Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The Endless Winter

When, oh when, is this winter going to end? Spring is supposed to be here but if there are any green shoots to be seen they're obscured by snow in many parts of Britain. The bad weather is quite extraordinary, and scuppered something that two of my colleagues had been looking forward to on the weekend - their taking to the pitch at Chesterfield football club.

As I've previously written, Spencers is delighted to have agreed a sponsorship deal for Chesterfield FC. Last Saturday, my colleagues Rob Landman and Lee Foster were due to meet the club's chief executive, Chris Turner, on the pitch at the Proact Stadium. Rob and Lee are football fans, and walking on to the pitch at half time during Chesterfield's game against Plymouth Argyle, where they would then confirm Spencers as sponsors of the community stand in an announcement to the club's supporters, was something they were both excited about.

It wasn't to be. As Rob tells me: "The game was a victim of the weather. Heavy snow meant that it was cancelled on Saturday morning, a few hours before kick off. We felt really sorry for everyone, but especially Plymouth's players and fans. They'd come an awfully long way, and probably had no way of getting home, so bad was the weather."

Rob and Lee are now looking forward to Chesterfield's derby game against Bradford City on 13 April as their next date to take to the pitch. Here's hoping that winter has, by then, at last given way to spring.