Bluebirds' manager has holiday ruined with news of 9-0 drubbing
Chairman Neil Blackmore didn’t want to spoil Steve Winter’s 40th birthday celebrations but was left with no choice but to break the news of Chippenham Town’s humiliating 9-0 defeat to Stourbridge to his manager last night.
Winter wasn’t at Hardenhuish Park, after being whisked away on a surprise trip to Egypt by his family.
The Bluebirds boss had to find out via telephone that his side had been taken to pieces after having both Greg Tindle and Iain Harvey sent off in the opening 34 minutes.
“In all fairness to Steve, it was a surprise birthday present from his wife and the idea was that he wasn’t going to know anything about it until he arrived home from work the night before he was due to go,” said Blackmore.
“When I gave him this job, she realised the position that she was in and she had to tell him.
“He came to me and explained that she’d booked it several months ago, back when he wasn’t a manager, and I couldn’t turn around and say ‘No you can’t go’.
“In all honesty, I can’t say that if he was stood in the dugout, it would have stopped those two red cards.
“I spoke to him on Tuesday night and he could not believe it – I said ‘you need to believe it’.
“Unfortunately, that might have spoiled his holiday but he needed to know what had happened.”
Blackmore was disgusted by the lack of discipline that led to Chippenham’s horror show against the promotion-chasing Glassboys.
He said: “It’s appalling. There’s absolutely no excuse for either of the red cards and we’re on the back foot then.
“I’m most disappointed with the discipline, which has let us down again.
“Our record last year was poor and resulted in me having to go to two hearings in front of the FA and I told the guys at the start of this season that I wasn’t going to let it happen again.
“We have been better but on Tuesday night, we slipped back into our old ways and it’s cost us dear.
“I don’t hold Johnsey (Ben John) responsible at all. He was left open a lot of time and still made some good saves out there but he’s probably suffering the worst of all because he spent most of the game picking the ball out of the back of the net.
“It was always going to be a tough game. I do feel for the fans, who’ve come in and paid their money expecting to watch a good game of football, and they’ve been let down.”
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