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RUFC - Is it time for Plastic Pitches?

Despite having the new covers that the Football League insisted all league clubs invested in and having those said covers on the pitch at Don Valley all week, the game between Rotherham United and Torquay United was called off yesterday morning.

The covers are designed to protect any pitch up to minus four/five, and, according to the club, they were doing just that with the pitch being playable on Thursday. Unfortunately, with the temperatures plummeting to minus six and a threat of snow, Sheffield League Referee, Jock Waugh, called off the game.

This got me thinking about the 'plastic` pitches that some clubs had in the 1980`s. There were, of course, for`s and against`s for these pitches - the balls bounced higher (which would have been great if every team had a Peter Crouch), they, apparently, didn`t take such a toll on players` muscles because of the spring because they didn`t get muddy in the bad weather. Of course there were the bad cuts and gashes and many injuries that the players ended the game with - watching the rugby league from Widnes on TV last night, where they were playing on an artificial pitch, I noticed a lot of friction burns on arms, legs and faces, although, at the end of the game, the commentators did think the pitch had made the game more 'lively`.

I know Harry Rednapp wasn`t impressed when his Spurs team played Swiss Super League side, BSC Young Boys recently on an artificial pitch but, Mr Rednapp did say if you played on it week-in, week-out, then you would probably get used to it.

I have read recently that the Football League are thinking of giving synthetic surfaces the thumbs up and, indeed, our new stadium is to have a pitch that is part synthetic, part grass mix that can withstand lower temperatures.

So, is this the way to go? Do these so called plastic pitches really withstand colder temperatures? And, my main concern is, will they change the way football is played?

I`m afraid I`m of the old school and think, 'why mend what`s not really broken`?

But, what are your thoughts on plastic/artificial pitches?
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Writer: Herringthorpe  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 4 2012

Time: 10:26AM

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The money going to our clubs from the media could help if the big boys weren't so greedy. Frozen pitches in today's world should be a thing of the past. The knowledge and technology such as undersoil heating is there. A more even share of the money would enable the smaller clubs to counter such things as frost though a heavy layer of snow wouldn't be as easy to counter. So no I don't like the thought of playing on plastic, especially as I have experienced them myself and they do cause lots of burns when you slide on them.
SFC Forever
Good comments there, SFC and I can only agree. When we first had the plans for the New York Stadium we were going to have undersoil heating but the price has put paid to that.
herringthorpe
Is your new ground going to have undersoil heating?
dazza71
Well, Dazza, it was. But I think they've now realised how expensive it is to run per game so the answer is 'no'
herringthorpe
Same as the Keepmoat then. I think it should be compulsive for all new grounds to have it.
dazza71
 

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