FAW Final Thoughts

Friday, 12 April 2002, 0:00
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We know the debate about the FAW final has raged long and hard over the past few days but we have come up with a slightly different angle for you to have a think about. Certainly provided me with some food for thought when I discovered it.
Now then, we know that we have plenty of players out of contract this summer with contracts expiring at the beginning of June as far as we understand it. However, we also understand that it is a football league statement that all out of contract players must be told within 7-10 days of the end of the season whether they will have a contract put on the table for them. Assumption here is that the end of the season is classed as April 20, rather than the final play off final of the season. Therefore by the end of April, several players are likely to have been told that there will be nothing for them come the summer, 13 days before the FAW final.
However, with an injury hit squad the likelihood is that some of them will be required to take part in the FAW final even though they know they will be gone. Will their minds be fully on the job in hand? Doubt it.
On from there, we also understand that Sam Hammam was happy to play the final in April but said that he would play his reserve team in the game. The FAW didn’t want this so they moved it to May. Forget police requirements – an application was with them in time to make an April date but it was the FAW that made the decision to move the game to May 13. So they don’t want reserve teams but they are happy for one of the finalists to be putting out a side that in all likelihood will contain people who no longer care for the shirt that they are wearing (a cynic would say that some of them may not have cared in the first place!)
So the chances are if we want to play the game with players that will be here come August they will be reserves – exactly what the FAW wanted to avoid. And also bear in mind, even though it pains me to say this, the calibre of Cardiff’s reserve players is higher than ours.
I have spoken my feelings for the FAW final – I won’t be there, it holds no interest three and a half weeks after the season ends and with a couple of players on holiday, a handful out of contract we will end up playing a seriously weakened side.
The easy option would be to boycott the final altogether but we need the money and a boycott is unlikely to give us the £50k that we are guaranteed for the final spot. But a seriously weakened side (which is going to happen) proves that the FAW have made the wrong decision. Doesn’t it?

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