Posts

Tributes for Burton groundsman

Tributes for Burton groundsman: Tributes have been paid to a green-fingered South Derbyshire man who tended to Burton Albion’s hallowed turf more than 30 years.

Alan Roberts has sadly died at home, aged 88.

Tributes for Burton groundsman

Mr Roberts worked most of his life as a coal sampler at Rawdon Pit, but in his spare time enjoyed looking after the bowling greens in and around Swadlincote.

He always had a love of football and was delighted to become the Brewers’ groundsman, first at Eton Park and later at The Pirelli Stadium.

Alan first started tending the pitch in the early 1980s, when Neil Warnock was manager, and continued until after the club moved to the Pirelli, which holds nearly 7,000 fans, in 2005.

His son, Paul, said: “He only really stopped because at his age when they moved to full-time at the new ground. That was too much for him.

“He was always there most mornings with different volunteers helping him at different times, quite often supporters who would come in if there was snow or waterlogged pitches.

“The football was his first priority, but he also looked after the bowls green at Newhall Social and quite a few other people asked him to help their groundsman. People used to pick his brains when things went wrong.

“He was a farm labourer in his early life and that is where he picked up the skills and his real love was always working outside.

“I was lucky enough to referee at a decent level and went to grounds all over the country and my dad was always keen to go with me when he could and if we turned up at a waterlogged pitch and I thought the game would be off he would say ‘ask the groundsman, he knows better than anybody’.

“He could walk on any pitch, bend down and tell you what type of grass it was. He absolutely loved it.”

Alan who was 88, passed away at home on Monday, November 4.

Burton Albion Chairman Ben Robinson, said: “It was very sad to hear that such a great servant to the football club had passed away.

“Alan will be fondly remembered by the many people he worked with over the years after battling with all the elements to make sure our games went ahead.

“Groundsmen are the unsung heroes without whom we could not enjoy football matches on a Saturday afternoon.

“Our thoughts are with his wife, Joyce, and all his family and friends at this time.”

Alan is remembered by Joyce, Paul – and Paul’s cousin, David, who Alan and Joyce brought up from an early age.

Click here to read the original article

For the latest industry news visit turfmatters.co.uk/news

Get all of the big headlines, pictures, opinions and videos on stories that matter to you.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for fun, fresh and engaging content.

You can also find us on Facebook for more of your must-see news, features, videos and pictures from Turf Matters.

Alaves groundsman nets award

Alaves groundsman nets award: John Stewart, from Laurieston, has been named the best groundsman in Spanish football in the year 2019 for his work on Deportivo Alaves’ Mendizorrotza Stadium pitch.

The 49-year-old was presented with his award and trophy at the annual La Liga greenkeeper’s dinner in Madrid last week, becoming the latest local sport and horticulture award winner after Falkirk’s Jim.

Alaves groundsman nets award

He told The Falkirk Herald: “It’s fantastic to receive an award from people who know what they’re talking about and what you are going through.

“The preparation to a pitch is what’s key. We can cut it six times and line it two or three before a match – but there is a lot of pressure.

“You are dealing with a living thing and aspects outwith your control like the weather can affect it.

“It was a lovely surprise to receive the award and it’s surreal too. I was interviewed about it on the pitch on Saturday standing beside Roberto Carlos. You do get up close to a lot of big names.”

John’s Spanish story began a lot further away though – on the greens and fairways of the golf course in America but he switched to football some ten years ago while in Spain. He took up the head green keeping role at Real Sociedad, later moving to Alaves, near his home in Vitoria which he shares with wife Maria and their two children.

Before moving away, John and his brothers Colin and Tom, were members of Wallacestone Pipe Band. Their father, also Tom – a retired local police officer – said the “whole family are immensely proud of what John has achieved”.

Back home John also worked six months on the Falkirk Tryst course. While in America tutoring piping and working on the greens he befriended US Open winner Payne Stewart, playing the pipes at his memorial service and also at the funeral of Seve Ballesteros.

Piping continues to be a passion and John added: “Just after the game with Real Madrid on Saturday I had to dash away and play at a whisky tasting. It was quite a contrast.”

Click here to read the original article

For the latest industry news visit turfmatters.co.uk/news

Get all of the big headlines, pictures, opinions and videos on stories that matter to you.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for fun, fresh and engaging content.

You can also find us on Facebook for more of your must-see news, features, videos and pictures from Turf Matters.

Swindon boss praises groundsman

Swindon boss praises groundsman: Richie Wellens revealed the work of groundsman Marcus Cassidy and his army of matchday volunteers played a big part in his decision to accept the Swindon Town manager’s role little under a year ago.

Last week, Town scooped the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Professional Football Grounds Team of the Year accolade at an awards ceremony hosted at the Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham.

Swindon boss praises groundsman

It’s the third time that Cassidy and his volunteers have been recognised for their efforts at a major awards ceremony in three years.

Last season, Town won the EFL’s League Two Grounds Team of the Year award. And the season before, Cassidy scooped the highly commended award.

With next Wednesday marking a year since Wellens was confirmed as Phil Brown’s successor at the Energy Check County Ground, Wellens took the opportunity to applaud the efforts of Stonehouse-based Cassidy – who is midway through his 19th season at the club.

Wellens said: “It’s great Marcus is winning these awards – it’s a big part of why I came here.

“A lot of pitches at this level are small – 12 or 15 yards shorter than ours and a lot narrower.

“For me, it’s difficult to play good football on those pitches and that’s why teams score a lot of goals from set plays and long throws.

“Everyone knows how good Marcus is. It’s probably better because he never lets us train on it. I half let him off with that.”

Town’s ground staff were tested during last Saturday’s home game against Walsall when heavy rain at the conclusion of half-time saw underfoot conditions deteriorate.

Puddles gathered, although Town weathered the literal storm to record a 2-1 win.

The pitch will now be rested for more than two weeks with no game scheduled until Mansfield Town visit in League Two on November 23 – although that could change if this weekend’s FA Cup first-round clash at Cheltenham Town is drawn.

Despite the praise, Wellens made no secret of his desire to train more frequently at the County Ground to boost players’ home awareness.

He said: “It will get loads of rest. Next time we turn up here, I expect the grass to be cut the exact length and expect it to look pristine because no one is allowed on it for two weeks.

“And it should be that way. Marcus is a groundsman is paid to keep the grass looking brilliant – and he’s doing a great job.

“The pitch was difficult last Saturday. When you sit in the stands, it looks green and flat.

“But when you walk on it at the end, there were a lot of puddles – mainly because of the sheer amount of rain.”

Click here to read the original article

For the latest industry news visit turfmatters.co.uk/news

Get all of the big headlines, pictures, opinions and videos on stories that matter to you.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for fun, fresh and engaging content.

You can also find us on Facebook for more of your must-see news, features, videos and pictures from Turf Matters.

Manager Praises Departing Groundsman

Manager Praises Departing Groundsman: Manager Danny Grainger has praised departing Workington Reds groundsman Jeff Curwen after the stalwart ended his 16-year association with the club.

The shock news was revealed on Monday that Curwen, 78, is stepping down.

Manager Praises Departing Groundsman

If Reds had moved to Derwent Park this summer, it was Curwen’s intention to step down. But after the collapse of the new stadium project, he continued in the role, with the proviso he would depart at the end of the 2019/20 season.

Curwen, though, has this week instead opted to leave his position with the current NPL North West Division leaders with immediate effect. Dennis Rossi will fill the void left by Curwen.

“I worked closely with Jeff over the summer. I went over and helped him out as much as I could,” said former Carlisle United captain Grainger.

“He is someone who has played a vital role in terms of how well we have done in the opening part of the season. He is someone that is vital to the club and we can’t thank him enough for the services that he has brought to the club.

“As the statement on the club website said, they are unsociable hours that Jeff is doing, and the amount of hours he has put in can’t be appreciated enough by us.

“He is someone I think very highly of and I can’t thank him enough for making me feel welcome when I came through the door.”

And Grainger, from Eamont Bridge, near Penrith, admits the work volunteers, like Curwen, do for the club is hugely important.

“The volunteers at the club and the people behind-the-scenes are working tirelessly,” Grainger admitted.

“I go as much as I can, to see the guys and the people working behind-the-scenes. At times, it’s unbelievable how many people are there, mucking in, making sure the ground and the club is alright for a matchday.

“People behind-the-scenes go unnoticed at times, but they are the type of people who help the club go forward.”

On the field, meanwhile, Reds are due to travel to Marske United this Saturday as they aim to extend their lead at the top of the table and build on last weekend’s 5-1 home success over Ramsbottom United.

Grainger, who gave his players a night off training yesterday, says he has thrilled with how Workington have started the season.

“As a group of staff, we have set ourselves targets and we want to keep hitting them,” he said.

“On Saturday, if we are being greedy, we could have won by even more. Speaking to some of their [Rambsottom’s] club representatives, they were saying that they felt they got away lightly on Saturday.

“It just shows how far the lads have come in a short space of time.”

Click here to read the original article

For the latest industry news visit turfmatters.co.uk/news

Get all of the big headlines, pictures, opinions and videos on stories that matter to you.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for fun, fresh and engaging content.

You can also find us on Facebook for more of your must-see news, features, videos and pictures from Turf Matters.

Groundsman Exhibit At SALTEX 2019

Groundsman Exhibit At SALTEX 2019: GROUNDSMAN INDUSTRIES were established in 1990, based in Co. Antrim N. Ireland they specialise in the Design and Manufacture of Turf Aerators, Turf-sod Multi Cutters and Sub-surface Irrigation Pipe Insertion Machines distributing around the world.

Groundsman will be presenting this unique range of products on Stand K078 at the SALTEX Exhibition in the NEC Birmingham

Groundsman Exhibit At SALTEX 2019

TURF CUTTING

Three models are available in the new Groundsman TMC range of Two and Four Wheel Drive Turf Cutters. These versatile machines are available for general landscaping or fine turf applications. They have the traction and ability to cut in the extremely tough hard conditions or with precision on fine turf for relaying purposes at Golf Clubs or Turf Farms. The machines are compact, we balanced and easy to operate, the counter-balanced single crank blade-drive system transmit the lowest operator hand arm vibrations (HAV) levels on the market.

The Model TMC26 has two drive-wheels with a caster tail-wheel lockable for straight or curve cutting. The drive wheels are 30cm (12”) diameter for extra traction in compacted conditions, this and the durable simplistic design and ease of operation make this machine a popular choice with Landscape Contractors and Hire Shops.

The Model TMC46 four wheel drive Turf Cutter with rear mounted blade cuts fine turf with precision leaving it unmarked by wheel tracking for relaying purposes at Golf Clubs and Turf Farms. Four wheel drive give this machine exceptional traction and cutting ability to cut in all types of extreme conditions.

A wide range of blades are available for Sod-cutting from 30cm (12″) to 60cm (24″) wide adjustable down to 7cm (3”) depth as well as other blades and attachments including Mole-draining, De-compacting, Trench-cutting to 13cm (5”) depth plus Pipe and Cable Insertion down to 13cm (5”) depth.

IRRIGATION PIPE INSERTION

Groundsman Industries have developed an Irrigation Pipe Insertion machine to insert Dripper-line Irrigation Pipe down to 15cm deep in a one pass operation to provide water directly to the root zone of any grass surface. The trench into which the pipe is inserted is created without removing any soil thereby leaving very little trace on the surface or disruption.

The new model TIM13 Trench Insertion Machine will be on display at SALTEX, it is powered by a 13HP Honda engine and can be fitted with reels of pipe up to 200 meters long.

TURF AERATION

Groundsman offer four models of Pedestrian Turf Aerators and two Tractor Mounting machines plus a wide range of Quick Change Tines, Holders and Accessories including the incredible Flexblade Core Collector which gathers the cores as they are being produced. All the Aerator Machines use Groundsman’s time proven Elliptical Plunge Action, Sealed Bearing Low Maintenance Aeration Mechanism.

Pedestrian Aerators

A Groundsman 345 models are the smallest in the Groundsman pedestrian range, they have a 45cm (18”) swath and use the Groundsman Medium and Heavy Duty three arm aeration mechanisms driven by a 6.5HP engine. The 345MD is a Medium Duty machine is a popular choice with private Bowls Clubs. The 345HD Heavy Duty machine has a long proven record of durability second to none capable of coping with hard and stony ground conditions as well as fine turf. These compact professional machines have an overall width of 80cm (32”) enabling them to access most garden gates. The 345HD can aerate all types of grass surfaces including Gardens, Parklands, Pitches, Fine Lawns and Sports Greens. The crank driven plunge action mechanism will drive the tines into the most compacted of surfaces to a depth of 13cm (5”) with very little surface disruption. Quick change Hollow Core, Solid and Slitting Tines are available plus Cluster Tine Heads for thatch removal or surface preparation for over-seeding. A drop-seeder attachment can be fitted to the aerator machines and a drag-brush to work in conjunction with the Cluster Tines for over-seeding work.

Groundsman Exhibit At SALTEX 2019

The Model 460 is the same as the 346HD but with a 60cm (24”) swath width using a four arm heavy duty aeration mechanism and fitted with a 9HP engine.

Tractor Mounting Aerators

The model 8120CTM is a 120cm (48”) wide compact tractor mounting machine capable of aerating to 15cm (6”) deep. It is uitable for tractors over 18HP and can be fitted with the full range of Groundsman Tines and Quick Change Holders as well as the legendry FLEXBLADE Core Collector.

The Model 12180TM is a 180cm (72”) wide version of the 8120 suitable for tractors over 25HP

CORE COLLECTION

The new Groundsman FLEXBLADE Aeration Soil / Core Collector will be on displaying at SALTEX. The new universal FLEXBLADE range are light weight and available in widths from 60cm (24”) up to 230cm (90”) to fit many types of Pedestrian and Tractor Mounting Aerators to Core and Collect in One Pass as well as Three Point Linkage Compact Tractor or Turf Vehicle mounting for Follow-up Core and Linear Aeration Soil Collection.

GROUNDSMAN FLEXBLADE COLLECTORS are the most cost effective and efficient method of collecting aeration soil saving time and many hours of labour.

With no driven parts they have a Long Service Life with Very Little Maintenance.

For more information visit www.groundsmanindustries.com

Email: info@groundsmanindustries.com

Tel: 028 2766 7049

For the latest industry news visit turfmatters.co.uk/news

Get all of the big headlines, pictures, opinions and videos on stories that matter to you.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for fun, fresh and engaging content.

You can also find us on Facebook for more of your must-see news, features, videos and pictures from Turf Matters.

Twickenham’s New Head Groundsperson

Twickenham’s New Head Groundsperson: The RFU has appointed Jim Buttar as Twickenham Stadium’s head groundsperson, a role he began on 2nd September. 

Jim has over 20 years’ experience in grounds maintenance. He was head groundsman at Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane for 11 years and deputy head for three years during which time he was awarded the Institute of Groundmanship (IOG) Premier League Groundsman of the Year two years in a row.

Twickenham's New Head Groundsman

He more recently worked as an International Sports Turf Development Manager for Pro Pitch. This role saw Jim provide consultancy to leading sports associations and organisations in the delivery of major events and tournaments including the UEFA Champions League Final in 2018 and 2019, the Euro 2020 host venue in Budapest plus the FIFA Club World Cup and Asian Cup 2019.

Jim brings a wealth of experience, particularly around new technologies and the effect of pitch surfaces on player performance and recovery.  Jim will use his extensive knowledge of pitch maintenance to support grassroots rugby clubs via the Rugby Groundsmen Connected network.

For the latest industry news visit turfmatters.co.uk/news

Get all of the big headlines, pictures, opinions and videos on stories that matter to you.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for fun, fresh and engaging content.

You can also find us on Facebook for more of your must-see news, features, videos and pictures from Turf Matters.

Footballer Scuffles With Groundsman

Footballer Scuffles With Groundsman: Richard Keogh was allegedly involved in a post-game altercation with a Nottingham Forest groundsman, according to reports.

Sky Sports report that the Republic of Ireland and Derby County defender was left with “noticeable scratch marks” on his neck following a “scuffle” with the Forest groundsman. It is unclear if the groundsman suffered an injury during the alleged incident.

Footballer Scuffles With Groundsman

Derby lost 3-0 to their midlands rivals in a League Cup tie on Tuesday night. After the game at the City Ground, Keogh – who was an unused substitute for the match – and his teammates were doing a warm-down on the pitch as Forest staff were clearing the surface. Keogh was reportedly involved in an argument with the groundsman. The two men were then separated by their colleagues.

The clubs have yet to release a statement on the alleged incident, but Sky Sports report that they are discussing potential disciplinary action.

Click here to read the original article

For the latest industry news visit turfmatters.co.uk/news

Get all of the big headlines, pictures, opinions and videos on stories that matter to you.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for fun, fresh and engaging content.

You can also find us on Facebook for more of your must-see news, features, videos and pictures from Turf Matters.

Wimbledon Groundsman Responds To Federer

Wimbledon Groundsman Responds To Federer: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had different opinions on the Wimbledon speed surface. The Swiss player believes it got slower than the previous years while Nadal said it is still the same one. Neil Stubley, who oversees the groundsmen team in the All England Club, said: “Every year we have an independent company come in and test the speed of the courts.

Then we take a lot more of other metrics of the court – firmness, soil moisture, the density of the grass. All of those attribute to the speed of the court. Now all of the data we are collecting each day is telling us each day that they are pretty much where they were last year.

Wimbledon Groundsman Responds To Federer

Typically we will take over 20,000 readings of the hardness of the court during the championships. Over 18,000 tests for chlorophyll density, which tell us how much grass is on the baseline and in the body of the courts. And all of that data is coming back and telling us that the courts are playing the same speed that they were for not only last year but in previous years.”

He is not surprised that there are different opinions on the topic: “Sometimes it is the type of player as well. Certain players that will use certain techniques like topspin would deliberately slow the game down. Humidity will slow it down because of the moisture in the air.

So there’s a lot of variables and sometimes a player might only play three or four matches on grass from one year to the next. So when they come back, they don’t always necessarily remember what it was like the year before.”

Meanwhile Federer spoke about how he starts packing: “It starts with suitcases. You can try to travel with 20 bags but you try to keep it to two-three suitcases. Sometimes we are around the world for eight weeks in a row, you need to have nice jackets and jeans so you have to mix it up a bit.”

Click here to read the original article

For the latest industry news visit turfmatters.co.uk/news

Get all of the big headlines, pictures, opinions and videos on stories that matter to you.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for fun, fresh and engaging content.

You can also find us on Facebook for more of your must-see news, features, videos and pictures from Turf Matters.

Bridesmaids Win Groundsman Award

Bridesmaids Win Groundsman Award: Everyone connected with both Boreham Wood and Arsenal Football Club, would like to congratulate our groundsmen Daniel Hunter and Declan Robinson on winning the very prestigious and Nationally awarded ‘groundsman of the year’ award.

The dedication, skill and application shown by these two very committed grass and soil technicians come rain, wind or shine, has meant our incredible pitch is prepared to an incredibly high standard.

Bridesmaids Win Groundsman Award

After the decision was made to restructure our pitch four seasons ago and after improved investment was put in over the last three years, our hard working lads have finally been rewarded.

They have in truth both spent years knocking on the award panels door and gone close to winning this prestigious award on so many occasions, today’s news means we couldn’t be happier for these two very dedicated groundsman.

Well done Dan and well done Dec, you deserve the title of ‘groundsman of the year’.

Click here to read the original article

For the latest industry news visit turfmatters.co.uk/news

Get all of the big headlines, pictures, opinions and videos on stories that matter to you.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for fun, fresh and engaging content.

You can also find us on Facebook for more of your must-see news, features, videos and pictures from Turf Matters.

Hastings Groundsman Scoops Award

Hastings Groundsman Scoops Award: Hastings United’s surface- and its architect- recognised in FA Groundsman of the Year Awards.

Grass. It’s often something we take rather for granted, isn’t it? But creating a fine surface for football doesn’t happen by chance; it involves a great deal of back-breaking work and an incredible amount of skill, which is why the FA honour those who have proved incredibly good at it. So stand up and be honoured Simon Rudkins of Hastings United- and a number of your BetVictor Isthmian colleagues!

Hastings Groundsman Scoops Award

Yesterday at St George’s Park, Simon- who recently left his role at Pilot Field after many years of incredible service- was honoured as Isthmian League Groundman of the Year. He was also the runner up in the national competition for Step Three and Four, which is why he’s holding two trophies in our image (borrowed from Simon himself, thank you).

Much credit also goes to Andrew Facey of Maldon & Tiptree, who was the Isthmian runner up, and Derrick Matthews of Hayes & Yeading United, who came third. Both Brian Quinnel of Bognor Regis Town and Andrew Ward of Wingate & Finchley were highly commended in in the Isthmian League category and the Step Three and Four awards.

Click here to read the original article

For the latest industry news visit turfmatters.co.uk/news

Get all of the big headlines, pictures, opinions and videos on stories that matter to you.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for fun, fresh and engaging content.

You can also find us on Facebook for more of your must-see news, features, videos and pictures from Turf Matters.