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50 Years Ago - 1963 Big Freeze PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 21:48

This afternoon the sun shone down on The Grove on the first day of the new year 2013 and at last there was respite from the recent dismal downpours.

50 years ago we suffered extreme weather of a different nature. Heavy snow showers, with deep drifts, affected the whole of the country.


On Boxing Day 1962, The Yeltz had travelled to Moor Green and came away easy winners when goals from Ronnie Dugmore (2), Billy Hargreaves (2), Sammy Roberts & Alec Wood brought a 6-1 victory. This had been hard earned, however, as en route to the ground it was " all hands on deck" as our coach had to be dug out of a snowdrift.
With the snow and freezing conditions persisting, back at The Grove there are memories of there being a 9 feet drift in a corner at the Old Hawne Lane end.
After that Boxing Day match, the weather had such a devastating effect on competitive sport at our level that we did not play again until the 2nd March 1963 at Stourbridge with action returning to The Grove later that month.
2 months without The Yeltz, how would we cope?..........
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