Jim Goodwin has called for the introduction of summer football after recent stormy conditions and a St Mirren postponement.
The Buddies’ trip to face Motherwell at the weekend was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. Tomorrow’s game with the Steelmen in the Scottish Cup is also ‘touch and go’ according to Well boss Stephen Robinson.
It’s got Goodwin wondering about whether summer football would be a better initiative. Whilst he isn’t expecting it soon, he reckons it would be a smart move to follow a model similar to the League Of Ireland.
“I think we could frontload the fixtures in the better months if possible,” explained Goodwin. “There are literally no weeks to squeeze games in unless we play 52 weeks a year. I don’t know what needs to give.
“I don’t think we can hold the powers that be accountable. I am a big fan of summer football. I understand that the festive period is a big one in Britain because financially it’s great for the clubs.
“But the reason we end up with the backlog of fixtures is because of the postponements. The likelihood is during the summer you won’t get as many postponements due to bad weather.
“I would love to follow the League Of Ireland. They started on Friday and will play through until October. It makes more sense to me because of our climate. The weather is bad here during these months. But I cant see it happening anytime soon and it certainly won’t be me who makes that decision.”
Goodwin has also applauded fans for turning out at this time of year. He’s commended the loyal travelling supporters who journey the length and breadth of Scotland to watch their teams in this weather.
“It is really is a huge expense for fans and I honestly don’t know how some of them do it,” said Goodwin. “Three games in a week sometimes, £25+ a ticket, it’s mega money. I take my hat off to them.
“Their level of commitment and passion for their teams is brilliant. But getting back to the summer football, the attendances in Ireland have dramatically increased due to the better weather.
“If I wanted to bring my six-year-old son to watch a game, I’d much rather bring him when we can wear shorts and t-shirt, opposed to what we seen at the weekend where you’re wrapped up head to toe, getting soaked on the way in and out.
“That’s probably the route we are going to go down. In the next ten years I can see an argument for summer football.”