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Where’s The Ref! Game Off After Clubs Forget To Book Officials

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Pre-season postponements should be unheard of, but typically unpredictable English summers mean we can’t always rely on friendly games going ahead.

We’ve seen non weather related issues cause cancellations of course.

Wimbledon and Southport refused to play at Eastleigh and Burscough last week because the poor condition of the pitch.

A few seasons ago, one game was even called off because of moles invading a ground.

But on Saturday perhaps came the best reason for a game being called off yet.

Rochester United and Rochester City were looking forward to a local grudge match.

United, the Southern Counties East League team, were hoping to show their Kent Division Two rivals a thing or two but there was just one problem.

Both sides were under the impression that the other was booking the math referee and his linesmen.

They couldn’t find anyone with a whistle so both clubs were forced to admit defeat and cancelled the friendly game because of the lack of officials.

They do say if there are no referees there is no game – and maybe this finally proves it!

Have you heard of a better reason for a game being called off? Tweet us now! @PHNonLeague

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