Posted: 10/12/10 by Northamptonshire Chamber
Northampton Town Chairman David Cardoza has praised the club staff who helped get Saturday’s game on and admitted he felt for supporters who were inconvenienced by the late decision to go ahead with the game against Stockport.
“We were fighting the elements all week,” he said. “We always felt we had a chance of playing, but of course there was doubt. We hoped the game would get the go ahead at 930am on the Saturday morning, but the referee had a few concerns about the South Stand goalmouth. He asked to have another look at noon, and after what turned out to be a lengthy inspection there remained a few concerns and reservations about a small area in the goalmouth. The referee asked the groundstaff to do more work on that particular area of concern which they did, and by 1pm they had got all of the pitch into a playable condition.
“We appreciate it was a late decision and apologise to anyone who missed the game because of that but as a club we could not do anything other than do as much as we could as quickly as we could and communicate that as well as we could. The only other option would have been to give up, to call a referee in to look at the pitch on the Friday but then there would only have been one outcome, and our supporters would have missed out on watching a game. In that situation you are damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
“The official web site, SMS service and Twitter feed, were all updated from pitchside within seconds of each inspection being completed, and that information was made available to the local, national and regional media moments after that. We were always aware of those supporters who travel a fair distance to support us, and we know the crowd was affected because of the late decision to go ahead. However our outlook always has to be to play the game whenever possible, and to do whatever we can to make that happen, as a re-arranged midweek game would have been even more inconvenient.
“I would like to thank the youth team and club staff who helped the groundstaff get the pitch into an excellent condition.
“We knew that winning this game would take us away from the bottom of the league, at the start of what is a massive month for the club, and with a fully fit squad (apart from Tadhg Purcell) the decision to do everything to get the game on was indeed justified. I was proud that we were one of only a few Football League teams to beat the weather this weekend. I think the pitch was as good as you would see anywhere in December, and that together with the result backed up the decisions we made.”