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We need to stop whomever is causing this damage to the pitch from playing on our pitch ever again. It's for the best!
 

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Didn’t the club or ground staff say, that they were concerned about footballers knee slide celebrations; More than the fact rugby was going to be played on the pitch. 🤔
 

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I hate knee slide celebrations by our players; I worry they'll injure themselves. Just thinking about Sergi v Arsenal still makes me anxious...
 

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I hate knee slide celebrations by our players; I worry they'll injure themselves. Just thinking about Sergi v Arsenal still makes me anxious...
Poor technique on that one, literally went flying into the air before landing. When done properly it shouldn't be an issue, apart from for the poor groundsman
 

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After the horse has bolted we have a situation that really isn’t a good deal giving the rugby club all of our facilities which gives there support attendances woeful to keep this arrangement going after this season surely ?
 
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After the horse has bolted we have a situation that really isn’t a good deal giving the rugby club all of our facilities which gives there support attendances woeful to keep this arrangement going after this season surely ?
It was a horse? Are we sharing with the Vienna Horse School now too? That would explain a lot.
 

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Bit like the travellers parking up on kew green cricket wicket and not being repaired in time for the next game
 

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I hate knee slide celebrations by our players; I worry they'll injure themselves. Just thinking about Sergi v Arsenal still makes me anxious...
Can't lie, I was very happy Baptiste didn't join in with the sliding
 

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Could someone translate please.

Happy to step in and explain.

Brentford allow a minority sport to use our ground and facilities because London Irish, as a business, in no way could ever fund their own stadium given how pitifully unsupported they are. Putting some ropes around a pitch at Gunnersbury Park and having a single hot dog van is more appropriate for them, rather than allowing use of our stadium. That’s been compounded by them chatting sh*t about our home being their ‘new home’ too 😡
 

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Players should be fined for knee sliding. F1 drivers would not deliberately crash gears or rugby types goudge their own eyes?
 
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Players should be fined for knee sliding. F1 drivers would not deliberately crash gears or rugby types goudge their own eyes?
Not sure fining is the way. Good systems of accountability would lead to players having to repair the pitch they have damaged ! And doing some hours with the physio department repairing players who have injured themselves (whether from knee sliding or otherwise !). Was gobsmacked how much it gouges out of the turf ….
 

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I thought the groundsman had banned knee slides, or was that comment slightly tongue in cheek?
 

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I thought the groundsman had banned knee slides, or was that comment slightly tongue in cheek?
I'd be more worried about the players knees quite frankly. Try that in Gunnersbury Park and they'd be ripped to threads.
 

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London Irish game tomorrow (Monday 3rd) cancelled and not to be rescheduled, so one
less rugby fixture to worry about.
 

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London Irish game tomorrow (Monday 3rd) cancelled and not to be rescheduled, so one
less rugby fixture to worry about.
Does that mean we can cut the grass really short for today's game??
(One for any lurking Man City fans 😁)
 

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London Irish game tomorrow (Monday 3rd) cancelled and not to be rescheduled, so one
less rugby fixture to worry about.
I don’t think we need to worry anyway. The pitch has looked fine recently. (Ok, I am a bit shortsighted!)
 

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There was a square patch inside the centre circle that just looked odd / different.
 

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100% hindering us. Raya had to deal with a good few bobbles.
Wow! Never even noticed. My thoughts:
  1. Must have been minimal if I didn't even notice, therefore is this significant enough to be hindering us?
  2. Same for both sides
  3. How spoiled have we become to be expecting a bowling green every game? Most of us are old enough to remember pitches not quite of the modern day standard. Think Baseball Ground mid-January. In fact think of the famous Maradona goal against England. Not only did he dribble through the entire team with the ball glued to his feet... he managed to negotiate this feat on a surface which today might only be deemed fit for grazing animals.
  4. I think I need to drink less pre-match. Or finally admit I might need glasses. I normally notice these things. Actually feel a bit annoyed with myself!
 

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I don't believe the club's energy provider is 100% renewable is it? If not, would like to see us switch to purely renewable at earliest contractual opportunity as we are certainly going to be getting through our fair share of electricity usage!
 
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You really notice it in the first couple of rows.
I couldn’t believe how badly it was playing against Palace as I was level with the roll of the ball. Yesterday from higher up I couldn’t notice it.
 

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100% hindering us. Raya had to deal with a good few bobbles.
And he slipped over after one goal-kick in the second-half after the pitch had been heavily watered at half-time. it was a minor heart in mouth moment that he had not got injured, and was still a great kick out though!
 

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....there were more divots on the BCS pitch yesterday than there are at this golf course in Florida tonight....and that really is saying something.
 

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Wow! Never even noticed. My thoughts:
  1. Must have been minimal if I didn't even notice, therefore is this significant enough to be hindering us?
  2. Same for both sides
  3. How spoiled have we become to be expecting a bowling green every game? Most of us are old enough to remember pitches not quite of the modern day standard. Think Baseball Ground mid-January. In fact think of the famous Maradona goal against England. Not only did he dribble through the entire team with the ball glued to his feet... he managed to negotiate this feat on a surface which today might only be deemed fit for grazing animals.
  4. I think I need to drink less pre-match. Or finally admit I might need glasses. I normally notice these things. Actually feel a bit annoyed with myself!
Yes its dreadful, and yes we should expect bowling greens at this level.

The players have mentioned it. It will be hindering us.
 

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Yes its dreadful, and yes we should expect bowling greens at this level.

The players have mentioned it. It will be hindering us.
Wouldn't categorize it as dreadful, but you're probably right about the requisite standards at this level, in this age. Hadn't heard of the players complaining?
 
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Wouldn't categorize it as dreadful, but you're probably right about the requisite standards at this level, in this age. Hadn't heard of the players complaining?
I believe it was mentioned in an player interview on the club's website, however that comment was swiftly removed.

I can also tell you that the players have been complaining about it, a lot!
 

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Just watched back parts of the game again, and there is definitely a different coloured patch in the centre of the pitch.
Have they had some ki d of event with a stage or something in the middle?
 

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I believe it was mentioned in a player interview on the club's website, however that comment was swiftly removed.

I can also tell you that the players have been complaining about it, a lot!
The captain himself!
 
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