halifax and Solihull previously. What a joke.

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post Sep 30 2017, 01:05 PM
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hmmmm . lots of injuries . only a few subs . there having a laugh. . feel for our fans down there . cityscarf.gif


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post Sep 30 2017, 01:13 PM
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No waterlogging. All very dodgy.

https://twitter.com/_davepowell?lang=en

Eastleigh statement:

http://www.eastleighfc.com/eastleigh-v-chester-statement/

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post Sep 30 2017, 01:42 PM
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post Sep 30 2017, 01:48 PM
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Spotted this match promotion on the Eastleigh website...

Eastleigh Football Club is delighted to announce that every Season Ticket Holder is entitled to bring up to two guest to our Vanarama National League home fixture against Chester on the 30th September, free of charge.

In order to take advantage of this fantastic offer, simply use ‘Special Voucher A and/or B’ from the back of your Season Ticket booklet to allow your guest entry into the ground on the day.

Please note there is no need to exchange your voucher for match day ticket in advance. The voucher(s) act as a ticket to the game; please present your voucher(s) at one of our turnstiles on the day of the game.




We could maybe do the same thing for one of our poorer attended games, as we have ABC vouchers in the back of our books which never get used for anything.


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post Sep 30 2017, 01:58 PM
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At pitch side no sign of any surface water spent ten million , load of Bol , 4 hour drive from chester called off at 12-30 disgrace
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post Sep 30 2017, 02:11 PM
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from the Eastleigh statement: The club will make no further comment on this issue. Well good luck with that. I can't imagine they will be allowed to get away with that.
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from the Eastleigh statement: The club will make no further comment on this issue. Well good luck with that. I can't imagine they will be allowed to get away with that.

If the League forced them to pay their opponents travelling expenses every time there was a postponement they would soon get it fixed . Is this the worst run league in the pyramid ?
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post Sep 30 2017, 06:46 PM
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£75 fuel cost plus 8 1/2 hour round trip driving , by the sound of it they knew they had a problem, so why didn't they do an earlier inspection? demonstrated no thought whatsoever for travelling fans.
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Eastleigh and their problematic pitch

July 8th
AFC Wimbledon issue the following statement:
'Yesterday we discovered from a newspaper article that the Eastleigh pitch was being laid this week and would not be finished until the day before the game.
As a result, we arranged to visit the ground early today to inspect the pitch.In our view the pitch was not suitable to play on and so the game has been called off. We are very sorry for the inconvenience to our fans, some of whom may already have set off to the game'.

Wimbledon director Ivor Hellor tweeted '..Guttted the game is postponed today. Diabolical liberty taken with us. Very annoying'

Eastleigh offer this response -'we are confident that our pitch is playable and would have been passed fit had this been a National League or FA Cup fixture'

July11th
Portsmouth issue statement:
'Following a pitch inspection yesterday, it has been decided by both clubs to call off Saturday’s pre-season friendly at Eastleigh'.

Eastleigh's chief executive Mark Jewell said:
“This is extremely disappointing for all concerned as, deep down, I feel the pitch will be in excellent condition on Saturday".

Later that day the club announce that another friendly due to be played later in the month against Newport had also been called off 'due to circumstances beyond the club’s control'.

August 12
Eastleigh's home fixture is delayed after the referee voices his concerns over a small section of the pitch, groundsmen fork the area and the game goes ahead. Following the match Daggers manager John Still says "It was so soft you could have broken your ankle on it, if you walk on it you sink. It’s not my job to say the pitch is not playable but the referee was very concerned. If the whole pitch was like that the game would not have been played.”

When asked, Eastleigh manager Richard Hill declined to comment on the state of his clubs pitch saying “I know nothing about it, I’m not a groundsman and haven’t been to the groundsman’s academy school yet,”

Following the match this now seemingly prophetic post appears on the Spitfires fans forum -

'Disagree about the pitch, Rendel. Well the small corner near the Mackoy anyway. I was fairly close to it & it was clear from the way Dan & Mark were FORKING that area, it is in really poor condition. It is a totally different surface from the rest of the pitch because of what is underneath. The ball doesn't bounce properly on it & it must be different from the rest of the pitch under foot for the players. It was the way the drainage was done earlier in the summer & the rain on Wednesday that caused the problem. And there will be a lot more to come in the autumn & winter. It needs to be sorted sooner rather than later'.

29th September
Local referee undertakes a pitch inspection and deems it playable. A 7am pitch inspection on the morning of the match is subsequently cancelled.

In an interview with local press, CFC CEO Mark Maguire says that on late Friday afternoon the club received a phone call from a local referee to say that he had been asked as a courtesy to look at the pitch, and that in his view the pitch was playable. Maguire goes on to say "this set alarm bells ringing" so he contacted Eastleigh later on Friday and was assured there were no issues whatsoever. It appears that as the team and supporters would be setting off very early the following morning , he asked that they be informed immediately if there was any changes .

30th September
Maguire receives a phone call at midday from Eastleigh officials again stating there were no issues with the pitch. Half an hour later the referee calls off the match saying that an area of the pitch (the same area that affected the Daggers match?) was unplayable.

In their statement following the match being called off Eastleigh appear to contradict their earlier assertion that they had no prior concerns with their pitch -
'Ground staff had covered the small affected area over night to protect the surface from any rainfall which was forecast. However, the problem with this area of the pitch is not a surface water issue but a sub-soil drainage problem. Additional drainage has been installed in the affected area over the past week'.
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I spoke to their groundsman just after the game was called off.
There was no rain on Friday night but when they removed the covers from the area concerned, there were pools of water on the surface.
The work in the week was intended to solve the problem. Clearly, what they did was ineffective.
They are spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on new facilities (parts of the place are a building site) yet can't be bothered to sort a long standing pitch problem.
A weird choice of priorities.
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post Oct 1 2017, 07:51 AM
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QUOTE (old boneze @ Oct 1 2017, 06:54 AM) *
I spoke to their groundsman just after the game was called off.
There was no rain on Friday night but when they removed the covers from the area concerned, there were pools of water on the surface.
The work in the week was intended to solve the problem. Clearly, what they did was ineffective.
They are spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on new facilities (parts of the place are a building site) yet can't be bothered to sort a long standing pitch problem.
A weird choice of priorities.



And did this expert groundsman explain why it wasn't possible to get the big brooms out to brush off the surface water on that small area and then if still necessary throw some builders sand on the top to level it and make it playable, around half an hour to sort I would have thought?


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QUOTE (captain duff @ Oct 1 2017, 07:51 AM) *
QUOTE (old boneze @ Oct 1 2017, 06:54 AM) *
I spoke to their groundsman just after the game was called off.
There was no rain on Friday night but when they removed the covers from the area concerned, there were pools of water on the surface.
The work in the week was intended to solve the problem. Clearly, what they did was ineffective.
They are spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on new facilities (parts of the place are a building site) yet can't be bothered to sort a long standing pitch problem.
A weird choice of priorities.



And did this expert groundsman explain why it wasn't possible to get the big brooms out to brush off the surface water on that small area and then if still necessary throw some builders sand on the top to level it and make it playable, around half an hour to sort I would have thought?

there was no noticeable surface water not like Macc a few years ago!
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there was no noticeable surface water not like Macc a few years ago!



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If this game was called of due to an "act of god ", I would of been disappointed and left it at that. Having read the above posts it's clear to me, this game, once again, was called off at the last hour due to what can only be described as gross incompetence, absolutely infuriates me, sooner or later The league need to dish out proper punishment, as currently some clubs are making a mockery of the people who really count , the supporters
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QUOTE (captain duff @ Oct 1 2017, 08:51 AM) *
QUOTE (old boneze @ Oct 1 2017, 06:54 AM) *
I spoke to their groundsman just after the game was called off.
There was no rain on Friday night but when they removed the covers from the area concerned, there were pools of water on the surface.
The work in the week was intended to solve the problem. Clearly, what they did was ineffective.
They are spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on new facilities (parts of the place are a building site) yet can't be bothered to sort a long standing pitch problem.
A weird choice of priorities.



And did this expert groundsman explain why it wasn't possible to get the big brooms out to brush off the surface water on that small area and then if still necessary throw some builders sand on the top to level it and make it playable, around half an hour to sort I would have thought?

I was one of those people who only found out it was off when I was 2 miles away (a 150-mile or so round trip for me). So you can imagine how annoyed I was.

But I was assured they'd done the above and it was more serious than that and possibly related to the building of a new stand right by the area involved. I don't think it was anything to do with the rain a day or so beforehand.

I don't know who was responsible for the ref not turning up at 7am, as I heard different reports about that. But that was the worst part about the whole episode, as that could have saved us all time and money. On the plus side, I did get to meet Marcus. A few of us stayed for a chat in Eastleigh's snazzy new clubhouse. We got a free programme and complimentary sausage rolls (not for veggie me), but no apology - the club staff we spoke to seemed almost as bemused as we were. But you can see where they've spent the money on - those smart new facilities (the poshest I've ever seen in the Conference), and not fixing their pitch drainage problems!


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Eastleigh: 'We did everything in our power to try and prevent a late postponement'

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/sport/football/...e_postponement/
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QUOTE (captain duff @ Oct 1 2017, 11:33 AM) *
QUOTE (voice of reason @ Oct 1 2017, 09:58 AM) *
there was no noticeable surface water not like Macc a few years ago!



And Sir Tom must be spinning in his grave!



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