THE RAIDING PARTY: A FIXTURE SHAMBLES FOR BARROW RAIDERS
Last updated at 18:12, Tuesday, 27 November 2012
THE full Championship fixture list was released by the RFL on Monday and was met with astonishment by myself and no doubt many others connected with Barrow.
Firstly, despite having informed the powers-that-be some time ago that Barrow AFC have a home fixture on Easter Monday, we were paired at home to York on the very same day and, according to the respective fixture lists, we will both kick-off at exactly the same time.
If we are forced to both play on the same day at the same time, it will be a logistical nightmare as the two clubs have the same doctor and many of the stewards cover both clubs. Economically, it will obviously have an adverse effect on the attendances at both Craven Park and Holker Street and will be particularly disappointing for the many people who support both teams.
I am only guessing here, but the police and emergency services may well have a say in whether this situation is allowed to happen.
Secondly, and much more worrying in my view, is the fact our home match on Thursday, February 21 against Batley Bulldogs is to be televised by Premier Sports.
Now, every man and his dog with even a passing interest in Barrow Raiders knows the biggest single issue facing the club in 2013 is raising £100,000 so that we can install suitable new floodlights by the end of the year.
If we are forced to play the match against Batley on the Thursday night to suit the television company, we will have to hire in additional lights at a cost of circa £13,000 (based on the costs last time this happened).
That money will need to be found from somewhere and it is infuriating, when budgets have been set and plans for raising money established, to suddenly discover we are now chasing even more cash.
It is really nice to know some people are trying to help us in our hour of need – NOT!
I fully understand compiling a fixture list to suit all is virtually impossible, but it strikes me that both the above scenarios could have been avoided with just a little bit of intelligence and a smattering of commonsense.
At a time when our great sport is trying to expand and grow, it strikes me that sometimes we really do nothing to help ourselves.
However, we at Barrow are made of stern stuff and will struggle on regardless.
One day we will be financially solvent and with a ground to be proud of. We will achieve those aims in spite of what others do to hinder us. We have survived since our formation in 1875 and it will take more than a flawed fixture list to deflate this club and its supporters.
Saturday gives our supporters a chance to get together at the Raiders Bar for a quiz night and a question-and-answer session with the board. The fun starts at 7pm and no doubt before and after the quiz there will be much discussion regarding the squad assembled for 2013 and the more controversial matters mentioned above.
In my opinion, we don’t have enough informal gatherings and it is to the credit of the Supporters Club committee that they have taken the time to arrange this one.
Everybody is more than welcome to attend what promises to be a good night among like-minded people.
Always remember – the future is bright; the future is blue and white.