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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow 10:51 - Jan 7 with 665 viewswessex_exile

For those (like me) who didn't realise, tomorrow's game is being streamed on iFollow as well. It's not an international break, so I guess it must be because of the 3rd Round of the FA Cup?

https://www.cu-fc.com/news/2022/january/rochdale-ifollow/

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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 12:02 - Jan 7 with 640 viewsdurham_exile

Available on iFollow following a surge in interest to see our new striker unveiled - someone called Haaland.

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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 13:28 - Jan 7 with 617 viewsmfb_cufc

Rochdale have not played for three weeks, and still have players testing positive for Covid. A good time to be playing them I think.

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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 14:41 - Jan 8 with 542 viewsBFG

Postponed, waterlogged pitch - sounds like a very late call
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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 14:44 - Jan 8 with 540 viewsnoah4x4

Game pp. 23 minutes before kick off. Groundsman didn’t put on pitch covers, probably because he is cooking burgers, ironing shirts and stewarding car park. What a shambles.
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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 15:03 - Jan 8 with 524 viewsnoah4x4

At Stanway Rovers cheering on Saffron Walden playing in U’s kit.
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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 15:23 - Jan 8 with 504 viewsWitham

Whatever happened to early morning inspections by local referees - rain we had this morning made no difference to pitch condition. Had we travelled to Rochdale and it was postponed so late we would have been incandescent. EFL should refund their supporters.
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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 15:31 - Jan 8 with 498 viewsgerry_us

I blame Wessex totally for using the word "streaming" in the thread title...
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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 15:51 - Jan 8 with 476 viewsGOSBTS

I drove past the stadium yesterday and felt sorrowful that a couple of years ago the U’s were in a healthy position, gunning for promotion. Now everything seems like it’s falling apart, and this only compounds matters. A rather embarrassing situation for all involved on what is a regular rainy British day. Anyone listened to the referee’s verdict on Col U tv?
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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 15:57 - Jan 8 with 463 viewsnoah4x4

HT. Stanway Rovers 0 - 3 Saffron Walden

Visitors playing in U’s home kit. Stanway in Budgies yellow.
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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 16:00 - Jan 8 with 459 viewsgerry_us

U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 15:57 - Jan 8 by noah4x4

HT. Stanway Rovers 0 - 3 Saffron Walden

Visitors playing in U’s home kit. Stanway in Budgies yellow.


Remind me Noah. What actually is U's home kit? I only recognise blue and white stripes.
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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 16:23 - Jan 8 with 452 viewsbwildered

Does the istream show someone p*ssing in a bucket ?

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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 15:14 - Jan 9 with 344 viewsnoah4x4

U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 16:00 - Jan 8 by gerry_us

Remind me Noah. What actually is U's home kit? I only recognise blue and white stripes.


Saffron Walden were in genuine Col Utd stripes Gerry. Inspiring stuff!

Fair enough, the pitch at the Jobserve was waterlogged, and it was patently unplayable, but surely we have pitch covers? It ceased raining before 1500 and every non-league game within 5 miles of Colchester was played. Why were the covers not deployed until Noon? All the forecasts were accurate.
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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 16:02 - Jan 9 with 330 viewsbwildered

Perhaps they took the wrong kit bag home after the Senior Cup game before Christmas, there again most of them where trying to wear the home teams kit judging by the tackles and challenges taken place against the U’s youth.

Lost a great opportunity with several Dale players unavailable, this really was a p@ss poor effort by the ground staff in staging a fixture, considering the weather forecast which was expected.
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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 16:15 - Jan 9 with 323 viewsLeadbelly

U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 16:02 - Jan 9 by bwildered

Perhaps they took the wrong kit bag home after the Senior Cup game before Christmas, there again most of them where trying to wear the home teams kit judging by the tackles and challenges taken place against the U’s youth.

Lost a great opportunity with several Dale players unavailable, this really was a p@ss poor effort by the ground staff in staging a fixture, considering the weather forecast which was expected.
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Comments elsewhere suggest the pitch was uncovered on Friday and overnight. Also suggested that the sprinklers were deployed on Saturday, even whilst the ref was there. If true one can’t help wondering if the club was trying to get the game postponed. Nothing else locally was affected.

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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 19:57 - Jan 9 with 293 viewsGOSBTS

Don’t like saying it but the U’s should really be fined by the EFL if all the rumours of negligence are true.
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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 01:01 - Jan 10 with 272 viewswessex_exile

…or maybe, before everyone jumps on the ‘bash Col U conspiracy bandwagon’, the club, ground staff and referee gave this match every chance of taking place, but the conditions wouldn’t allow it?

Just wondering whether that’s an actual possibility that far too many seem to be very eager to overlook?

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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 08:38 - Jan 10 with 242 viewsnoah4x4

U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 01:01 - Jan 10 by wessex_exile

…or maybe, before everyone jumps on the ‘bash Col U conspiracy bandwagon’, the club, ground staff and referee gave this match every chance of taking place, but the conditions wouldn’t allow it?

Just wondering whether that’s an actual possibility that far too many seem to be very eager to overlook?


That is no doubt true Wessex. The referee ultimately had no option.

However, the stadium has pitch covers, and the forecast was never in doubt. The only other EFL game off for a waterlogged pitch was at Oldham, yet another club in turmoil. All local non-league games proceeded. How odd is that? One would have expected the reverse given that few non-league clubs have pitch covers.

It is remarkable how fast we can resume cricket at Castle Park or CloudFm provided that the pitch covers have been properly employed. However, huge heavy all-pitch covers are labour intensive and that begs the question of human resources at the Jobserve Stadium? Must the covers be removed too early due to resource limitations?

I am sure that local fans would rally around to help sweep snow or standing water from pitch covers and help remove the covers (assuming not mechanical) nearer kick off. But the first we heard of any issue was after 13:30 via a Twitter post from a local journalist. By then, the pitch was already waterlogged. Nothing official was issued from the club until it was finally called off and after many fans had travelled.

This would never have happened on Matt Hudson's and Dave Blacknalls watch. Matt had genuine empathy and close contact with real fans. Dave now works for Tesco after 20+ years of manicuring near perfect pitches at the club. Does the fact that good people choose to work elsewhere, and the match day experience now so poor, suggest that the management regime needs to change? We had a fantastic welcome at Stanway Rovers, enjoyed much superior catering, and witnessed an appreciative public address announcer that noticed and thanked Rochdale supporters in attendance for their support. No shuttle buses, no hand rails, shi5 beer and cardboard burgers, I feel utterly unloved at Cookoo Farm.
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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 09:41 - Jan 10 with 233 viewsthrillseeker

Matt Hudson has been a huge loss for the club.

Wow - Dave is now working at Tesco. What a waste of his talent.

My biggest concern regarding the postponement is the numerous comments I have heard that the sprinklers were on - surely this is incorrect?
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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 22:24 - Jan 10 with 175 viewsghughes11

Postponement Update from the club:
https://www.cu-fc.com/news/2022/january/postponement-update/

Colchester United’s General Manager Tim Waddington was frustrated that another game has been postponed following other recent games being called off.

He told the official website: "First things first, we really feel for all the supporters who made the journey to the stadium for the game, including those Rochdale fans that were on the road early on Saturday morning and would have got home late in the evening having not seen their team play."

"We fully understand everyone’s frustration and disappointment, we had the exact same feelings when the referee called it off on Saturday.

"Making that decision is always the last thing any referee wants to do, especially so close to kick-off when fans have already travelled.

“It was left as late as possible to give the game the best chance of being on, so a decision to call it off wasn't taken lightly or with any disrespect to the supporters - it was left that late to hopefully give those fans a chance to watch a game."

And in answer to some questions about the deployment of covers, he continued: "Rain covers are regularly deployed in the run up to matches to prevent excessive water on the surface."

"The pitch was in great condition at 10am on Saturday but it was the torrential rain for the next few hours that did the damage, at a time when it would have been impossible to have the covers on and removed.

"Everything was done in those few hours to remove any standing water from the pitch, and the drainage system was pulling an extraordinary amount through to the tanks, but the rain beat us on this occasion.

"As mentioned earlier, we all really wanted the game to go ahead and feel for everyone who made the trip and didn’t get to see a game."

All tickets purchased for Saturday's game will be valid for the rearranged fixture, which will be announced once the two clubs and the EFL have agreed a suitable date.

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U's v Dale streaming on iFollow on 08:06 - Jan 11 with 137 viewsbwildered

And in answer to some questions about the deployment of covers, he continued: "Rain covers are regularly deployed in the run up to matches to prevent excessive water on the surface."

"The pitch was in great condition at 10am on Saturday but it was the torrential rain for the next few hours that did the damage, at a time when it would have been impossible to have the covers on and removed.

Notice from the statement no mention was made of claims of the sprinkler system being used. If this was the case and torrential rain present from 10 am the pitch would have became flooded and the drainage system unable to cope, hence the water logging .
Who does authorise the use of the sprinkler system pre match, has for nearly all clubs it has become a normal practice for it to be put in use before every home fixture ? Surely the groundsman and management have a pre match meeting on the Fri to confirm all details, so perhaps was only implementing details already given .
Unfortunately the referee had no option but to cancel, not knowing for certain when the rain would cease and the players safety paramount.

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