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Home-Home and Away-Away!

Sounds like a TV soap show with double vision, but there has been a lot of criticism by our manager in relation to the fixtures which more and more feature the situation where two consecutive games at home are then followed by two away (or vice versa)

Steve Cotterill thinks it would be better and fairer if the fixtures reverted to alternate home and away games for all clubs.

He is quoted as saying 'Two home, two away I don't think it suits. I don't think it suits the league and I don't think it suits the clubs,'

'I don't think it's a very good idea at all. I think the old-fashioned way was the best way - one home, one away. No-one will convince me otherwise.

'If we have some bad weather in Lancashire on a Saturday and it doesn't clear up by Tuesday you can have two games off. Therefore, with those two games, you might only have one another home game in a month.

'So for me it doesn't add up. It doesn't add up cash-flow wise.

'Whereas, if you have one at home, and another game away, for instance if there's a game in the Midlands or a game over in Norwich, or a game down at Southampton, they might not have had the same weather as we've had up here.

'And likewise, if you have Southampton and that's called off, you might not have had the weather in Lancashire.'

He goes on to say 'Another thing is, say for instance you've got two Saturday home games and a re-arranged game that you're trying to fit in, and you play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday (at home) that makes it a very expensive week for our supporters.

'So I don't think it's very good at all and I'm sure most clubs feel the same about it.'

These are all very valid points and as a fan based in Cambridgeshire, I would agree with everything Steve says.

The last time I travelled up North was to take in the Norwich and Stoke matches, the first was postponed. Maybe I wish the second had been too knowing the result and performance but then if it had, I would have completely wasted five days up North accept to say hello to Mum! I know this is slightly different in that the Stoke fixture was rearranged but it does demonstrate the potential problem when this situation arises in the original fixture list.

Steve was further backed up this week by comments from Clarets legend, Andy Lochhead in his regular column for the Lancashire Telegraph.

'I think it's crazy, and it's not the first time Burnley have gone a few weeks without a home game,' Andy said.

'I think it's the third time this season this has happened.'

Lets hope someone in Authority takes note and reconsiders their fixture policy

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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Saturday February 3 2007
Time: 12:38PM

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