Where have all the Derbies gone?
This season’s line up of 24 clubs provides little opportunity for true local derbies. In the past, the level will have witnessed many a Forest versus County, Charlton versus Millwall and Watford versus Luton battle. The roster is far from entirely bereft, however – so why do today’s fixtures not treat us to an all Sheffield battle or a Cardiff-Swansea match up?
These are tricky days on which to travel, with a number of train services not running and booking a half way affordable advance ticket in the light of the weather a decidedly risky venture. In all truth, the last thing I wish to do is spend seven hours on a train at yuletide – memories of aborted boxing day trips to Watford, Luton and Bristol Rovers still hang heavy. Do the authorities expect Pilgims’ fans to catch a fishing boat via Lundy Island and on to the Welsh capital in order to make a 1pm kick off today? More common sense please.