EIHA Mishap over Fylde Flyers home opener

Saturday night was meant to see the Fylde Flyers play their first ever home game. However due to a problem with the netting not being in place at the new Sub Zero ice rink in Cleveleys just north of Blackpool the game was postponed. Their home opener is now scheduled for 12th November.
What was disappointing was not the I was looking forward to seeing this new team play their first home game but that the organisation was let down by the EIHA. On arriving at the rink I was surprised to see that a public session was still going on some 15 minutes before the face off was due to happen. Naturally you ask a few questions at which point I discovered that the Fylde Flyers had asked the EIHA to postpone and reschedule the game due to the problem with the netting some weeks previously. However the EIHA had failed to update its website.
This is a real embarrassment. The club and the rink were obviously keen to make a good impression and entice people back to see them however due to the EIHA in ability to update their own website. The club and rink were left red faced. Worse still is that it will not be the EIHA that feels any backlash but the club themselves.
I think this simply should not happen. The EIHA has an obligation to promote teams and assist anyway it can the teams that belong to its association but on this occasion it has let those teams, the fans, and the public down. Disgraceful.
On the plus side the rink does appear to be very nice. It is very small that will ultimately hold the team back from having ambitions beyond the ENL but it is clean tidy with amble parking and a nice cafe with views over the rink. I am looking forward to being able to go back their to catch up on the progress of the Uk’s newest team.

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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