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For those stupid enough to go a reminder and for those who couldn`t a brief glimpse of the match and the conditions

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You've lived in America too long Geoff! That is the British summer!

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You've lived in America too long Geoff! That is the British summer!

Aha!

My daughter, also a Lions fan, lives in Fairbanks Alaska, where it is -45 F today! Fortunately she'll be back to the relative warmth of Vermont before next winter. It's a mild +12 F here today!

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Maybe Blue Monkey can confirm that it was 50 years ago that RL shut down for a month due to frozen pitches. The Lions were mid table but then went on to win every match and ended up Champions! Might that be a good omen for the upcoming season?

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Maybe Blue Monkey can confirm that it was 50 years ago that RL shut down for a month due to frozen pitches. The Lions were mid table but then went on to win every match and ended up Champions! Might that be a good omen for the upcoming season?

"for a month"? You must be joking, the whole country endured a forced sporting shutdown for nearer THREE months (just after Christmas till March) All outdoor sports were wiped out by the prolonged Siberian-######-Arctic conditions. Football, Racing, Rugby League, Rugby Union, outdoor tiddlewinks, etc disappeared during this freak winter.

The football pools (remember them?) had to operate by a specially convened 'Pools Panel' made up of the game's 'experts', respected players, club chairmen and administrators etc who every Saturday 'decided' on what the likely outcome of each match might have been given a normal winter's scenario.

Away from the sports calendar, day to day life was badly disrupted too, e.g., in the building trade, bricklayers couldn't do their work because of the constant sub-zero temperature. The mortar for the bricks just couldn't be applied as you can imagine.

A couple of weeks ago on the Winterwatch TV programme, the whole episode was devoted to showing a fascinating documentary made by the BBC during that 1963 winter. It was on the i-Player, but it's been taken off now.

The only other winter in my lifetime to match the horrors of 1963 was the blizzard blown, snowdrift ridden winter of 1947. I can't actually recall it myself - I was only 6 months old at the time - but my dad told me he had to dig out a passage through the heaps of snow just to get to the front gate.

Roll on spring eh?

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I can thank the harsh winter of 1963 in making me a true Swintonian. I was born in January of that year and due to the snow, there was no way my mum was able to get to hospital nor a midwife to her. My enterance to this earth was left in the trusty hands of my dad at home in Calder Dr a stones throw from Mecca aka Station Rd.

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. My enterance to this earth was left in the trusty hands of my dad at home in Calder Dr a stones throw from Mecca aka Station Rd.

Calder Drive? I remember watching that being built while attending Cromwell Road Boys' School (now Swinton High). You could see the building work going on from the classrooms overlooking Destructor Road (between Cromwell Road and Mossfield Road).

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"for a month"? You must be joking, the whole country endured a forced sporting shutdown for nearer THREE months (just after Christmas till March)

Spot on again Blue Monkey - I remember that winter well - just checked one of my old programmes - we played Bramley at home on December 22nd 1962 and did not play our next game until March 6th 1963 at home in the cup against Widnes

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OK, I stand corrected, it was closer to three months! I remember all the downspouts froze and I couldn't ride to work on my bike!

I was 4 in 1947 and don't remember much but do remember my dad saying none of the buses were running on Bolton Road.

Here's a trivia question for you. Which Lions player came out of the freeze up in the best shape of his life and why?

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OK, I stand corrected, it was closer to three months! I remember all the downspouts froze and I couldn't ride to work on my bike!

Here's a trivia question for you. Which Lions player came out of the freeze up in the best shape of his life and why?

Was it that certain stand off half ("hard-as-nails") who did 'porridge' for a serious motoring offence?

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Was it that certain stand off half ("hard-as-nails") who did 'porridge' for a serious motoring offence?

Right on!

I seem to remember he was a PE instructor during that period!

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I was born June 1962, so I don't remember that particular winter, my Grandad died in the harsh winter of 1940, walking my Dad & Auntie back from Preston where they were evacuated to.

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