Friday, 17 December 2010

Leyton Orient v Plymouth. Postponed

The second home game in succession that has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

They don't seem to have this problem in Sweden. A few years back, when I first started working on the railway, a fellow new starter told me he used to live in Sweden with his Swedish wife (a tall blonde, apparently, but that's beside the point).

In order to help learn the language and make new friends, he decided to join a local football team. On the first day of training, it was snowing heavily in temperatures of about -5, and he wore shorts and a t-shirt in anticipation of an indoor training session, in view of the obviously unplayable weather conditions.

The Swedes, on the other hand, being used to the snow, wore appropriate attire for playing football in it. It hadn't even occurred to them to bring training inside for a second. He described it as the coldest he had ever been in his life, and was then on known as the "crazy Englishman". Now, if they can do it...

No more home football til Boxing Day.

Incidentally, my girlfriend now thinks that "Plymouth match postponed" is some kind of a tongue-twister. 

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