ON behalf of Barnstaple Town Football Club Management Team I would like to apologise to all the supporters who came to watch the game between Barnstaple and Bideford on Boxing Day for the wait that they had to endure to access the grounds.
At no time was I made aware that people were queuing, and if I had known I would have made a request to the referee for the start of the game to be put back by 15 minutes.
It was a decision that only the referee can take but I would have hoped that, as it was an early start, that he would have considered such a request. This would have allowed everyone to watch the start of the match.
I have already sent an e-mail to Bideford’s chairman requesting him to put my apologies in their programme. We have also looked in depth at what happened and put remedies in place to ensure that it does not happen again in the future.
Both Bideford and Barnstaple teams rely on their followers to support them all the way through the season, I do hope that they will continue to do so.
Once again I am sorry that this occurred.