Stuart McCall angry at £5000 fine from Football League


24th, September 2007

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1948577.jpgBradford City gaffer (and world’s best beer carrier) Stuart McCall claimed that he wouldn’t “give a monkey’s” if the Football League hit his side with a fine for fielding a weakened line-up in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Guess what? He’s now pleading with the Football League to let Bradford off a £5,000 fine.
The League reckon the Bantams boss picked a weakened team for a recent Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match at Doncaster – but McCall has dispatched a five-page dossier to state his case. “We were told prior to the game we would be getting a letter from the League asking us to explain every team selection. We had five genuine injuries, so we rested only two players.” Bradford were subsequently hammered 5-1.

McCall said “I’m having to play people who are carrying little injuries and we picked up two more with Barry Conlon and Kyle Nix. The league want fairness and fair play. But when the draws are made they should pick one team out for a bye and whoever they’ve got to play on the weekend should also be exempt. We’ve got three away games in a week while (Saturday’s opponents) Lincoln have had six days off – there’s no way it’s fair what we’re doing.”
It seems odd that the Football League should fine Bradford if McCall’s statement is true. Now money is playing a bigger role in football than ever, are we seeing the death of the club tournament?

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  1. Mike Harrison says:

    The Bradford City team that finished the game at Barnet on Saturday September 1st was – Ricketts, Harban, Heckingbottom, Wetherall, Bower, Phelan, Johnson, Daley, Colbeck, Medley, Nix. (Evans and Ndumbu-Nsungu went off injured in the first half.)
    The team that started the gane at Doncaster was -Saynor, Harban, Heckingbottom, Ainge, Clarke, Bentham, Colbeck, Phelan, Taylforth, Nix, Conlon.
    So only 5 Bradford City players who finished the game at Barnet, started the Doncaster game. Conlon played for 80 minutes at Barnet before being replaced by Medley, so it’s more or less 6 players.
    Lincoln City did get a bye for the first round of the JPT trophy and therefore had 6 days rest.
    The Bradford City side that started the Lincoln game on Friday 6th September was – Ricketts, Harban, Heckingbottom, Wetherall, Bower, Colbeck, Johnson, Phelan, Daley, Ndumbu-Nsungu, Thorne.
    So 4 Bradford City platers played 3 games in 6 days. with Conlon, Bentham and Nix playing as subs at Lincoln.
    What’s the point of having a squad if you can’t use them? Do the FL want sides to field injured players?, if they do, they should come out and say so. As with the FA Cup, clubs have to formally enter the competition. If that is the case with the Football league Trophy, then I would suggest that teams will take the option not to take part rather than risk being fined for the team they select.
    Mike Harrison
    editor – The City Gent