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Looking back at the FA Cup round that lasted up to 66 days (Part 1)

Today, the team must replay a match in the FA Cup makes them feel tired, but in the 1962-63 season, a round of the tournament lasts up to 66 days.

The bad weather

It took 66 days to complete the third round of the FA Cup in the 1962-63 season. The chaos, hardship and hope of collapse that affected English football in the coldest winter since 1740 are stamped on the picture of Sheffield United’s third round match schedule against Bolton, scheduled to take place on January 5, 1963.

It came with the words: “After much delay due to unprecedented winter conditions, the last match took place on February 20, 1963, the ball rolled at 7:15 pm. FINAL! On March 6, 1963, the ball rolled at 7:15 pm. ”

The two emotional “FINAL” words were almost the last word for the longest round in FA Cup history. The third round suffered 261 delays (Lincoln City – Coventry was postponed 15 times) when it snowed 15 feet (4.75m) thick, stormy winds, frosty fog, three months of frost and temperatures as low as -20, 6 degrees Celsius, making the match impossible.

As usual, the round started on 5/1 – only 3 matches took place – and closed when Middlesbrough defeated Blackburn 3-1 at Ayresome Park on March 11.

In this round, the FA panicked over the financial consequences of freezing – for example, Blackpool did not play a home game between December 15 and March 2 – to the extent recommended. interest-free loans. However, teams are not the only ones who feel uncomfortable.

Because there are no matches to attract millions of betting players to predict the score, the companies fearing bankruptcy have created a Pool Panel like a football lottery, which means predicting football results in days (but not the score).

Until the FA tries to find a solution to escape the climate chaos, the season must last longer, meaning the FA Cup final will take place 3 weeks later than planned, on May 25 / 1963.