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Football: Clubs fury at Hoddle timebomb.



THE 72 Nationwide League clubs are claiming pounds 1million compensation because Glenn Hoddle Glenn Hoddle (born October 27, 1957 in Hayes, London) is a football manager and former player for Tottenham Hotspur and England. He has had spells as manager of Swindon Town, Chelsea, England, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and most recently Wolverhampton Wanderers.  refuses to change an England England, the largest and most populous portion of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1991 pop. 46,382,050), 50,334 sq mi (130,365 sq km). It is bounded by Wales and the Irish Sea on the west and Scotland on the north.  kick-off time.

Hoddle says "the dietary needs" of his players mean that England must face Poland at three o'clock in a crunch (1) To process data. See number crunching.

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 at Wembley on Saturday March 27.

At first the League clubs asked the FA to kick off at 5pm but that was vetoed by the police on safety grounds.

Then the clubs asked for a 1pm kick-off but Hoddle insisted that England's pre-match meal cannot be disturbed.

Now clubs like Tranmere (home to Crewe), Wycombe (home to Oldham), and Torquay (home to Hartlepool) have either to switch to Friday night or Sunday Sunday: see Sabbath; week.  afternoon, or to attract horror attendances.

The Football League are planning a pounds 1million compensation claim.

On December 23 they sent a letter to all the clubs advising them that negotiations with the FA had broken down.

The letter stresses that the League have made "strongest protests" possible to the FA.

A League spokesman said: "We asked for the change because the League still regards Saturday afternoon at 3pm as the traditional time for watching football."

One of the grounds for the compensation claim will be the loss of revenue on the pools for fixtures moved away from Saturday afternoons.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 26, 1998
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