A BIT WET? DON’T JUST CALL GAME OFF, B&Q IT
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?