Players’ strike leaves Great Yarmouth Town short

A players' strike will leave Great Yarmouth Town having to field a weakened side for Tuesday night's Norfolk Senior Cup tie with King's Lynn Town.

Some of the Bloaters players are unhappy at being owed weeks' worth of match fees and expenses this season.

It means a number for first team players have made themselves unavailable for the fourth round tie on Tuesday night at The Wellesley, while manager Paul Tong will also be absent as a sign of solidarity towards his players.

The Bloaters have promised the Linnets the game will go ahead as planned, and will have to call upon a host of youth team players to ensure that is the case.

The club declined to comment, but have confirmed they are hoping to resolve the situation.


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'I worked very hard Monday to resolve the issue with the chairman and those involved,' said Tong. 'There are faults on both sides but in this instance I feel I have to support the players because without them I'm nothing.

'If it had just been one or two I would have gone against it.'

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It was chairman Stephen Brierley who helped turn around the club's fortunes – both on and off the pitch – after arriving in 2008, seeing the Bloaters win promotion to the Ridgeons Premier League last season.

'We've been lucky at Yarmouth over the last three years that we've had a chairman and vice-chairman who support the club,' added Tong, speaking to BBC Norfolk.

'Let's face facts, we wouldn't have achieved what we set out to achieve without the support of the chairman and vice-chairman.

'But what you have to look at, the players who have decided not to go because they're owed expenses, some travel from Dereham, I've had players travelling back from London, one would be travelling back from Braintree.

'When they're only playing for expenses and they're not on vast wages that some clubs do pay, you have to respect that if they're not getting those expenses they felt strongly enough to make a stand.'

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