• Short Summary

    SOCCER - AND ONE TOP BRITISH CLUB IS MAKING SURE THAT WHOEVER BEATS THEM IT WILL NEVER AGAIN BE SNOW AND ICE.

  • Description

    SOCCER - AND ONE TOP BRITISH CLUB IS MAKING SURE THAT WHOEVER BEATS THEM IT WILL NEVER AGAIN BE SNOW AND ICE. THE FAMOUS NORTH LONDON CLUB, THE ARSENAL, HAVE BEGUN LAYING AN "ELECTRIC BLANKET" BENEATH THEIR PITCH TO ALLOW SOCCER TO BE PLAYED IN ALL WEATHER.

    FILM BEGINS WITH SCENES IN JANUARY LAST YEAR WHEN SNOW AND ICE WIPED OUT MANY GAMES, AND ENDS WITH SHOTS OF THE ARSENAL'S CURRENT SCHEME.

    ARCTIC WEATHER CONDITIONS MADE THE ENGLISH FOOTBALL SEASON OF 1962/63 ONE OF THE WORST ON RECORD. SCORES OF MATCHES HAD TO BE CANCELLED BECAUSE OF SNOWBOUND OR ICE-COVERED PITCHES. SO BAD WAS THE SITUATION THAT THE SEASON HAD TO BE EXTENDED TO ALLOW TEAMS TO FIT IN THE CANCELLED GAMES.

    THE BIG FREEZE-UP, AS THAT WINNER WAS CALLED, CAUGHT ALL SOCCER CLUBS UNAWARES. THEY WERE ACCUSTOMED TO THE OCCASIONAL GAME BEING CANCELLED, BUT NEVER BEFORE ON SUCH AN ABNORMAL SCALE.

    NOT ONE CLUB HAD THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT TO BEAT THE WILDEST AND COLDEST OF WINTRY CONDITIONS. SNOWPLOUGHS WERE BROUGHT IN, BUT MORE OFTEN THAN NOT THEY PROVED OF LITTLE USE AS THE SURFACE BENEATH WAS ROCK-HARD WITH ICE.

    NOW THE ARSENAL ARE PAVING THE WAY FOR UNINTERRUPTED SEASONS. DIPPING INTO THEIR FORMIDABLE FINANCIAL RESOURCES, THE CLUB'S DIRECTORS DECIDED TO SOW THE TURF WITH SOIL-WARMING ELECTRIC CABLE.

    ALL TOLD, MORE THAN 30 MILES (48 KMS) OF CABLE ARE BEING LAID SIX INCHES (15 CMS) BENEATH THE SURFACE BY A TRACTOR-PLOUGH ARRANGEMENT WHICH DOES THE JOB IN ONE NEAT OPERATION.

    ARSENAL MANAGER BILLY WRIGHT, THE FAMOUS ENGLAND PLAYER WHO TOOK PART IN MORE THAN 100 INTERNATIONALS, SAYS THE COST IS LESS THAN THE GATE RECEIPTS LOST IN THAT ARCTIC WINTER.

    AND TO GUARD AGAINST SUDDEN COLD SPELLS, THE "BLANKET" IS THERMOSTATICALLY CONTROLLED FROM A CENTRAL PANEL. SO THE FANS WILL GET FOOTBALL AND THE PLAYERS MATCH PRACTICE IN ANY WEATHER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2C06B3YXT3EWDL4UVO10258U9
    Media URN:
    VLVA2C06B3YXT3EWDL4UVO10258U9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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