THE 10,000 fans disappointed after ice forced Crewe Alex's derby clash with Stoke City to be postponed on Saturday are being told they can claim a refund or use their ticket for the rearranged clash.
Temperatures plummeted overnight on Friday leaving the Alexandra Stadium playing surface frozen.
The sell-out Division One fixture was called off shortly after midday when match referee Dermot Gallagher carried out an inspection.
And despite morning sunshine, the pitch was still half-covered with frost.
Crewe Alex chairman John Bowler insisted refunds were available for anyone who cannot make the rescheduled fixture.
He said: `People have two options. They can return their tickets in exchange for a refund or simply keep it for the subsequent game.'
The cancellation also halted a special police operation to ensure the game stayed trouble-free.
Scores of officers were to be deployed in and around the ground as fears grew of the like-lihood rival fans would be sat next to one another.
More than 100 club stewards were set to be on duty.
Nearby pubs remained closed after police asked them to shut at kick-off time for safety reasons.
The game would have been the first league encounter between the sides at Gresty Road in almost six years.
More than 2,000 fans were due to make the short journey from The Potteries.
Alex stadium manager Cliff Simpson said costs to the club were minimal.
`We gave the pitch the maximum amount of time to recover to get the game on', he said.
`But the referee took one look at it and said it was too dangerous for players to use.
`It has cost the club because we had people come in who need to be paid.
`We had around 20 stewards in early before we sent them home. Pies and snacks had to be prepared, and programme costs had to be met.'
The match has been rearranged for Tuesday, March 23, just three days after another high profile home game against Cardiff City.