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Staines Shot
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Pitch

Post by Staines Shot » Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:22 pm

Feel like the pitch looks really rough this season, even before the bad weather. Anyone know if we still have a groundsman? Or just using volunteers. Not a dig at the groundsman at all i may add, maybe things beyond his control.

CH
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Re: Pitch

Post by CH » Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:02 pm

Danny mentioned in a previous interview that the groundsman budget has been stripped back to basically zero to cut costs.

Redshot66
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Re: Pitch

Post by Redshot66 » Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:09 pm

The pitch is a shocker but it’s not the only one

Mytshot
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Re: Pitch

Post by Mytshot » Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:14 pm

Just seen Eastleigh’s pitch on the highlights show. An absolute ploughed field.

HarryTom
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Re: Pitch

Post by HarryTom » Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:16 pm

CH wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:02 pm
Danny mentioned in a previous interview that the groundsman budget has been stripped back to basically zero to cut costs.
Would have thought this would be one area which would not be stripped back ,the up keep of the pitch must be one of the most important things to spend money on, if not the most important !

redandbluescb
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Re: Pitch

Post by redandbluescb » Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:24 pm

I think Chelsea used to do the pitch pre season but this year we had to do it ourselves.

anonymouse
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Re: Pitch

Post by anonymouse » Sat Feb 20, 2021 9:07 pm

redandbluescb wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:24 pm
I think Chelsea used to do the pitch pre season but this year we had to do it ourselves.
Wrong again.

We have professional groundstaff in a company called Turftonics, (look after Wycombes pitch plus do other work for Premier League clubs in the south) we could only do a limited renovation due to costs which is more than some clubs have done. A full renovation was planned, this had to be curtailed covid/cost etc.

Where the weather has been bad over the last few weeks it has not been possible to any real work on it as it has been wet /frozen/wet and this causes it to get compacted which it is badly in some places. The snow in all of this and the way it was removed did not help either.

Yesterday there was a machine used on it called an "Oxy shot - this a large spike driven into the ground approx 300mm deep and a jet of compressed air is sent through it to break up some of the compaction and this will also allow the surface to drain better.

From the damp surface yesterday to today there was a remarkable difference with a lot less moisture. With the warm weather predicted this week and hopefully some winds this will dry it out and we can hopefully get some work done it.

Richard Petty
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Re: Pitch

Post by Richard Petty » Sat Feb 20, 2021 9:19 pm

We are not alone in having to reduce the amount of closed season renovation work to keep costs down. If you are someone who watches the away streams as well as our own you will see that pitches at many other grounds are also not looking anywhere near as good as usual. Clubs have had to reduce costs as much as possible and one of the biggest expenses is pitch maintenance.

We have all become a bit spoilt of course because if you go back a couple of decades the pitch today would have been considered superb in comparison to some of the mud baths that pitches were in those days.


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