Bradford City match off

First published in Bantams Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

City's game at Port Vale has fallen victim of the severe winter weather as expected.

The ground staff at Vale Park worked until midnight last night on the pitch and the League Two leaders brought in warm air blowers to try to soften the surface.

But with snow falling in the area and no suggestion that temperatures will rise above freezing in the next 24 hours, they had to call in a local referee who declared it unplayable for tomorrow.

The postponement will do City a favour, allowing them to rest up ahead of Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Aston Villa.

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1:40pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Babbsy says...

Better than any result we could have expected on Saturday!!
Better than any result we could have expected on Saturday!! Babbsy
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1:41pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Dancinfeet says...

Which will also be in serious doubt looking at sky pictures. Not the pitch but supporters safety will be the problem IMO.
Which will also be in serious doubt looking at sky pictures. Not the pitch but supporters safety will be the problem IMO. Dancinfeet
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2:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Jayteebee says...

Oh dear, how sad, never mind.
Let's hope we can fully concentrate on it when it is re-arranged
Oh dear, how sad, never mind. Let's hope we can fully concentrate on it when it is re-arranged Jayteebee
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2:43pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Dancinfeet wrote:
Which will also be in serious doubt looking at sky pictures. Not the pitch but supporters safety will be the problem IMO.
The worst weather is this weekend, not all councils are a joke, I'm sure Birmingham council will have the snow cleared long before Tuesdays game.
[quote][p][bold]Dancinfeet[/bold] wrote: Which will also be in serious doubt looking at sky pictures. Not the pitch but supporters safety will be the problem IMO.[/p][/quote]The worst weather is this weekend, not all councils are a joke, I'm sure Birmingham council will have the snow cleared long before Tuesdays game. Thee Voice of Reason
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2:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13

BANT MAN says...

Brilliant news! We get the weekend to rest and Aston villa have to play a fierce Midlands derby in bad conditions! (If their game go's ahead that is...)
Brilliant news! We get the weekend to rest and Aston villa have to play a fierce Midlands derby in bad conditions! (If their game go's ahead that is...) BANT MAN
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2:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Dancinfeet says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Dancinfeet wrote:
Which will also be in serious doubt looking at sky pictures. Not the pitch but supporters safety will be the problem IMO.
The worst weather is this weekend, not all councils are a joke, I'm sure Birmingham council will have the snow cleared long before Tuesdays game.
Hope your right. Got travelodge booked for tues night in castle Bromwich. Non refundable!
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dancinfeet[/bold] wrote: Which will also be in serious doubt looking at sky pictures. Not the pitch but supporters safety will be the problem IMO.[/p][/quote]The worst weather is this weekend, not all councils are a joke, I'm sure Birmingham council will have the snow cleared long before Tuesdays game.[/p][/quote]Hope your right. Got travelodge booked for tues night in castle Bromwich. Non refundable! Dancinfeet
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3:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Birky_Neil says...

There is a god!!!
There is a god!!! Birky_Neil
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3:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13

webess says...

Birky_Neil wrote:
There is a god!!!
He's called Parky...
[quote][p][bold]Birky_Neil[/bold] wrote: There is a god!!![/p][/quote]He's called Parky... webess
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5:07pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Saltaire Bantam says...

Villa have only got 500 or so tickets left. It will be their biggest crowd of the season. They only come cause its Bradford!
Villa have only got 500 or so tickets left. It will be their biggest crowd of the season. They only come cause its Bradford! Saltaire Bantam
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6:11pm Fri 18 Jan 13

mickyoi says...

Phil dowd to ref the villa game. Hope he has as good a game as Webb.
Phil dowd to ref the villa game. Hope he has as good a game as Webb. mickyoi
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7:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13

KnightMcCall says...

Birky_Neil wrote:
There is a god!!!
No there isn't...
[quote][p][bold]Birky_Neil[/bold] wrote: There is a god!!![/p][/quote]No there isn't... KnightMcCall
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7:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13

bcfc1903 says...

Couldn't have worked out better....the lads will be well rested for the Aston Villa FC game.

**
We shout with pride...we'll never hide....Claret and Amber!!!!
Couldn't have worked out better....the lads will be well rested for the Aston Villa FC game. ** We shout with pride...we'll never hide....Claret and Amber!!!! bcfc1903
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9:20pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Bantam76 says...

Gutted there's no game to watch out for tomorrow but couldn't have asked for preparations! Roll on Tuesday, Villa Park, can't wait!!

Agree about hoping Dowd having a good game, Webb was outstanding at VP, definitely better than some of the L2 trash we normally end up with...
Gutted there's no game to watch out for tomorrow but couldn't have asked for preparations! Roll on Tuesday, Villa Park, can't wait!! Agree about hoping Dowd having a good game, Webb was outstanding at VP, definitely better than some of the L2 trash we normally end up with... Bantam76
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8:52am Sat 19 Jan 13

Waynus1971 says...

Bantam76 wrote:
Gutted there's no game to watch out for tomorrow but couldn't have asked for preparations! Roll on Tuesday, Villa Park, can't wait!!

Agree about hoping Dowd having a good game, Webb was outstanding at VP, definitely better than some of the L2 trash we normally end up with...
It just goes to show how poor our match officials are because Webb and his team were rated so much better than what we usually have to endure.

That despite the fact they missed 2 penalty decisions in that first leg. Luckily for us, we scored in both attacks instead. Hines' shot was definitely handled and deflected, thankfully, to Wells to slot home. But neither official looked like they would have given handball. And just before McHugh powered home, Hanson was clearly dragged to the floor. The ref had no intention of giving that spot kick either.

Yet despite this, they were still head and shoulders above the usual match officials.
[quote][p][bold]Bantam76[/bold] wrote: Gutted there's no game to watch out for tomorrow but couldn't have asked for preparations! Roll on Tuesday, Villa Park, can't wait!! Agree about hoping Dowd having a good game, Webb was outstanding at VP, definitely better than some of the L2 trash we normally end up with...[/p][/quote]It just goes to show how poor our match officials are because Webb and his team were rated so much better than what we usually have to endure. That despite the fact they missed 2 penalty decisions in that first leg. Luckily for us, we scored in both attacks instead. Hines' shot was definitely handled and deflected, thankfully, to Wells to slot home. But neither official looked like they would have given handball. And just before McHugh powered home, Hanson was clearly dragged to the floor. The ref had no intention of giving that spot kick either. Yet despite this, they were still head and shoulders above the usual match officials. Waynus1971
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12:20pm Sat 19 Jan 13

KnightMcCall says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
Bantam76 wrote:
Gutted there's no game to watch out for tomorrow but couldn't have asked for preparations! Roll on Tuesday, Villa Park, can't wait!!

Agree about hoping Dowd having a good game, Webb was outstanding at VP, definitely better than some of the L2 trash we normally end up with...
It just goes to show how poor our match officials are because Webb and his team were rated so much better than what we usually have to endure.

That despite the fact they missed 2 penalty decisions in that first leg. Luckily for us, we scored in both attacks instead. Hines' shot was definitely handled and deflected, thankfully, to Wells to slot home. But neither official looked like they would have given handball. And just before McHugh powered home, Hanson was clearly dragged to the floor. The ref had no intention of giving that spot kick either.

Yet despite this, they were still head and shoulders above the usual match officials.
You can add that Darren Bent was blatantly offside when he missed his sitter (and got inured) but the flag didn't go up. Basically, everything went right on the pitch "despite" the officials. We might have thought differently if Wells had missed and Bent had scored.

The ref still bossed the game without making the whole occassion about him; which is more than you can say for the little hittlers that follow City around the country.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bantam76[/bold] wrote: Gutted there's no game to watch out for tomorrow but couldn't have asked for preparations! Roll on Tuesday, Villa Park, can't wait!! Agree about hoping Dowd having a good game, Webb was outstanding at VP, definitely better than some of the L2 trash we normally end up with...[/p][/quote]It just goes to show how poor our match officials are because Webb and his team were rated so much better than what we usually have to endure. That despite the fact they missed 2 penalty decisions in that first leg. Luckily for us, we scored in both attacks instead. Hines' shot was definitely handled and deflected, thankfully, to Wells to slot home. But neither official looked like they would have given handball. And just before McHugh powered home, Hanson was clearly dragged to the floor. The ref had no intention of giving that spot kick either. Yet despite this, they were still head and shoulders above the usual match officials.[/p][/quote]You can add that Darren Bent was blatantly offside when he missed his sitter (and got inured) but the flag didn't go up. Basically, everything went right on the pitch "despite" the officials. We might have thought differently if Wells had missed and Bent had scored. The ref still bossed the game without making the whole occassion about him; which is more than you can say for the little hittlers that follow City around the country. KnightMcCall
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