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.

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2 thoughts on “EIHA Mishap over Fylde Flyers home opener

  1. You can come back now, it’s safe to enter – we’re up and running. Games face off at 5pm and we’ve a home game every Saturday bar Feb 25th and March 3rd right up to April 14th.

    The rink is small but matchnights are coming on nicely. we have had crowds of over 200 for the last two home games (v Sutton and Bradford) which for ENL 2 is very promising. The games are predictably physical on such a small ice pad (36x22m) but there has also been some good hockey played and games look like they are going to be tight, with high SOG totals (61-58 v Sutton and 72-38 v Bradford). With most of the crowd upstairs the atmosphere is good too.

    Hope to see you soon at a game, doors open 4-30 and admission is £5 (£3 for kids, family ticket available for £13 (2+2)) and a full colour 12 page programme is £1. Merchandise (badges, scarves beanies, baseball caps etc) is also available.

    Apologies for the blatant plug!

    cheers
    Andy (Flyers’ Prog Ed)

    • That is quite alright.
      I have been keeping an eye on your progress over this season and hope to be able to come along to game soon.
      It is great to see such a turn out and that the sport is again being positively supported and followed on the flyde coast.
      I do hope can get along to see you guys before the end of the season and will definately be another post on here and on http://WWW.getrealhockey.com which I also write for.

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