Date: 17th March 2020 at 7:10am
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Written by paul49

The last time the football programme was suspended was on account of the weather.

The Big Freeze of 1962/63. We had a blizzard on Boxing Day with six feet of snow and continued low temperatures afterwards and there was still snow on the ground right into March.

It put paid to the Boxing Day programme and our next game was on the 23 February when we beat the league leaders Northampton 3-0. I remember a photo in the Charlie Buchan’s Football Monthly of the players clearing the snow from the pitch with Bill McGarry sat in the driver’s seat of a dumper truck with the grab full of snow and the players grouped around.

When we did get back to playing I remember away trips to Brighton and Swindon where the pitch was all sand and the only grass was inside in the back of the goals as both clubs had used road tar melting equipment to melt the snow and ice and this had killed off the grass.

Looking in my Definitive AFC Bournemouth to catch up we played seven games in March, seven in April and the last six in the first 18 days of May. We finished a respectable fifth and unbeaten at home winning eleven and drawing twelve.

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