Todd’s fury at jam-packed schedule
Bermuda Football Association’s competitions committee allegedly ignored initial concerns raised by St George’s Colts over this season’s controversial Dudley Eve schedule.
This according to St George’s technical director Richard Todd who feels his club have been hard done by a schedule that has them playing two potentially tough matches with Dandy Town (September 17) and cup holders North Village Rams (September 20) within the space of three days.
Adding insult to injury is the fact that Rams and Hornets will not face each other until September 28.
Even though the East Enders strongly oppose the schedule they have vowed to “put their best foot forward” in the double elimination competition.
“We will play at the end of the day but we will submit something official in writing to the association noting our objection even though our notification to the competition’s committee has already fallen on deaf ears. We will play and look to put our best foot forward,” Todd declared.
This season’s Dudley Eve competition was due to get under way on Wednesday with a double header at BAA Field but was postponed because of a conflict with a FIFA-run referee’s course.
Todd believes the revised Dudley Eve schedule devalues a competition that teams work hard to qualify for.
“This takes something away from qualifying for the Dudley Eve because teams push to qualify,” he said. “But if you turn around and do the scheduling like this then it’s just unfair.
“I do understand a lot of dynamics they (BFA) have had to consider, but when you look at it I just think common sense could’ve prevailed a little bit more.”
BFA competitions committee chairman Shannon Burgess said his committee was forced to “squeeze in” the Dudley Eve schedule to avoid conflicting with Bermuda’s 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
“When we found out that the national team was playing in a home and away round robin format rather than a single elimination match it took away a lot of match days from us,” he said.
Burgess also claims clubs did not express any concerns over the schedule before it was announced to the public.
“The clubs had chances to discuss any issues they might have had and everyone seemed fine with it,” he said.