Eagle-eyed club historian says crossbar was “too low”

PUBLISHED: 17:15 09 March 2011

Not the actual goal

Not the actual goal


WALDEN have only lost once in the last seven games – so what is the secret to beating the Bloods?

Ask last Saturday’s opponents Long Melford and it would appear that shortening the goals would be an option.

Eagle-eyed Paul Daw, Saffron Walden FC’s club historian, had his gaze drawn towards the goal frame at the northern end of the pitch during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat and he noticed the crossbar seemed a tad short.

“Five inches too low to be exact,” he said. “I had my tape measure from surveying Roman roads and buildings that morning and I measured it in the presence of the club chairman after the referee refused to hear our case.”

Big deal? Well, those few inches could have changed the result of the game. In the first few minutes Graeme Turner hit a dipping drive that actually crashed into the very same bar. If regulation size The Bloods would have been one-nil up.

Mr Daw added: “We notified the league. We don’t want the game replayed or points deducted or anything – we just want every team to have an equal chance.”

Ground standards officer Peter Hutchings is conducting an investigation on behalf of the Ridgeons League and he will be writing to both clubs to get the matter resolved.

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