Who at Dulwich decided that the game would definately be going ahead this morning? I'm no expert but when I saw the pitch I was very, very doubtful indeed. The tarpaulin with the heater blasting into it wasn't a good sign either.
Just wondering if it was a qualified official at all or a member of their own staff.
We got There as they called it off. Spoke to the players who said they wanted to play. It says on the website it was down to the ref but in the interview with jay he said it was down to him and the dulwich manager who called it off. The pitch looked ok and all credit to dulwich supporters for getting the pitch sorted to the condition it was in.
so it would appear as though this mornings 'inspection' was undertaken by a local referee and according to saunders there is no way that this game could ever have been on. absolute farce, dulwich and those spouting completely incorrect info should hang their heads in shame, misleading so many stones fans. there is optimism and then there is telling lies. disgraceful.
The managers may have had some influence, but there is only one man who makes the final descision when it comes to the pitch, the ref. If he really thought it was that playable the game would've gone ahead.
if thats the case how can the ref say the ground was ok at 1030am and then 3 hours later say the ground was unplayable when the weather hadnt changed, its a disgrace
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Simply put...our Club did everything we could to get the game on, we thought we could have played, but at the end of the day we're no experts, & the final decision was made by the match referee.
When games are in doubt it is standard practice to call in a local referee to do an inspection, he must be Ryman level qualified. He agreed to have the game on, while speaking to the match referee on the phone. But the final decision IS with the match referee. When he arrived he though the game could go ahead, but he then had to listen to, & was naturally influenced by, the opinions of both managers, who were concerned about some smaller parts that had not 100% thawed, which is why we had an industrial blower on the pitch. It was just not to be...
We would not have attempted to get the game on if we didn't think we had a chance of playing the game. Over the years I have made similar journeys for postponements, to places like Woking, St Albans, Hitchin & Worthing...to name a few off the top of my head.
It's not nice when it happens, but it wasn't done deliberately.
I don't harbour any ill will towards Dulwich, in fact several years ago they were the only game on in South London one Saturday, and I managed to get there following the late postponement of my first choice game
How can you blame someone for trying to get a game on???
Btw just checked out the weather forecast, Tuesday must be in some doubt?
Well don't blame the Club for that statement, I wrote it, so moan at me. I'm not a journalist, I'm not a diplomat...I'm also not trying to rub any salt into your wounds, or anything like that.
We clearly felt that we had a great chance of the game playing, & we gave it a go. As someone who goes home & away I clearly know how pissed off you all are, but we wanted to play as much as you lot, who travelled.
We're gutted it's off.
We tried to get the game on, we kept you informed as much as we could...we tried. And we are sorry. there isn't really much else we can say.