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Ian Wright blasts non league club with women’s team forced to play in a park due to a bouncy castle

Ian Wright blasts non league club Colney Heath with the women’s team forced to play in a park due to a bouncy castle left on the pitch.

Colney Heath Ladies, who were scheduled to play Bowers & Pitsea Ladies at the Recreation Ground in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League on Sunday were surprised to see a bouncy house on the pitch.

The team’s shock turned into anger after they were told that the match would be played on a park pitch nearby, according to a tweet from the official club Twitter account.

“We are genuinely upset to have to inform you that @ColneyHeathFC decided that a bouncy castle takes precedence over a women’s football match at tier five.

“We were informed that we had to play on a park pitch today.

“We apologise to our opponents.

“We really thought that in 2023, women’s football would be treated with the respect that it deserves, especially by our own club.

“Obviously, this isn’t the case. Can’t believe we are having to even write this.”

Ian Wright was among those to slam Colney Heath. “What happening here @ColneyHeathFC. Absolutely ridiculous. An embarrassment,” he tweeted.

Casey Stoney, who captained England Lionesses, urged the club to “do better”, tweeting: “And yet we think the game has moved forward.

“So many positive strides at the highest level but yet these attitudes still exist in the game.

“DO BETTER @ColneyHeathFC.”

Colney Heath apologised for the incident. They claimed that there was a “misunderstanding” and the women’s football team had been informed of a new pitch because a community event had been held to celebrate the Coronation.

“Colney Heath Football Club would like to apologise to Colney Heath Ladies FC.

“We would like to apologise for the unfortunate events that unfolded yesterday.

“This was all a misunderstanding, as we believed our communication with the ladies team was that they were allocated the second pitch, as we had a community event which had been scheduled since the Coronation weekend was announced.

“Colney Heath FC are fully supportive of everyone participating in all kinds of sports.”

This come after an announcement that Colney Women will become St Albans City Women next season and play at Clarence Park, while the Reserve team will be the first-team playing at the Recreation Ground.

Colney Heath Ladies tweeted on Wednesday: “We are overwhelmed by the response we have received since Sunday and would like to thank everyone for their words of support to us and our players.

“We were disappointed with Sunday, but have fully accepted the apology from Colney Heath FC regarding communication around their plans for the pitch that day.

‘Since joining Colney Heath FC in 2014, they have been supportive of our progress and women’s football as a whole. The Recreation Ground has facilitated our growth into two sides, with the 1st team now flourishing in Tier 5.

“We ask everyone to please move forward with us now in this exciting time for the women’s game. Let’s all keep growing together.”

Here’s what was said on social media as Ian Wright blasts the non league club with the women’s team forced to play in a park due to a bouncy castle let on the pitch…

@Jones_12_: The disrespect for the women’s game at some clubs is simply not good enough. Really poor by the club there. @ColneyHeathFC

@MattHuddyHudson: Disgusting . Another shameful thing they’ve done this season.

@TheExiledRobin: It’s not even a proper, decent bouncy castle

@AGlo1886: Wow. @ColneyHeathFC, what an absolute embarrassment. Can’t wait to see your next men’s game moved to the park for a bouncy house.

@evans_hellen: A few weeks back my daughters league title deciding match was played on a sloping & downhill pitch whilst a dog show was happening on the clubs main pitch 🤦‍♀️🤷‍♀️

@pinkpadie: What a fantastic example for their sons and way to show their daughters their worth! 🤦‍♀️

@geoffbooker10: That’s a really disrespectful and abysmal decision by the club there.

@HarthamLadies: Considering there is another pitch next to the main one they could have put the bouncy castle on and let the ladies play their match

@redtop63: You really do need to give your head a wobble Colney Heath FC.

@LacyM2602: This is just awful. While we can all see the top levels are moving forward, it’s disgraceful that this type of thing still happens. #disgraceful

@thunderbird_72: Questions need to be answered. It could just be poor communication, but if not, find a new club. Take your whole team to a club that appreciates you.

@laurencorbett80: Have a word with yourself @ColneyHeathFC!

@kittyrambles: This is really disgraceful @ColneyHeathFC

@Salsa58: Complete rubbish. So poor. Sort yourselves out @ColneyHeathFC – all our elite players start somewhere at least help them out!!.

@Dec_Murph: This is crazy 🙈 There is so much good going on in the womans game at the moment. Hopefully it gets sorted as Colney have done a good job with both ladies teams #Backthewomen

@JRBulman: The stupid thing is, if someone had bothered to ask the people there I’m sure 99% would have been up for getting rid of the bouncy castle & having a game to watch.

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