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Gillingham manager praises groundstaff

Gillingham manager praises groundstaff: Gillingham manager Steve Evans saluted the Charlton groundstaff for getting Saturday’s game on and the referee for letting it happen.

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Gillingham manage praises groundstaff

Gillingham manage praises groundstaff

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Award For Gillingham Groundsman

Award For Gillingham Groundsman: Gillingham groundsman John Plummer was awarded the Elliott Scally Cup at the club’s awards evening last Sunday.

The cup goes to someone at the club who deserves special recognition.

Award For Gillingham Groundsman

Plummer was given the daunting task of dealing with a new hybrid pitch early on in the season after the old one was written off.

The Gills invested big money in laying a new surface, which is partly made of plastic, paying around £500,000 for the works which included new drainage and irrigation.

Chairman Paul Scally spoke of the groundsman’s dedication to the job during the awards night, quipping that he “spends most of his life on that pitch”.

“It was a challenge,” said Plummer. “The old pitch was okay, but the new one will now hopefully settle down and improve.”

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Gillingham To Replace Pitch

Gillingham To Replace Pitch: Gillingham have taken the decision to replace their current playing surface with a hybrid pitch, leading to the rescheduling of two home fixtures.

The surface of the Priestfield pitch has been problematic for some time and the club have now decided to act.

Gillingham To Replace Pitch

Their home game against Peterborough United is the last on the current surface before renovation work begins, this Monday.

Chairman Paul Scally confirmed the work is to be undertaken and that negotiations are underway about moving the home league match against Blackpool and finding a new venue for their Checkatrade Trophy game against Tottenham’s under-21s.

Mr Scally said: “Work is scheduled to begin on Monday.

“As a result of the work, which will take little over a fortnight, our home match against Blackpool will have to be rearranged, while our match against Totteham in the Checkatrade Trophy will have to be played at another venue.”

Manager Steve Lovell was delighted with the news.

He said: “It’s fantastic news for us as coaching staff and our players that we will have a brilliant pitch to play on in the next couple of weeks. The type of football I like to play will be one that we will hopefully be able to produce at home, as well as away.”

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