Football: Flitcroft demands extended season

Bury boss David Flitcroft.
Bury boss David Flitcroft.
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Bury boss David Flitcroft has called for the Football League season to be extended following the succession of postponements across the country.

The Shakers’ last three fixtures have all been called off and they have played just twice since January 18 with wet and stormy weather wreaking havoc on the League Two programme.

Flitcroft’s men have four games in hand on 11th-placed York - while Newport have five and face a gruelling schedule. Bury still have 18 league games left to play, with their final clash due to be on May 3.

Former Barnsley manager Flitcroft said: “What we need right now is to be getting a plan of action.

“It’s to make sure we have a contingency plan, a plan B. What I can’t accept is that we’re going to be (playing) Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday - four games in a week potentially. It’s too much for the players, we’re putting players at risk. The commitment of the fans - we’re asking them to pay four times a week, it’s wrong.

“The season, in my view, has to be extended. We are talking about real adverse weather conditions that we’ve never seen the like of.

“Every football club is trying their damnedest to get games on and it’s no good looking at solutions when it’s too late, when the horse has bolted.

“This is the time to plan something now that supersedes these games being called off because there’s going to be a few more before the end of the month.”

The Football League said that while they acknowledge the wet weather has led to numerous postponements, there were no discussions about prolonging the season to fit in rearranged dates.

A Football League spokesperson said: “The league is confident that all remaining fixtures can be played in sufficient time and there are no plans to extend the season.”