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Put yourself in the position of the fans of National League side Dover Athletic as they set off on their journey to Barrow — a trip that almost goes from one corner of England to the other.
It’s just the 371 miles, and takes in excess of six hours — and that’s before you factor in crucial pit stops.
You can imagine there would be more than a few weary eyes by the time the cars and coaches pulled into Barrow’s Holker Street ground.
The Dover fans would just have got settled down with a pie and a pint before at 1:43 p.m., 77 minutes before the scheduled kickoff time, Barrow announced the game had been called off.
Rain? Snow? Fog? Nope… the Dover squad was stuck on a train due to problems on the mainline and couldn’t get off, so a furious Barrow were left with no choice but to postpone the match. This weekend it’s Non-League Day in England, where fans of bigger clubs use the international break to flock to watch smaller teams, and it provides bumper attendances.
It became clear just after midday that the Dover squad were going to struggle to make it for 3 p.m., and despite hopes of delaying the kickoff, there was no way to save the game.
❌ | MATCH OFF:
Due to extremely frustrating circumstances, this afternoons game has been postponed.
— Barrow A.F.C. (@BarrowAFC) October 12, 2019
“Due to extremely frustrating circumstances, this afternoons game has been postponed,” Barrow tweeted.
Barrow’s manager, Ian Evatt, was fuming: “When you leave Dover at 9.30 a.m. for Barrow, you are asking for trouble. It is a massive gamble to leave it that late.”
Pulling no punches.
‘When you leave Dover at 9.30am for Barrow, you are asking for trouble. It is a massive gamble to leave it that late.’
Barrow AFC boss Ian Evatt.
— BBC Cumbria Sport (@bbccumbriasport) October 12, 2019
Still, just another six hours, and 371 miles for the Dover fans before they get home again….
Sacked without kicking a ball
But that wasn’t the only postponement of the day and this other one — between AFC Fylde and Sutton United — has a bitter twist for the home manager.
Football. Talk about cut-throat.
AFC Fylde were due to play at home to Sutton United today. Rail chaos meant Sutton couldn’t get there. Game postponed at 1pm.
At 4pm, without playing, AFC Fylde sacked long-serving manager Dave Challinor.
— Sam Elliott (@Sam_Elliott_) October 12, 2019
That’s right, Fylde boss Dave Challinor was given the axe on a day his team, who sit 21st out of 24 teams in the table, didn’t even kick a ball. Bit harsh isn’t it?
Frome Cheese Show
In 2015, Frome Town postponed their game against Chippenham Town because it clashed with a major cheese show in the town. We’re not sure if the Chippenham squad went to the cheese show instead.
John Barnes’ long-awaited Liverpool debut at the start of the 1987-88 season was delayed after an old Victorian sewer underneath the famous Kop end of Anfield gave way, causing the postponement of three Division One matches.
Total eclipse of the sun
But our award for the most bizarre postponement in history goes to Torquay United’s League Cup first round fixture with Portsmouth at Plainmoor on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999.
It was scheduled for the same day as the first total eclipse of the sun since 1927. Police in the Devon seaside town decided they did not have enough manpower to cope with both the match and the influx of visitors to the area — with the South Devon area considered the best to witness the once-in-a-lifetime event. And after discovering that postponing the eclipse was a no-go, they decided to push the match back a week.