Snowflakes! No, we’ve not gone all alt-right and taken to denigrating Millennials, we’re talking about actual snowflakes.
Right now 24 hour rolling news channels will be losing their shit, ‘SNOW BLASTED BRITAIN IN TRAVEL CHAOS’ across the bottom of the screen ticker as a blonde in a Berghaus fleece stands outside in Dundee for no good reason to bemoans slow moving traffic and possible school closures.
But you know what? Snow is PRETTY, and what’s PRETTIER STILL is football games played after, or even better, during snowfall. So we’ve scraped the ice off some FRANKLY ACE snow game photos. Just ‘cos. Enjoy.
29/12/1962: City 1 Southend 2. The winter of 1962/63 was the coldest on record since 1895 and laid waste to the English football calendar. After this game City didn’t play again until the February!
19/02/1963: City 0 Leyton Orient 2. The Tigers’ next home game was an FA Cup 3rd round replay against Orient after a 1-1 draw at Brisbane Road. City had bested Crook Town and Workington in earlier rounds but came a cropper in extra time against the Londoners at Boothferry Park.
What is there to not love about this image? The Boothferry Park green wearing a white blanket, the gas powered ‘Best Stand’ floodlights glinting as people at the back of Bunkers look like they may tumble to their doom any moment.
28/12/1964: City 4 Port Vale 0. Two days after beating Port Vale 3-0 in Stoke, The Tigers put 4 past them at a snowy Boothferry Park. Waggy grabbed a hat trick, our image shows the only goal he didn’t score, as Ray Henderson nets.
27/11/1965: City 1 Grimsby 1. Waggy was up to his goalscoring antics the following campaign, scoring against the Fishpackers in the slushy stuff.
15/01/1966: City 6 Workington 0. The Tigers avenged a 3-0 defeat at Workington’s Borough Park in October 1965, Ian Butler grabbed 2 goals, the rest coming from Waggy, Ken Houghton, Alan Jarvis and an own goal.
07/01/1967: City 2 PNE 2. Waggy and Chillo lie down on the job against Preston, leaving the goalscoring to Wilkinson and Jarvis.
26/12/1968: City 0 Norwich 1. Perhaps the Tigers couldn’t see the white clad Canaries on a snow covered pitch on Boxing Day.
02/01/1971: City 3 Charlton o. Ooh, a colour shot! City made light work of Charlton on FA Cup Third Round day, later meeting Blackpool, Brentford and top flight Stoke.
05/01/1985: Brighton 1 City 0. Another FA Cup Third Round tie, this one at the Goldstone Ground. Steve McLaren contests the ball with Mike Ring. Just look at that orange adidas Tango ball! *girly scream*
27/11/2010: Boro 2 City2. The most recent notable snow game came at the Riverside Stadium. City’s white shirt camouflage plan almost worked, with goals from Anthony Gerrard and Robert Koren.
Will this wintry scene be replicated on Saturday at Sunderland? Here’s hoping!