The last big break from footy

The last big break from footy

Before daily coverage of live football on TV, playoffs, lengthy summer tournaments and millionaire footballers, football was much simpler.

Long cricket laden summers, Australian football pools coupons and plenty of time to build up the passion and excitement for the Saturday 3pm kickoffs up and down the country, normally starting around the third week in August.

For City, the 1961/62 league campaign ran as expected, starting on the 19th August and finishing on 28th April. Although it should be noted we did play again on 1st May to beat Rochdale in the second leg of the League Cup Final to secure our first senior cup trophy.

The following season was not as straight forward. The winter of 1962/63 was one of the coldest in history throughout the UK and it played havoc with the football fixtures.

Following a narrow 4-3 defeat at Carrow Road to Middlesbrough on 29th December, it was three weeks before City could play again. It was worth waiting for, as Terry Alcock shrugged off the freezing temperatures to produce a stunning hat-trick beating Bury on 19th January.

However, the snow and ice returned to set in big time with City then had no games for over a month, a 4-2 home win over Rotherham being their first match since the ‘big freeze’ and coming on 23rd February.

Being born at home off Vauxhall Street in November 1962, the already cold temperatures resulted, under Doctor’s orders, in me not leaving the house for over three months. My mother pushing my pram around Chapelfield Gardens for the first time in March 63.

The result of lost games created a backlog resulting in City playing nine games in March 1963, five of which were FA Cup games. The Canaries season eventually ended on 21st May with City losing to the ‘Smog Monsters’ again, this time 6-2.

Norwich were on a poor run leading up to the first Boro game, failing to win in a run of eight games. From the first delay, the form table turned on its head with City winning seven and drawing one in the next eight games.

It would be nice if history repeats itself when this season restarts!

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