The North West Counties Football League
Published 8th March 2012
.....see a switch to summer non-League football – and another winter of discontent has only added to his feelings.
Peters is an unashamed fan of non-League Pyramid football making the turn towards a change of seasons.
And Peters is even more adamant that league bosses should take a look at his idea after Wednesday`s game against Colne was postponed.
“The game with Colne last night would have been only our second home game since late November,” said Peters. “That is not only a problematic situation for all the players but the damaging effect financially it puts on to the club is scary to say the least.
“People may or may not realise that even though we go months without playing we still train so the training facilities have to be paid for, the services in gas, electricity, water and telephone are still being used and need paying for on time.
“We also still have to pay insurances and it goes on – so it isn’t me moaning or the likes of Dave Blacklock at Colne saying things about the problem. It is an issue.”
Last night’s game at West View would have pitched two of the highest clubs in non-League against each other with the highest town in Lancashire, Bacup, hosting the visitors from the Red Rose’s number two on the height scale.
And Peters is acutely aware of that fact, adding: “People don’t realise how high up both Colne and ourselves are.
“Even if the weather is fine lower down we can still have snow and ice on the ground.
“And when it is like that people don’t want to go out on a freezing night in November to watch a game of football.
“But if you switch the season and play in the summer there is more chance of folk fancying going to a game if it is a nice night.
“I am sure I am correct in saying that Colne’s average home gate is very similar to ours.
“We would all love to go for a walk on a nice spring or summer’s weekend but I do not hear of it in the middle of winter, so to this end I say make change and run the season from the beginning of March.
“Maybe then the likes of ourselves and Colne would not be financially stretched.”