Writer: Dr Watford
Date:Friday February 6 2009
Watford`s relegation 6-pointer with Southampton at Vicarage Road this saturday has already fallen foul of the weather with snow forcing the crunch clash to be postponed.
Sussex ref Clive Penton didn`t even need to get his keys out to test for a frozen pitch after Watford deemed the whole of the 3-sided Vicarage Road stadium to be unfit for football.
Amid safety fears for players and fans alike, Watford head of operations (and thoroughly nice bloke to boot) Paddy Flavin showed off the club`s caring sharing side, stating "We have a social responsibility to make the decision earlier rather than later - and tomorrow would have been too late.".
He added "We`d made great efforts to make sure the pitch was in good condition for the game tomorrow, and sadly it would have been, but with freezing temperatures forecast for this area overnight, and specifically a forecast of minus four degrees at 6am tomorrow morning".
There were also major concerns that due to the transportation chaos caused by the heavy snowfall that the club would not be able to ensure that the required levels of medical staff such as the St Johns Ambulance were present for matchday.
That in a nutshell is the club`s position.
Paddy Flavin added "Clearly we`re as upset as any of our fans would be as the manager and the team were very much looking forward to the fixture, but as a club we will never compromise safety under any circumstances."
…which in truth is very good to hear.
Date:Friday February 6 2009
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