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TRUST THE POST: Welsh football issues have not been forgotten.

Byline: Mark BRITTAIN

MIKE Griffiths, of Ffynnongroyw, known by many for his controversial contributions to our Letters columns, makes it to the top of the page with a blast at our coverage of Welsh football.

Of the League of Wales, he asks: ``Why should supporters of clubs who play on a Friday night have to wait until the following Monday for a report? This doesn't just happen at weekends. On Tuesday last week, Rhyl played Cwmbran in an FAW Premier Cup match but we had to wait until Thursday for a report.

``Secondly, as your Monday supplement is intended for Welsh sport only, why do you use it for reports on English Nationwide League games as well? Finally, why is it virtually impossible to get letters dealing with topical issues in Welsh football published? You print numerous letters from supporters of Liverpool, Everton and Tranmere, yet there is little or nothing on Welsh football matters. I have e-mailed letters twice this year and neither appeared.''

Over to our sports editor, Richard Williamson, who says: ``On Friday nights, our production deadlines are 9.30pm, so we can't guarantee match reports appearing on Saturday. In view of this, we decided to hold relevant reports over to Monday to provide a comprehensive round-up of the League of Wales weekend action. However, this is currently under review. The missing midweek Rhyl report was due to an error as copytakers assigned it to the wrong database. By the time it was discovered, it was too late.

``We include a round-up of the rest of the Second Division matches within our coverage of Wrexham in the Monday pull-out because it is of interest to their supporters. We do include a number of different sports in North Wales, too, all of which have been delighted with the coverage - and we plan much more for next year.

``Generally, our coverage of the League of Wales is widely acknowledged within League circles as far outstripping most other media outlets with regular reports, previews and our Lowdown column. Our main criticism comes from other sports who think we give far too much space to football for the number of people who actually watch League of Wales matches. Also, research shows that the vast majority of readers are interested in Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Wrexham, so our daily battle is to strike a balance between their demands and the needs of the local clubs who desperately need more support on top of their present crowd figures.

Meanwhile, all our Welsh sports coverage is under review as to how best to improve it, and this includes scope for a better letters section relating to North Wales.''
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 17, 2002
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