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Boro Game Should Go Ahead
Boro Game Should Go Ahead
Wednesday, 8th Feb 2012 20:10

Town are confident that, as things currently stand, Saturday’s game against Middlesbrough will go ahead, despite the snowy weather in recent days with the Portman Road pitch having been covered for a week to protect it from the elements.

The club will be using the heated blowers under the tent which covers the surface in the run up to Saturday’s game.

A Town spokesman told TWTD: “As things stand, we’re confident the game will go ahead, but we are aware that the weather is forecast to deteriorate before the weekend.”

With reports that temperatures in East Anglia could drop as low as -10°C, it’s worth keeping an eye on developments between now and Saturday.

Town have reduced prices for Saturday’s game by 25% in what they describe as “a major ticketing trial”.

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ian_marshall added 20:28 - Feb 8
Colback just scored a beaut!!!
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SamPentas added 20:35 - Feb 8
Was just about to say ian_marshall..! He's defo learnt that at his time at Town ;) Good on him :D
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Super_Cooper added 20:37 - Feb 8
Maybe we should invest in undersoil heating?
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s6blue added 20:43 - Feb 8
yes great strike
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TractorBeezer added 20:45 - Feb 8
Sounds promising. We're on a roll and are good in the snow!
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jas0999 added 21:00 - Feb 8
I just hope they make a decision sooner than Boxing Day 2010.
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lawshallgirls added 21:02 - Feb 8
We only Win when it's snowing
Win when it's snoooowwwwinngggg
:)
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blueblood66 added 21:06 - Feb 8
No excuses for any club in the top 2 tiers of pro football to have a game off because of weather in 2012
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TownOnTheUp added 21:10 - Feb 8
Can anyone explain to me why we don't have undersoil heating anyway? Still, should be a cracking game, and hopefully Boro play 120 minutes tonight and are tired out
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WarkyWonderLand added 21:10 - Feb 8
Let's hope it goes to extra time tonight and our game goes ahead. Not long for Boro to recover and prepare. And glad that jutkiewitz has scored his first goal tonight. Firsts always seem to happen to us.

Coyb
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Garv added 21:11 - Feb 8
Let it snow!!
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MarkITFC added 21:36 - Feb 8
Townontheup - Boro game goes into extra time and play 120 mins - great news !
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Chop_Chop added 21:45 - Feb 8
Undersoil heating is not as good for the pitch as covers and blowers so i am told.
Undersoil can turn the pitch into a quagmire as the ice melts, but covers and heating reduce moisture and aid drying.

there endeth the dodgy lesson.
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Monarch_Blue added 21:58 - Feb 8
You can have all the under soil heating, covers and blowers in the world, but unless you can clear all the ice and snow from all the roads leading to the stadium, then there is every chance that Officer Plod will deem it's a health and safety issue, and call the game off!!!
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Mark added 22:07 - Feb 8
As Middlesbrough are drawing rather than winning at the moment, have a few injuries and have played 120 minutes in tonight's FA Cup game, Saturday is a very good time to play them. Let's hope it is not called off!

Maybe the cold weather will put some people off coming. My worry is that the attendance won't be much higher than usual and the club will use this as a reason not to reduce ticket prices in future.
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Keaneish added 22:43 - Feb 8
I hope so because we'll win Saturday. You heard it here first!
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Garv added 23:35 - Feb 8
I'm always worried when a team is on a bad run and their next game is against us, there's only so long the run can go on for. They're in the play offs for a reason, so its no guaranteed result.

One encouraging thing for me is though, GENERALLY we defend well against the big, lump type strikers, as opposed to the small nippy strikers like Phillips. Not saying Jukevitz is useless but I think we can handle him, as long as Tommy doesn't let himself get bullied, and he did all right against Cole last week so...

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village_blue added 07:22 - Feb 9
Surely if the reserves game at Playford Road went ahead on Tuesday the game on Saturday should be in no doubt what with the protection on the pitch?
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PLEASELEAVEKEANE added 07:48 - Feb 9
So what this really means is the game wont be on??
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Pessimistic added 07:48 - Feb 9
I desperately hope we play this one because if it is postponed and we have to play them later in the year it could be a totally different scenario.
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slowerball added 08:04 - Feb 9
Thank the good Lord... a 550 mile round trip, tickets bought & hotel booked.

Would like to see more players wearing tights in weather like this, like Eddie Kelly or Steve Hockaday used to... oh dear, I am old.
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irishtim added 08:08 - Feb 9
Hope it goes ahead as we are showing a bit of form & need to keep things going. At least weather in ireland very mild rain as usual. Cmon town 3 more points please.
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Rossm added 08:47 - Feb 9
We need it to be this weekend... they have just run a prem league all the way for 120mins, has to be this weekend.. advantage us!!
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larchblue added 09:01 - Feb 9
They can't put in undersoil heating at Portman Road because it was built on an old rubbish dump and if you dig about 5 metres down you will find old carpets and beds etc, would be way to costly for the board to give the go ahead, lets face we haven't bought any players yet because they have just replaced the pie machines and coffee pots in the pie shops... i.e player budget gone.
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shaunminx added 09:29 - Feb 9
Larchblue

5 metres? How deep do you wanna go? Undersoil heating would only be a few inches below the ground. Only wanna heat the pitch not half of Ipswich. Seriously though doesn't matter whether the pitch is playable or not if the area around the the ground is in any way dodgy as the plod would then say its a health and safety issue.
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