Festive Football: Hoping Rovers are not frozen out by weather - Ryan

Christmas is not all turkey and mince pies when it comes to football. In their own words, those involved with the game tell the Yorkshire Post's Richard Sutcliffe and Ian Appleyard how they will spend their festive break and the sacrifices they make.

The Chairman, John Ryan

For me, Christmas starts on Christmas Eve when my grandson William comes round with my eldest daughter Claire who, this year, has purchased me a Father Christmas outfit. We have already had a dress rehearsal and the general opinion is that he won't recognise me in it!

I always regard Christmas Day as a family day but still, I won't be turning my phone off. I am always available talk to people about football club matters – especially if it is something important – but I don't let it dominate my life.

We will sit around the dinner table around 3pm with my wife Lynne, our daughters, and son and enjoy the meal and all the jollification from the family gathering but I always look forward to the Boxing Day fixture. This year we visit Derby County where, in the league, we have a good record.

The festive period is a great way for clubs to make solid headway in a short space of time – if you can put together back-to-back wins. You only have to look at Leeds United. With the weather causing problems, their groundstaff have worked hard and ensured two fixtures have gone ahead when others have failed and they have reaped the rewards with points and excellent attendances.

As chairman of a football club, you hope Christmas will bring bigger gates with many floating spectators; old supporters saying they will give the club support again; and those supporting family members at the game. But, of course, there are a lot of games in a short period of time which can be hard on the pocket for some.

With the current Arctic weather, I, like most chairmen, will be concerned that what is a productive and enjoyable time of the season could be frozen out completely. Groundstaff are going to have to work hard to keep the games on but our boys did brilliantly for us last Friday night.

Our home game is on Tuesday, December 28 against Ipswich Town and, right now, I would say they will have it all on to get that game played – but it will not be for the want of trying!

I would not be in favour of a winter break in the Championship or any other division for that matter. Which month do you choose in this country?