Saturday 8th October
A black day for Wheres The Tea Hut...................
After spending over 2 hours in yet another ridiculous M62 traffic jam I had to divert the Match Shed from its intended match day destination and take the unwelcome choice of heading for Atherton Collieries FC for their crappy looking fixture with Rochdale Town. It was 20 minutes to 3pm and this was the only game in range.
I slung the Match Shed down one of the Atherton back streets and rushed towards the ground. How strange nobody was around? Oh no, surely not! Yep, you guessed it, it was bloody well postponed!
How a bit of light drizzle can waterlog a pitch is beyond belief. I decided to go through the gate and take a look myself. Guess what I found, a pitch with not a thing wrong with it, no puddles, no swamp, no problems whatsoever, so why did they call it off?
I asked a couple of blokes getting back in their car a bit further down the road "Why has the game been called off"? The one in the passenger seat replied "I've just had a call on the mobile that half the team are already in the pub next to Old Trafford, they've got tickets for the Super League Grand Final"!
Now I'm not saying this is true but I will say one thing with a bit of certainty, that pitch was playable! Atherton Collieries are duly welcomed to my banned list.
After the joke game I went to see at Oldham Boro last week I'm just about sick and tired of being taken for a mug, this silly situation at Atherton Collieries has been an even worse incompetent chapter.
I'm currently of the opinion that I'd be better off doing something else with my 'diminishing' disposable income.
Some non league clubs need to sort a few priorities out (or they wont have any spectators at all).