UK time is: 08:08:32
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

RUFC - Millers reject Dale claims

Rotherham United and Don Valley officials have both responded to claims by Keith Hill the Manager of Rochdale that the pitch was unplayable on Sunday.

Don Valley hosted a U2 concert on Thursday which meant the playing area was covered for a number of days before leaving it looking very worn and bedraggled on Sunday. But, the referee, Gary Sutton passed the pitch playable about two and a half hours before the game was to commence. Mr Hill says that he found glass and nails on the pitch and is pondering over reporting this to the Football League.

Paul Douglas, Rotherham's Chief Operating Officer told the Official Site, 'The referee was happy for the game to go ahead.'

Pat Smith, General Manager of Don Valley said, 'The appropriate measures to protect the pitch was planned ahead of this fixture so the game could go ahead. It was communicated to the club that the concert may lead to some discolouration of the grass.

'As soon as the concert had finished, specialist teams from both Rotherham United and Don Valley started work on the pitch. The pitch was fully swept and raked twice before the official match inspection and metal detection, leveling equipment and sand was was also used to prepare the pitch. I attended the pre match inspection and it was passed fit to play on by match officials.

'No complaints were made to Rotherham United or stadium ground staff on the day of the match. Had we received complaints we would have carried out further safety inspections. No glass was allowed in the stadium for the concert and security searches were carried out at the gates.

'A great deal of time, effort and care was taken by both Don Valley and Rotherham United to get the pitch fit for play.'

It seems a little strange to me that, if glass and/or nails were found on the pitch after Mr Hill had already put in a complaint, that he didn't show these to Don Valley or Club Officials. I don't think we've heard the last of this latest episode in Rotherham United's life......




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



*Try Vital Mobile FOR FREE for the latest news, scores, fixtures and so much more*

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Herringthorpe  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 24 2009

Time: 7:36PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Thickens the plot!!!
rybel_b
Report Abuse
24/08/2009 21:22:00

Rochdale said they found glass and nails while they were having their pre-match warm up - so, if he didn't say anything and let his players play on he can't think a lot of his players can he
herringthorpe
Report Abuse
24/08/2009 21:25:00

me thinks he has a vivid imagination
mexbro miller
Report Abuse
24/08/2009 22:18:00

Teddy out the cot time.
tc0001
Report Abuse
25/08/2009 18:51:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Rotherham United Articles

RUFC- Brindley Back Out On Loan (Thursday March 26 2015)

RUFC - 'Keeper Back Out On Loan (Thursday March 26 2015)

RUFC - Fulham Tickets On Sale (Wednesday March 25 2015)

RUFC - On This Day - 25th March (Wednesday March 25 2015)

RUFC - Millers Lose Reserve Game (Tuesday March 24 2015)

RUFC - Morgs In A Low Place (Tuesday March 24 2015)

Archived Rotherham United Articles

List All Vital Rotherham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. rybel_b 1156
2. herringthorpe 1143
3. sixpence 395
4. mos60 30
5. mvmiller 30
6. Millie Miller 27
7. nogginthenog 23
8. miller4life 22
9. axholme 18
10. sthelensmiller 12

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Huddersfield 39 11 11 17 -19 44
19. Reading 38 12 8 18 -19 44
20. Fulham 39 12 7 20 -18 43
21. Rotherham 39 9 13 17 -20 40
22. Wigan 39 8 11 20 -17 35
23. Millwall 39 7 12 20 -31 33
24. Blackpool 39 4 11 24 -48 23

Breaking League News

Slade: Jones loan a financial decision
Bournemouth : 27/03/2015 08:00:01
LUFC On This Day - March 27th
Leeds Utd : 27/03/2015 07:21:01
Fleming: Norwich Is Special To Me
Norwich : 27/03/2015 07:00:00
RUFC - Rayns Disappointed With Reserve Loss
Rotherham : 26/03/2015 22:55:00
LUFC Redfearn explains Adryan absence
Leeds Utd : 26/03/2015 21:19:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

How Many Points Do We Need To Stay Up
Suggested By:  
42-44 7%
45-49 55%
Ronnie's 'Magic' 50 21%
51 + 13%
Less than 42 4%