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City fight big freeze

Posted on 3 January 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Ground staff at Coventry City's Highfield Road are doing everything they can to make sure Saturday's FA Cup tie goes ahead.

City's club secretary Graham Hover has promised to let supporters know as soon as possible if an inspection is required ahead of the game after their New Year's Day fixture against Rotherham was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

"We are doing our best to see that the Spurs game is on," said Hover. "The pitch was playable on New Year's Eve but temperatures dropped so low overnight it meant it was too cold even for the covers and the pitch was solid.

"We had been optimistic that game would go ahead and the fact there was snow on the covers can sometimes be a good thing as it acts as extra insulation.

"Most of the pitch was affected by the cold although there was a strip in front of the North Stand that was soft but the rest was too hard.

"If you look at the matches postponed across the country it is clear how the weather had an impact on football.

"Leicester City have a bubble covering for this kind of cold but their televised match had to be postponed.

"We will be monitoring the weather forecast closely over the next couple of days and we will let supporters know if an inspection is required ahead of the Spurs match.

"We hope the match can be played because everyone was extremely disappointed that we lost the New Year's Day fixture as it is one of the biggest days on the football calender."