Saturday, 18 December 2010

Help!

Hi guys...bit of a problem here - I had no internet connection when I got home from work last night & it has still not returned. I've managed to use my iphone to save my team this morning & write this quickly, but the connection is so so slow I've not been able to check any team news / injury new online & can't get in to the chatroom...I just had to save what I had on the screen to ensure I didn't get a big fat zero.

The weather in the UK is unbelievable, snow is falling heavily, I imagine we're going to lose a lot of games but again I'm sorry, I'm afraid I can't check to let you know - if anyone is able to do updates via the comments section upto the deadline to help others that would be hugely appreciated.

Cheers,
AM

96 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wigan villa severe doubt, birmingham is going ahead, blackburn still on for the time being

Anonymous said...

Hi I am worried about Blackpool vs Tottenham as they have no heating ,what's your thoughts? It is tomorrow though, maybe thawed out a bit?

Birty said...

Hi AM, I should be able to keep the updates coming as I'm not going anywhere. At the moment this is what I've read:

Wigan are very doubtful that they'll play
Blackburn are hopeful but not optimistic.

Anonymous said...

Wigan vs Villa in “Severe Doubt”

Anonymous said...

It's official - Wigan v Villa OFF

Anonymous said...

http://www.wiganlatics.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10429~2247241,00.html

Anonymous said...

wigan villa is postponed

Anonymous said...

Any other news? Or where can i check for the status of the match?

Birty said...

As stated above, Wigan is now off.

a 10am update from Blackburn (at 9:50!) says "As of 10am, today's game against West Ham United remains on as the pitch is now clear, supporters are advised to continually check the official website for further updates in the run-up to the 3.00pm kick-off."

No news on Liverpool, Sunderland, Arsenal.

Birmingham are very confident of playing.

Anonymous said...

Wigan Villa is definitely off...

http://www.wiganlatics.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10429~2247241,00.html

Murph

Anonymous said...

How abt Blackburn? Now i hv 4 players from Blackburn...

Anonymous said...

Despite the adverse weather conditions overnight and into this morning today's game against Newcastle at St. Andrew's is still scheduled to go ahead.

Due to the undersoil heating system the pitch remains soft and playable and the falling snow is being regularly swept off the surface. birmingham a go then

Anonymous said...

wat abt arsnal?any news?

Birty said...

FC United of Manchester vs Marine has been cancelled.

News from Blackburn:
"Rovers' Barclays Premier League match against West Ham United will go ahead as planned.

From 5.30am this morning Blackburn Rovers staff have been working hard clearing last night's snowfall in which some three to four inches fell in the Ewood area.

The pitch is now fully clear of snow and the work continues to ensure that all areas inside and outside the ground are likewise.

As always, supporters are advised to set off early for the match, and to wear suitable clothing for the chilly conditions.

No further updates on the situation are planned unless there is further significant snowfall."

Anonymous said...

Any news about tottenham?

Cheers,
DZ

Stato said...

http://www.rovers.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10303~2247224,00.html

Link confirming optimism with Blackburn game

Anonymous said...

@ Birty
Can u give us an overview of UK weather until monday please? Thanks
Pauly

Anonymous said...

manu match canceled??

Anonymous said...

http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/latest-news/fulham-game-called-off

Anonymous said...

http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/latest-news/fulham-game-called-off

liverpool vs fulham postp...

DeviLxDeviL said...

Wigan and Liverpool match postponed. Confirmed ! :)

south of europe said...

Arsenal go or not ?

Birty said...

good spot anon: I'd stopped looking at liverpool's site partly because i thought it was on and partly because it was making me sick.

10:30 Update

Liverpool vs Fulahm is off
Wigan vs Villa is off

Birmingham vs Newcastly ON
Blackburn vs West Ham ON (barring any last minute snowfall)

Sunderland vs Bolton - no news
Arsenal vs Stoke - no news

No news is good news.

As for tomorrow:

At the moment, I'd be very surprised if Blackpool play tomorrow, if Liverpool have had to cancel then Blackpool must be a serious doubt - BUT that's only speculation and not fact.
Chelsea vs United will almost certainly be on, Rupert Murdoch himself will be driving a snow plow rather than lose the TV audience
West Brom is almost Birmingham so if Birmingham play then I'd bet money on West Brom playing.

City vs Everton - anything could happen

For UK weather updates check www.bbc.co.uk

Anonymous said...

Thanks Birty, everyone!

Anonymous said...

gud job BIRTY.. thanks

Anonymous said...

Thanks Birty for updated...

Leo

GENIUS said...

thankss

GENIUS-

Anonymous said...

Liverpool v Fulham has been called off

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/front_page/9299029.stm#postponements

Anonymous said...

A Blackpool spokeman just stated "I'd say there's a 60% chance that the game will be postponed".

Anonymous said...

any news of arsenal?

Anonymous said...

I just got rid of all my L'pool, Villa and Spurs players. I want a striker to save my team. What do you say, Bent or Elmander?

Anonymous said...

wigan aston villa
and
liverpool fullhan OFFICIALY POSTPONED

Anonymous said...

anymore games update?

Anonymous said...

elmander all the way..

Anonymous said...

drogba ;)

Birty said...

11am update:

No more concrete news. Its started snowing again in Manchester - only lightly but I'm going to keep an eye on Blackburn vs West Ham again but I reckon it'll go ahead.

There's less than 2 hours to the Sunderland kick off and there's no news from there so assume that game is on. Still nothing from Arsenal.

Anonymous said...

hat about Blackpool - where has this 60% chance of play comment come from???

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know who is going to be Arsenal's starting keeper?

MUFC said...

Liverpool vs Fulham and Wigan vs Aston Villa both officially off.

Anonymous said...

Is this "60% chance" a real statement? I simply can't find it anywhere. Anyway, even if my guts say that one way or another the game will be on, I wouldn't risk buying Bale, VdV or Pavlyuchenko at full price

Angelos

Anonymous said...

It's actually 63.18% chance

Jack said...

Damn, do you think RVP will do well?

Anonymous said...

haha

Anonymous said...

I think once again Chamakh is a better pick. I don't know why. I just have this feeling

Anonymous said...

he's making it up

Anonymous said...

Do you think he'll even play?

Joe said...

It just went up to 64.42%; I'm buying Bale and VDV - I already have Adam on a discount (keeping).

Joe said...

Chamakh/Van Persie (Cham looked sluggish at United...time for RvP to start?)

- I think Nik would have picked RVP.

Buffon said...

RVP or Elmander ? (Replacing an Aston Villa player)

KaNt@lGaYo '89 said...

Who will play? "W. Szczesny or L.Fabianski?

Jason said...

"Heavy snow is now causing a concern at St. Andrews"

Brum vs Newcastle may be called off!

Birty said...

Lol, I found a webcam of Blackpool's east stand but the last update was september 2008! I can't find anything on tomorrow's game at Blackpool to confirm that quote but I would say I think its an accurate assesment even if its not an actual quote.

No more news in the last half hour but the snow fall in that time in Manchester has been significant (for the UK anyway!)

Don't think we'll get any more news before the deadline. I'm off to dig my sister's car out of the snow. Although I'm not sure how she expects me to get my car out.

Good luck everyone. May the snow stay away for the rest of the weekend!

Birty said...

Whoops, one last update:

"Referee Mike Jones will inspect the playing surface at St. Andrew's by no later than 12 noon today ahead of this afternoon's scheduled game against Newcastle United.

Blues ground staff have been working around the clock to ensure the pitch is playable and supporter sections of the stadium are being attended to by the club's maintenance team.

The pitch is soft and playable but heavy snow is now causing a concern as all work to clear areas in and around the stadium is being quickly undone by incessant snowfall."

Bet the ref isn't a fantasy player, why not check the pitch at 11:45!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I now have no Tottenham or Blackpool players in my team. I need 100% sure starters coz I need to catch up in my league!
With 30 mins to deadline I feel it's too risky to gamble on them starting the match. Remember the last Blackpool postponed match, the ref called it off in the morning of the game.
This is just my opinion and is not based on insider knowledge nor scientific meteorological analyses.(The Met Office gets it wrong most days anyway!)
Good luck
Pauly

donut said...

So a basic summary so far...

Sat, Dec 18 Arsenal v Stoke

Currently snowing near stadium but no reports about any risk to the game going ahead

Sat, Dec 18 Birmingham v Newcastle

Heavy snow in the area overnight but very clear statement on club website about game going ahead...

http://www.bcfc.com/page/News/NewsDetail/0,,10412~2247247,00.html

Sat, Dec 18 Blackburn v West Ham

Heavy snow but again clear statement on club website that the game will go ahead

http://www.rovers.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10303~2247224,00.html

Sat, Dec 18 Wigan v Aston Villa

CONFIRMED OFF

Sat, Dec 18 Liverpool v Fulham

CONFIRMED OFF

Sat, Dec 18 Sunderland v Bolton

Due to start in an hour or so and no indication that they aren't ready to start as yet - Soccer AM in the UK will do a preview before 12 so worth noting that...

Sun, Dec 19 Chelsea v Man Utd
Difficult to predict but London is meant to continue snowing today and tonight. Lots of noise on Twitter about there being a chance of it going, but that doesn't mean much...

Sun, Dec 19 West Brom v Wolves

Nothing on the home page but lots of snow in the area, just depends what happens tonight!!

Sun, Dec 19 Blackpool v Tottenham

Big risk, lots of snow, no undersoil heating, but no mention of 60% anywhere I can find and nothing official announced...

Mon, Dec 20 Man City v Everton

Who knows about Monday - I think this given its an evening game there will be plenty chance for the game to go ahead and clear anything that does land...

Anonymous said...

Cheers Birty. As if it isn't hard enough when the games are actually played. F Me! I've just seen on the BBC that Arsenal have the game off.

Anonymous said...

Link to BBC about arsenal please?

Anonymous said...

Just woke up. I live in South London and there is a hell of a lot of snow...still falling quite heavily too. Last minute tinkering needed!

Irons

Anonymous said...

nice unclear post anonymous, on arsenal

Anonymous said...

Will Szczesny start?

Mike

Anonymous said...

It is now snowing hard in Birmingham with 3 inches already on the ground. The sky is just a blanket of white, so the game may still be doubtful.

Bobby said...

8mins to deadline...

Rawad said...

Not True,
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/front_page/9299029.stm

DJ PIGG said...

I can see no mention of the Arsenal game being cancelled on the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/front_page/9299029.stm#postponements

Many thanks to all who have contributed with FACTS and weather reports.

Good luck everyone and, AM, I hope you get your internet connection up and running soon!

Thanks for all your hard work.

Anonymous said...

i don't live in the UK but according to forecast - looks like pretty clear tomorrow in London. Taking Rooney on board!!!

Anonymous said...

Birmingham v Newcastle United is OFF due to heavy snow around St. Andrew's

http://twitter.com/NUFCOfficial

Anonymous said...

http://twitter.com/NUFCOfficial
@ Birty
Bham Newcastle is OFF
Pauly

south of europe said...

blackburn ? any news las question ;)

Anonymous said...

http://www.bcfc.com/page/News/NewsDetail/0,,10412~2247322,00.html

Birmingham v Newcastle off too...

Leo

roonaldo said...

birmingham game is called off...in their off website

popthycollar said...

Might have implications for West Brom game then...

Bobby said...

Lets hope no more games are cancelled...

south of europe said...

thanks to everyone and good luck to you all

Birty said...

Arsenal v Stoke City
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 18th December 2010
Kick off: 3pm - Emirates Stadium

Like the many supporters coming to today’s Barclays Premier League match against Stoke City, the Club is closely monitoring the weather conditions.

At 11.30am on Saturday, the match is still on. However, weather conditions are still changing and the situation is being continually assessed by Club officials.

Saw this after the deadline, wish I'd have spread my risk out a bit more than I did. I wasn't expecting Arsenal to be in doubt

Anonymous said...

damn 3 games called off n might be more to come... big problem

popthycollar said...

Oh well - nothing we can do about it now.

Thanks for the weather feedback everyone, saved me losing a few points at least.

Good luck in the matches.

Anonymous said...

oh boy I forgot that I still had defoe and laurent! This week's gna be chaotic.

DJ PIGG said...

Radio 5 say Arsenal game is off. Damn!

Bobby said...

Lots of last min adjustments... And due the deadline had passed nothing i can do if more games are cancelled!
My Team for this week is:

W. Szczesny
P. Jones S. Squillaci Míchel Salgado
S. Nasri D. Silva F. Fabregas Lee Chung-Yong
J. Elmander R. Pavlyuchenko M. Chamakh

Had to change alot of players due to cancelled games...
Yes i've got 5 Arsenal players in my team... lets hope the game is ok to play!... otherwise it be just my luck that it's cancelled!

Anonymous said...

Arsenal game's just been cancelled. Check out the bbc website.

Anonymous said...

Bobby, if you didn't have bad luck, you'd have no luck at all.

Jack said...

Arsenal game just confirmed to be OFF; Shouldn't have gone for RVP :/

Anonymous said...

do you have any link mentioning arsenal game postponed i don't see any

Bobby said...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/9301738.stm

Arsenal v Stoke OFF... DAM!

Owell!

Anonymous said...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/front_page/9299029.stm#postponements

i hate the snow...
RVP and Nasri...damn

Anonymous said...

Lol there goes both Fabs and Nasri :P
Oh, and squillaci, too..

south of europe said...

blackburn?

Anonymous said...

I don't know about RVP, more like RIP!

Bobby said...

Chelsea v Man United OFF!! Sky Sports

GTR34 said...

Chelsea Utd off tomorrow:(

GTR34 said...

Birmingham N'Castle off

Maxer said...

just returned from Church.. and i missed the liverpool-fulham cancellation news discussed before the deadline.. if not, i would've change skrtel to someone else..

anyway, arsenal-stoke & birmingham-newcastle also being called off according to yahoo making it 4 matches posponed..

Maxer

Anonymous said...

What happened to the show must go on?

Love this old picture of coppers in the snow at White Hart Lane

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1110284/A17ft-snowman-boats-locked-solid-ice--thats-I-big-freeze.html

Joe said...

Chelsea game postponed.

Anonymous said...

blackpool off too

becks

Anonymous said...

Where's god when you need him most... Oh.
"A shameless scam that passes off meaningless drivel as timeless wisdom in a brazen attempt to wrest money from the vulnerable and ill-informed."
Blackburn rovers chicken farmers anyone?

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