- Jan 17, 2015
- Reaction score
- In the Paul Simpson wonderland
- Carlisle United
I guess many will want to know what is going to happen to us now that our stadium is underwater. You may remember it was under-water earlier this month, prior to the Portsmouth game, but that was just a flash-flood and was quickly cleared leaving the pitch unharmed. The groundstaff may have more of a job on their hands on this occasion.
As yet there has been no official statement from the club as to what our plans are, but media manager Andy Hall has tweeted a message from director Suzanne Kidd saying that they currently have no e-mail access at the club due to servers being down, so it could be a little while before the relevant people are able to communicate and coordinate a response.
I don't know much about football pitch maintenance but I feel it's a safe bet we're going to require new turf laid once the flood-waters recede, and I don't think you can just lay turf and then play on it the following week, it needs to take root (I could be wrong, but this is true for normal lawn turf and I assume it is also true for sports pitches). I'll keep an eye on the news throughout the day, but am travelling for most of the day.
Our next home game scheduled is against Notts County on the 19th, following that we have Hartlepool on the 28th and Plymouth on the 2nd of January. It could be that these games are simply postponed, I don't know how long it would take us to get back up and running. Last time this happened we were a Conference side and Brunton Park was out of action for several months, we played our home games variously at Workington, Gretna and Morecambe. There is an argument for avoiding the disruption brought by postponements and depending how long we're out of action for, seeking alternative venues may be essential. At least we have no concentration of home games scheduled for the next few weeks.
In other news, the players have asked to offer relief for those affected by the flooding; Alexander McQueen, Troy Archibald-Henville and Dan Hanford had their cars parked at the stadium ahead of the trip to Welling, and these have been washed away. Welling fans donated money raised from their raffle to the flood relief fund, almost £600 in total. This is a fantastic gesture and I hope we're able to repay them somehow, perhaps some Welling fans representatives, should be invited as guests of honour to one of our home games. Or we could allow them to use our training facilities next time they have an away game in the far north (assuming our training facilities have dried off). Finally Mark Gillespie (who didn't travel to Welling) had to be rescued from the first floor of a house on Warwick Road.
Regarding the fans who post here, I'm OK of course and think I have seen recent updates from Alan Partridge , cufc17 , daviejones and FootballMad (ipad is running slow, making it hard for me to check everything thoroughly) and haven't seen anything since the Welling game from hellogregory or BigDaveCUFC so we hope they're all OK.