Summer Football - The Arguments

BUT FIRST ONE SMALL QUESTION:
Summer football proposals only apply to the Welsh Premier
  • What about the rest of the pyramid?
  • What about the Welsh Cup?
  • What about promoted or relegated clubs?
  • What do they do when they are:
  • Promoted in April but the new season does not start until March?
  • or relegated in November and the new season does not start until August?   
     


For v Against
…summer football * is in fact a misnomer as much of the existing season would still be used


ie mid February to mid November instead of mid August to mid May


it would mean pre-season in January & Cup Finals in November
…will avoid bad weather  * not if it happens in March, April or October or November
…will lead to fewer postponements * probably true, although not wholly postponements in recent years have been due to
FOOT AND MOUTH
FUEL SHORTAGES
FLOODING IN AUGUST



Cars covered in snow in Coedporth near Wrexham 22 March 2013
Credit: Gerallt Jones



... and failure to raise a side, even refusal to play after UEFA games
…will lead to better pitches
  
* not if dry bouncy pitches are to be avoided, unwatered, under prepared and uneven. 
In the past year matches have been called off due to dangerous dry surfaces.

* clubs will be unable to use grounds shared with athletic stadiums or cricket squares.

…will raise standards of play



* not on bouncy, dusty unwatered pitches with no irrigation systems
* not if players opt to stick to the existing season, and play in England instead
* not if players opt against it
* not if players are struck by hard ground injuries to knees and ankles, goalkeepers to arms and shoulders
…will lead to bigger crowds * there is no proof of this 
*
not in North Wales where travel will be tedious in the summer (along both A5 & A55) where tedious summer traffic jams and crawls are everyday events.
* not where (mainly English) holiday makers have little interest in welsh football
* not where existing WP fans go on holiday
*
not when Christmas and New Year derby matches are a thing of the past
eg 2008, crowds of 2000+ at Rhyl and over 1000 at Caernarfon
…will pick up "desperate" fans keen
to watch football

* swings and roundabouts, there may be some success but just as much a danger of existing WP fans getting used to watching someone else!
* by July pre-season games starts which regular supporters may well prefer

…will improve Euro chances


* no possible proof of this
* the standard of domestic football in Wales is the issue, not playing a fewmatches before being outclassed.

why not Lobby UEFA to provide appropriate levels of competition for small countries?
…it's worked in Ireland * the Irish have no proof of this, but increasingly the clubs appear tired of the summer season and are moving towards a return to the traditional season.
  Weekly budgets and wages in Ireland are
  far higher than in Wales.
  FAI Prize money for instance
  FAI Champions:  265,000

  Runners Up:       100,000
  Cup Winners:      100,000
* Ireland is only "joined" to N.Ireland which offers no football attraction

*
Bigger Irish clubs tend to play in Dublin with a population of more than a million to draw from, these include Bohemians, UCD, Shelbourne, St Patricks, Shamrock Rovers.
In Wales there is no WP club in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea or Wrexham.
* more than 90% of Welsh people live within 2 hours travel to a EFL club
* more than half Welsh people live in close proximity to well established rugby clubs
 …will increase media attention as there will be 
   nothing else happening in the summer
 
* which overlooks the notion of supporters happy with a break from football
*
which ignores the World Cup and Euro Nations Cup which occur every two years
* & Olympic, World & Commonwealth Games
* & Rugby World Cup
* & Live TV coverage of Seven Test Matches, plus 20/20 and 50 over matches.
* & Live TV coverage Wimbledon fortnight
* & TV coverage of pre-season tournaments

and what about...
* Players, Managers and Officials with children of school age (4 to 16) would expect to take a holiday during the summer (school holiday) period. What do they do now?
Is this likely to survive any form of Equality Impact Assessment?

one final point..

*
the success in recent seasons of both TNS and Bangor City in winning home legs and progressing in their respective European competitions could not compete with "will Suarez leave Liverpool" or "will Manchester City sign everyone".
So in what way would the media be interested in the WP league matches?





One Week At The End of May 2011...
  The argument for summer football has always been based on better pitches, better preparation for Europe and of course better media coverage as nothing else is going on.
  This week, the last week in May, tended to torpedo that theory.
  It all began with a trip to Llangedwyn on Sunday where the Montgomery League team host a fortnightly car boot sale. It was raining but the ground underfoot was dry and rock hard...

Monday 23rd May  Four Nations Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland Live on Sky Sports

 FA Youth Cup Final Manchester Utd v Sheffield Utd Live on Sky Sports
Tuesday 24th May
 Gary Nevilel Testimonial Manchester United v Juventus
Live on MUTV

 Four Nations Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland Live on Sky Sports
Wednesday 25th May
 Four Nations Wales v Scotland Live on Sky Sports
Thursday 26th May
 First Test @ Cardiff England v Sri Lanka (Day 1 of 5)
Live on Sky Sports
Friday 27th May
 Four Nations Wales v Northern Ireland
Live on Sky Sports
Saturday 28th May
 League Two Play Off  Stevenage v Torquay
Live on Sky Sports

 Champions League Barcelona v Manchester United
Live on Sky Sports
Sunday 29th May
 League One Play Off Huddersfield v Peterborough
Live on Sky Sports

 Four Nations Republic of Ireland v Scotland
Live on Sky Sports

 French Grand Prix
Live on BBC
Monday 30th May
 Championship Play Off Reading v Swansea
Live on Sky Sports

  So there you have it. A quiet week where football fans - sports fans even - will have nothing to do and be glad of a trip along the A55 to take in Airbus v Afan Lido, or Bangor v Bala for that matter.
  And Llangedwyn? Well that was pretty much rained off so we moved fifteen miles north to Chirk. Drier and busier there. And yes, you guessed, ground there even harder and drier - although of course it is not a football pitch...








In 2012 the
Olympic Games were in London

and
Euro 2012
(Football Championships)
 from

Poland and The Ukraine.

not much going on there then...





"MEDIA ATTENTION" FOR SUMMER 2010
MAY 2010
May 12th
Europa League (Cup) Final
Live coverage ITV
May 15th
FA Cup Final
Live coverage BBC
May 22nd
Champions League Final
Live coverage ITV
May 27th>
England v Bangladesh 1st Test Match Cricket (Five days)
Live on Sky Sports
JUNE 2010
June 4th>
England v Bangladesh 2nd Test Match Cricket (Five days)
Live on Sky Sports
June 9th
The FIFA World Cup Finals from South Africa (Four weeks, 64 games)
Live coverage on BBC & ITV
June 19th
New Zealand v Wales (Rugby Union)
Live on Sky Sports
June 22nd
England v Australia One Day Cricket Test
Live on Sky Sports
June 24th
England v Australia One Day Cricket Test Live on Sky Sports
June 26th
New Zealand v Wales (Rugby Union)
June 27th
England v Australia One Day Cricket Test Live on Sky Sports
June 21st>>
Wimbledon (All day for three weeks)
Live coverage on BBC
June 30th
England v Australia One Day Cricket Test Live on Sky Sports
JULY 2010
July 3rd England v Australia One Day Cricket Test Live on Sky Sports
July 8th
England v Bangladesh One Day Cricket Test
Live on Sky Sports
July 10th
England v Bangladesh One Day Cricket Test Live on Sky Sports
July 11th
The FIFA World Cup Final
Live coverage on BBC & ITV
July 12th
England v Bangladesh One Day Cricket Test Live on Sky Sports
July 29th
England v Pakistan Ist Test Match (Five days)
Live on Sky Sports
July  31st
Scottish Season underway

July 31st
Emirates Cup (Three Days - Arsenal, Celtic, AC Milan & Olympique)
Live on Sky Sports
AUGUST 2010
August 6th
England v Pakistan 2nd Test Match (Five days) Live on Sky Sports
August 7th Norwich v Watford (Championship kicks off)
Live on Sky Sports
August 8th
Community Shield Chelsea v Manchester United
Live on Sky Sports
August 14th
Premier League Season begins
Live on Sky Sports
August 18th
England v Pakistan 3rd Test Match (Five days) Live on Sky Sports
August 26th
England v Pakistan 4th Test Match (Five days) Live on Sky Sports




"MEDIA ATTENTION" FOR SUMMER 2008
MAY 2008
May 14th
UEFA Cup Final
Live coverage ITV
May 15-19th
England v New Zealand 1st Test Match Cricket
Live on Sky Sports
May 17th
FA Cup Final
Live coverage BBC & Sky Sports
May 21st
Champions League Final
Live coverage ITV
May 23-27th
England v New Zealand 2nd Test Match Cricket
Live on Sky Sports
JUNE 2008
June 1st
South Africa v Wales Rugby Union
Live on Sky Sports
June 5-9th
England v New Zealand 3rd Test Match Cricket
Live on Sky Sports
June 8th
South Africa v Wales Rugby Union
Live on Sky Sports
June 7th
European Championship opening fixtures
Live coverage on BBC & ITV
June 13-16th
US Open Golf Championship
Live on Sky Sports
June 15-28th
Five One Day Cricket Tests England v New Zealand
Live on Sky Sports
June 23rd to 6th July
Wimbledon - All England Tennis Championship
Live coverage on BBC
June 29th
European Championship Final
Live coverage on BBC
JULY 2008
July 6-7th
Wimbledon Finals Weekend
Live coverage on BBC
July 10-14th
England v South Africa 1st Test Match Cricket
Live on Sky Sports
July 12
Tranmere Rovers v Liverpool (3pm Saturday)
Live on Setanta Sports
July 18-22nd
England v South Africa 2nd Test Match Cricket
Live on Sky Sports
July 30th to 3rd Aug
England v South Africa 3rd Test Match Cricket
Live on Sky Sports
AUGUST 2008
August 1st
Feyenoord Tournament Celtic v Spurs
Live on Sky Sports
August 1st
Feyenoord Tournament Feyenoord v Borussia Dortmund
Live on Sky Sports
August 2nd
Emirates Cup Real Madrid v Hamburg
Live on Sky Sports
August 2nd
Emirates Cup Arsenal v Juventus
Live on Sky Sports
August 7-11th
England v South Africa 4th Test Match Cricket
Live on Sky Sports
August 9th
Birmingham City v Sheffield United (Championship)
Live on Sky Sports
August 9th
Amsterdam Tournament Arsenal v Seville
Live on Sky Sports
August 10th
Notts Forest v Reading (Championship)
Live on Sky Sports
August 12th
Chester City v Leeds United (Carling Cup)
Live on Sky Sports