Thursday, 2 January 2014

Cup game is off

Following a pitch inspection at The Valley, it has been confirmed that the cup game with Oxford United has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. An Oxford United tweet suggests that it may be held next Wednesday, but I have no confirmation of that.` For those of us who travel some distance, it is better to know in advance, rather than when we have already paid for a train ticket and are en route. However, I doubt whether I would be able to make a Tuesday evening game because of work commitments.

Meanwhile, Rick Everitt has set out a forceful critique of the decision to close the East Stand for the game, arguing that the claimed cost savings do not stack up and that the decision has reduced revenue: East Stand. Paradoxically, some of the arguments he makes have less force if the game is postponed and the rearranged fixture attracts a smaller crowd.

Oxford anticipate as many as 4,000 travelling supporters, but their numbers would also be depleted by a postponement: Oxford United <.p>

Some Addicks have argued that a postponement could incentivise the players if we get an attractive draw for the fourth round. Knowing our luck, we are more likely to get a League 1 side away than Manchester City.

1 comment:

Boneyboy said...

Interesting points made by Rick Everitt. I'm and East Stand season ticket holder, but in the past have relocated to the upper north for cup matchs , and enjoyed the experience of a different view of a match. I wouldn't choose to sit in the lower north because the view isn't as good. A seat in the lower west would be fine, but the mesage the club is giving out is that that it isn't a serious game, they are not trying to get a decent crowd and there won't be a decent aatmosphere. For personal reasons I'm notable to go on Saaturday, but not sure I would go even if I could.