Firstly, personally delighted the game has been called off and notification received a day early. I've lost the cost of a hotel in this instance - could have been a lot worse! I think consideration has to be given to this notion a little bit more. I know this could be just as subjective, but I would best guess that the overriding number of fixtures subjected to a morning pitch inspection, particularly in pretty severe conditions, is almost a given.
I had heard on the grapevine that league games have to be by stipulation have to be subjected to an inspection on the day. I don't know if that is true - perhaps someone could clarify? Surely consideration to an element of flexibility would prevent several wasted journey's. Open to just the same amount of subjectivity. It's why I'm also an advocate of smaller not larger league sizes. Without anything out the ordinary, the average campaign finds itself with a build-up of fixtures. Onto Saturday...
Reminds me of Weymouth at home last season. Comparisons all over the place. The lad Harvey - Goodship. Physically and role wise, more akin perhaps to the likes of a Jack Midson. Leading goalscorer. I wasn't aware until moments ago, that he has missed a chunk of games. Likewise with the lad Swan at 11 - reminds me a bit of Baker. Distribution out the back - reminds of Zubar. The pacey lad at 7 charging down the flank. Dealing with crosses. Interesting to see how they shape up. Interesting to see how we do as well!
Re: The weather
To answer your question, in general a match can only be postponed on the day at our level. (This applies in all four divisions). Special dispensation can be given by the league running the competition - which recall happening a few times in the past for us with the Isthmian and I'm sure I've seen with the Southern for other clubs, but it's rare.
Side note - I looked up the pitch inspection guidelines from the FA today, and one of the factors to be taken into account is the weather forecast - which implies a game with a sodden pitch and rain forecast should be called off even if playable at the time the pitch was looked at, contrary to popular belief.
Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?
Thanks Hendonboy, and an immediate shout-out to Johnny Rotten! Good stuff as per the information. Purely on a personal note, cemented some thoughts. I did note via the Poole forum amongst the 'top ten' recommendations for a Ref undertaking an inspection, one such suggestion was to remember to be in possession of an actual football as part of your designated make-up! Who knew! Don't forget to take the ball with you! They'll ban heading the damn thing next! Too Soon? Seriously, I can't help thinking with regard to our recent postponed games, we have been dealt a bad hand.
Keeping on the H&S stuff. I was fortunate enough to do the forementioned Pistols gig at Finsbury Park and the infamous first Madstock. (and the next five or so). Caused an earthquake that one! What nights! Could never happen now. Currently listening to Anarchy in the UK (Brixton Academy) version, just because!
This is 'No Fun' indeed - "This is no fun - at all" - Johnny would get it!