It has been announced this afternoon that Bolton’s fourth round trip to Bristol in the FA Cup has been moved to the evening of Friday, January 25 and Wanderers fans have not taken kindly to the news.
The anger stems from forcing fans to make a 375-mile round trip on a Friday night.
It’s no surprise that there has been a backlash from fans after this announcement. It’s widely known that the M6 motorway is busy enough, let alone at rush hour on a Friday night when fans will be travelling down for the game.
After the 5-2 victory over Walsall in the third round, the game against Bristol offers Bolton the chance of making it to the fifth round for the first time since 2012. An exciting prospect for fans, who have now sadly been let down by the scheduling of the fourth round tie.
Friday b****y night!!!!!!! Glad the fans have been thought of!!!! Outrageous contempt for supporters……am disgusted but not surprised
— David Tonge (@DavidTonge8) 11 January 2019
Terrible was going to go but not on a friday what a joke
— shez (@paulShe72684189) 11 January 2019
What a weird time, if we’re not a TV game. I doubt many will make the trip to Bristol
— Big Ste 🏴 🇺🇸 (@thenglishgiant) 11 January 2019
Why reschedule the game?
What’s unusual in this situation is that games rescheduled to a Friday are often shown on TV, not here though. Therefore, the only way to watch the match is to travel down to Bristol.
As it turns out the reason for the FA Cup game’s rescheduling, is that there is a Rugby match set to take place at Ashton Gate on the Saturday that weekend.
This prompts the question though, would having the game on the Sunday not be an easier option for supporters?
— Andrew (@AndyC_88) 11 January 2019
And finally, this fan simply sums up his discontent on the matter.
That’s a joke! Absolute joke.
— Cedric (@CedricSed) 11 January 2019
Long gone are the days of every game being a 3pm Saturday kick-off in the FA Cup. However, is forcing fans to make a near 400-mile round trip during Friday rush hour going too far?