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09:57 19th January 2013

Barring severe deterioration in weather, Villa derby will go ahead

BARRING a severe deterioration in the weather conditions, today’s derby against Villa will go ahead (ko 5.30pm).

The pitch has been cleared of snow and is perfectly playable thanks to the under-soil heating.

All seating areas, concourses, turnstile approaches and pathways around the stadium, on land owned by the club, have also been cleared of snow and gritted.

All supporters are strongly urged to leave plenty of time for their journey to The Hawthorns and also to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Fans should also note that several car parks and pavements around the stadium that are not owned by the club may not have been gritted and are therefore urged to take extra care.

Mark Miles, Albion’s head of facility operations & development, said: “The ground staff and extra help we’ve hired in have done a terrific job in clearing the snow and we’re now making all of our usual pre-match preparations.

“Unless there is a sudden deterioration in the weather, which is not forecast, the game will go ahead as planned.”

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