Neil Fredrik Jensen on October 16, 2016 •
I WAS recently at Soccerex in Manchester and listened to the “vision” of the Football League. I wasn’t sure exactly what that vision was other than people are engaging in dialogue, but something that came out was the recalibration of fixtures to allow for a winter break.
We hear a lot of mumbling about the possibility of a mid-season holiday, perhaps after the Christmas period, and at the highest level, it has some credibility. But mention it in non-league circles and the response is mostly negative. Why? Pure and simple, non-league fans don’t like anything that gets in the way of their habit and clubs need to keep the cash flowing.
But when the weather gets really cold in January and February, arguably the most miserable time of the year, those bone-numbing evenings under floodlight do deter some people from a trip down the road to see Ham & Egg Sandwich Albion take on Stilton Cheese Rovers.