And so it didn’t come to pass.
Less than two hours before the LOK fans were due to depart Leipzig, Aue called-off the opening match in the 09/10 NOFV Oberligasued season.
Overnight, unknown miscreants applied an awful lot of weedkiller to the grass in the Erzgebirge Stadion, and, in doing so, rendered the pitch “unplayable”.
In the various forums the followers of the former SSV Markranstädt are already being blamed 😉
But, and joking apart, we can think of no-one, other than the police or NOFV, who could possibly have an interest in the match being cancelled. Other than any fans who on account of work commitments couldn’t make it.
Interesting, however, is the regularity with which matches between Aue and Lok are cancelled at short notice. We remember a couple of years ago sitting in the office in Probstheida a few days before LOK were due to travel to Aue, and one of the leading figures at LOK predicted not only that the match would be cancelled, but also when and for what reason. So sure was he, the team bus was only provisionally booked.
His suspicion proved 100% correct.
We didn’t speak to him ahead of this match as even we were fairly certain that no snow would fall in August … but weedkiller!!
No one, seriously, thought that the match would pass-off without incident this evening and so the cancellation is a relief for the authorities who can now safely reschedule the match for a day when Aue I are as far away from Aue as possible.
Got lucky. Again.
God alone knows what they’re going to when Aue I and LOK are in the same league.