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post Jan 30 2011, 02:31 PM
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Looking at Notts County's attrocious pitch on tv now, makes me appreciate what an excellent pitch we have at The Exacta. It makes we wonder why football clubs often want to share their pitch with rugby clubs, when the pitches suffer so much.
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Looking at Notts County's attrocious pitch on tv now, makes me appreciate what an excellent pitch we have at The Exacta. It makes we wonder why football clubs often want to share their pitch with rugby clubs, when the pitches suffer so much.


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post Jan 30 2011, 05:14 PM
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QUOTE (MPW @ Jan 30 2011, 02:31 PM) *
Looking at Notts County's attrocious pitch on tv now, makes me appreciate what an excellent pitch we have at The Exacta. It makes we wonder why football clubs often want to share their pitch with rugby clubs, when the pitches suffer so much.

Funnily enough i was thinking that,which Rugby club do they share with?
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Exactly what i said to Andrew while watching it.


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QUOTE (MPW @ Jan 30 2011, 02:31 PM) *
Looking at Notts County's attrocious pitch on tv now, makes me appreciate what an excellent pitch we have at The Exacta. It makes we wonder why football clubs often want to share their pitch with rugby clubs, when the pitches suffer so much.

Funnily enough i was thinking that,which Rugby club do they share with?
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post Jan 30 2011, 06:06 PM
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I can remember when the deva was built i think on Harry Mac's orders we put more expense and effort into the pitch than anywhere else ,someone will no doub't correct me but i think the pitch and it's base cost about 25% of the whole total cost ,i think the turff alone cost 100k,


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post Jan 30 2011, 07:29 PM
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QUOTE (dr jekyll @ Jan 30 2011, 06:06 PM) *
I can remember when the deva was built i think on Harry Mac's orders we put more expense and effort into the pitch than anywhere else ,someone will no doub't correct me but i think the pitch and it's base cost about 25% of the whole total cost ,i think the turff alone cost 100k,

that rings a bell mate. sure thats true. god bless you harry. the old stadium pitch before the new stand was built was class as well. bowdown.gif


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post Jan 30 2011, 07:48 PM
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QUOTE (archie thomas @ Jan 30 2011, 07:29 PM) *
QUOTE (dr jekyll @ Jan 30 2011, 06:06 PM) *
I can remember when the deva was built i think on Harry Mac's orders we put more expense and effort into the pitch than anywhere else ,someone will no doub't correct me but i think the pitch and it's base cost about 25% of the whole total cost ,i think the turff alone cost 100k,

that rings a bell mate. sure thats true. god bless you harry. the old stadium pitch before the new stand was built was class as well. bowdown.gif

Agreed, the old Sealand Road was a great pitch other than the bit of Mud in each goal mouth (which even Div 1 clubs all had). The Exacta is sand based thats why it drains so well, you can tell it was a quailty job. One thing puzzles me, why did they not extend the corner areas so when taking a corner the taker does not have to jump up a level, must affect their rythym? Probably due to costing ££ more for a bigger overall pitch.


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post Jan 30 2011, 08:00 PM
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QUOTE (Undercover Seal @ Jan 30 2011, 07:48 PM) *
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QUOTE (dr jekyll @ Jan 30 2011, 06:06 PM) *
I can remember when the deva was built i think on Harry Mac's orders we put more expense and effort into the pitch than anywhere else ,someone will no doub't correct me but i think the pitch and it's base cost about 25% of the whole total cost ,i think the turff alone cost 100k,

that rings a bell mate. sure thats true. god bless you harry. the old stadium pitch before the new stand was built was class as well. bowdown.gif

Agreed, the old Sealand Road was a great pitch other than the bit of Mud in each goal mouth (which even Div 1 clubs all had). The Exacta is sand based thats why it drains so well, you can tell it was a quailty job. One thing puzzles me, why did they not extend the corner areas so when taking a corner the taker does not have to jump up a level, must affect their rythym? Probably due to costing ££ more for a bigger overall pitch.


Iam sure we have one of the biggest pitches in all four divisions,and we use it to the maximum width set ,can anyone confirm this as iam no anorak (some may disagree unsure.gif )


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post Jan 30 2011, 09:40 PM
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Our pitch is a credit to the grounds staff. But one question - when I was a kid in the 70s at this time of year virtually evey ground in the country would have mud flats around the goals and loads of sand thrown on top of that, and you only need to watch old footage of div 1 games and the big clubs to see how bad the surfaces were at one time. Now even at this level it is rare to see pitces like that, but what has changed? Is it better drainage/undersoil heating or new tougher varieties of grass being used?


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post Jan 30 2011, 09:43 PM
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QUOTE (dr jekyll @ Jan 30 2011, 08:00 PM) *
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QUOTE (archie thomas @ Jan 30 2011, 07:29 PM) *
QUOTE (dr jekyll @ Jan 30 2011, 06:06 PM) *
I can remember when the deva was built i think on Harry Mac's orders we put more expense and effort into the pitch than anywhere else ,someone will no doub't correct me but i think the pitch and it's base cost about 25% of the whole total cost ,i think the turff alone cost 100k,

that rings a bell mate. sure thats true. god bless you harry. the old stadium pitch before the new stand was built was class as well. bowdown.gif

Agreed, the old Sealand Road was a great pitch other than the bit of Mud in each goal mouth (which even Div 1 clubs all had). The Exacta is sand based thats why it drains so well, you can tell it was a quailty job. One thing puzzles me, why did they not extend the corner areas so when taking a corner the taker does not have to jump up a level, must affect their rythym? Probably due to costing ££ more for a bigger overall pitch.


Iam sure we have one of the biggest pitches in all four divisions,and we use it to the maximum width set ,can anyone confirm this as iam no anorak (some may disagree unsure.gif )

Having played on it a few times I can tell you the pitch is massive. If I remember rightly it was made to the same dimensions as the old Wembley pitch.


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post Jan 30 2011, 09:57 PM
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I remember seeing the concrete base bare when they were building the ground, and there can't be much soil or sand, if any, under the turf at all. The reason it drains so well is that the concrete base has a camber built in which must make the pitch at least a foot higher in the middle than it is on the wings. Also has a sprinkler system built in for coping with dry weather.

We must have one of the best playing surfaces anywhere bowdown.gif


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post Jan 31 2011, 09:56 AM
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QUOTE (Undercover Seal @ Jan 30 2011, 07:48 PM) *
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QUOTE (dr jekyll @ Jan 30 2011, 06:06 PM) *
I can remember when the deva was built i think on Harry Mac's orders we put more expense and effort into the pitch than anywhere else ,someone will no doub't correct me but i think the pitch and it's base cost about 25% of the whole total cost ,i think the turff alone cost 100k,

that rings a bell mate. sure thats true. god bless you harry. the old stadium pitch before the new stand was built was class as well. bowdown.gif

Agreed, the old Sealand Road was a great pitch other than the bit of Mud in each goal mouth (which even Div 1 clubs all had). The Exacta is sand based thats why it drains so well, you can tell it was a quailty job. One thing puzzles me, why did they not extend the corner areas so when taking a corner the taker does not have to jump up a level, must affect their rythym? Probably due to costing ££ more for a bigger overall pitch.


My Uncle used to be the groundsman at Sealand Road and I remember him borrowing a local farmers tractor one closed season to dig up the old turf and then he reseeded it by hand!


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If I remember rightly, when the stadium was built, the only other league side to have a bigger pitch was Manchester United.


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QUOTE (J.F.K. @ Jan 31 2011, 10:06 AM) *
If I remember rightly, when the stadium was built, the only other league side to have a bigger pitch was Manchester United.

Do any of you old timers remember when the old sealand rd pitch was used to stage a Horse show jumps and all? it was in the late 50s early 60s , it left the pitch in a bit of a mess and was not repeated .
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QUOTE (captain duff @ Jan 30 2011, 09:40 PM) *
Our pitch is a credit to the grounds staff. But one question - when I was a kid in the 70s at this time of year virtually evey ground in the country would have mud flats around the goals and loads of sand thrown on top of that, and you only need to watch old footage of div 1 games and the big clubs to see how bad the surfaces were at one time. Now even at this level it is rare to see pitces like that, but what has changed? Is it better drainage/undersoil heating or new tougher varieties of grass being used?

It's a mix of the volume of games back then most teams their reserves youth and junior sides playing on the pitch. Also new breeds of grasses being used better drainage techniques etc.


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QUOTE (baldwonder @ Jan 31 2011, 11:12 AM) *
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Our pitch is a credit to the grounds staff. But one question - when I was a kid in the 70s at this time of year virtually evey ground in the country would have mud flats around the goals and loads of sand thrown on top of that, and you only need to watch old footage of div 1 games and the big clubs to see how bad the surfaces were at one time. Now even at this level it is rare to see pitces like that, but what has changed? Is it better drainage/undersoil heating or new tougher varieties of grass being used?

It's a mix of the volume of games back then most teams their reserves youth and junior sides playing on the pitch. Also new breeds of grasses being used better drainage techniques etc.


Lots of sides used to train on their pitch as well in those days rather than have training grounds located elsewhere


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QUOTE (The Colonel @ Jan 31 2011, 10:46 AM) *
QUOTE (J.F.K. @ Jan 31 2011, 10:06 AM) *
If I remember rightly, when the stadium was built, the only other league side to have a bigger pitch was Manchester United.

Do any of you old timers remember when the old sealand rd pitch was used to stage a Horse show jumps and all? it was in the late 50s early 60s , it left the pitch in a bit of a mess and was not repeated .

never heard of that before colonel bit before my time sir.


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QUOTE (archie thomas @ Jan 31 2011, 02:00 PM) *
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QUOTE (J.F.K. @ Jan 31 2011, 10:06 AM) *
If I remember rightly, when the stadium was built, the only other league side to have a bigger pitch was Manchester United.

Do any of you old timers remember when the old sealand rd pitch was used to stage a Horse show jumps and all? it was in the late 50s early 60s , it left the pitch in a bit of a mess and was not repeated .

never heard of that before colonel bit before my time sir.

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QUOTE (archie thomas @ Jan 31 2011, 02:02 PM) *
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If I remember rightly, when the stadium was built, the only other league side to have a bigger pitch was Manchester United.

Do any of you old timers remember when the old sealand rd pitch was used to stage a Horse show jumps and all? it was in the late 50s early 60s , it left the pitch in a bit of a mess and was not repeated .

never heard of that before colonel bit before my time sir.

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QUOTE (Elton Blues @ Jan 31 2011, 09:56 AM) *
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I can remember when the deva was built i think on Harry Mac's orders we put more expense and effort into the pitch than anywhere else ,someone will no doub't correct me but i think the pitch and it's base cost about 25% of the whole total cost ,i think the turff alone cost 100k,

that rings a bell mate. sure thats true. god bless you harry. the old stadium pitch before the new stand was built was class as well. bowdown.gif

Agreed, the old Sealand Road was a great pitch other than the bit of Mud in each goal mouth (which even Div 1 clubs all had). The Exacta is sand based thats why it drains so well, you can tell it was a quailty job. One thing puzzles me, why did they not extend the corner areas so when taking a corner the taker does not have to jump up a level, must affect their rythym? Probably due to costing ££ more for a bigger overall pitch.


My Uncle used to be the groundsman at Sealand Road and I remember him borrowing a local farmers tractor one closed season to dig up the old turf and then he reseeded it by hand!



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QUOTE (Always a Supporter @ Feb 2 2011, 12:25 PM) *
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I can remember when the deva was built i think on Harry Mac's orders we put more expense and effort into the pitch than anywhere else ,someone will no doub't correct me but i think the pitch and it's base cost about 25% of the whole total cost ,i think the turff alone cost 100k,

that rings a bell mate. sure thats true. god bless you harry. the old stadium pitch before the new stand was built was class as well. bowdown.gif

Agreed, the old Sealand Road was a great pitch other than the bit of Mud in each goal mouth (which even Div 1 clubs all had). The Exacta is sand based thats why it drains so well, you can tell it was a quailty job. One thing puzzles me, why did they not extend the corner areas so when taking a corner the taker does not have to jump up a level, must affect their rythym? Probably due to costing ££ more for a bigger overall pitch.


My Uncle used to be the groundsman at Sealand Road and I remember him borrowing a local farmers tractor one closed season to dig up the old turf and then he reseeded it by hand!



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QUOTE (Elton Blues @ Feb 2 2011, 12:27 PM) *
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I can remember when the deva was built i think on Harry Mac's orders we put more expense and effort into the pitch than anywhere else ,someone will no doub't correct me but i think the pitch and it's base cost about 25% of the whole total cost ,i think the turff alone cost 100k,

that rings a bell mate. sure thats true. god bless you harry. the old stadium pitch before the new stand was built was class as well. bowdown.gif

Agreed, the old Sealand Road was a great pitch other than the bit of Mud in each goal mouth (which even Div 1 clubs all had). The Exacta is sand based thats why it drains so well, you can tell it was a quailty job. One thing puzzles me, why did they not extend the corner areas so when taking a corner the taker does not have to jump up a level, must affect their rythym? Probably due to costing ££ more for a bigger overall pitch.


My Uncle used to be the groundsman at Sealand Road and I remember him borrowing a local farmers tractor one closed season to dig up the old turf and then he reseeded it by hand!



Frank Chesworth ?


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Frank was groundsman at Sealand Road and looked after the Annexe (often plagued by mole hills)

I was on Chester's books at the age of 15 as an up and coming keeper. Frak watched our matches on the Annexe as well as training under floodlights Tuesday and Thursday nights. He told my dad I was goingto make it as a professional player.......................he was wrong !!!! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif





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QUOTE (Always a Supporter @ Feb 2 2011, 12:34 PM) *
Frank was groundsman at Sealand Road and looked after the Annexe (often plagued by mole hills)

I was on Chester's books at the age of 15 as an up and coming keeper. Frak watched our matches on the Annexe as well as training under floodlights Tuesday and Thursday nights. He told my dad I was goingto make it as a professional player.......................he was wrong !!!! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif


Yeah Bob was looking after the pitch around the early 80's.


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