There was no Premier League action for West Midlands clubs this weekend as sport across the region was wiped out by snow and sub-zero temperatures.
Aston Villa’s game at Wigan was called off early on Saturday because of safety fears round the host’s DW Stadium when more than ten inches of snow fell.
Birmingham City’s home game against Newcastle and Stoke’s trip to Arsenal went the same way before officials conceded defeat in efforts to save Sunday's Black Country derby between West Bromwich Albion and Wolves.
Villa had been hoping to build on last week’s 2-1 victory over West Brom but the postponement does give their injured players added time to recover ahead of the hectic Christmas schedule.
They have a home game with Tottenham on Boxing Day followed by tough trips to Manchester City two days later – and a visit to champions Chelsea on January 2.
Ashley Young’s knee injury could now be irrelevant as manager Gerard Houllier is hoping to have him back for the Spurs game.
The former Watford star, as well as right-back Luke Young, were both ruled out on Saturday but now have a chance of making the game next Sunday.
Birmingham City ground staff had been working round the clock to ensure the pitch was playable for their Newcastle clash.
But as snow made roads leading to St Andrew’s unsafe, referee Mike Jones called it off on safety grounds.
And with snow continuing to fall into the afternoon and temperatures heading for minus 10C overnight, officials at The Hawthorns had no choice but to follow suit and abandon the eagerly anticipated derby.