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I’m pretty sure that you [checks notes] totally made up that conversation :sueme:
Grass is never going to look good in the winter it isn't a winter surface you can use heat lamps to improve it our pitch looks a lot better for the heat lamps on it.
 

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Grass is never going to look good in the winter it isn't a winter surface you can use heat lamps to improve it our pitch looks a lot better for the heat lamps on it.
Yeah, if you have a lawn you’ll know it doesn’t really need a cut between mid-October and March. But you can miss a dry day for a cut in March and find it’s shot halfway up your calves by the time you get out with the mower!

Though with a lawn even if you’ve got kids you probably won’t run around on it much in that time. A few years back my son got his first pair of football boots and a goal for his birthday and one afternoon of having a kickabout with him as an 8 year old meant the area by the goal lost most of its grass. So the way the pitches look now is still pretty impressive!
 

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Yeah, if you have a lawn you’ll know it doesn’t really need a cut between mid-October and March. But you can miss a dry day for a cut in March and find it’s shot halfway up your calves by the time you get out with the mower!

Though with a lawn even if you’ve got kids you probably won’t run around on it much in that time. A few years back my son got his first pair of football boots and a goal for his birthday and one afternoon of having a kickabout with him as an 8 year old meant the area by the goal lost most of its grass. So the way the pitches look now is still pretty impressive!
I don't know if I have missed the point here and I can't be bothered to read back but football pitches are nothing like your back garden, they are largely synthetic and designed for extensive year round use in all weathers. Most pitches stay brilliant in all weathers nowadays, our new one has teething problems.
 

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Looks best I've seen it this season....
Could be my dodgy, pixelated Bet365 coverage though....
 

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Looks best I've seen it this season....
Could be my dodgy, pixelated Bet365 coverage though....
Really? Looks very patchy when they zoom in IMO, seems to be playing perfectly well though so thats the main thing
 

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To clear up any confusion.....
From Don Hutchinson on BBC:

"These are great conditions to play in, it's fresh, the undersoil heating has done its job and it's a slick surface."

HTH 🤣🤣
 

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Really? Looks very patchy when they zoom in IMO, seems to be playing perfectly well though so thats the main thing
Yeah, like I said, I'm watching via a pixelated Bet365 coverage.....
 

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To clear up any confusion.....
From Don Hutchinson on BBC:

"These are great conditions to play in, it's fresh, the undersoil heating has done its job and it's a slick surface."

HTH 🤣🤣
............yep...........far too many footballing /pitch experts on this forum.............
 

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I thought our pitch looked very good today, considering the heavy rain. So much better than Derby’s - which, on Quest just now, had traces about it of the Baseball Ground in the 70s
 

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Looked as good as Everton’s or Norwich’s from the early games I thought.
 

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I thought our pitch looked very good today, considering the heavy rain. So much better than Derby’s - which, on Quest just now, had traces about it of the Baseball Ground in the 70s
Agreed didn’t even notice it to be honest . Think grass marginally longer or likely thicker as well
 

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Been watching the London Irish game in the background. Can't see any material damage caused at scrums - and paid particular attention to those. Sliding knees cause problems, as do knee-slides in goal celebrations. It's players going off their feet and their knee (say) hits the grass and takes out a chunk of grass. Of course there are 30 players rather than 22 too.

The pitch in the 67th minute looks no different than it did during yesterday's game.
 

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Wherever Wasps are playing is very poor however. RICOH stadium.
 

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Been watching the London Irish game in the background. Can't see any material damage caused at scrums - and paid particular attention to those. Sliding knees cause problems, as do knee-slides in goal celebrations. It's players going off their feet and their knee (say) hits the grass and takes out a chunk of grass. Of course there are 30 players rather than 22 too.

The pitch in the 67th minute looks no different than it did during yesterday's game.
I didn't see any of the Irish game today but sounds good news from your report. I thought the pitch looked almost perfect yesterday, probably the best it's been since the Oxford friendly despite all the rain. I guess the break has did the pitch a lot of good. I was impressed with it for the Wycombe game and it sounds like it held up very well for the rugby today. Lets hope it's given back in the same standard for Wednesday's game.
 

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Anyone else looking for footage of the LI game yesterday to check how the pitch held up? Found one clip of a try when the only divot seemed to be made by the players celebration dive! Have a word someone.Two home games for them this week.
 

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Anyone else looking for footage of the LI game yesterday to check how the pitch held up? Found one clip of a try when the only divot seemed to be made by the players celebration dive! Have a word someone.Two home games for them this week.
See my post further up
 

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Maybe we could say no celebrating due to Covid restrictions. Always baffled that physio's don't ban the knee slide.
There was an interview with the groundsman who pleaded “ no knee slides”
 
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Might just be my tv, but the penalty areas look awful.
To be fair I think the pitch looks a lot better than a lot of our home games this season and certainly not the worst pitch in the league. You're right though there is some cut up areas and it doesn't look as good as it did against Wycombe but I didn't really expect it to. All in all it's held up ok though.
 

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Not bothered by lines. As long as it plays true, which it has, that is all that matters.
 

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To be fair I think the pitch looks a lot better than a lot of our home games this season and certainly not the worst pitch in the league. You're right though there is some cut up areas and it doesn't look as good as it did against Wycombe but I didn't really expect it to. All in all it's held up ok though.
There was rugby on it on Sunday, and we have also had a lot of rain too, which can't have helped.
 

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There was rugby on it on Sunday, and we have also had a lot of rain too, which can't have helped.
They still watered before the game. I wonder if the theory is it makes the ball run faster. They water hockey pitches for that reason but they have a different sub base.
 

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For comparison purposes, I present the Millwall pitch... 👀
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I've watched every game of football played on the pitch so far and while it hasn't looked pretty at times I've never seen it play badly or have any influence on the match.
 

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I thought that there were patches where it looked like there was a lack of grass it must be hard for the ground staff to carry out good maintenance of the pitch. Bat at least the ball always looked like it was running quite true.

I am amazed how it is standing up to the amount of rain in the local area of Brentford. Today my wife and Ali went for our daily walk , this time it was Osterley Park. I was quite surprised the amount of laying water there was around the park.
 

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I thought that there were patches where it looked like there was a lack of grass it must be hard for the ground staff to carry out good maintenance of the pitch. Bat at least the ball always looked like it was running quite true.

I am amazed how it is standing up to the amount of rain in the local area of Brentford. Today my wife and Ali went for our daily walk , this time it was Osterley Park. I was quite surprised the amount of laying water there was around the park.
There's a very large storage tank built under the pitch in the South and West Stand corner from memory. The drainage system must be designed to store a huge volume of water in the tank which must explain the pitch drainage being so good.
 

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I thought that there were patches where it looked like there was a lack of grass it must be hard for the ground staff to carry out good maintenance of the pitch. Bat at least the ball always looked like it was running quite true.

I am amazed how it is standing up to the amount of rain in the local area of Brentford. Today my wife and Ali went for our daily walk , this time it was Osterley Park. I was quite surprised the amount of laying water there was around the park.
Del you old dog. Who is Ali?
 

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