Combination will listen to clubs’ fixture wishes

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THE man in charge of Jersey Football Combination fixtures has promised to respect the wishes of Island clubs, following calls to schedule Friday night league games at Springfield.

Springfield hosted two league matches every Saturday last season, but clubs voted to scrap that set-up in favour of playing more games on home pitches in 2017/18

A number of players and officials in Jersey have expressed strong opinions on the state of club football, in response to suggestions online that the artificial turf in St Helier should be put to greater use at weekends.

St Paul’s midfielder Jack Boyle has appealed for Springfield to be used as a social hub for Island football from Fridays through to Sundays – proposing on Twitter that the Combination invest resources into ‘Friday Night Football’, ‘Double Header Saturdays’ and ‘Super Sundays’.

However, Combination fixtures secretary Steve Landick says Springfield lost fixtures this term because of requests from clubs to have more dates on home soil.

‘Last year we played neutral games at Springfield and the other two home and away, but the clubs wanted to go back to playing on their home pitches for this year,’ said Landick.

‘It’s their league and it’s all based on what club delegates agree on at our monthly meetings and at the agm.

‘I think it [Friday to Sunday fixtures at Springfield] is a good idea in principle, and if the clubs want to pursue it I will look at it. If Springfield is not taken and clubs want to play on it, then they can.’

Full story in Wednesday's JEP.

Jason Fox

By Jason Fox

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