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Battling to beat the cold snap!

Battling to beat the cold snap!

Whenever England is hit with the kind of weather that is sweeping the nation at the moment, maybe selfishly, my first thoughts are 'how will this impact the football!'

Last week I 'feared' that the weather could put paid to our Swansea trip, especially as there was a blizzard on the motorway going through, and just about exiting Cardiff! Fortunately, apart from the cold, it was all fine in Swansea.

This week I again 'fear' the weather causing havoc to the weekends football schedule, and of course in particular our game against Burnley at Fratton.

In all honesty I must say that I am more fearful for the chances of this game going ahead, then again this is 'hopefully' just my 'glass half empty' approach to this weather situation.

The club announced the following on The Pompey Site today: 'Frost covers are protecting the Fratton Park pitch ahead of Saturday`s npower Championship clash with Burnley.

'The covers were laid last Thursday in readiness for the current cold snap, and at present the pitch is playable.'

Lets just hope that those words 'the pitch is playable' continue to be the words heard up to, and including Saturday. Although other words I guess, in this day and age of football, we have to fear are 'the surrounding areas were unsafe'...

The increasing 'health and safety' mentality that is also growing through the country, in fact the world, often sees games called off if it is felt that the roads leading into a ground, or the surrounding paths/stands are 'potentially hazardous'.

As most of you know I live in Devon, so do not know what the weather has been like in Pompey - my first challenge, despite the fact we just have cold but no snow at the moment, will be to actually get to Cosham on Friday I guess, as knowing good old First Great Western various trains will either be 'delayed' - the norm usually - or 'cancelled'.

Oh, the joys, the trials and the tribulations of a football fan eh!

What I will say is I am very happy to hear that the club have actually taken such early actions with foresight of what was to come this time.

Previously, despite the weather we knew we had, precautions were NOT taken were they, and as a result games were called off. Most notably Citeh one Saturday, on an early kick-off - with the cancellation not announced until a couple of hours before.

Is this another sign that Portsmouth Football Club really is taking a more 'professional' approach to things these days...

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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Tuesday November 30 2010
    Time: 9:05PM

    Comments

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    I think the game should go ahead and it's down to the council to ensure the paths and roads around the ground are suitably treated to prevent accidents- spot the contracts man. I don't see it will be the weather that causes the issue. Where I think there could be an issue is with the land owned by Gaydamak as he won't be held responsible for the likely cost to treat the ground nor is he likely to allow public liability risk for anyone injured whilst traversing the land.
    Russellm
    30/11/2010 22:10:00
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    I cant see the game going ahead - As mentioned in the articleI think most games will be wiped out due to the 'hazard' of supporters actually getting to the game!
    Claretdale
    01/12/2010 10:16:00
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    I cant see the game going ahead - As mentioned in the articleI think most games will be wiped out due to the 'hazard' of supporters actually getting to the game!
    Claretdale
    01/12/2010 10:16:00
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    Bl00dy health & safety. So xmas is cancelled too is it. Can't imagine the shops closing as the roads & paths are a bit icy!!!!
    storagematt
    01/12/2010 11:01:00
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    Barmy in Pompey at the moment. Game will go ahead without a problem. Few flakes of white stuff and forecast is for warmer by the weekend.
    eastneydave
    01/12/2010 13:45:00
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    If Ipswich can do it which has had it much harder than Pompey; then why can't our city? If no Burnely fans make it because of the road conditions that's just a shame, but it's swings and roundabouts. Pompey fans are used to traffic crawling thanks to the City Council's dreadful traffic management.
    Russellm
    01/12/2010 14:47:00
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    Well south west trains have helped the situation by running a replacement bus service this weekend between havant and fratton. hats off for that planning!
    PompeyJake
    01/12/2010 19:10:00
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    Wednesday 1st December 22:00 - it is snowing very heavily in Pompey and it looks like there is a lot more to come!!! Ignore my previous message.
    eastneydave
    01/12/2010 22:01:00
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    GAME POSTPONED - FROM THE OS ! :-(
    BarneyArmy
    02/12/2010 17:01:00
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    :(
    PompeyJake
    02/12/2010 17:10:00
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