Brid Town chairman’s fury at cup final stadium snub

Bridlington Town chairman Peter Smurthwaite celebrates on the pitch at the KCom Stadium after the 2015 final
Bridlington Town chairman Peter Smurthwaite celebrates on the pitch at the KCom Stadium after the 2015 final

Bridlington Town chairman Pete Smurthwaite has hit out at Hull City’s decision to not stage the East Riding County FA Senior Cup final between themselves and the Seasiders.

The final will be staged at Hall Road Rangers’ Haworth Park home, because the owners of the KCom Stadium wanted £5,000 to stage the county’s showpiece match.

In a letter to the city’s MPs and football officials, Smurthwaite said: “An anonymous person very kindly offered to pay the extra money to meet the demands of the SMC (Stadium management Committee) for their required £5,000 to allow the game to be played at the ‘community stadium’.

“The SMC have again rejected this offer and used the excuse about ‘logistics’ and ‘don’t worry chaps, we will review it again next season’.

“The logistics argument is a nonsense. If Hull City draw an FA Cup game, the replay has to be arranged and played within 14 days of the original game so they are used to re-arranging games.”

Seasiders manager Curtis Woodhouse has also been a critic of the decision to rob his squad of the chance of playing on a Premier League pitch.

When Hull City’s junior side won their semi-final, it had been hoped that might bring a change of heart from those in charge.

But instead, the game will be played which usually stages fixtures in the division below Bridlington’s.

Smurthwaite added: “It is extremely disappointing that Hull City Council have had no input in trying to resolve this problem.

“There must be a legal obligation in the lease to allow community events at this stadium.

“I presume if it had been a City of Culture event, it may have been a different story with council wanting to be very involved in resolving the problem.

“As residents of this city, we should not allow the SMC to deprive people of their legal right to use the “community” stadium, presumably because the ERCFA and the people voted against the Hull City name change.”

The Stewart Eadie memorial match at Bridlington Town’s Queensgate ground will be held on Sunday, May 14, with a 1pm kick-off.

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