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Town's Trip to Derby Postponed
Thursday, 31st Aug 2017 12:18

Town’s Championship game at Derby County scheduled for Tuesday 12th September has been postponed as the Rams are now set to play their Carabao Cup second round tie against Barnsley on that date.

Derby’s first round match against Grimsby was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch and replayed on August 22nd - alongside the rest of the second round matches - with Gary Rowett’s side winning 1-0.

Their second round game against the Tykes had been set for September 19th - the week in which third round games are scheduled to be played - but the EFL have now moved the tie forward a week so the winners are able to face Tottenham Hotspur in the designated third round week.



Tottenham have Champions League matches on September 13th and 26th, leaving the week in between the only one free for the third round Carabao Cup fixture. A new date for the Blues’ trip to Pride Park is yet to be set.



An EFL spokesperson said: “The EFL would like to apologise to the clubs involved and importantly the supporters of those teams for any inconvenience caused.

"However, the need to move the tie forward a week is required due to limited flexibility in the fixture schedule alongside the fact that the winners of the round two tie have been drawn against Tottenham Hotspur, who have the added complication of being involved in four competitions, including the group stages of the Champions League."

Town MD Ian Milne added: “It’s very frustrating for all concerned, especially our supporters given the short notice but we have no influence on the decision at all. It’s completely out of our hands.”

With the game less than a fortnight away, a significant number of Blues fans will have booked trains and hotels on the night of the match.

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ajs83 added 12:24 - Aug 31
Phil - Do you know roughly when the rearranged date will be and do you know when we're likely to find out for definite?
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Johnhoz added 12:24 - Aug 31
So, who do I contact to get a refund on my train ticket, which I purchased in advance?
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12th_Man added 12:25 - Aug 31
Hopefully new date will mean I can go
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HarryWright added 12:26 - Aug 31
They have absolutely no respect or consideration for fans at all, this is disgraceful.
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TR11BLU added 12:26 - Aug 31
FFS.....Thats the hotel booking down the swanney then
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BluJu added 12:40 - Aug 31
Might give us more time to get over our injuries.
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PhilTWTD added 12:54 - Aug 31
ajs83

No, the clubs are still talking about that from what I'm told, a number of potential dates being discussed.
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North_London_Blue added 13:04 - Aug 31
Mixed feelings. Annoying about wasting money but gives us a chance to get some players back fit
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Sam added 13:42 - Aug 31
At least the new date will mean more fit players and a chance to move up the table.
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linhdi added 14:16 - Aug 31
I suggest anyone who can prove they are out of pocket - Advance train fares, non-cancellable hotel - email enquiries@itfc.co.uk, ideally attaching proof, and detailing the amount. Club has been told to expect some correspondence!

In the past this has always ended well.
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horsehollerer added 14:22 - Aug 31
Feel bad for those with train tickets booked. Plus it's usually better to catch Derby at the beginning (slow start) or the end (collapse) of a season. As others have said, the upside is the chance to get more players fit. But still odd that the Carabao takes precedent over the league.
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Bluebell added 16:29 - Aug 31
Oh no.

Have arranged the day off work for that. At least we were driving and have not got train tickets for it.

As others have said, more players should be fit by the time we play them.
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coolcat added 21:09 - Aug 31
Linhdi, thanks for that info. I'll do that and see what happens. Booked a night's stay at the hotel plus coach travel.
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