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Accrington owner urges for rule change after match gets postponed at kick off

Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt urges for a rule change after their EFL Trophy match against Lincoln City gets postponed at kick off.

Tuesday night’s Bristol Street Motors Trophy clash ended up being called off just one minute after the scheduled kick-off time due to a frozen pitch.

A respectable amount of Lincoln fans made the 130-mile trip only to find out the match wasn’t going ahead.

ANDY HOLT SAID:

Dreadful decision by Ref. Calling it off at Kick off time. Ground can’t have got much worse than an hour and a half ago. Needs stopping this shambles. Fans need proper notice. Apologies to all fans home and away. ❤️

***both teams wanted to play***

We warmed up on the pitch without incident, then 10min later it’s called off. This is no good at all. Decision needs making earlier so fans can either not travel or turn back if they’ve set off.

It’s not whether a game is off or on. It’s the decision making and information being released so fans can make their own choices. Ref should have inspected on his arrival and called the game. Allowing warm up until 10 mins to kick off before calling game off 2 mins later… than the time the game should have started, is as bad as it gets. It needs a proper fan centred protocol for timing of postponement decisions. In this instance, both teams had warmed up, both teams wanted to play…. the decisions do not take fans into account. I’ve said this before and it’s an issue that @WeAreTheFSA should add to their list of changes needed in my opinion.

One fan replied: “It’s about time the EFL brought in some sort of protocol that the game should be called off within a certain time frame. Ie, Lincoln travel for 2 and a half hours so inspection is 4 hours before kick off so plenty of notice for away fans.”

Andy Holt then responded: “I agree.”

ACCRINGTON STATEMENT:

Tonight’s Bristol Street Motors Trophy round of 32 tie between Accrington Stanley and Lincoln City has been postponed.

Having conducted a pitch inspection, the match referee has deemed that the Wham Stadium playing surface is unplayable.

A rearranged date for the fixture will be confirmed in due course.

Accrington Stanley’s Bristol Street Motors Trophy round of 32 tie against Lincoln City will now be played on Tuesday 12th December, 7pm kick-off; with tickets priced at £1 for the rearranged fixture.

Everyone at both clubs sympathises with the supporters who had made their way to the Wham Stadium, in particular those who travelled a significant distance, and it was a brilliant effort on a cold evening.

The late postponement has come at a significant financial cost to both clubs, as will completing the game.

Both clubs will share the costs of the postponement and the rearranged fixture:

– Tickets for the rearranged game will be priced at £1 for all supporters.

– Supporters can get a full refund and then purchase one at the new price if they wish.

– iFollow Stanley passes will remain valid and refunds can be requested via ifollow@efl.com.

We are grateful for everyone who made their way to the Wham Stadium, and apologise for the inconvenience and financial cost incurred.

LINCOLN STATEMENT:

City’s Bristol Street Motors Trophy fixture at Accrington Stanley was postponed due to a frozen playing surface.

City supporters who traveled are asked to keep hold of purchase proof for both match tickets and travel. 

Everyone at the club would like to thank those who made the journey to Lancashire and shares their disappointment at the late postponement of the fixture.about:blank

City’s trip to Accrington Stanley has been rearranged for Tuesday 12 December (7pm), with entry £1 for all supporters and free travel provided to Imps fans travelling from Lincoln to the game.

Everyone at both clubs sympathises with the supporters who had made their way to the Wham Stadium for the fixture, in particular those who travelled significant distance. It was a brilliant effort on a cold evening from both sets of supporters.

The late postponement has come at significant financial cost to both clubs, as will completing the fixture on the rearranged date. The clubs will share the costs of the postponement and rearranged game.about:blank

  • Tickets for the rearranged game will be £1 for all supporters
  • Those who had a ticket for the postponed fixture can get a full refund from Accrington and purchase one at the new price if they wish.
  • Travel on City’s official supporters coaches will be free for anyone who wishes to attend.
  • iFollow passes will remain valid for the rearranged fixture, and refunds can be requested via ifollow@efl.com.

We are grateful for everyone who made their way to the stadium and sorry for the inconvenience and financial cost incurred. Both clubs share your frustrations, but the above measures have been agreed through the two clubs working together in recognition of this.

The coaches will depart the LNER Stadium at 2.15pm. To book your place, please contact the ticket office on 01522 880011 or email tickets@theredimps.com.

Twitter users reacted after the Accrington owner Andy Holt urges for a rule change having as the match gets postponed at kick off…

@RussWWFC: Poor from the ref, should be played unless called off with good notice.

@jorich21: More and more disregard for fans. When times are tough but fans want to support their club, they are then having to pay out money and not even see a game! Absolute madness. Feel for all the fans affected last night and the club too, decision should have been made much earlier

@willorwillnot88: FA should be forced to cover everyone’s costs. Clubs and fans. Disgraceful decision

@ST_1982: Cancelling that lunchtime pitch inspection was a great idea. Well done to all concerned 👏

@jeremychipp1: Couldn’t agree more Andy total disregard for supporters clubs and owners. It’s bad enough travelling from Lincoln, but we would have been furious with refs if we had come from Chelmsford in days of old there would have been no debate it would have been on sorry rant over

@Goldsy1978: Get why initial inspection cancelled, if pitch was fine. But you could see the weather forecast – why no inspection later, say at 5? Any precautions to stop pitch freezing, eg lamps on problem areas, covers? And certainly not good enough from the officials either. Shambles.

@RhysCox18: Surely the ref was out there warming up? Or there a good few hours before kick off!? Did he get a call from the missus telling him not to be late home for tea or something 😡

@Redimp73: Not your fault Andy , but what a shambles ? Cancelled the planned lunchtime inspection as no issues or non expected , and then call it off at 7.45 ?

@ReadstonCon: We have the worst officials in the world in this country.

@neilhaj: FANtastic gesture 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

@ASFCPlayers:
Great move from the club! 👏
“The club that doesn’t care about fans”

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