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Snow joke!

26 March 2013


Owls head groundsman Steve Kiddy has outlined the additional efforts required of his team given the current inclement weather.


Like almost the whole of the country, Sheffield 6 has been covered with a blanket of snow over the past few days.


But having kept a close eye on the forecast, Kiddy was expecting the cold snap and laid plans accordingly.


He told “We are always right on top of the weather forecast throughout the season and this is even more important in the winter, for obvious reasons.


“We knew we would lose the training ground to the weather and that being the case, the players train at Hillsborough when possible.


“Obviously, the manager needs somewhere for the players to train outdoors and we’ve had the undersoil heating on, which has proved vital.


“That has shifted 90 per pent of the snow, which allows the players to train in an outdoor environment.”

Save an unexpected turn for the worse, Saturday’s clash with local rivals Barnsley at Hillsborough is not under threat, thanks in no small way to the efforts of Kiddy and the groundstaff.


Kiddy added: “The snow is an inconvenience but something that we are prepared for.


“There is a huge amount of extra work around the clock, both at the training ground and on the main pitch in these situations.


“The weather is getting more and more unpredictable as each season goes by and it’s our job to prepare the pitch and the training ground the best way we can.”


*The Owls are reminding supporters that anyone wishing to order tickets by post for the Barnsley game should do so by 3.00pm today (Tuesday) given the upcoming Easter holidays.


Tickets for Wednesday v Barnsley are selling at the rate of almost 1,000 per day and the club are urging supporters to purchase in advance to avoid potential disappointment – particularly for group bookings.


Tickets for some stands may not be available on the day but can be purchased in advance in person at the Owls Megastore, by telephone on 0871 900 1867 (£2 booking fee per person) or online at




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