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    Bob McKinlay
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    Default The science behind football pitches…

    …and why Britain leads the world in pitch-technology, horticulture and care:

    https://www.theguardian.com/football...e_iOSApp_Other

    It’s a lengthy, but absolutely fascinating read!

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    Viv Anderson
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    Default Re: The science behind football pitches…

    Even at grounds like Spotland, the science goes on.

    When I did my tour of the grounds, I arrived at Rochdale, popped my head in and asked if could look around. In the reception was the groundsman and he offered to walk with me. It was fascinating listening to him chatting about the problems he had and how he got around them, for he had to cater for rugby one day, then football the next on occasions which meant not only repairing the grass, but relining the pitches and moving the goalposts.

    I sometimes wonder if all this bollocks about dropping hammers etc isn't a bit over the top. I still think some current pitches are too hard to take a stud properly after seeing so many players fall over at critical moments whilst trying to turn sharply. But then I was one who grew up a bit of a mudlark who didn't think you had lived until you had headed a wet ball and seen stars afterwards.

    I'm also quite sure the chap at Man City told us that there were artificial fibres incorporated into the pitch there along with the natural grass.

    Last edited by valspoodle; 15-06-21 at 08:51.

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    Default Re: The science behind football pitches…

    As a keen lawn grower myself... and I must have spent hundreds of £s over the years, I find this subject fascinating.


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    Viv Anderson
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    Default Re: The science behind football pitches…

    Quote Originally Posted by rockabilly View Post
    As a keen lawn grower myself... and I must have spent hundreds of £s over the years, I find this subject fascinating.
    Have to confess that, along with shaving, I find lawns a pointless waste of time.

    After Val died I dug up our lawn and put in a wild flower meadow. Still needs work, but looks great and draws the insects in to look after my veg, too.


 

 

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