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WHEN I was paint­ing my win­dows back in the sum­mer, it started rain­ing. So I nipped over to B&Q and bought a tar­pau­lin. It was 4m x 5m, or 20m squared. It cost about £12. And af­ter an Ama­zo­nian down­pour last­ing sev­eral hours, my lovely Du­lux was bone dry.

I know this is all a bit Alan Par­tridge, but bear with me. Af­ter the an­ni­hi­la­tion of last week­end’s fix­ture list at the hands of mother na­ture, I started think­ing.

The av­er­age foot­ball pitch is 105m x 68m, or 357 B&Q tar­pau­lins. By my reck­on­ing, that’s about £4,284. Of course, you’d need to stitch them all to­gether but I’m sure it isn’t be­yond the wit of man to make a gi­ant one – just look at Wim­ble­don and their scam­per­ing ball boys.

OK, so I’m be­ing a lit­tle face­tious. But the point is, a sim­ple plas­tic sheet would have given many of those games a chance of be­ing played. Es­pe­cially if you rigged up a cou­ple of poles and tented it in the mid­dle. It isn’t a long-term so­lu­tion and won’t pro­tect against days of rain. But it would mean a pitch got wet not sat­u­rated. As a last-ditch ef­fort 24 hours be­fore a game, surely it’s worth a go?

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