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Offline raefil

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FAWPL play off final.
« on: March 13, 2017, 08:35:42 PM »
Blackburn Rovers are one point away from winning the Northern division with 5 still to play, in the southern division Tottenham are favorites but Charlton Athletic could sneak it.

Could someone please tell me what is fair about the FAs decision in choosing a netral ground for the biggest game in the 2 finalists history, the Valley, Charlton?

Just checked out train times for lancashire supporters on sunday the 28th May. There are none.  so well done FA yourconsideration for ordinary football supporters shines through.

Frankly this decision stinks and needs to be changed to a midlands venue.

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Re: FAWPL play off final.
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2017, 09:19:36 AM »
Do they have any policy on how they choose the final venue? I'm going to ask by emailing womens.football@thefa.com , but it might just be "first ground that agrees to hold it".

In 2015 Sheffield FC hosted and competed in the final against Portsmouth [edit, no, it was at Stratford...wow, the FA can't get anything right], but 2016's was more neutral, in Wycombe.
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Re: FAWPL play off final.
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2017, 11:42:13 AM »
The Sheffield F C vs Portsmouth play off was staged at Stratford Town F C in May 2015 , which was perfectly adequate for the 450 who attended.

Pompey to Stratford 134 miles....Sheffield to Stratford 109 miles

In fact it was a superb venue, as supporters could swop ends, walk round the ground, socialise with rival fans and get really close to the action.

Wycombe last year was OK though it felt more segregated as BHA and SCA fans were directed to different areas of the seating.

We don't need a 27000 seated stadium for a crowd in the hundreds apart from the blatant unfairness of the location

 

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Re: FAWPL play off final.
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2017, 11:58:05 AM »
Have the FA replied at all ?   Does seem a silly choice of venue.

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Re: FAWPL play off final.
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2017, 09:24:02 AM »
Sorry, only just asked them. If anyone has an opinion on the venue, the FA would certainly appreciate hearing it by e-mail, especially any Blackburn fans who will be affected.

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Re: FAWPL play off final.
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2017, 05:30:32 PM »
Have the FA replied at all ?   Does seem a silly choice of venue.

Got a reply - basically "The 2016 Continental Cup final was played at the winning team's ground (Man City), so you should've complained then."

More unfair decisions to come, probably. Still, if only one person bothers to write in about it, why should they listen?

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Re: FAWPL play off final.
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2017, 09:59:07 AM »
With the Manchester City decision, I remember that they offered an explanation at the time that they put the hosting of the final out to tender and the Etihad bid was the best offer they had.

I presume some sort of bidding process for this event was undertaken as well.

 I notice that the FAWPL Plate and Reserve Cup Finals are to be played at Brackley Town which is a goodish fit geographically for Lewes, Huddersfield, Blackburn and Spurs. Proves that they are capable of making fair decisions when it suits them.

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Re: FAWPL play off final.
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2017, 10:17:44 AM »
Have the FA replied at all ?   Does seem a silly choice of venue.

Got a reply - basically "The 2016 Continental Cup final was played at the winning team's ground (Man City), so you should've complained then."

More unfair decisions to come, probably. Still, if only one person bothers to write in about it, why should they listen?

I think people have complained actually for the conti cup final. And the FA does not like people complaining actually.

They actually changed the rules published earlier actually ( not made available to the public though, they used to hide those, I got them via a WSL manager every year)

"The first drawn Club in all the rounds (except for the semi-final and final) will play at home. The semi-finals will be played at the home ground of the first drawn club or a neutral FA WSL ground to be determined by The Management Committee in its absolute discretion. The final shall be played on a neutral ground to be decided by the Board in its absolute discretion. "
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Re: FAWPL play off final.
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2017, 08:15:33 AM »
I think people have complained actually for the conti cup final. And the FA does not like people complaining actually.

They actually changed the rules published earlier actually ( not made available to the public though, they used to hide those, I got them via a WSL manager every year)

Be careful, hinting about your sources :) The FA might stop telling the rules to anybody!

There wasn't a tender or bidding process for this WPL game, I'm told.

Maybe it's part of their aim to double attendances by 2020 – it'll be slightly higher if it's a home match for someone. Still grossly unfair. At least Blackburn's team will have plenty of time to prepare, securing their place this week.

The lack of neutrality is also something that affects the FA Women's Cup semi-finals, with Man City and Birmingham getting home draws. So, I was slightly taken aback to see this headline this week...

Steph Houghton: Women's FA Cup semi-finals should be at neutral venues

...turns out it's from last year, and she was grumbling after Man City's away defeat. But it's still true. (Note to BBC - your "Beta" site is a year out of date.)

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Re: FAWPL play off final.
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2017, 08:40:00 AM »
It's official, two teams have won the WPL North and South respectively, so the Play-Off is

Blackburn Rovers v Tottenham Hotspur

On Saturday 28 May at The Valley, kickoff time is... er... whenever it starts. Meanwhile the WPL Cup final is Spurs v Charlton on May 7, at the slightly more northerly venue of Stevenage :-\ More info in the WPL thread.



Edit - The match reports and video clips are all here:

- http://www.womensfootball.eu/forum/index.php/topic,8311.msg84457.html#msg84457
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