Referee James Adcock explains decision to call off Watford's Championship fixture at Yeovil Town

Watford Observer: James Adock. Picture: Action Images James Adock. Picture: Action Images

Referee James Adcock explained the players' safety was his primary concern when he called off Watford's Championship match at Yeovil Town yesterday.

The Nottinghamshire official took the decision after inspecting the dugouts and pitch - both of which were flooded at Huish Park - and seeing the forecast for the rest of the afternoon.

Adcock told Sky Sports: "The safety people at the club have obviously had an input on it as well, but the pitch is very very boggy and I have to take that into consideration as well, for the safety of the players.

"The last thing that I want is injured players."

He added: "I arrived here at just gone two o'clock for the 5.30pm kick-off, and straight away I was told to look at the dugouts, which were completely flooded, right to the roof, from the pitch. 

"The pitch has been covered for the last two days but the weather conditions and the forecast were just terrible really, for the rest of the day."

 

 

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12:11pm Thu 2 Jan 14

gilesy97 says...

Would have been a lot better had he made that decision at 11am......with no prospect of the weather improving would have saved a lot of time and money for our fans.....still who gives a **** about the fans.
Would have been a lot better had he made that decision at 11am......with no prospect of the weather improving would have saved a lot of time and money for our fans.....still who gives a **** about the fans. gilesy97

12:20pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Bigads123 says...

Don't want the players getting muddy do we
Don't want the players getting muddy do we Bigads123

1:02pm Thu 2 Jan 14

D.unstable says...

You dont play the match in the dugouts do you!!!
You dont play the match in the dugouts do you!!! D.unstable

1:24pm Thu 2 Jan 14

DAVE THE HORNET says...

Surely wet suits and flippers could have been issued?? This could start a new trend in novelty football! I'd pay good money to see it.
Surely wet suits and flippers could have been issued?? This could start a new trend in novelty football! I'd pay good money to see it. DAVE THE HORNET

1:38pm Thu 2 Jan 14

gloryhornet4 says...

D.unstable wrote:
You dont play the match in the dugouts do you!!!
Quite so. I remember a ref saying he abandoned a match at half time as near the end of the first half a player slid into the press photographers. My thoughts was to move the photographers to the terraces and play on.

As alluded to in other posts - it is better to get a local ref to make the decision earlier in the day.

I thought we got past the days of waiting for supporters travelling before carrying out pitch inspections. It should be, if in doubt call it off. Whilst managers don't like 2 games in a week, neither do supporters want to spend time and money on wasted trips.
[quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: You dont play the match in the dugouts do you!!![/p][/quote]Quite so. I remember a ref saying he abandoned a match at half time as near the end of the first half a player slid into the press photographers. My thoughts was to move the photographers to the terraces and play on. As alluded to in other posts - it is better to get a local ref to make the decision earlier in the day. I thought we got past the days of waiting for supporters travelling before carrying out pitch inspections. It should be, if in doubt call it off. Whilst managers don't like 2 games in a week, neither do supporters want to spend time and money on wasted trips. gloryhornet4

1:55pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Taxidermist says...

D.unstable wrote:
You dont play the match in the dugouts do you!!!
And our new manager rarely spends any time in the dugout either!
[quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: You dont play the match in the dugouts do you!!![/p][/quote]And our new manager rarely spends any time in the dugout either! Taxidermist

2:20pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Harry H Hornet says...

Adock has arrived at the ground at his allocated time (2pm) knowing full well that the match should have been called off hours before. However by turning up he would the be entitled to his full match fee plus expenses.

Selfish pr1ck
Adock has arrived at the ground at his allocated time (2pm) knowing full well that the match should have been called off hours before. However by turning up he would the be entitled to his full match fee plus expenses. Selfish pr1ck Harry H Hornet

2:29pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Surbiton says...

There really needs to be a major rethink on pitch inspections. Everyone involved in the match, including supporters need to be considered. This is something the F.A. and Football League etc. need to address NOW!

It is quite unacceptable to subject supporters to this, time and time again, particularly in this current financial climate.
There really needs to be a major rethink on pitch inspections. Everyone involved in the match, including supporters need to be considered. This is something the F.A. and Football League etc. need to address NOW! It is quite unacceptable to subject supporters to this, time and time again, particularly in this current financial climate. Surbiton

3:34pm Thu 2 Jan 14

PMJ1966 says...

Just back from Yeovil and glad we didn't lose. Never drove quite so far for a pie before but hey that's life. I'm sure it will rearranged for Tue/Wed when only half as many could attend. Oh well.
Just back from Yeovil and glad we didn't lose. Never drove quite so far for a pie before but hey that's life. I'm sure it will rearranged for Tue/Wed when only half as many could attend. Oh well. PMJ1966

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