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...
PLAY UP POMPEY!