Hartlepool United blast unfair fixture list

Mick Wadsworth
Mick Wadsworth

MICK Wadsworth has criticised the Football League fixture computer after Hartlepool United were handed away matches on both the opening and closing weekends of the season.

Throw in away fixtures on key dates such as Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and the picture becomes even worse for both players and supporters.

Pools open their campaign at MK Dons on Saturday, August 6, while the final outing of the year is a repeat of last season’s trip to Charlton Athletic.

Boxing Day sees Wadsworth’s men journey to Oldham Athletic, with a trip to Sheffield United coming on the eve of 2012.

Just two of Pools’ fixtures during the whole of November and December are at Victoria Park, while Easter Saturday is yet another away day, this time at Colchester United.

And Wadsworth admits he’s bemused at the schedule.

“I just do not understand how you can be away from home on both the first game and the last game of the season,” he told SportMail.

“It’s always been one or the other as far as I can remember.

“I know we were away from home on both last season, but that had something to do with the Tall Ships being in town I understand.

“It makes no sense to me, especially with so many of the other big dates, such as Christmas and New Year, also being away from home.

“But there’s nothing we can do about it and I suppose you’ve got to play all of these matches at some point.”

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