Update: Oxford United facing second postponement at Charlton

The Oxford Times: Oxford United's FA Cup tie at Charlton postponed Oxford United's FA Cup tie at Charlton postponed

SERIOUS drainage problems mean Oxford United's rearranged FA Cup tie is "unlikely" to go ahead next week, according to hosts Charlton Athletic.

The Championship side warned supporters in a statement to prepare for another alternative date as the condition of the waterlogged playing surface at The Valley was "becoming an increasing concern".

United were due to play their third round tie tomorrow, but it was postponed after  a pitch inspection this morning.

It was rearranged for Wednesday, January 8, but with more rain forecast it is already in doubt.

Charlton's deputy head groundsman, Nathan Chapman, told the club's website: "We're in this predicament because the pitch hasn't had any sufficient drainage work done on it for the past 16 or 17 years.

"The drainage system is collapsed at one end which prevents any water from going through and as a result it just holds on the surface."

Charlton want to place a come over the pitch for a week to dry it out before they can work on the playing surface to make it playable.

It is the second time in three days a waterlogged pitch has thwarted United, after their New Year's Day trip to Newport County also fell victim to the wet weather.

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1:58pm Fri 3 Jan 14

bigchet says...

i expect bib al will blame cw as well as everything else that is wrong with the world.
i expect bib al will blame cw as well as everything else that is wrong with the world. bigchet
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3:13pm Fri 3 Jan 14

BigAlBiker says...

bigchet wrote:
i expect bib al will blame cw as well as everything else that is wrong with the world.
If you could spell correctly we might have a chance of working out what you're on about.

I have opinions yes, many of them, some concern Oxford United, Mr Wilder and some social issue's i like to raise at the correct time.

As for the weather stopping play, well i prefer rain to ice and snow, not conducive to me riding my bike.

Happy New Year to all my fans.
[quote][p][bold]bigchet[/bold] wrote: i expect bib al will blame cw as well as everything else that is wrong with the world.[/p][/quote]If you could spell correctly we might have a chance of working out what you're on about. I have opinions yes, many of them, some concern Oxford United, Mr Wilder and some social issue's i like to raise at the correct time. As for the weather stopping play, well i prefer rain to ice and snow, not conducive to me riding my bike. Happy New Year to all my fans. BigAlBiker
  • Score: -9

3:43pm Fri 3 Jan 14

bigchet says...

well al i dont doubt your commitment to the united cause but the constant negativity regarding cw does tend to be a bit over the top as he cant be wrong all the time surely?
well al i dont doubt your commitment to the united cause but the constant negativity regarding cw does tend to be a bit over the top as he cant be wrong all the time surely? bigchet
  • Score: 5

3:49pm Fri 3 Jan 14

BigAlBiker says...

bigchet wrote:
well al i dont doubt your commitment to the united cause but the constant negativity regarding cw does tend to be a bit over the top as he cant be wrong all the time surely?
I'm not committed to the United cause at all, just a season ticket holder of more years than i can remember, visitor to Loot Meadow for all the reserve games when we had a reserve team, visitor to Thame to watch the U17's, every friendly we have played for god knows how long at home, FA cup games, Carling cup, you name it i go.

So no not committed at all.

But my point is, Mr Wilder get's the players, picks the teams and tactics, and at home where the supporters want to see winning games he is useless. You cant deny that? SO he has to go, its the Manager who falls by his sword.
[quote][p][bold]bigchet[/bold] wrote: well al i dont doubt your commitment to the united cause but the constant negativity regarding cw does tend to be a bit over the top as he cant be wrong all the time surely?[/p][/quote]I'm not committed to the United cause at all, just a season ticket holder of more years than i can remember, visitor to Loot Meadow for all the reserve games when we had a reserve team, visitor to Thame to watch the U17's, every friendly we have played for god knows how long at home, FA cup games, Carling cup, you name it i go. So no not committed at all. But my point is, Mr Wilder get's the players, picks the teams and tactics, and at home where the supporters want to see winning games he is useless. You cant deny that? SO he has to go, its the Manager who falls by his sword. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 0

4:22pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Sid Snakey says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
bigchet wrote:
i expect bib al will blame cw as well as everything else that is wrong with the world.
If you could spell correctly we might have a chance of working out what you're on about.

I have opinions yes, many of them, some concern Oxford United, Mr Wilder and some social issue's i like to raise at the correct time.

As for the weather stopping play, well i prefer rain to ice and snow, not conducive to me riding my bike.

Happy New Year to all my fans.
Hi BigAl

If you could use punctuation correctly we might have a chance of working out what you're on about.

"social issue's" - issues are simply the plural of issue - that is to say, there is more than one issue, hence the use of the "s". However, there is no possession or omission involved here, so you should simply have said "social issues".

i - is of course the first-person singular nominative case personal pronoun in Modern English. It is used to refer to one's self and should be capitalized, BigAl.

Also, your incomplete sentence construction is highly confusing - are you saying that you prefer rain because it is not conducive to you riding your bike (since perhaps you dislike riding your bike for some reason), or are you saying ice and snow prevent you from riding your bike?

If it's the latter, then I would have recommended something like "well I prefer rain to ice and snow, which are not conducive to me riding my bike."

No thanks necessary.
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigchet[/bold] wrote: i expect bib al will blame cw as well as everything else that is wrong with the world.[/p][/quote]If you could spell correctly we might have a chance of working out what you're on about. I have opinions yes, many of them, some concern Oxford United, Mr Wilder and some social issue's i like to raise at the correct time. As for the weather stopping play, well i prefer rain to ice and snow, not conducive to me riding my bike. Happy New Year to all my fans.[/p][/quote]Hi BigAl If you could use punctuation correctly we might have a chance of working out what you're on about. "social issue's" - issues are simply the plural of issue - that is to say, there is more than one issue, hence the use of the "s". However, there is no possession or omission involved here, so you should simply have said "social issues". i - is of course the first-person singular nominative case personal pronoun in Modern English. It is used to refer to one's self and should be capitalized, BigAl. Also, your incomplete sentence construction is highly confusing - are you saying that you prefer rain because it is not conducive to you riding your bike (since perhaps you dislike riding your bike for some reason), or are you saying ice and snow prevent you from riding your bike? If it's the latter, then I would have recommended something like "well I prefer rain to ice and snow, which are not conducive to me riding my bike." No thanks necessary. Sid Snakey
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6:07pm Fri 3 Jan 14

oxford exile says...

there are some petty people on this website..with nothing better to do, much like myself
there are some petty people on this website..with nothing better to do, much like myself oxford exile
  • Score: 13

11:59pm Fri 3 Jan 14

hawkeye1 says...

Cast your minds back a few season's ago when we were runaway leaders of div 2, then the bad weather hit with umpteen postponant's, and once things cleared and games being played we could not win a game for love or money, and down the table we went, didn't even make the play off's, so have a bad feeling things maybe repeating themselves.
Cast your minds back a few season's ago when we were runaway leaders of div 2, then the bad weather hit with umpteen postponant's, and once things cleared and games being played we could not win a game for love or money, and down the table we went, didn't even make the play off's, so have a bad feeling things maybe repeating themselves. hawkeye1
  • Score: 3

1:04pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Abingdonox says...

bigchet wrote:
i expect bib al will blame cw as well as everything else that is wrong with the world.
If you could spell correctly we might have a chance of working out what you're on about.

I have opinions yes, many of them, some concern Oxford United, Mr Wilder and some social issue's i like to raise at the correct time.

As for the weather stopping play, well i prefer rain to ice and snow, not conducive to me riding my bike.

Happy New Year to all my fans.

Big Al,

How conceited to you think you have any fans, I think the only fan you have is yourself !
bigchet wrote: i expect bib al will blame cw as well as everything else that is wrong with the world. If you could spell correctly we might have a chance of working out what you're on about. I have opinions yes, many of them, some concern Oxford United, Mr Wilder and some social issue's i like to raise at the correct time. As for the weather stopping play, well i prefer rain to ice and snow, not conducive to me riding my bike. Happy New Year to all my fans. Big Al, How conceited to you think you have any fans, I think the only fan you have is yourself ! Abingdonox
  • Score: 4

4:00pm Sat 4 Jan 14

YellowRose says...

Good typo in report; Charlton want "to put a come over the pitch". Sounds hair-raising!
Good typo in report; Charlton want "to put a come over the pitch". Sounds hair-raising! YellowRose
  • Score: 2

9:17pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Doctor69 says...

If Charltons pitch is an issue, and by their own admission it is, they should be forced to play at a neutral venue or reverse the fixture and play at the kassam. It's a joke that an ex premier league team currently playing in the championship can let their ground and pitch fall into disrepair, thus causing a fixture back log to other teams.
If Charltons pitch is an issue, and by their own admission it is, they should be forced to play at a neutral venue or reverse the fixture and play at the kassam. It's a joke that an ex premier league team currently playing in the championship can let their ground and pitch fall into disrepair, thus causing a fixture back log to other teams. Doctor69
  • Score: 5

2:07am Mon 6 Jan 14

BigCrompy says...

Doctor69 wrote:
If Charltons pitch is an issue, and by their own admission it is, they should be forced to play at a neutral venue or reverse the fixture and play at the kassam. It's a joke that an ex premier league team currently playing in the championship can let their ground and pitch fall into disrepair, thus causing a fixture back log to other teams.
Exactly that.

Especially if given three days notice, the FA must be involved at this point. Charlton need and deserve a hefty fine at the bare minimum. Ideally they should be forced to play the match on the same date back in Oxford at no benefit financially to themselves.
[quote][p][bold]Doctor69[/bold] wrote: If Charltons pitch is an issue, and by their own admission it is, they should be forced to play at a neutral venue or reverse the fixture and play at the kassam. It's a joke that an ex premier league team currently playing in the championship can let their ground and pitch fall into disrepair, thus causing a fixture back log to other teams.[/p][/quote]Exactly that. Especially if given three days notice, the FA must be involved at this point. Charlton need and deserve a hefty fine at the bare minimum. Ideally they should be forced to play the match on the same date back in Oxford at no benefit financially to themselves. BigCrompy
  • Score: 1

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