BRISTOL CITY had Town boss Peter Jackson's sympathy as they headed up to Huddersfield for this afternoon's Galpharm Stadium clash (3.00).
The hectic festive schedule has been a source of concern for Jackson, not so much because of the four games in eight days programme of League I action, but the amount of travelling involved.
His particular bugbear was the long-haul trek to Bournemouth for last Tuesday's clash, a 500-mile round trip which necessitated setting off on the Monday and getting back to Huddersfield late the following night.
"It seems strange that on a public holiday, we went to Bournemouth and Bradford had to go to Torquay. Why couldn't Torquay play Bournemouth and us play Bradford or at the least someone within 50 miles?
"The logistics of travelling a long way when you have so many games in quick succession are tricky for all clubs.
"The Bournemouth people were telling me they had to set off on Christmas Day to go to Colchester for a Boxing Day game which in the event, was postponed.
"That same day, Bristol City had to go to Stockport, while on the Tuesday, they were at home to Hartlepool!
"Where's the sense in expecting fans to fork out for long journeys at a time of year when most have already spent heavily on presents and entertaining.
"We all realise Christmas and New Year is a busy working time in football. My complaint isn't with that, it's with the fixture list, and it's time someone in authority sat down and sorted the situation out."