Scunthorpe United defend late cancellation of coach travel to Colchester United
THE Iron have defended the decision to cancel their coach travel for supporters to Saturday’s match at Colchester United just days before the game.
Having failed to fill half of the coach for the trip to the Weston Homes Community Stadium, Scunthorpe announced on Tuesday it would no longer be running and contacted each individual scheduled to travel to make them aware of the situation.
The move disappointed numerous Iron fans, who took to social network site Twitter to voice their disapproval, labelling the decision 'appalling' and 'outrageous'.
General manager David Beeby though said it had been taken because the club were not willing to make a loss on away travel - something which has happened on previous occasions this season.
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“We had to make a decision in the build-up to the game and as only a small number of people had booked, less than half of what would have filled the coach, we would not have broken even," he told the Telegraph.
“We have made losses on a number of coaches already this season and cannot keep running them at a loss.
“People will say ‘why don’t you book a minibus instead’, but the cost of the fuel and driver is the same so you don’t really make much of a saving.
“The demand for it just wasn’t there and we contacted each person that had booked individually to explain the decision."
Beeby explained that those supporters who were scheduled to travel on the coach and had bought match tickets would have them refunded.
He also said that anyone wishing to travel with the club away from home should book well in advance to try to ensure such scenarios did not occur again.
“We would advise anyone who wants a coach to run to book early, rather than leave it until the week before the game," he added.