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Sheffield Wednesday match already in doubt if pitch and surrounding streets aren't cleared
4:56pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013 in Greenwich news
CHARLTON are appealing for volunteers to help clear snow from around The Valley in a bid to ensure Saturday’s match against Sheffield Wednesday goes ahead.
An estimated 110 tonnes of snow currently lie on the Valley pitch following the recent wintry weather.
This will need to be cleared before the weekend, but as much of a problem for the Addicks is the ice and snow around the ground in walkways, terraces, stairs and the west-stand car park.
The club is therefore appealing for any supporters keen to assist staff to clear the affected areas to report to the stadium at 9am on Wednesday.
Head of operations Mick Everett said: “Given the current situation around the ground and the weather forecast for the rest of the week, we have some concerns about whether the game will go ahead.
“We are implementing a number of measures to do our utmost to try to play the game, but the amount of snow that has fallen, coupled with the sustained freezing conditions and the forecast, are a nasty combination.
“Because the snow that has fallen on the pitch is providing some insulation to the surface, our priority at the moment is to clear the terraces and various walkways of snow and ice to ensure the safety of fans, so we’re asking for any supporters able to assist to come to The Valley on Wednesday.”
Fans interested in helping the club should report to exit gate 12 from 9am and remember to wear sensible footwear, warm clothing and gloves.
Anyone planning to get involved should email firstname.lastname@example.org first so the club know how many helping hands to expect.
A limited number of shovels are available and fans who have their own are being urged to bring them.
The club will provide warm food and drink for the volunteers, whose efforts are expected to last until 3pm.
Everett added: “We’re hugely grateful to the assistance we have received from supporters in the past and this is another situation where fans can really make a difference for their club.
“We’d welcome as many volunteers as possible.”
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