In the interest of transparency, we would like to explain the reasoning behind our recent fixture date changes.
Our fixture vs. Stockport County, now scheduled for Tuesday 31st August was changed at the request of Stockport County. Under National League rules, Stockport County could request the change in date, as their fixture at Southend United two days earlier was given a later kick-off time, in order to be shown live on BT Sport. Paul Hurst agreed to the fixture being played on that new date.
Southend United Fixture Changes
Southend United originally made a request to GTFC to switch their fixture, scheduled Saturday 19th February, to Friday 18th February to maximise their attendance. Paul Hurst agreed to the change. Consequently, Paul Hurst requested that the corresponding fixture at Blundell Park be switched from Saturday 20th November to Friday 19th November. Paul's reasoning behind this was to allow his players to have additional time to recover from a potential midweek game at that time.