Since Fulham’s game against Portsmouth was postponed on Friday there’s been a lot of discussion on the various messageboards about how the generally softer modern times, heavily influenced by the compensation culture and health and safety factors, mean we just don’t play football in inclement conditions anymore. The theory goes that in the ‘good old days’ they play in blizzards.
It’s a nice idea, but it doesn’t really stack up. A serious cold snap hit Britain in 1963 and caused huge problems for our football programme, as the Observer reported yesterday. Whilst I feel the postponement could work in favour, allowing us time to bring back Bobby Zamora and Brede Hangeland from injury and Dickson Etuhu from international duty in time for a rearranged game, the lack of available dates means we could well be facing a fixture pile-up later in the season (especially if the snow continues to fall).