TITLE-CHASING Formby are facing the prospect of a midweek match – every seven days for the next 10 weeks!
And if the Squirrels continue to be frustrated by the weather they could face the prospect of two games a week for the rest of the season.
Only two free midweek dates – both in April – now remain after Formby’s latest postponed clash was factored in to their rescheduled fixture list.
But any further postponements could cause chaos.
Last season Bacup Borough were left in the unenviable position of having to contest six games in six days, but still managed to claim the North West Counties Challenge Cup.
Formby are due to entertain Darwen on Saturday – the first of four home games in the next fortnight – but the Squirrels haven’t staged a game at Altcar Road since November 10.
In fact the only match they have played since November 17 was the trip to Eccleshall on January 5, when they triumphed 7-1.
Formby boast the near-perfect record of nine wins from their 10 games so far this season in the North West Counties League First Division, and have a mammoth NINE games in hand on table-topping Darwen.
Record-breaking striker Jason Carey will be more anxious than most to get back into action.
He has been enjoying the hottest goalscoring streak in Formby’s post-war history.
His hat-trick against Eccleshall on January 5 saw him reach 29 goals for the season, and overtake Mark Wilson’s club record for the North West Counties.
Carey is likely to overtake Tommy Cain’s 32 goal haul in 1951-52, believed to be the club’s post-war record, while Jack Ball’s phenomenal 78 in 1948-49 – when Formby played parks football – doesn’t look out of reach.
Squirrels programme editor, Merrick Cork, explained: “We knew from the start of the season that Jason was on course to break records, the man was already in double figures by the end of August. He scored in 10 consecutive games and has been the league’s runaway top scorer.
“This sent us off to find out what the records actually are.
“We’re fortunate that the NWCFL has kept very good records, and we are hugely indebted to league statistician Paul Cowburn for sharing his work with us.
“From before then, it’s not so clear and we are laboriously working through archives of local newspapers, checking week-by-week match reports to amass the facts.
“It’s also throwing up some excellent stories about our club’s history that we’ll be putting in programmes and archiving online.
“The line ‘Top goalscorer: Tommy Cain, 52 goals in 1951-52’ has been handed down in Formby lore for decades but we’ve confirmed he actually ‘only’ got 32 that season.
“We’ve taken this to be our all-time record. However we’ve just discovered there was an older, far higher record set.
“In 1947-48 the appropriately named Jack Ball scored a dizzying 78 goals for us.
“We’ve just published our research on him on our website but that was a long time ago, at a lower level than we play at now, and when football matches could be halfway to rugby.
“In the modern era there’s simply no comparison to Jason Carey.”