Pitching in to boost the playing surface

Work begins on improving the Bloomfield Road pitch.
Work begins on improving the Bloomfield Road pitch.
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On the day Blackpool announced their player release list, it’s ironic they also got rid of last season’s worst player – the pitch!

The surface at Bloomfield Road was the worst in the Football League, with all three Pool bosses coming out to publicly slam it.

Work begins on improving the Bloomfield Road pitch.

Work begins on improving the Bloomfield Road pitch.

It was blamed for the Seasiders’ poor home form, and described by skipper Alex Baptiste as the worst he’s played on in his whole career.

But yesterday head groundsman Stan Raby, and his staff, started digging up the troublesome turf.

40mm is being taken off the top surface of the pitch, which will then have 319 tonnes of fibre sand applied, before being re-seeded.

Experts were called in following the problems of this season, and it’s hoped the work done this summer will leave Pool with a perfect pitch in time for pre-season friendlies in July.

Chairman Karl Oyston said: “We know the pitch wasn’t good enough, and we are doing everything we can to ensure the players have a proper surface for next season. Hopefully the work we are doing this summer will ensure we don’t suffer those problems again.

“I had a lengthy meeting with the groundsman to make sure he has the resources, machinery, staff and equipment he needs to get a first class playing surface, and to deal with any issues that caused the very poor playing surface this season.

“Things are in place and, barring disaster, we will have a good pitch in place next season.”