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    Re: the pitch

    Quote Originally Posted by Spoonz Red E View Post
    You're right, but when we took over City in 2003 that was more or less all the bust Club had then.
    The groundsman, Mark, was a lovely bloke but was really up against it. About 90% of his work was done by hand. It was basically just spades, forks, a mower and heavy hand pushed rollers.
    To water the pitch he had a clockwork contraption fed by a hosepipe that you had to wind up and then it would propel itself along the pitch following a guide rope and sprinkling as it goes.
    It couldn't be left for long though as it would always jam somewhere and leave a stonking great puddle of water.
    We also only had one tractor, and so equipment had to be ferried backwards and forwards from SJP and the Cat and Fiddle. There were a great number of heroes at the time, some largely forgotten, who in the 2003-2004 pre season built retaining walls whilst trying to avoid trampling all over the badly neglected pitch. Barry Sansom, Dacre Holloway and many others ensured that we were ready (at least pitch wise) to start the season. The ongoing scenario that's often forgotten is that there was no certainty that the Football Conference would accept us as members.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hants_red View Post
    Have ABBA left the pitch? Surprised there wasn't a match day thread for the event!
    Interesting timing the concert being on the night of Eurovision. I would have thought the venn diagram of people attending this and people being Eurovision fans would have been a complete circle

  3. #173

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Treharne View Post
    We also only had one tractor, and so equipment had to be ferried backwards and forwards from SJP and the Cat and Fiddle. There were a great number of heroes at the time, some largely forgotten, who in the 2003-2004 pre season built retaining walls whilst trying to avoid trampling all over the badly neglected pitch. Barry Sansom, Dacre Holloway and many others ensured that we were ready (at least pitch wise) to start the season. The ongoing scenario that's often forgotten is that there was no certainty that the Football Conference would accept us as members.
    David you are so right and the efforts and achievements of Barry, Dacre and others should never and must never be forgotten.

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    Re: the pitch

    Quote Originally Posted by Hants_red View Post
    Have ABBA left the pitch? Surprised there wasn't a match day thread for the event!
    You do realise it wasnt the real ABBA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swanaldo View Post
    You do realise it wasnt the real ABBA?
    It was. Bjorn took the first penalty, then Benny took the next two.
    Last edited by fred binneys head; 22 May 2019 at 05:02.

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    Re: the pitch

    Quote Originally Posted by Swanaldo View Post
    You do realise it wasnt the real ABBA?
    I'm no Dancing Queen, you know.

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    Re: the pitch

    Quote Originally Posted by fred binneys head View Post
    It was. Bjorn took the first penalty, then Benny took the next two.
    Ha ha! Very good.

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    Re: the pitch

    Quote Originally Posted by Hants_red View Post
    I'm no Dancing Queen, you know.
    You’re right about the dancing bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hants_red View Post
    Have ABBA left the pitch? Surprised there wasn't a match day thread for the event!
    I am surprised the club allowed women on the pitch

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    Re: the pitch

    S’OK, they made sure they were on the stage.

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