DAILY SPORTS DEBATE: Do we need a winter break?

Lancashire Telegraph: Ewood Park in the snow Ewood Park in the snow

BLACKBURN Rovers, Burnley and Accrington Stanley all face hectic festive periods with the games coming thick and fast.

Saturday’s matches were the first of five matches in just two weeks for each of East Lancashire’s clubs.

And with many non top-flight sides carrying smaller squads is it time for a winter break to be introduced in the Football League? Or does that hinder the fans, and indeed the finances of clubs, with Christmas fixtures often attracting some of the biggest crowds of the season?

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10:38am Tue 24 Dec 13

A Darener says...

Christmas is a hectic period for football as it is. If it took a break then it would be another hectic period after the break. And as we never know when the weather will make playing impossible there could be extra postponements due to the weather, then there will be even more chaos.
Christmas is a hectic period for football as it is. If it took a break then it would be another hectic period after the break. And as we never know when the weather will make playing impossible there could be extra postponements due to the weather, then there will be even more chaos. A Darener

11:07am Tue 24 Dec 13

Chris P Bacon says...

A Darener wrote:
Christmas is a hectic period for football as it is. If it took a break then it would be another hectic period after the break. And as we never know when the weather will make playing impossible there could be extra postponements due to the weather, then there will be even more chaos.
That's EXACTLY what I think.

The problem in England and Wales is pinpointing winter. We've often seen mild Christmases and much worse March/April months (see the wild weather we've had in the spring just gone). And of course, there would be precisely NO rest for the teams; the big teams, anyway, as they'd take advantage of the break and go overseas to play exhibition matches to boost their profiles in the far-east, USA, Australasia etc.

In Scotland, winter's easier to define and in Northern and Central Europe, they need to have a winter break as their winters are harsher and easier to predict.

So no, there should never be a 'winter' break. It's unworkable and open to abuse.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Christmas is a hectic period for football as it is. If it took a break then it would be another hectic period after the break. And as we never know when the weather will make playing impossible there could be extra postponements due to the weather, then there will be even more chaos.[/p][/quote]That's EXACTLY what I think. The problem in England and Wales is pinpointing winter. We've often seen mild Christmases and much worse March/April months (see the wild weather we've had in the spring just gone). And of course, there would be precisely NO rest for the teams; the big teams, anyway, as they'd take advantage of the break and go overseas to play exhibition matches to boost their profiles in the far-east, USA, Australasia etc. In Scotland, winter's easier to define and in Northern and Central Europe, they need to have a winter break as their winters are harsher and easier to predict. So no, there should never be a 'winter' break. It's unworkable and open to abuse. Chris P Bacon

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