DREAMING of a white christmas?
You've got more chance of saving Woolworths than frolicking around in the white stuff.
But what you can expect is more of the torrential rain that marred weekend football. And it's the same every year from around now to the end of February where park leagues like the Sportsman's, featured every week on Grass Roots find match-after-match postponed as councils thumbs-downed the use of surfaces that turn to the Somme 15 minutes after 44 football boots first stamp on them.
Come April we're playing those ridiculous double-header games where last-man standing takes the points.
In between, hapless souls crawl out of warm Sunday-morning beds to be told they can turn right back around again.
Personally,I'd rip up the lot in Hurlingham Park,Riverside Lands, and the rest in favour of the Tiger pitches at the Westway Sports Centre in North Kensington.
Sure, it's not the same as the real thing. The bounce is lesser for a start, but the surfaces have come a long way since the three-degree burns of the bone-hard Astroturf that QPR experimented with in the 80s.
Anyone who's played on the Tiger surfaces that use fine shredded rubber as the 'soil' and plastic strands as the 'grass' will know we're talking chalk and cheese on the original synthetic models.
More's to the point, you get to use the surfaces ALL the year around.
No need for a fallow period with plastic. No need for games to be called off by the
leagueful in December,and no great maintenance costs stretching the finite resources of council park and leisure departments.
By the way, no more bobbly surfaces that send your perfectly executed free-kicks into the allotments either.