FA rep fell ill – no report from U19 game

Sometimes Paddytheflea takes his information from other media sources to his articles, I must admit.  I have in vain tried to get a match report on the U19 game at Scunthorpe with Scott Malone involved.

I wrote to the FA:

I thought the FA was keen on getting your U19 team supported, but I was wrong. It has now gone thirty hours since their match was played and no match report. You will never have the rights to complain about the media not covering the youth teams ever again. If you don’t supply the reports, the press cannot spread the news and the public doesn’t get informed and get an interest in English youth football. I am very angry!

FA answered Paddytheflea’s angry letter:

Dear Sir or Madam (It’s hard to tell the sex of a flea. My remark)

Thank you for your email.

TheFA.com is committed to cover every England development team. It is highly unusual for us not to have a member of our small editorial team at an England home game, while we also try to be at as many away games as possible with our limited resources. However, on Tuesday the correspondent due to cover the game fell ill on the way to the match and was unable to reach Scunthorpe. We then had to rely on other operational staff at the game to provide information.

We are well aware of the importance of all of our teams, and can only apologise for this rare occurrence. We are equally disappointed that we have missed an England Youth home game for the first time in over three years, as it puts a small blemish on our otherwise consistent coverage.

We thank you for your understanding at this time.

Kind regards

I am of course forgiving the FA for this shortcoming on reports from the match. In these virus times shit happens. But if you were at the match, please give a short comment on how Scott Malone did to Paddytheflea and the readers down here.


Maybe the FA reporter fell victim to the swineflu


~ by paddytheflea on November 19, 2009.

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