Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

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Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by The Informant » 11 Jan 2017 14:11

Hi All

Looking at the weather forecast for Reading, there is rain due all day tomorrow until 5pm at which point the rain will turn to heavy snow from 5 - 8pm

Could the game be at risk? I know the pitch will probably deal with it but games usually cancel because of ice and snow on the approaches.

Looking forward to this game too.

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Re: Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by Forbury Lion » 11 Jan 2017 14:21

I imagine we will have some light snow, play through it then at half time after they've sold their pies the snow will disappear and they will announce the ref has called the game off.

On a more serious note, Do we have the pink or orange ball on standby?

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Re: Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by Hound » 11 Jan 2017 14:37

hopefully not - forecasts I've seen are more for rain than snow. Not been particularly wet recently so pitch should be cope

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Re: Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by Pepe the Horseman » 11 Jan 2017 14:52

Surely they'll just put the roof on?

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Re: Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by tidus_mi2 » 11 Jan 2017 15:09

Meh, if the Derby game 6 years ago went ahead, I'm sure this one will.

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Re: Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by Royal Ginger » 11 Jan 2017 15:27

Didn't a Doncaster match get called off an hour or so before it was due to start because of snow/ice a few years back?

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Re: Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by gazzer, loyal royal » 11 Jan 2017 15:32

Royal Ginger wrote:Didn't a Doncaster match get called off an hour or so before it was due to start because of snow/ice a few years back?


A Newcastle game was called off due to health and safety concerns outside the ground a few years back

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Re: Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by Delboy » 11 Jan 2017 15:50

Its on Sky so very unlikely to be called off unless treacherous outside


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Re: Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by CountryRoyal » 11 Jan 2017 15:51

They'll probably play through this snow in the first half though n abandon it after half time when it's melted.

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Re: Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by genome » 11 Jan 2017 16:06

I think the first half will be played in a blizzard, which will clear up after half time and the game will be abandoned.

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Re: Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by Brum Royal » 11 Jan 2017 16:32

gazzer, loyal royal wrote:
Royal Ginger wrote:Didn't a Doncaster match get called off an hour or so before it was due to start because of snow/ice a few years back?


A Newcastle game was called off due to health and safety concerns outside the ground a few years back


Sunderland away

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Re: Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by Stranded » 11 Jan 2017 16:32

Royal Ginger wrote:Didn't a Doncaster match get called off an hour or so before it was due to start because of snow/ice a few years back?


I remember a game at Barnet in 93 or 94 that was called off about 45 mins before kick off as we were arriving at the ground.


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Re: Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by Delboy » 11 Jan 2017 16:43

could be smallest league gate of the season, QPR will not bring many, on Sky and freezing cold 14000!

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Re: Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by Half Biscuit » 11 Jan 2017 17:20

Snow drifts will build throughout the opening 45 minutes, but will be thawed out by hot air from the PA system at half time. Only for the game to be called off when a single decisive snowflake lands on the fourth official's eyelash.

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Re: Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by Sutekh » 11 Jan 2017 17:44

It certainly is a possibility the game could fall victim to the weather as I stated on the Matchwatch thread.

While the ground itself has excellent drainage it will have a limit to how much water can be drained in the time available. If there is a more or less constant heavy downpour for several hours before kick off the game will be at serious risk

Additionally with temperatures dropping and heavy snow forecast it is obvious that any surface water will freeze and therefore there will be treacherous icy conditions developing before, during and after the game so the police could well step in anyway and demand postponement on the grounds of safety even if the pitch is playable.

Given its a local derby game and on the telly my guess is that any decision made could be made very late on which is really no help to anyone travelling any distance to the match.

And given the club has already granted free entry for those that had tickets for the first Fulham game expecting the same again if the QPR game gets abandoned rather than postponed maybe a little too far

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Re: Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by Sutekh » 11 Jan 2017 17:46

Stranded wrote:
Royal Ginger wrote:Didn't a Doncaster match get called off an hour or so before it was due to start because of snow/ice a few years back?


I remember a game at Barnet in 93 or 94 that was called off about 45 mins before kick off as we were arriving at the ground.


Wasnt the Burnley FA Cup game a few years back called off about half an hour before kick off?

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Re: Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by RATM » 11 Jan 2017 18:13

Stranded wrote:
Royal Ginger wrote:Didn't a Doncaster match get called off an hour or so before it was due to start because of snow/ice a few years back?


I remember a game at Barnet in 93 or 94 that was called off about 45 mins before kick off as we were arriving at the ground.


Remember it well, it only started snowing about 15 miles from Barnet!!
Game was called off as I was parking and we drove back in the rain.

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Re: Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by Gunny Fishcake » 11 Jan 2017 18:37

Sure it'll be fine but agree very low crowd thanks to those t*ssers at Sky ruining another great Saturday game

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Re: Tomorrow's Match at Risk? Snow!!

by AthleticoSpizz » 11 Jan 2017 18:51

+1 ^

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