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Can anyone explain why our pitch is so c--p after it was dug up 2 seasons in a row ,and a vast amount of money spent on getting what Tisdale wanted? Also we were told the money came from the playing budget.
 

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Because we were sold a duff pitch? Even given the inclement weather, and the building work going on, the pitch should never be in that condition. Tisdale was moaning about it long before any of the above kicked in.

I guess 'you get what you pay for' is an apt summary?
 

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Because we were sold a duff pitch? Even given the inclement weather, and the building work going on, the pitch should never be in that condition. Tisdale was moaning about it long before any of the above kicked in.

I guess 'you get what you pay for' is an apt summary?
Then that doesn't mean we were sold a duff one, just we couldn't afford an expensive one when an expensive one was what we needed. Given that though, and the money we're going to get from Ampadu, would it be worth setting aside half a mil (or whatever it costs within reason - apparently the Chiefs' pitch cost over a million) to get it done properly once and for all?
 

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I don’t know what happened,but there appeared to be some discrepancy when the pitch was laid,if I recall remedial works were carried out,who paid,ive no idea but I think the trust board were informed and This was deemed to be confidential,and whatever was done hasn’t lasted to well it seems.
 

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I'm most definitely no grass expert (in any way shape or form), but I am a little perpelxed also. I think though, that work was about construction and drainage channels - which we never had before...

I know we were unable to undertake the usual close season maintenance - redevelopment and the season lasting a little longer. This is where they seemingly cut off all the grass down to the sand, add more sand and relay new seed. I have never understood this - surely a "lawn" allowed to grow with water, food, sunlight etc. going to be stronger that newly grown seed?. Although, I did hear somewhere that actually it only removes the weaker grass, the stronger roots remain and regrow enhanced with new seed.

We have had a very wet autumn and winter so far, wetter than last season certainly. Also, with 2 sides of the ground boarded - I suspect some of the usual elements may not be reaching the playing surface.

Like I say no, I am no expert - Clive and his team I reckon are so would be good to understand. In the meantime, there was a youtube or devonlive clip I saw somewhere where Clive Pring explained the drainage system.......
 
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Then that doesn't mean we were sold a duff one, just we couldn't afford an expensive one when an expensive one was what we needed. Given that though, and the money we're going to get from Ampadu, would it be worth setting aside half a mil (or whatever it costs within reason - apparently the Chiefs' pitch cost over a million) to get it done properly once and for all?
Yep I agree,money spent on a decent surface would be a good investment.
 

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Our pitch is supposedly poor yet our home record is the only thing keeping us out of a relegation scrap, funny old world.
 

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Our pitch is supposedly poor yet our home record is the only thing keeping us out of a relegation scrap, funny old world.
Yep ironic isn't. Add to that winning 4-1 away to Newport on the worst pitch in the country, yet losing this season on their super duper brand new one ! (facepalm)
 

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Yep ironic isn't. Add to that winning 4-1 away to Newport on the worst pitch in the country, yet losing this season on their super duper brand new one ! (facepalm)
Look at Coventry's pitch as well, looked fairly poor yet they beat Stoke.

Is our pitch out of the ordinary for a league two club ?? Probably not.
 

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Guess no pitch can ever be perfect when you are up against the unpredictable vagaries of Mother Nature. Even so called "all weather" artificial pitches have matches called off, when for example, heavy rain is quickly followed by freezing conditions.
 

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If you play hoofball obviously the ball does not roll along the ground, therefore the poor pitch quality is somewhat taken out of the equation. Perhaps this explains Tisdale's new strategy......
 

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If you play hoofball obviously the ball does not roll along the ground, therefore the poor pitch quality is somewhat taken out of the equation. Perhaps this explains Tisdale's new strategy......
Its strange, while our football style is currently along the lines of hoofball, West Brom seemed to play a normalish along the ground style that you would of course associate with a Premier League team. One would have thought the state of the pitch would have been to our advantage, but the baggies scuppered that particular myth by some distance.
 

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Its strange, while our football style is currently along the lines of hoofball, West Brom seemed to play a normalish along the ground style that you would of course associate with a Premier League team. One would have thought the state of the pitch would have been to our advantage, but the baggies scuppered that particular myth by some distance.
Ian Wright was quoted on DevonLive saying he couldn't understand why City didn't have a right go from the start considering the state of the pitch and WBA's flaky confidence.
 

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Guess no pitch can ever be perfect when you are up against the unpredictable vagaries of Mother Nature. Even so called "all weather" artificial pitches have matches called off, when for example, heavy rain is quickly followed by freezing conditions.
Please dont mention "all weather" Mr Ballz. Tisdale will be wanting one of them next! Incidently, was the main pitch at the C&F converted to all weather eventually? I've lost track of that. :(
 

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Please dont mention "all weather" Mr Ballz. Tisdale will be wanting one of them next! Incidently, was the main pitch at the C&F converted to all weather eventually? I've lost track of that. :(
There's just the one out there Pete as far as I'm aware Pete. You could try having a peep on Google Earth (if it's upto date) though Pete.
 

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If i recall correctly Clive Pring inferred in an interview that the problem was compounded by the volume of effluent from the pitch could not be carried by the small diameter pipes installed in times past into the city"s main drainage system.(was it 7 inch rather than the required 10inch or something similar? )
 
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