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hulloutpost

Vital Football Hero
I can happily accept there is an important link between style of play and pitch condition. It's no coincidence that Beck had the pitch his way and MAPP wants it at the opposite end of the scale.

We need drop in pitches at LNER/SB with a tatey patch on stand by for when we draw Man City at home in one of the cups.

As much as Wembley is lauded; having been at our match the pitch seemed very slow. There were a couple of times when the ball ground to a halt, particularly in the centre of the pitch.

(Conspiracy theory alert) Were they keeping it longer to protect it for the Euros?
 

hulloutpost

Vital Football Hero
Are we turfing or seeding? This is major work and even allowing for away fixtures at the commencement of the new season, there's a lot of growing to be done if it's seed.
 

cherryexile

Vital 1st Team Regular
Who couldn't fail to be turned on by this level of detail from Notty's article on 'turf',

"According to Uefa guidelines, surface traction should be above 30 Newton metres (NM), a unit of torque that measures a player’s interaction with the surface. Too much traction puts strain on ligaments and risks injury; too little and players will lose their footing. Surface hardness should be between 70 and 90 gravities – a measurement of how quickly a hammer decelerates on impact. If it’s too soft, players will tire too quickly; if it’s too hard, the risk of injury increases, and the ball will bounce too high. The grass, which should be between 24mm and 28mm, must be cut in straight lines, across the pitch, perpendicular to the touchline. Even the dimensions of the penalty spot and the centre circle spot are specified (200mm and 240mm in diameter respectively)."
 

cherryexile

Vital 1st Team Regular
Another classic section - referring to grass not players,

"Between September and March, the 50-metre-high stands cast a shadow across the turf. In these months, light levels within the stadium rarely exceed 12 micromoles, well below the 20 micromoles that grass typically needs to grow. Airflow at Wembley is also poor, ... . Without a breeze passing over it, grass becomes “lazy”, as turf experts put it, and eventually it will keel over and die."