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Torquay had match postponed due to solar eclipse

We’re taking a look back at the weird reasons as to why football matches were postponed or abandoned and today it’s the turn of a certain League Cup clash.

Back on the 28th of June in 1999, Torquay United had to call off their Worthington Cup first-round match which they were due to play Portsmouth at Plainmoor.

The fixture was set to be played the 10th of August, but it just happened to be on the same date as a total eclipse.

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Despite the date and time of the solar eclipse being known for thousands of years, police decided that they were not able to handle the huge amount of tourists that were expected to arrive in the seaside town to watch the much anticipated moment.

A local police chief said: “A total eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event, it hasn’t happened since 1927.”

It meant Pompey’s match was pushed back six days by Devon police.

The re-arranged game ended up finishing 0-0, something that would have been less memorable than the palaver of having to call the game off.

And for those wondering how the second leg went, Portsmouth came out with a comfortable 3-0 win.

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