Vital Football

Latest Crewe Alexandra News

Gulls Fans Not Happy With Postponement

Gulls Fans Not Happy With Postponement

Torquay fans were far from happy with today's mid-day postponement. Who can blame them?

The match was called off at 12:00pm after virtually no updates in the preceding 24 hours as to the state of the pitch, this despite heavy snow fall and temperatures as low as -6°c. The postponement came once the match official, Paul Tierney, arrived for the match.

The club's response so far has been one that has blamed the referee - apparently the 'majority of the pitch' was soft and they envisaged the game to go ahead. This will be why Torquay fans had been told by the ticket office that no pitch inspection was to take place and the match would be on.

It would be fair enough if this was a genuine mistake by the club but unfortunately Crewe Alexandra have a history of late, botched postponements.

Last year saw a night game in February against Bristol Rovers postponed less than two hours before kick off due to a frozen pitch, a similar story can be found a few times in recent years - ask Man City and Stoke fans.

With only one League Two game actually beating the weather this afternoon it would seem that the club couldn't do much more to get the game on; they covered the pitch but ultimately the temperatures won.

The lack of communication to both Crewe and Torquay fans however was poor. The only update given was through the official site on Friday afternoon who simply informed us the pitch had been covered for the Thursday and Friday night.

With the weather that the entire country has had you'd expect the club to provide a constant feed of updates, if only to keep Torquay fans at the other end of the country in the loop. You would also expect the club to have called in a match official from the local area to give the pitch a look early in the morning - if the majority of this division can do it, why can't we?

Prior to making their four hour journey north some Torquay fans reported on the Torquay message board that they had been assured by staff at Crewe that the game would be going ahead as the pitch was covered.

One member said: 'When I spoke to them this morning they seemed to suggest that there wasn't an ounce of doubt as they had the covers on. Not sure of the full details yet, but it did seem to me that of quarter to 10 Crewe hadn't even checked what state the pitch was in. Very poor form on their part.'

Another added: 'That is nothing short of a disgrace. Its time that the Football League stopped clubs treating fans with disdain. Crewe have shown an amazing arrogance over this starting at the top from their p***k of a manager Dario Gradi who seemed dismissive of the weather.'

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Saturday December 19 2009
Time: 10:59PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Crewe Alexandra Articles

This Season So Far

Josh Ravenscroft talks about; the season so far, the way it may progress, and the manager's future

The level of the Yeovil performance

Steven Dale discusses his thoughts on the Yeovil game and whether the club has a common denominator.

Crewe Alex: Thoughts Post Yeovil

Steven Dale shares his views following a disappointing loss

No More ******* Bad Language - EFL

The Football League, or EFL for those with a rebrand nature, have called on fans across the country to say no to 'starry' language or no more...

Archived Vital Crewe Articles

Vital Crewe articles from

Site Journalists

Nicky Crompton
Editor email
Ross Menhennet
no email
Steven Dale
no email
Josh Ravenscroft
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Are the board right to back Steve Davis?
Suggested By: Steven Dale - Vital Crewe Co-editor
Yes - still the right man0%
No - time is well and truely up100%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Plymouth 14 10 2 2 32 12
2 Carlisle 14 7 7 0 28 10
3 Doncaster 14 8 2 4 26 8
4 Luton 14 6 5 3 23 9
5 Portsmouth 14 6 3 5 21 6
6 Notts County 14 6 3 5 21 1
7 Accrington 14 5 5 4 20 1
8 Grimsby 14 6 2 6 20 0
9 Crawley 14 5 5 4 20 -1
10 Morecambe 14 6 2 6 20 -6
11 Mansfield 14 4 7 3 19 1
12 Crewe 14 4 7 3 19 -1
13 Yeovil 14 6 1 7 19 -5
14 Blackpool 14 4 5 5 17 4
15 Colchester 14 4 5 5 17 -1
16 Cheltenham 14 3 7 4 16 -1
17 Hartlepool 14 3 7 4 16 -4
18 Barnet 14 3 7 4 16 -4
19 Cambridge 14 4 4 6 16 -5
20 Leyton Orient 14 4 3 7 15 -2
21 Wycombe 14 4 3 7 15 -5
22 Stevenage 13 4 2 7 14 -3
23 Exeter 14 4 1 9 13 -6
24 Newport 13 1 5 7 8 -8
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Crewe Alexandra Results (view all)

Crewe Alexandra Fixtures (view all)

Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Leyton Orient (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 12 2016 3:00PM : Plymouth Argyle (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Barnet (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 22 2016 7:45PM : Morecambe (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Colchester United (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Crawley Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

2.Nicky Crompton1
The Vital Football Members League