Friday, December 10, 2010

Snow Joke Anymore: Scottish Football Postponements

Games are falling foul of the foul weather already.

No game for Celtic and Kilmarnock or Dundee United and Motherwell this weekend. Hamilton will find out today if they are OK to host Hibs.

The SPL's Neil Doncaster is "slightly surprised" at the early call offs. The polis have decided though and there's not much clubs or league can do in the face of that.

My own experience this week suggests that even a big thaw over the next 24 hours or so is unlikely to cure Scotrail's massive nervous breakdown this week. And don't get me started on some of the pavements I've had to slide across as the snow melts and freezes on top of compacted ice.

Postponements are unfortunate but probably not surprising.

And certainly not the worst we've ever seen. This from The Mirror:

The record number of snow-related postponements for a single football game was in 1979 when the match between Inverness Thistle and Falkirk was put back 29 times through January and February.

In the notorious freeze-hit season of 1962-63 there were 261 match postponements between December and March. Some of the fixtures were called off 15 times and the third round of the FA Cup took 66 days to finish.

Apparently 1684 was the coldest winter in British history. Maybe somebody could ask Craig Brown just how cold it was that year.

SFL games off so far:

Scottish First Division
Cowdenbeath v Falkirk
Stirling Albion v Raith Rovers

Scottish Second Division
Airdrie United v Dumbarton
Forfar Athletic v Alloa Athletic
Livingston v Ayr United

Scottish Third Division
Albion Rovers v Arbroath
East Stirlingshire v Queen's Park

The Hearts v Aberdeen game goes ahead but snow related issues means there are changes to turnstiles etc. More here, advice is turn up at Tynecastle early to avoid problems.

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