Great Yarmouth boss furious as league orders replay of Fakenham no show game
One half of Great Yarmouth Town’s management team admits he has been considering his future in football after being told the Bloaters must ‘replay’ a game at Fakenham that was called off at the last minute when the hosts’ players refused to leave the dressing room.
The infamous Clipbush Park mutiny happened in early October and was the catalyst for huge changes on and off the field at Fakenham. Yarmouth, meanwhile, were the unwitting victims after a wasted midweek journey for players, officials and supporters.
The Thurlow Nunn League have, as expected, ordered the Premier League match to be rearranged, fined Fakenham Town £500 and ordered them to pay compensation.
But it has left Yarmouth’s joint managers Adam Mason and Martyn Sinclair furious – to the extent that they discussed severing their ties with football.
For Mason, the strong connection he has with the club makes that difficult.
“It would have a huge impact on people at the club,” he said. “My family, for example, is heavily involved - my mum sells raffle tickets on the gate and washes the kit, my step-father drives the bus for away games, all my little nephews are ballboys on Saturday afternoon,” he said. “It is not just a case of stepping away from something – it has an impact on my whole life.
“Me and Sinny are some of the longest serving managers in local football at this standard.
“This is the first time we have seriously had to consider whether we carry on or not.”
The scenario for Yarmouth now is very different from early October – Fakenham, for a start, have had a mini resurgence since.
“We would have been confident of getting a win there before, but it might not be the same this time,” added Mason. “Plus, it is always difficult getting a team together for midweek.
“People say the decision the Fakenham players made that night was just because there were issues at the football club, but I still blame Fakenham, whether it is the players or the club - the club were not conducting themselves in the right way, therefore their players reacted in the way they did.
“The only people who have lost out here is Great Yarmouth Town.”