A car was brought onto the pitch at Cowdenbeath in an effort to ‘defrost’ an area near the corner flag but it was unable to avoid the postponement of a Scottish Cup clash with Rangers on Friday night.
The fourth-round match was called off because of a frozen pitch after an inspection by a ‘local referee’ ahead of Scottish Premiership Rangers’ visit to the League Two side’s Central Park.
— Daily Record Sport (@Record_Sport) January 18, 2019
A Cowdenbeath director said the club were “hugely disappointed” at the decision, confirming “we didn’t call the referee in” and “we felt the pitch was fine”.
There was also bemusement online, particularly after rumours spread that the game, that was set to be televised, had been postponed due to a frozen corner flag.
Cowdenbeath v Rangers OFF due to frozen pitch.
We understand a local referee ruled the pitch unplayable due to the far corner flag being frozen.
Cowdenbeath officials are furious and say the pitch is playable. pic.twitter.com/FAYE7mtGtu
— Clyde 1 Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) January 18, 2019
Video soon emerged of a car being driven onto the frozen corner of the pitch, apparently in an attempt to use the exhaust fumes for “defrosting”.
The was much humour on social media regarding the events:
Cheers for the update Iain 👍
— Capo Cullen (@Cullen2110) January 18, 2019
Can't get it out the ground…. It's frozen
— Craig Ritchie (@ritchie_bjk) January 18, 2019